2019 Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival

This year’s festival begins on February 21, 2019 and end on March 2, 2019. The complete schedule will be announced at the beginning of the year.

Now entering into its 21st year, the festival is changing its format. It will now take place over two consecutive weekends. The first will follow a format similar to that of the past twenty years, with evening screenings of critically acclaimed and important films from around the world. The second will highlight student and emerging filmmakers, and will offer workshops designed to nurture their original visions and voices.

For over 20 years, the Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival has brought compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area and the Eckerd College community to raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment.

Film scholars as well as established and emerging filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in a lively dialogue about the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films.

All films are free and open to the public.

Stay tuned for the complete program.

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2018 Film Festival Schedule

Bird looking at camera

The Burden of Flight: Albatross

Friday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.

Man and child in vests on side of road

Fear of Change: Denial

Saturday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.

Two men on the street at night

Of Mice and Men: Rat Film

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m.

River winding into horizon

Activism and its Impacts: A River Below

Monday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

Woman with hair braid

Living with Nature: The Cloud Forest

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.

Man with rifle on a boat

Unintended Consequences: Rodents of Unusual Size

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

People marching with a sign

Fight the Power: Atomic Homefront

Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.

Man holding mirror on mountain

Apocalypse Now: Behemoth

Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Jane with chimpanzee

The Power of Observation: Jane

Saturday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

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Sponsored by The Phoenix Venture Philanthropy Foundation

And special thanks to the Eckerd College Letters Collegium, Film Studies program, Environmental Studies program, and Organization of Students.

"‘Jane’ Is an Absorbing Trip Into the Wild With Jane Goodall"

New York Times

"Morgen seems capable of shaping that footage in such a unique, captivating, inspiring way..."


"Jane honors its subject's legacy with an absorbing, beautifully filmed, and overall enlightening look at her decades of invaluable work."

Rotten Tomatoes

2018 Environmental Film Festival Awards

The ballots are in! The awards for the 2018 “Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature” Environmental Film Festival go to:

Audience Choice Award

Denial, directed by Derek Hallquist

Special Jury Award

Albatross, directed by Chris Jordan


The state-of-the-art Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium features:

  • New Epson 4K 12,000 lumen projector
  • DVD and VHS tape video projection capabilities
  • 12′ x 26′ projection screen
  • 16 JBL surround speakers
  • 3 JBL cinema stage speakers
  • 374 upholstered, cushioned seats


On March 1-2, 2019, the festival will host its inaugural group of Visions of Nature Emerging Filmmakers for a two-day program of workshops, panels, and film screenings that will bring together filmmakers, environmentalists, activists, and community members to consider the past, present, and future of moving images in relation to environmental issues. Applicants should be undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates (in the past five years).

How to apply: Submit a film (up to 30 minutes in length), along with a short artist’s statement (about 250 words) that describes your film’s relationship to the festival’s theme. Accepted films will be screened at a public event concurrent with the workshop. Emerging Filmmakers are eligible for a stipend to aid with the cost of travel as well as room and board during the workshop. Complete applications are due January 4, 2019.


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