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The nonprofit Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival (PHEFF) was created in 2017 by founders Debra Wolf Goldstein (executive director) and Alexandra Drobac Diagne (artistic director) “to bring the planet to Philadelphia through the power of environmental film.” PHEFF showcased hundreds of exceptional new short and feature-length environmental and nature films, with thousands of people throughout the region attending and enjoying PHEFF’s Earth Month festival every April.  This event included a juried selection of new American and international films in a wide variety of genres; a student film competition; film awards in multiple categories; exciting Q&As and panel discussions with film directors and subject matter experts; and a fun Opening Night party for donors and supporters.  PHEFF also created popular youth workshops, hosted special film events throughout the year, and screened entertaining summer films at multiple sites in partnership with local nonprofits and government agencies.

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From Teachers and Students

“[My students] got to see experiences around the world that they have never considered before and viewed themselves as fortunate for not having to be in that space or have that experience. They also realized more about how the climate changing can impact humans on a major scale.”


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