Festival Details - "American Conservation Film Festival"...
Start: Thursday, March 7, 2024 12:00PM
End: Sunday, March 10, 2024 8:00PM
Low-cost travel tickets to the Serengeti desert of Africa ... the rugged coastline of Wales ... and the ancient old-world villages of Lebanon are on sale now, as the American Conservation Film Festival launches its 22nd annual event March 7 - 10, 2024 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The popular film festival, arriving when the late-winter travel bug infects all of us, offers a convenient armchair tour -- at affordable prices -- to the far reaches of five continents, from the lush, wildlife-rich escarpments of South Africa to the wild Pacific shores of Oregon to nearby Appalachian "hollers" of the West Virginia hills. Along the way, viewers will battle invasive species, catch Burmese pythons in the Everglades, and delight to the music of Yo Yo Ma.
Bringing the community together for more than 20 years with films and special events focused on celebrating and conserving our natural world, ACFF 2024 will be held at the Frank Center on the campus of Shepherd University. The festival offers something for everyone with 23 juried short films, four feature length films, free admission for students, and open captioning for all films.
Among the feature films is the mesmerizing Deep Rising, narrated by Jason Momoa that highlights the mysteries of our deep oceans and plans to extract metals on the sea beds that are critical to support the green energy economy. The shorts program includes the riveting "Python Huntress," featuring the remarkable Donna Kalil, whose work to remove invasive Burmese pythons from the Florida Everglades saves the lives of native animals.
The festival kicks off with a free nature hike, co-sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, followed by a talk about Appalachian Biodiversity. Additional programming includes a family-friendly film block, eco-activities for children, conversations with filmmakers, and book talk by Leah Rampy. The festival concludes with a community dinner at Alma Bea’s restaurant featuring an Appalachian buffet.
Passes and tickets for the American Conservation Film Festival are on sale now at conservationfilmfest.org. All students 18 and under as well as college students can register for free tickets online.
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