Richmond, Va. ~ Organizers are pleased to announce the Seventh Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF), to be held February 6 thru 12, 2017. The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Viridiant, and Falls of the James Group – Sierra Club, VA Sun, Vegan Action along with several other sponsors, have been working together to make sure this year’s festival is the best yet, with many insightful films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of our planet – and to Richmond citizens in particular. As with last year, all of the festival’s events are free and open to the public.

Although the full week’s schedule will not officially be released until mid-January, organizers are happy to announce the first part of the children’s portion of the festival:

Following tradition and by popular demand, the 2017 RVA EFF will include a children’s portion at the historic Byrd Theater in Carytown, starting at 10 am on Saturday, February 6, beginning with The Lorax, hopefully inspiring some new environmentalists and re-igniting the hope of older ones. Continuing at 10:30 am, there will be a screening of DisneyNature’s Oceans, Oceans presents details and facts about a journey through the oceans, beginning on a beach where a young boy wonders what the ocean is. From Galapagos, South America, Australia, Alaska, Arctic and Antarctica where we find marine iguanas, hoseshoe crabs, sea urchins, moon jelly fish,dolphins, gannets, sharks, whales, sardines, manta rays octopus, sea lions, krill, shrimp, the Spanish dancer, dugong, and sea turtles. Frigate birds add drama to the ocean voyage along with the fishing boat’s struggle to return home. At the end the narrator says we shouldn’t ask what exactly is the ocean, we should ask what exactly are we.

Please stay tuned for the release of the full RVA EFF schedule. Festival organizers have extended the festival to a whole week and will include venues all over the area, including evenings at the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Byrd Theater, as well as the Richmond’s Main Library, and the North Courthouse Road Library – Chesterfield Public Library.

The RVA Environmental Film Festival is free and would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors such as the Slow Food RVA, Audubon Society, Keep Virginia Beautiful, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Sierra Club Foundation, Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Viridiant, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Richmond Region Energy Alliance, University of Richmond, The Rice Center of Virginia Commonwealth University, City of Richmond, Chesterfield Library, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Science Museum of Virginia, the Byrd Theater, BlueRidge Outdoors Magazine, VA Sun, Vegan Action and WCVE Public Radio.

More information about other films, guests and speakers, and specific schedules for each day will be made available as the event becomes nearer. For more information on the Festival, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit rvaeff.org.