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CEFF Opening Night Lineup Announced!

CEFF is excited to announce our 2018 Opening Night lineup for February 22, 2018!  The 2018 Opening Night festivities will include a free reception with drinks and light appetizers, opportunities to interact with local businesses, a special silent auction benefiting CEFF programs (Did you know that CEFF is a non-profit!) and the screening of Chasing Coral!  The Film Screening will be emceed and hosted by local resident and former Golden Mayor, Jacob Smith. CEFF will also announce the five selected 2018 Award Winning Films at the close of the evening

CEFF 2018 Opening Night is completely FREE to attend as a part of our Community Free Film Night! Reserve your free ticket today. Seating is limited!

Thursday February 22, 2018 Evening Schedule

  • 5:30-7:00pm – Free Community reception with drinks, light appetizers and a special silent auction!
  • 7:00-9:30pm – Free Film Screening Opening Night – Chasing Coral
    • Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. An expert team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal this underwater mystery to the world.

CEFF Community Night Welcomes Emcee Jacob Smith 

I’m Jacob Smith, and I’m an activist and a filmmaker. I’ve been an advocate on climate, energy, habitat conservation, and other environmental issues for a couple of decades. I am currently consulting for nonprofits, philanthropic foundations, and private sector businesses through Cedar Creek Strategies and Bright+3 and serving as an advisor to the Colorado Center on Sustainable Urbanism. Most recently I was Vice President of Campaigns at Alliance for Sustainable Colorado and before that I was Senator Bernie Sanders’ policy adviser on climate, energy, and environment. I served as the 46th mayor of Golden, Colorado, cutting ribbons, kissing babies and  adjourning meetings with a swift swing of the gavel (as well as collaborating with my City Council colleagues to do good work on sustainability, government transparency, bike and pedestrian improvements, economic vitality, healthy neighborhoods, and protecting Golden from an ill-conceived superhighway proposal). I’m also the co-author of The Nimble Nonprofit: An Unconventional Guide to Sustaining and Growing Your Nonprofit, a lover of running on dirt, and an occasional blogger.

Congratulations to the 2017 CEFF Award Winning Films

The following films were awarded top honors on CEFF Opening Night 2017!

Temple of the Ghost Owl

Directed by Justin Myhre


A Ghost in the Making

Directed by Morgan Heim and Neil Losin


A Plastic Ocean

Directed by Craig Leeson


Poisoning Paradise

Directed by Keely Shay Brosnan and Teresa Tico


American Psychosis

Directed by Amanda Zackem


Environmental Photography Keynote Announced!

Please join us for the Opening Reception of the 9th Annual Environmental Photography Exhibit at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. We will award the Best of Show and there will be a Keynote Presentation by Kerry Koepping, Director of Artic Arts Project!

Kerry Koepping is an award winning international photographer and communicator with a passion for the Arctic and the ever-changing environment. He is the Director of the Arctic Arts Project and is a research Affiliate with The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado (INSTAAR). His work has been published in distinguished media channels throughout the world including: the Smithsonian, National Center For Atmospheric Research, ECO, SwissCom , MSN.com, Bing, ABC, Associated Press, The National Academy of Science (PNAS) and the U. S. Arctic Research Commission.  Kerry has also been a speaker/presenter at numerous international forums and conferences on climate change; most recently at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland; The Visual Climate Change Forum at The University of Indonesia, Jakarta, and The American Renewable Energy Conference in Aspen Colorado.


His unique vision for the Arctic Arts Project evolved while shooting in Denali, Alaska where he captured rarely seen permafrost polygon hummock imagery that evoked a passionate global response from naturalists, scientists and artists.
As an environmental photographer, Kerry’s goal is to inspire global visual literacy.
Through a diverse and profound folio of photographic work, Kerry, and The Arctic Arts team, seeks to develop visual knowledge and an understanding of the natural, scientific and anthropogenic changes occurring in the Arctic.

Friday, February 23, 2018 – Evening Schedule:
5:30 – 7:15 pm Free Reception with drinks, light appetizers and a silent auction
6:30 – 7:15 pm Free Award & Keynote Presentation by Kerry Koepping

7:30 – 9:30pm Environmental Film Session (Tickets required – Purchase HERE)


All CEFF 2018 Tickets On Sale Now!

Thank you for your continued support of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival!

True to the spirit of Colorado, this event is supported and attended by people who value the natural world and share a passion for the power and beauty of film. Whether you help us inspire audiences into awareness and action with your time or your dollars, thank you.

