The Festival

The International Wildlife Film Festival GREEN SCREEN is the most popular festival for nature documentaries in Europe. Every year, thousands of nature-loving film fans watch films from all over the world at GREEN SCREEN.

Since 2007, the festival has taken place annually in Eckernförde on the Baltic Sea. GREEN SCREEN offers a wide range of outstanding documentaries that depict the beauty of nature and address explosive topics on nature conservation, climate change and species extinction.

The core of the festival is the international GREEN SCREEN competition for the BEST NATURE FILMS of the year, where prizes are awarded in 16 competition categories. Hundreds of submitted productions are judged by a nomination jury and a prize jury each year.

GREEN SCREEN has also developed into an important meeting place for the nature film industry in Germany. In addition to the screenings, there are professional workshops, seminars and panel discussions as well as rooms for meetings and acceptances and an attractive supporting program.

In September and October 2020 GREEN SCREEN was extended from the usual five festival days to six weeks in order to reach a large number of visitors even under the conditions of a pandemic. GREEN SCREEN presented 98 nature films from the worldwide production. In addition to the face-to-face events, the festival showed an extensive online program.

Filmmakers from all over the world were online for the presentation of the GREEN SCREEN awards by festival director Dirk Steffens, including the winners from South Africa "Best GREEN SCREEN Film" with the documentary "My Octopus Teacher".

GREEN SCREEN is convinced that the preservation of species in an intact environment can only succeed if people of all ages are aware of the beauty of nature and are sensitized to its growing threat. The festival is a member of the "Green Film Network". This association of environmental film festivals promotes worldwide exchange among currently 39 film festivals from 33 countries.

The festival period will also be extended in 2021. From September 4-12, films will be shown in Eckernförde, then until September 19 in cinemas throughout Schleswig-Holstein.



Green Screen’s Start into its 15th Season

In its 15th festival season, Green Screen will offer a large programme. Around 100 documentaries chosen from worldwide entries will be presented in Eckernfoerde from 4 - 12 September.

South African Documentary “My Octopus Teacher” Winner of Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival

Eckernfoerde, 12th September, 2020. On Saturday, this year’s winners of the 14th Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival were announced at Eckernfoerde. Festival director and tv host Dirk...

Greeting of Mayor Jörg Sibbel and Communal Director Karin Himstedt

Dear GREEN SCREEN guests, dear citizens of Eckernfoerde,

We are delighted that the 2020 GREEN SCREEN Festival is taking place despite the Corona pandemic and associated limitations.


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