Vote!

During the festival, we encourage ticket holders to visit this page to vote for their favorite film.  At midnight on Sunday, October 23rd, all the votes will be tallied and we will bestow upon the film with the highest vote count, the 2016 ACFF Audience Choice Award!  Results will be announced the following day on our website and on social media.  The Audience Choice winning film will be shown, along with another award winner, during Block 13 on Saturday, October 29th at the Frank Center, which begins at 7:30 pm.  Be sure to cast your vote and grab your ticket!

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Things to Know
An Acquired Taste
The Babushkas of Chernobyl
Beneath Paradise
Bluebird Man
Canyon Song
Catching the Sun
Defined by the Line
EO Wilson: Of Ants and Men
Forget Shorter Showers
Harbinger
How to Change the World
Life Story – First Steps
Marijuana Grows and Restoration
Medieval Monsters
Monarchs: The Milkweed Mission
Moving the Giants
Muir
Pale Blue Dot
Pangolin
Pronghorn Revival
Racing Extinction
Return of the Cicadas
Saving Mes Aynak
Seed: The Untold Story
Sharing the Secrets
Sonic Sea
Testimony: Remembering Glen Canyon
The Burden: Fossil Fuel, The Military and National Security
The Messenger
The True Cost
Think Like a Scientist: Boundaries
Think Like a Scientist: Gorongosa
Thirty Million
Unacceptable Risk: Firefighters on the Front Lines of Climate Change
Where Ice & Ocean Meet: Kenai Fjords National Park

 

 

Things to Know

Joining us for the Festival? Here’s what you need to know!

This year marks our 14th Season!  From Friday, October 21st to Sunday, October 23rd and an encore weekend October 28th to 30th, we’ll be bringing you 35 of the best conservation films in the world. We are welcoming many filmmakers and conservation experts to town for post screening discussions.  Be sure to check out our FULL SCHEDULE as you make your plans.

NEW THIS YEAR: Festival Headquarters at the Entler Hotel, 129 E. German Street, Shepherdstown (next to Shepherdstown Visitors Center). Purchase tickets, pick up a program, grab a free snack, meet other festival goers! Come see us!

 

TICKETS

We strongly encourage you to purchase festival tickets online HERE to guarantee your seat.

Tickets are available for purchase NOW at The Local Source:  133 W. German Street.

You may also purchase tickets during the Festival at our Festival Headquarters at the Entler Hotel, 129 E. German Street in Shepherdstown or at each festival venue.

Check or cash transactions are preferred though credit cards will also be accepted.

 

We have 5 types of tickets:

Full Festival Pass – $55 – entrance into all films at all venues both weekends

1st Weekend Pass – $40 – entrance into all films from Friday, October 21-Sunday, October 23

2nd Weekend Pass – $25 – entrance into all films from Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30.

Block Ticket (multiple films) – $10 – entrance into all films during a specific time block at a specific venue

Block Ticket (single film) – $7 – entrance into blocks 12, 14, and 15

 

Students 18 & younger are admitted free of charge to all films as space allows.

All films on Shepherd Campus are FREE to SU students with Rambler ID

Details regarding tickets and film venues can be found here.

 

Doors open at each venue a half hour before each film block.

We strongly encourage you to arrive 20-30 minutes before start time to be sure you have a seat.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

We’re inviting audience members and filmmakers to join us at the following gatherings:

Friday, October 21st – Opening Night Reception at Festival Headquarters, the Entler Hotel, 129 E. German Street, Shepherdstown. Enjoy refreshments and meeting filmmakers and other festival goers to kick off the festival weekend! Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Saturday, October 22nd – WRAP PARTY at the Blue Moon from 9:30pm to 11pm with free hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

PARKING

Please give yourself plenty of time to find parking and get to your venue(s). Free street parking is available Fridays after 6pm and Saturdays and Sundays, but do not park in residential parking zones! Parking is also available in lots A and B on Shepherd University.

Be aware that King Street (in front of Reynolds Hall), between German Street and High Street, will be closed on Saturday, October 29th from 8am to 8pm for BooFest events, so plan accordingly.

You can check out a Shepherdstown map here and a

Shepherd University Parking Map here.

 

We look forward to seeing you!

 

ACFF Presents 14th Season!

The 14th annual American Conservation Film Festival opens Friday, October 21st with a festive reception and two blocks of three films each and culminates with its Encore Award Winners weekend October 28-30. The Festival brings together the finest conservation films and filmmakers from around the world and features discussions with scientists and educators, professional workshops, family programming, and social events — all with the mission of engaging, informing, and inspiring its audience through the power of film.

This year’s Festival will present films with a wide range of environmental and conservation themes. The Green Fire Award winning film, E.O. Wilson: Of Ants and Men, tells the story of this remarkable thinker and biologist, called “a Darwin for the modern day.” Filmmaker Graham Townsley will be in attendance to accept his award and speak about the film.

Catching the Sun (Green Spark Award winner for Sustainability) follows the global race between the U.S. and China to lead the world to a cleaner energy future.

The Foreign Film Award goes to Thirty Million, a film about the impending displacement of tens of millions of people in Bangladesh as they face rising sea levels due to climate change.

For the younger set, ACFF presents an exciting and delightful film called Life Story – First Steps about the challenges baby animals face in the first few days of life. This feature length film will be followed by an educational program from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center featuring live wildlife animal ambassadors.

At four venues in and around Shepherdstown, ACFF invites its audience to explore the world through the stories, images, and people that create this offering of compelling films. Several filmmakers and subject matter experts will be present during the festival and participating in discussions following the screening of their films. Films are arranged in thoughtfully considered “blocks” to allow for maximum screening options and a diverse array of topics and film lengths.