Founded in 2001 by Jane Sullivan and Johnny Davis, the Santa Cruz Film Festival is dedicated to the support and promotion of moving image arts in the Greater Monterey Bay Area.

In the past 10 years, the Santa Cruz Film Festival has:

  • Exhibited over 1,200 independent films and video art to the Santa Cruz Community, the greater Monterey Bay Area, and a growing number of national and international visitors
  • Co-produced and presented programs in association with The Digital Media Factory, UCSC’s Film + Digital Media Department and Arts and Lecture Series, Community Television of Santa Cruz County, The Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture Series, The Museum of Art & History @ the McPherson Center, Santa Cruz Guerrilla Drive-In and Shakespeare Santa Cruz
  • Screened nearly 300 locally-produced films furthering our mission to support our Santa Cruz film community
  • Attracted over 100,000 film lovers and filmmakers from all over the world to Santa Cruz
  • Showcased films in unique venues such as the historic Del Mar Theatre, The Nickelodeon, Regal Riverfront Stadium Twin, The Rio Theatre, The Museum of Art & History @ the McPherson Center, The UCSC Digital Arts and New Media Theatre, Cabrillo College, Community Television of Santa Cruz County, The Digital Media Factory, Santa Cruz High School, The Attic, The Cayuga Vault, Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Hall, and The Skyview Drive-In

Our continued success lies in the dedicated volunteers, the Board of Directors, our Team and the members of the Greater Monterey Bay Area community whose support and participation in the Santa Cruz Film Festival make it all possible.


Founded by Ed Schehl and Kathleen Knight in 1999, the EarthVision International Environmental Film Festival provided a venue in which makers of environmental films could gather and celebrate each other’s work.  In 2008, the Santa Cruz Film Festival assumed operational control of EarthVision and incorporated its vision and mission into SCFF’s overall programming template.  SCFF has presented nearly 70 environmental films since then that seek to raise awareness of critical environmental issues, explore the attempts of those who pursue environmental justice, and mobilize support and action within the community.

In 2011, the EarthVision section included 9 feature-length films including Windfall, which explored green corporate opportunism, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, a study of radical environmentalism, Carbon Nation, an examination of solutions to the climate crisis for those who may be skeptical of it, and A Road Not Taken, a look back at President Jimmy Carter’s historic installation of solar panels on the White House in 1979.


Bhopali, Van Maximilian Carlson, USA/India, 2011

As the relationship between humanity and the environment continues to evolve, so, too, does the vision and perspective of EarthVision.  It is no longer sufficient to study environmental issues without also casting an eye on questions of social justice and humanitarian issues.  A more holistic reflection is required.  Humanity’s relationship with itself is inextricably linked with its relationship to the environment.

With this in mind, beginning in 2012, the EarthVision Environmental Film Section has been expanded and recast as the EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film Section, and will include films that raise awareness of, and aim to discover solutions to, issues between both humans and each other, and humanity and the environment.  The Spirit of Action Prize, new in 2011, is being incorporated in the “new” EarthVision alongside the EarthVision Environmental Film Prize, and each will be presented to a feature-length and short subject film.

Visit the EarthVision Films Page for a listing of the films screened in 2011 and to explore the rest of the lineup.


The Ice Sculptor (L’artigiano glaciale), Alberto Meroni, Switzerland, 2011

We are proud to be continuing EarthVision’s tradition of presenting timely, important environmental films, and also about this evolution in our Festival.