Washington DC-based Environmental Film Festival has been granted US$20,000 in Art Works funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Funding will go to support the festival’s 25th anniversary, in which 150 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films will be presented over two weeks in March at more than 50 venues across the Nation’s Capital.
This year’s event will focus its lens on a planet in transition, exploring what has happened to the global environment over the past 25 years and what lies ahead.
Screening films will look to address the impact of climate change, endangered wildlife, food and agriculture, water and ocean issues, clean energy, resilient cities and sustainable solutions.
The complete 2017 schedule will be posted on the festival’s website in February.
The Art Works category of funding focuses on the “creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.”
The grant is part of National Endowment for the Arts approved US$30 million funding announcement for 2017. The NEA serves as an independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.
The 25th edition of the festival will take place from March 14 to 26, 2017.
“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA chair Jane Chu in a statement.