10th Anniversary Festival Highlights
In 2012, ACFF . . .
- Selected from over 170 film submissions to present 65 of the highest quality conservation-themed films from around the world
- Nearly doubled ticket sales from 2011, as we welcomed audiences of over 4,700 to films, panel discussions, and special events over the four-day festival
- Welcomed 13 filmmakers to the Festival (one more via Skype) who participated, along with other subject matter experts, in 15 post-show Q&As and panel discussions
- Hosted Alexandra Cousteau and Marion Stoddart for a River Night block of films and discussions
- Held our first Producer's Campus at NCTC with workshops taught by award-winning filmmakers including Khris Baxter, Phil Fairclough, Tilman Remme, and Petr Stepanek
- Were honored to be offered Ken Burns' The Dust Bowl for screening BEFORE it aired on PBS and to welcome associate producer, Susan Shumaker
- Held our second 3D Film night, this year featuring Parthenon Entertainment’s ICE BEAR 3D and The Predator Coast, produced by Earth-Touch and provided by the Smithsonian Channel
- Offered an afternoon of free, family programming at The National Conservation Training Center, with a hands-on bat experience
- Presented The Green Fire Award, ACFF’s recognition of filmmaking excellence, AND the Audience Choice Award to George and Beth Gage for Bidder 70.
- Accepted works from 18 student filmmakers into the festival, giving many their first professional opportunity to present their work, with the Student Film Award going to Gabriela Lozada Pozo for The Last Iceman of Chimborazo.
- Partnered with Shepherd University’s Social Media for Social Good class to offer a BLOG leading up to the Festival and LIVE “Tweet Your Review” kiosks throughout Shepherdstown
- Offered inspired filmgoers the opportunity to follow up on issues and take ACTION with film topic-related resources on the Action Opportunities & Resources page
- Increased our donations from individuals and doubled the number of donors in one year