The Portland EcoFilm Festival is the premier environmental film festival in the Pacific Northwest, showcasing the very best new independent films about nature, environmental justice, wildlife conservation, ecological agriculture and outdoor recreation. Our 2020 film lineup includes an international selection of films to immerse you in the natural world - including films shot in Italy, Mozambique, Nicaragua and the Russian Federation. Presenting over 30 new film selections including features, shorts and films made for/by youth - plus filmmaker interviews to give you a view into the craft of environmental filmmaking.
GIANNI BERENGO GARDIN’S TALE OF TWO CITIES
Sponsored by: Crag Law Center
Community partner: Blue Sky, Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts
How can we preserve the endangered city of Venice? Gianni Berengo Gardin, Italy’s most famous living photographer, embraced this challenge with his powerful photographs and controversial exhibition that triggered debate, protests, and an international outcry. …
EVER SLOW GREEN - Re-afforestation in Auroville, South India
50 years ago, a unique afforestation project took root on an eroded desert plateau in Tamil Nadu, South India, when people from diverse countries came together to establish the international experimental township of Auroville. Today, the lush Auroville forest is an outstanding example of eco-restoration that recreates and preserves a typ…
RIVER TALES (CUENTOS DEL RIO)
Presented in partnership with: Oregon Humanities
Nicaraguan actor, teacher, and anthropologist Yemn creates a theatrical play with children who live in the village of El Castillo on the San Juan River, the ancient mystical waterway under threat of development. The film follows the teacher and his students’ remarkable journey to create art that reflects on their histor…
GROWING SOLUTIONS: SOIL, WATER, FARMERS, SEEDS, ROOTS
GROWING SOLUTIONS: SOIL, WATER, FARMERS, SEEDS, ROOTS explores how regenerative agriculture offers real-life solutions to challenges plaguing farmers, including water scarcity, soil degradation, and the ravages of climate change. Regenerative agricultural models rebuild degraded natural resources by mimicking Nature's eminently resilient p…
SOCKEYE SALMON. RED FISH screening with PROTECTING NATURE FOR GOOD
SOCKEYE SALMON. RED FISH
In Kamchatka (Russia), fish is the basis of all commerce, a once-seeming inexhaustible source of income. These sorts of places attract people and fuel their greed. The great risk is that in their pursuit of profit everything will be irrevocably lost: fish and hundreds of other animals, in addition to the uto…
Sponsored by Crag Law Center
Short films about interconnections between humans and nature.
FEATHERS IN FLIGHT: THE BIRD GENOME PROJECT
The Bird Genoscape Project gathers data on birds’ genomes from individual feathers, allowing the researchers to connect breeding and wintering populations of the same species and provide critical information to conservationists and managers. Just as…
Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has become one of Africa’s most celebrated wildlife restoration stories. After a decade of renewed protection, Gorongosa’s large mammal population has increased tenfold to over 100,000 animals. But the park must also find a way to co-exist with the 200,000 people living in surrounding communities. Dominique Gonçalves, a young African elephant eco…
CHEHALIS: A WATERSHED MOMENT
Sponsored by: Oregon Wild
The future of Washington state's most diverse river hangs by a thread. Faced with worsening floods and their prized salmon population on the brink of extinction, a changing climate can no longer be ignored. In 2007, the Chehalis river valley experienced a catastrophic flooding event like never before, marking the 4th major flood in 30 year…
GORILLA GIRL and THE RESCUE CENTER
Sponsored by Oregon Film
A documentary chronicling the life of animal relations specialist, Ann Southcombe, as she gives us an intimate glimpse into the intricate minds of non-human earthlings, gained from her life’s work as a wildlife rehabilitator, advocate, educator, and author.
Directors: Antonio Melendez, Rob Grobman
Country of origin/product…
PRISONS WITHOUT BARS
Our environment is saturated with chemicals and electromagnetic fields. The adverse effects of these massive exposures affect a growing number of individuals, including Isabelle, Kathya, Jean-François, Sylvain, and Jayden. A glimpse into the little-known world of environmental illness.
Directors: Nicole Giguère, Isabelle Hayeur
1 hr, 12 mins
Country of origin/production: Canada
ECOKIDS FILM SHOWCASE
Film about youth and by youth - as they advocate for our natural world. Includes films submitted to our festival and the winning films from The River Starts Here youth video contest.
Sponsored by The River Starts Here
If Black Panthers and Girl Scouts had a baby, it would be the Rebel Bells.
13 mins., US. Directors: Anne Colton, Michelle Yates
Learning about …
MISSING - WHERE HAVE ALL THE BIRDS GONE
Birds are the descendants of dinosaurs and older than humanity. But all over the world they are disappearing. In Germany as well as in the US, the number of farmland birds has dropped by more than half in the last thirty years. This loss is a symptom. Something is wrong.
Join teenage British bird blogger Mya-Rose Craig as she sets out to find the reasons for …
FESTIVAL AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT
Included in your purchase of a Festival Pass or individual event ticket!
Sponsored by: Oregon Wild
Please join us for our online announcement of the winners of our festival awards! We host this announcement mid-festival so you have the opportunity to still catch the films that our programming jury selected as outstanding cinematic creations. Our 2020 award categories ar…