Photos: top © Christopher Markisz, bottom © Tommy Lau Photography

The urgent and persistent threats to the future of our planet—and the future of our young people—require an equally urgent and persistent response. We aim to inspire and empower as many students as possible with a broad range of impactful films, resources, and conversations.

Now in its 15th year, our Environmental Youth Forum (EYF) has evolved into a year-round hybrid program that includes both online and in-person events. EYF provides unique interactive learning experiences for K-12 students by utilizing film to foster awareness and activism around a range of environmental issues, with an emphasis on innovations, solutions, and youth engagement. All EYF programs are FREE for all participating schools. In-person programs will take place at the Smith Rafael Film Center in downtown San Rafael and are open to all local schools or youth programs. Online programs are open to school groups, after school programs, and youth development organizations anywhere in the United States.

EYF will bring you the best in environmental filmmaking and a combination of interactive activities including:

  • Film screenings
  • Live and pre-recorded conversations with filmmakers and subject experts from around the world
  • Panel discussions with adult and youth activists
  • Student activism resources including advocacy ideas, engagement activities, and calls to action
  • Teacher curriculum resources including lesson plans, discussion guides, and activity toolkits
  • Links to partner organizations and opportunities for remote engagement and activism

New EYF programs will be announced throughout the school year. For announcements and updates, make sure to subscribe to our CAFILM Education emails at the bottom of this page. If you have ideas or subjects you would like us to consider for an upcoming EYF program, please email us at [email protected], and we will do our best to meet your curriculum needs and requests.