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Call for Submissions: 2016 Ripple Effect Film Project


The Ripple Effect Film Project continues with its 2016 call for submissions! Open to filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience who reside, work, go to school, or otherwise have a connection to Athens, Georgia. Submissions must be 30 to 90 seconds in length and received by February 6, 2016 along with a completed entry form. There is no entry fee. Finalist films will be shown at the Blue Carpet Premiere on March 16, 2016. Learn more about the project here!

Presenting Racing Extinction on October 13, 2015!


We are proud to bring Racing Extinction to Athens for a one-night engagement at Ciné! Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Academy Award® winning filmmaker Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembled a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction. Whether infiltrating notorious black markets with guerilla-style tactics or exploring the scientific causes affecting changes to the environment, this compelling documentary will change the way we see the world and our role within it. View film trailer here

This screening is presented by Oceanic Preservation Society in partnership with UGA-based ECOGIG Research Consortium (Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf), EcoFocus Film Festival and Ciné.

Tuesday, October 13th, 7:45pm and 9:45pm, Ciné in downtown Athens

Admission is FREE; reservation is required.The first screening is SOLD OUT.

Due to the film's popularity we recommend reserving your tickets now here.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
Kids are welcome; however, please note that the film contains scenes depicting animal cruelty


3rd Annual Jekyll Island Green Screen


EcoFocus will partner for the third time with several great organizations present the Jekyll Island Green Screen on Saturday February 21st from 4:00-8:00pm. This year's event will feature a cocktail reception and research showcase, the film ANGEL AZUL and a follow-up panel discussion with experts. For more information join the Facebook event and share with your friends!


2015 Ripple Effect Deadline Extended


The Ripple Effect 2015 Blue Carpet Premiere will be held on May 16. The deadline for YOUR short films about water conservation has been extended to February 13th! There have been two major changes for the Ripple Effect this year. The first is CASH PRIZES! There will be cash prizes in all categories, including $500 for "Best in Festival." The second big change is that we have broadened the scope to include water quality!  That means you can chose between conservation and pollution prevention for your film's focus. It's not too late to get started on your film for the 2015 Ripple Effect! See for entry form and rules.


The End of the Line to Screen February 2, 2015


At the 2009 EcoFocus Film Festival we screened The End of the Line to a packed crowd and rave reviews. The End of the Line was selected for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and is as relevant today as it was at its premiere. The film will be screened again in Athens as part of the Animal Voices Film Festival on the UGA Campus!

Event Info:

The End of the Line (with post-film discussion)
Monday, February 2, 7:30pm
UGA Miller Learning Center, Room 101
Free and open to the public
More about the film here:
More about the Animal Voices Film Fest:
Join the Facebook event and help spread the word!