If you are looking forward to the 2018 Fest – our 12th year – please consider pre-scheduling a donation today or on Colorado Gives Day, December 5.

Thanks again for your support, and for sharing with a friend!

CEFF Caravan in Evergreen August 10

There will be a CEFF Caravan in Evergreen hosted by the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability on August 10, 2017.

Contact EAS+Y for more details: 720-536-0069


Complete our Survey!

Attended the festival this year? Tell us what you think and be entered to win one of 2 Patagonia Jackets! Must complete survey before 2/26/17 to be eligible to win.


Complete the Short Survey HERE 


Want to help out with next year’s festival? Contact ceffchair@gmail.com to find out more about how we plan the festival and how we select films!

FREE Opening Night Festivities

Join CEFF for our Opening Night Celebration – Awards, Films and Panel Discussion!

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017

  • 7-9:30pm: Film Screening, Short Award Ceremony and State of the Environment in Colorado Panel Discussion and Q/A

Where: American Mountaineering Center

What: In today’s political climate, it has already become increasingly difficult to bring people and solutions to the table. Join CEFF for 3 amazing short films to kick off the festival followed by an engaging conversation with three leading members in Colorado’s environmental community bringing to the table a wide variety of expertise in environmental history, climate change, activism, filmmaking and more! This is your opportunity to get inspired and find ways to act on your passion to preserve and protect our environment! Be a part of the movement!

Tickets: Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are FREE as a part of CEFF’s effort to support our local community! Tickets are available on a first come basis, so reserve your ticket in advance here to join us!

 Emcee – John Fielder

John Fielder is a nationally renowned nature photographer, publisher, teacher, and environmentalist. He is the photographer of more than 40 books, all about Colorado. Having worked tirelessly for the protection of Colorado’s open space and wildlands, his photography has influenced people and legislation. He was an original Board Member of Great Outdoors Colorado, and lives in Summit County, Colorado, where he operates a fine art gallery and teaches photography workshops to adults and children.

  Panelist – Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick is the Colorado State Historian and leads the Center for the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she teaches environmental studies and history. She has authored four books and is a frequent public speaker and columnist for The Denver Post. Patty has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public, to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary conflicts, and to making the case for humor as an essential asset of the humanities.

 Panelist – Dr. Jonathan Ormes

Jonathan Ormes is a Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and recently retired Director of the Denver Research Institute at the University of Denver. Dr. Ormes also was the Director of Space Sciences at the Goddard Space Flight Center from 2000 to 2004. Recently, Jonathan has turned his attention to understanding the issues involved in our stewardship of the planet, including global warming, species extinctions, land and water issues, and how increasing population and affluence drive these challenges.

 Panelist – Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is a Zookeeper at Denver Zoo and founder of Team Nepalorado and the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund. He has worked with pachyderms for over 20 years and started Team Nepalorado as a means of turning his marathon training toward funding conservation action. Dave created the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund in honor of a young conservationist and her life passion to help endangered species around the world. The Fund’s mission is to help empower the people of our planet and to work together to save our remaining ecosystems and all of the creatures they contain.

Enter Today – Environmental Photography Contest

8th Annual Environmental Photography Exhibition is a worldwide curated environmental photography exhibition held at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado and is in its eighth year being held in conjunction with the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. Images from the submissions will be selected by Denver Art Museum Photography Curator Eric Paddock and displayed from February 24 to May 1, 2017.  From avant-garde to f64 images, the Environmental Photography Exhibition hopes to represent the shared visions of world communities that are concerned about environmental issues.  This exhibit is intended to inspire viewers on an emotional level.  Ideally photographs will inform and inspire viewers to think about the environment or motivate them to take action.

Call for Entry deadline: Monday, January 16, 2017
Notification Date: Monday, January 23, 2017
Physical Delivery Date Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017
Opening: February 5:30 PM Friday, February 24, 2017

Exhibition February 24 – May 1, 2017

Visit http://www.ceff.net/photography-exhibition/ for more information.

2017 CEFF poster download

Download the CEFF 2017 Poster

You may download this file, print it out and help spread the word about CEFF 2017.

To download the poster pdf click here.

