Festivals and Screenings

There are multiple on campus festivals and screenings highlighting work by filmmakers from around the world.

The Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY), sponsored by the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, showcases incisive, cutting edge films highlighting the environmental and social issues of our time.

The European Cinema Series highlights 12-18 feature filmsto showcase a different year in Europe through an international sample of its cinematic production. Many of the films are drawn from distant archives, shown in 35mm format, sometimes preceded by newsreels or shorts, and always interspersed with panels that discuss the films in relation to the historical, social, and aesthetic concerns of the year in focus.

Inaugurated in 2009 by the Whitney Humanities Center to help foster a dynamic film culture at Yale, Films at the Whitney supports a host of other film-related events, including film conferences and festivals, special screenings and workshops with visiting filmmakers.

Established in 2015, the Latino & Iberian Film Festival at Yale (LIFFY) promotes cultural awareness, mutual understanding, and unity among people of divergent backgrounds by presenting films that tell the stories and share the perspectives of people from the diverse countries, languages, and cultures that make up Latin America and the Iberian peninsula.

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) hosts an annual film series ranging in theme from Literary Adaptations on Screen to Slavic Science Fiction.

The Yale Africa Film Festival is hosted by the Council on African Studies in collaboration with Yale African Graduate & Professional Students and highlights forward-thinking films from the African continent and it’s diaspora.

The Yale Festival of New Italian Cinema, consisting of four days of recent Italian films screened on campus,  is hosted by the Department of Italian Studies, the Whitney Humanities Center, and the Film and Media Studies Program. With introductions and post-screening discussions, these films attract a wide public from Yale and the City of New Haven. 

The Yale Student Film Festival (YSFF) is student-run and provides university-level filmmakers, from Yale and from around the world the opportunity to exhibit their work. Founded in 2015, this three-day event includes feature film screenings, workshops and panels led by Yale alums in the entertainment industry, and a competitive student film block and awards ceremony.

For more festivals, series, and screenings visit the Film and Media Studies Screenings page.