17 years of compelling films about nature, place and the environment

Join film scholars and filmmakers from around the world to discuss “Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature” — environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films. Organizers discussed this year’s films with local media (Bay News 9 and WTSP).

2015 Film Schedule


Social Impacts of Capitalism and Climate Change: Snowpiercer

Friday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.


The True Costs of Agriculture: Food Chains

Saturday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

AKLA 1978

Urban Environments: New Orleans: Changing the Channel and Getting Back to Abnormal

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m.


War and Conservation: Virunga

Monday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.


Struggles with Nature: Corn Island

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.


The Eyes of the River: Yakona

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.

The Great Invisible

The Ecological and Human Impact of the Gulf Disaster: The Great Invisible

Thursday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.

Fifth Season

When Nature Refuses: The Fifth Season

Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

Plastic Paradise

Where the Waste Goes: Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Saturday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by The Phoenix Venture Philanthropy Foundation

And special thanks to the Program for Experienced Learners (PEL), the Letters Collegium, the PEL Honors Program, and the Eckerd College Organization of Students.

gorgeous…it just brings joy to your heart to see such naturalism on screen

Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)

a seamless melding of history's dark undertow and a child's indefatigable optimism

Sheri Linden, The Los Angeles Times

a total crowd-pleaser, deserving of its wild praise

Cinemblend (US)

2015 Awards

We are very excited to announce the winners of the 2014 Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Awards. We had an exciting festival, with packed theaters, and appreciative audiences.

Our guest speakers informed and entertained us, and their films exposed us to new ways of thinking about our connections with the natural world. Our awards this year recognize films that were able to educate at the same time as they entertained and surprised audiences, provoking strong reactions and insightful questions.

Audience Choice Award

Plastic Paradise


Special Jury Award




Please contact Catherine Griggs for more information regarding how to submit your film for an upcoming Eckerd College Environmental Film Festival.