CEFF 2016 Award Winning Films

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Best Youth Film

Distress Call

Directed by Brooklyn Goosby, Lexi Justus, Sean Fleetham, and Taylor Redman

Best Short Film

Stung By Climate

Directed by Nils Aucante

Best Feature Film

A Quest for Meaning

Directed by Marc de la Menardiere and Nathanael Coste

Spirit of Activism

The End of the Line

Directed by Sellus Wilder

Best of the Fest

Time Capsule

Directed by Chris Summerfield

Q & A videos from 2016 CEFF available

Kent Gunnufson from Phototalk.TV has made available some video sessions from the 2016 CEFF.

Check them out here

Environmental Photography Exhibition Winners 2016

The 7th Annual Environmental Photography Exhibition began on February 18, 2016 at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. The photographs are on display at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado and the exhibition ends May 1, 2016. The photographs are on display throughout the hallways on the lower level of the center, and there is no admission fee.

From the submitted photographs, twenty eight were chosen for the exhibition, and two were given the following awards:

Best of Show

Have a Seat
by Donna Hixon

Have a Seat by Donna Hixon
Donna received a $250 cash award for winning Best of Show this year.

Special Jurors Selection

Forces of Nature
by Cindy Beckett

Forces of Nature

The Youth division was cancelled this year.

Thank you to Samantha Johnston at CPAC for jurying the entries.

Stop by the American Mountaineering Center and see the other outstanding photographs from this show.

Environmental Photography Exhibition Winners 2015

The 6th Annual Environmental Photography Exhibition began on February 20, 2015 at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. It continues until May 1, 2015 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado. The photographs are on display throughout the hallways on the lower level of the center, and there is no admission fee.

From the submitted photographs, thirty were chosen for the exhibition, and three were given the following awards:

Best of Show

Observance by Becky Brice of Golden, Colorado

Observance by Becky Brice

Jurors Award

Woman collecting and cleaning bags from the Nairobi River, Kenya, 2012
by Carolyn Monastra of Brooklyn, NY

Woman collecting and cleaning bags from the Nairobi River, Kenya, 2012 by Carolyn Monastra of Brooklyn, NY

Jurors Award

Northern Territory by Lawrence Worcester of Clyde, Ohio

Northern Territory by Lawrence Worcester

Stop by the American Mountaineering Center and see the other outstanding photographs from this show.

11th CEFF planning begins

We are now planning the next festival which will be February 23-25, 2017. This will be the 11th Annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival and it will be held in the American Mountaineering Center once again. Now we just need to fill in the details, come up with ideas to make the festival better than ever, and implement them. Exciting times at CEFF!

If you attended the past festival, and want to lend your energy to making the 11th our best ever, please visit the volunteer page. CEFF is always seeking volunteers to help plan and develop the festival, so if you would like to help, share your ideas and energy, please get in touch with us.

Thank you.

11th Annual Festival Planning

We are now planning the next festival which will be February 23-25, 2017. This will be the 11th Annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival and it will be held in the American Mountaineering Center once again. Now we just need to fill in the details, come up with ideas to make the festival better than ever, and implement them. Exciting times at CEFF!

If you attended the past festival, and want to lend your energy to making the 11th our best ever, please visit the volunteer page. CEFF is always seeking volunteers to help plan and develop the festival, so if you would like to help, share your ideas and energy, please get in touch with us.

Thank you.

Planning has begun for the 11th CEFF which will be February 23-25, 2017

2016 CEFF Sponsorship Packet Available

CEFF 2016 Sponsorship packetThe sponsorship packet that details all the levels and benefits of becoming a sponsor of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival is downloadable here. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors who together with our wonderful volunteers make this festival possible.

The group of CEFF sponsors changes each year for various reasons. We are always sad to lose a sponsor, but it seems new sponsors continue to step up and give us their support. If you resonate with CEFF’s mission, and purpose, consider jumping in at a sponsor level that works for you. We welcome you.

Of course volunteering is another way to contribute.

Thank you.

CEFF 4 Kids Day

For information on CEFF for Kids Day, click here

The Golden Transcript writes about CEFF

The word is spreading about the 10th Annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival. The Golden Transcript is helping by mentioning one of the films that will be screened, “The Sustainable”

Check out their article and help spread the word about this awesome festival.

CEFF 2015 Winners

Best Short

Prescription Strength

Directed by: Justin Bogardus
(4 minutes)

Saturday Night Live’ meets the solution to all your problems. A hilarious and poignant satire about a current day issue affecting us all…(no spoilers!) revealed in the perfect post-modern capsule, a prescription drug commercial. One lost man, longing for the apocalypse, neutered and crippled by modern life, finds an answer… a hilarious and obvious truth he was missing (and as he discovers, many of us were missing) all along. In the process he sees how absurdly disconnected he was from himself, his loved ones, and the world around him. Finally having fun, feeling sexy with his wife, wild, peaceful and free, this man is blunt in his prescription for what ails our modern society and even more clear about what the cure is for us all….

