Cinema Verde International Environmental Film & Arts Festival

Event Date: 
February 13, 2020 to February 16, 2020

Since 2010, Cinema Verde International Environmental Film and Arts Festival has hosted a multidisciplinary program of film, music, visual arts exhibitions, workshops, and public forums focused on broad themes related to the environment and cultural and economic sustainability.

The goal of the Festival, which is directed by SEJ member Trish Riley, is to provide environmental education to the public through film, arts, workshops, events, tours and any other forum or media; to increase public awareness of environmental practices that enhance public health and improve quality of life in urban, suburban and rural settings.

An integral part of the festival is a film competition with categories for professionals and students – high school and college.

Spend Valentine’s Day 2020 celebrating your love for the planet, animals and each other with us at Heartwood! Cinema Verde’s Eleventh Annual International Environmental Film and Arts Festival will be held February 13-16, 2020, with 46 films from 12 different countries and 10 visiting filmmakers and principals coming to talk with our audiences about the state of the environment and to help build a path toward a sustainable future.

Please join us for four film-filled days of discussions, plans, fun and comfort - we bring our community together to learn about and solve environmental and social concerns in an effort to create a world where we want to live.

Take advantage of this chance to meet and learn with our filmmakers and environmental stars - here are just a few who will be joining us:

  •     Atsuko Quirk, Director of Microplastic Madness, screening Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m., will lead a “Take Action” discussion afterwards. Microplastic Madness is a feature length documentary about Brooklyn fifth graders, living on the frontline of the climate crisis, whose action on plastic pollution morphs into extraordinary leadership and victories.
  •     Riki Ott, star of A Concerned Citizen, will lead a discussion following the film on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. Dr. Riki Ott is a toxicologist, author, activist and whistleblower who predicted the Exxon Valdez oil spills hours before it happened. Ott helped organize Gulf Coast communities after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. She will tell us about the campaign to introduce a Constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and the impact of the environment on our health.
  •     Peter Jay Brown, Director of Eco-Terrorist: The Battle for Our Planet, Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m., follows the most wanted environmentalist today, Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Society and Whale-Wars fame. After 40 years on the frontlines, Brown exposes more pranks, the glory of successful missions, and fierce encounters with some of the most infamous and illegal marine hunters, while stopping at nothing to protect wildlife on a global scale. Brown says, “My films and television shows on the environment were all about how we started a revolution on a shoestring of tactics and often deceit. Eco-Terrorist: The Battle for Our Planet shows how the struggle has been eclipsed by eco-corporations and money that have overshadowed the efforts of the true activists. Saving the planet involves each and every one of us. Brown will lead a discussion about protecting animal rights and using the media to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Contact us now for advance interviews with our filmmakers!

We welcome inquiries about sponsorship and participation with Cinema Verde.

For full schedule and film information:

For more information, please contact Trish Riley, Cinema Verde’s founder and director,; 352-327-3560.


Event Details

Gainesville, FL
Contact Name: 
Trish Riley
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Cinema Verde