Mission

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is a celebration of the power of film to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences to protect and preserve the environment.

CEFF presents thought-provoking films and dialogue that raise awareness of a wide variety of interconnected ecological, social, and economic themes. The Festival provides an experience for the audience that goes beyond passive film viewing: CEFF inspires audiences into awareness and action.

CEFF Goals

 

 

To Inspire

With a growing public awareness for the environment, CEFF aims to inspire audiences through films to motivate them to make a difference in their community.

To Educate

CEFF helps audiences build the knowledge and skills they need to make environmentally responsible choices.

To Motivate

CEFF inspires audiences into action to make a difference in their environment!

CEFF Board of Directors and Staff

Nicole Bickford

Festival Director

Nicole's Bio
Nicole has been an active member in the environmental education community of Colorado for the last 20 years. Prior to this role, Nicole was Vice President of Programs and Exhibits at the Butterfly Pavilion, focusing on the management of all education programming, exhibit development, fundraising, and community partnerships. Nicole has contributed her expertise to several Denver environmental education efforts including the development of Colorado’s certification program for environmental educators and the annual planning and implementation of Colorado’s annual statewide Environmental Education Conference. Nicole enjoys traveling the world with her husband and 2 kids. When home, she loves to read and chase her kids down the ski slopes!

Rocky Thompson

Board of Directors - President

Rocky's Bio

Rocky has been involved in film and photography since high school. He has been involved with the Starz Denver Film Festival, the Boulder International Environmental Film Festival, the Cheyenne International Film Festival, and the Boulder International Film Festival. His interest in the environment started at a young age, playing in the streams and mountains of Pennsylvania. Currently Rocky is principle of Gaia Video Productions in Boulder. 

Dave Steinke

Board of Directors - Vice President

Dave's Bio

Dave is a native of Denver, Colorado and graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in Mass Communications. He worked briefly for ABC Wide World of Sports on the summer golf tour. He worked for two years in Waco, Texas at an NBC television affiliate and then two years at an ABC television affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

He hired on with the U.S. Forest Service as a videographer for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Comanche and Cimarron National Grasslands. After a few years working on a Forest, he transferred into the Regional Office in Lakewood where he was involved in a whole variety of tasks. He retired in 2015 after 38 years of service. He retired as the Assistant Director for External Affairs and ran the Creative Services department which dealt with videotapes, still photography, presentations, exhibits, web content, media training and meeting facilitation. Dave was also involved with fire suppression for his entire Forest Service career and was qualified as a fire photographer, a Type I Incident Information Officer and instructor for beginning and advanced information officer training.

In 2005, Dave co-produced a two-hour documentary film, The Greatest Good, a U.S. Forest Service centennial film on the history of the agency and the evolution of public lands. The show played on PBS for ten years with more than 8,000 screenings on stations across the country, and the international version of the show was released in eight languages.

In 2011 he co-produced a one-hour documentary film, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time. The Emmy Award winning film screened for a year at film festivals and state premiers and then debuted on Earth Day in April 2013 as a one hour Wisconsin Public Television production on Public Broadcasting Service. It continues to run on PBS and is used as a fundraiser for the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Dave is also the co-chair of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival that is entering its fourteenth season showing the very best environmental films from around the world every February in Golden, Colorado. He just finished an hour-long documentary on Herman Dingus, Colorado’s Polka King, and always tries to have an entry into the Colorado 48 hour film festival.

He is a science fair judge, volunteer beer-pourer, edits a newsletter for Forest Service retirees, a balloon artist once a year and lives in unincorporated Jefferson County with his wife Sue, a local watercolor artist. Their daughter Erin graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder and works in the Denver metro area.

 

Dana Coelho

Board of Directors - Secretary

Dana's Bio
Director of the Metro Denver Nature Alliance – Dana came to the organization following an 11-year career with the US Forest Service. She served as Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager in the Rocky Mountain Region from 2014-2018. She holds masters degrees in Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology and Environmental Policy (University of Maryland, 2007) and a bachelor’s degree in Urban & Environmental Planning (University of Virginia, 2003). Her personal passions include exploring new places, hiking with her dog, DIY home and landscaping projects, and volunteering with community-based environmental, arts, and cultural organizations. She co-founded Colorado EcoWomen and serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Golden Cultural Alliance, and International Society of Arboriculture – Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Karl Brummert

Board of Directors - Treasurer

Karl's Bio
Karl has worked for environmental non-profit organizations for over twenty years. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Denver Audubon. Previously, he was with The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center on Long Island. In 2008, he took a short break from the non-profit world to work as a documentary film production coordinator in Los Angeles, which included work on the Disneynature film, Wings of Life. Karl is a Colorado native and grew up exploring nature. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and gardening.

Lindsay Walton

Board of Directors - Member at Large

Lindsay's Bio

Lindsay is a lawyer specializing in environmental/conservation law and small business law at Lindsay Walton Legal in Golden, Colorado.  She loves helping do-gooder small businesses and entrepreneurs get legal and her background has substantially focused on environmental and conservation matters, with an emphasis on remediation and reuse of property impacted by soil and groundwater contamination. She has contributed to environmental publications, including as co-author for a textbook chapter related to factory farming, and was a research assistant for textbooks related to climate change and indigenous peoples and climate change impacts on ocean and coastal law. She was also the Colorado State Coordinator for a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation and preserving litter-free open spaces, and spent time in the British Colombian inland temperate rainforest volunteering at an off-the-grid eco lodge.

Lindsay received her yoga teacher training in India and you can generally find her in downward dog, working out, concert-going, hiking, skiing, reading, and writing poetry. She also enjoys travel, spending time with her friends, family, and boyfriend, and has recently started gardening.