RVA Environmental Film Festival returns March 10-21

Get all the details to attend and see our picks for can’t-miss screenings.


Several festival screenings take place at The Byrd Theatre.

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A free film festival returns to venues around Richmond starting Friday, March 10. The RVA Environmental Film Festival is back this year with an all in-person format and 20+ screenings.

All the films have something to say about environmental issues — whether that’s telling the story of a master falconer building a bird sanctuary or following an investigative filmmaker in her quest to uncover harms caused by the fashion industry.

Attending is easy. All screenings are free and open to the public.


The first screening is Friday, March 10.

Still from “Wildcat” by Trevor Frost

Here’s the what, where, and when for this year’s fest. Check out the full schedule here.

March 10

RVA EFF begins with a screening of “Wildcat” at the Science Museum’s Dome theater at 7:30 p.m. The documentary follows a young veteran caring for a baby ocelot and a woman running a wildlife rescue center in Peru.

March 11-12

For the first weekend of the festival, all screenings are at The Byrd Theatre. The film lineup includes the 1972 version of “The Lorax,” the PBS documentary “My Garden of a Thousand Bees,” and the climate change refugee story “Newtok.”

On Sunday, March 12 at 5:15 p.m., attend a special screening of the winner of the Virginia Environmental Film Contest, “Coal Blooded.” The short film explores the impacts of a 200-acre coal pile in Newport News on a nearby neighborhood.

March 13-21

For the remainder of the festival, venues vary. There is generally one event each evening, and screenings typically include a panel, group discussion, or Q+A. There will be screenings around the city, from library branches to churches to the Robins Nature Center at Maymont.

If you’d like to support RVA EFF, contact them to make a donation.

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