Documentary Films

Join us for inspiring and educational films, including three films produced by Artists for Conservation. Film screenings will run regularly during the AFC Festival. For film showing days and times, visit the program schedule.

All films are in English and screened several times during the event. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups are welcome. Food and drink are not permitted. All films and lectures are complimentary with Festival admissions. 


Art & Conservation in the Caymans

This short film (~22 mins) features an international expedition of painters and sculptors led by renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey, through an underwater tropical Eden. Experience an artistic adventure in one of the world's most pristine and spectacular diving locations. Join the artists as they seek close encounters with gregarious stingrays, critically endangered sea turtles, massive marlin and invasive lion fish. Learn how a Caymanian marine biologist-turned-artist is championing international marine conservation efforts and how an international group of artists is working to help protect an underwater paradise and share it with the world before it is lost.


The Soysambu Legacy – Art & Conservation in Africa’s Rift Valley 

In 2012, AFC will premiere its second inspiring documentary film "The Soysambu Legacy: Art and Conservation in Africa's Rift Valley" exclusively at the 2nd Artist for Conservation Festival! In Africa's Great Rift Valley is a 48,000 acre ranch called Soysambu, cradled between some of Kenya's most spectacular natural landmarks. Experience Africa and the story of one of the world's most successful wildlife painters who fought to conserve endangered species and one of Kenya's most precious and unique areas. The film tells the remarkable story of the passion of Simon Combes, who was tragically killed in 2004 by a charging Cape Buffalo, doing what he loved, and how his son Guy and widow Kat are bravely carrying on his legacy through art and conservation activism.

Learn more about Soysambu Conservancy.


How an Artist Saved the Mountain Gorilla 

How an Artist Saved the Mountain Gorilla is a fascinating film on the relationship between art and conservation, wrapped in an exciting journey that sees two artists retrace the footsteps of legendary explorer Carl Akeley deep into the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda and the Congo, to uncover the mysteries of the man who is credited with saving the Mountain Gorilla from extinction and founding Africa's first National Park nearly 100 years ago.


Art for an Oil Free Coast

Five-hundred kilometres north of Vancouver is a wild coastline: home to the Spirit Bear and whales, wolf packs and grizzlies, First Nations and coastal communities. With the looming threat of a proposed oil pipeline and hundreds of oil tankers a year, it is a magical place on edge. This film shares the story of an expedition involving 50 artists, and takes viewers into a stunning and remote landscape, weaving together the artists' work and their emotional response to a region at risk and the people that depend on it. 


Festival Highlights

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at:

5251 Oak Street,
Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1
Phone: (604) 257-8335

Most festival activities complimentary with VandDusen admissions ticket. 

  • Adult (19-64) $8.00
  • Senior (65+) $5.50
  • Youth (13-18) $5.50
  • Child (4-12) $4.25
  • Family (2 adults + 2 children under 19) $16.75
  • Children 3 and younger Free
  • VBGA Members Free

  • Crafts
  • Mural
  • Artist Demos
  • Wildlife Encounters
  • Films
  • Nature Walk

  • Art Exhibit
  • Live Art Demos
  • Live Music
  • VIP Reception
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AFC Festival 2018
@ Vancouver Convention Centre
Partnership with IOC2018 (International Ornithological Congress)
22 August - 25, 2018
Vancouver, BC, Canada


AFC Festival 2017
@ VanDusen Botanical Garden
9 Nov - 13 Nov, 2017
Vancouver, BC, Canada

AFC Touring Exhibit
Lanwan Art Museum in Lanwan Eco Art Park
4 Aug - 30 Sept, 2017
Qingdao City, China



About Us

Artists for Conservation is a Canada-based international non-profit, with a mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art that celebrates nature. 

Through international art exhibits, collaborative art-science expeditions, festivals, awards and online initiatives, AFC informs and inspires the public to conserve our natural heritage. Among its membership, AFC serves to foster artistic excellence and empower passionate artists as effective ambassadors for the environment. 


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