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In conjunction with Polar Week 2017,

USAPECS is announcing the
second annual

18-22 September 2017

This is an archived page for the 2017 PFF 



polar issues
are global



working in extremes


people at the poles

the human dimension


polar policy

preparing for the future


Photo: Andreas Weith, CC-BY-SA 2.0

icing on
the cake

frozen fun

What is the Polar Film Fest?

Following the success of last year's Polar Film Fest 2016, US APECS is organizing the second-ever Polar Film Fest, which is taking place during International Polar Week. The theme for this autumn's celebration is #PolarWorld, so for each of the five days of the Film Fest (September 18-22), we're showcasing the best the planet has to offer in movies about the Arctic, Antarctic, and wider cryosphere in a variety of languages.

Films fit into the following five themes:
1) #PolarWorld: Polar issues are global 
2) Science in action: Working in extremes
3) People at the poles: The human dimension
4) Polar policy: Preparing for the future
5) Icing on the cake: Frozen fun


Related: FrostBytes Competition

In conjunction with the Polar Film Fest, APECS is organizing a FrostByte video competition. Join the #PolarWorld and submit your film by September 15. Learn more at

Event Schedule

Free, in-person Glacial Balance screenings:

We are excited to host 10 screenings of Glacial Balance in 9 countries on 5 continents thanks to a partnership with Daltonic Films. These, free, public events will take place during Polar Week in:

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Ottawa, Canada

  • Santiago, Chile

  • Paris, France

  • Potsdam, Germany

  • Vasco, India

  • Moscow, Russia

  • Bloemfontein, South Africa

  • Boulder, CO, USA

  • Fairbanks, AK, USA

For more details, please view the Glacial Balance events page.

Virtual watch parties:

During each day of the Polar Film Fest, we’ll have scientists watching the #PolarFilmFest hashtag on Twitter to answer your questions. Check the schedules on the website to watch with us, or post your questions whenever you have time to watch!


If you’re a researcher and interested in participating in the virtual watch parties, email to get on the schedule. Hosting involves watching the films, tweeting your reactions and comments, and answering questions that might show up on the hashtag. 

Films in the classroom:

These playlists can be great additions to your classroom. We recommend the playlists of shorter films for classrooms, where several topics are covered over the course of the set of videos. Teachers can skip films based on the time available and the amount of discussion between the videos. Once the film fest schedule is up, we'll provide more information about playlists, themes, and videos that are well-suited for the classroom.

If you are joining the Polar Film Fest in a classroom and have questions about the content or the science, please email We'll do our best to get an answer to you quickly! If you want to join in the discussion on Twitter, please use #PolarFilmFest. 

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