See the interview with Justin Bogardus by Kent Gunnufson of PhotoTalkTV here


Best Feature

The Resilient Ones, A Generation Takes on Climate Change

Directed by: Victor Guadagno
(57 minutes)

In August of 2011, Tropical Storm Irene ripped through the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York, upending lives and communities, and reminding us of the ecological foundation of our economic well-being. In the aftermath of the storm, a group of high school students take us on a journey through the region to meet local leaders and innovators. Cody Bary, Erin Weaver, and Gina Fiorile serve as our guides to understanding both short-term strategies for adapting to extreme weather and long-term solutions to reducing carbon emissions. The Resilient Ones explores the complex social transitions necessary to navigate this new era in human history.


Best of the Fest

Terra Firma

Directed by: Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson
(61 minutes)

Terra Firma weaves together the stories of three women combat veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and returned home suffering from the symptoms of PTSD. The film follows the women as they go about their daily lives, reflecting on their time spent in the military, the impact of war on their lives and their newfound peace of mind, finding that farming gives them purpose and a new way to serve their country by planting seeds and raising food for their communities.


Spirit of Activism

Pipeline Wars: A Burning Debate About Our Future

Directed by: Justin Robinson
(63 minutes)

Filmed in Alberta, Canada, Boulder, Colorado, and the San Francisco Bay Area, Pipeline Wars is an integral, transpartisan inquiry into the debate over oil pipelines in Canada, within the context of a world that is both demanding more energy and concerned about climate change. Pipeline Wars includes an exploration of climate, economics, technology, culture, politics and security from a range of diverse perspectives. Sustainability experts, businesspeople and policy wonks share their insights and ideas about creating an energy future that works.

Foothills Art Center – Exhibition

The Engaged Object

January 23-March 26, 2016

This exhibition, will explore how fine craft artists are using jewelry, ceramics, glass, textiles and other fine craft processes to make social, environmental and political statements. Throughout history, craft has played a significant role in radically re-imagining existing societies and has been deeply involved in transforming our ideas about a variety of economic, political and cultural issues. This exhibition will expand the public’s view of the role of craft as it both reflects and influences our ideas, viewpoints and attitudes and will be of particular interest to visitors during the 2016 election year.

The Engaged Object will present the work of some of the most important craft artists working today while also including the work of emerging artists through an open call process. Our goal is to include works that represent the very best examples of fine craft at the service of a larger idea, conviction or point of view.

Foothills Art Center
809 15th Street Golden, CO 80401
website – http://foothillsartcenter.org/

Kate MacDowell Artist Statement


We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words–to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. – C.S. Lewis.

In my work this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment. These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. In some pieces aspects of the human figure stand-in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations which illustrate our current relationship with the natural world. In others, animals take on anthropomorphic qualities when they are given safety equipment to attempt to protect them from man-made environmental threats. In each case the union between man and nature is shown to be one of friction and discomfort with the disturbing implication that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices.

I hand sculpt each piece out of porcelain, often building a solid form and then hollowing it out. Smaller forms are built petal by petal, branch by branch and allow me the chance to get immersed in close study of the structure of a blossom or a bee. I chose porcelain for its luminous and ghostly qualities as well as its strength and ability to show fine texture. It highlights both the impermanence and fragility of natural forms in a dying ecosystem, while paradoxically, being a material that can last for thousands of years and is historically associated with high status and value. I see each piece as a captured and preserved specimen, a painstaking record of endangered natural forms and a commentary on our own culpability.

Prescription Strength launches website

Link to Nature-Rx.org

The short film ‘Prescription Strength’ was a big hit at the recent CEFF. Justin Bogardus, its producer has launched his website Nature-Rx.org. From their press release: “Nature-Rx.org is your website, where you can be entertained and informed about the benefits of getting outdoors – and to learn more about our new award-winning films, our next upcoming film series, and what else is happening with Nature-Rx.”

From their website, you will also find information about their Kickstarter fundraising campaign once it becomes active.

Interview with Justin Bogardus

The short film “Prescription Strength”, won Best Short Film at the 2015 Colorado Environmental Film Festival. Kent Gunnufson of PhotoTalk TV interviewed the film’s director, Justin Bogardus. The video of that interview is below: