top of page

In conjunction with Polar Week 2016,

USAPECS is announcing the

19-22 September, 2016

This is an archived page for the 2016 PFF 
To see the selections and watch the films, click on a theme. Event details are listed below.

Frozen Worlds

the cryosphere


Partly Frozen, 

Mostly Cute

polar biology and ecology


Climate & Connections

polar regions in the global context


People at the poles

the human dimension


The Polar Film Fest is a showcase of some of the best films on the polar regions available on the internet. There is a theme for each day (September 19-22), with a set of short films and one longer film. After Polar Week, the films will still be available on this website. If you don't have time during the Film Fest, be sure to come back to check them out later!


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. 


In-person watch parties:


Have access to a big screen? Host an in-person watch party. These can be through your department, lab, or at home with friends. All of the short films and some of the longer ones are available to stream for free online via YouTube or Vimeo. The feature films may require either paying for or arranging an educational screening of the film. The shorter films have been compiled into playlists that range from 45-60 minutes in length (except for People at the Poles, which includes two half-hour films and is somewhat longer). Join the conversation on twitter while you’re at it, and be sure to let us know how many of you are tuning in! Email to get your event on our list. 

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. Frozen Worlds (the cryosphere) and Mostly Cute (polar ecology and biology) are both well suited to classrooms, covering a variety of topics at approachable levels. 

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. 

Event Schedule

We're updating the schedule listed here as we hear about new events. If you want to host an event or a virtual watch party, email to let us know. 

Note: There is an error somewhere in the website code that is making the dates on some of these events show up incorrectly in certain time zones. The days of the week are correct, even if the dates aren't. 

Sep 20, 2016

Tuesday 9/20 12:30 PM, Fairbanks, AK

Mostly Cute Watchparty

There will be an in person watch party at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, in IARC 401 at 12:30 pm (AK) on Tuesday, 20 Sept 2016 for the Partly Frozen, Mostly Cute playlist.

Sep 20, 2016

Tuesday 7:30 PM BST

UK Polar Network Polar Film Fest showing

For those in the Cambridge area:

When: Tuesday 20th September, 19:30 
Where: Darwin College
What: An evening of short films about the polar regions in celebration of International Polar Week. Many of the films are about research projects.

Sep 20, 2016

Tuesday 7PM MDT

Virtual Watch Party - Mostly cute

David Schutt, an pengiun researcher, is hosting a virtual watch party for the Partly Frozen, Mostly Cute playlist. Join in on with #PolarFilmFest on twitter.  

Sep 21, 2016

Wednesday 7-9 PM, Whitehorse, YT

APECS Canada watchparty

APECS Canada is hosting a watch party at the Beringia Center in Whitehorse from 7-9 PM on Wednesday. They'll be showing films from several themes. 

Sep 21, 2016

Wednesday 2pm MDT/ 20:00 GMT

Virtual Watch Party - Climate & Connections

Alice Bradley, a sea ice researcher, is hosting a virtual watch party for the Climate & Connections playlist. Join in on with #PolarFilmFest on twitter.  

Sep 22, 2016

Thursday 9AM-12PM EDT

UMaine Climate Change Institute Polar Films Screening and panel discussion

There will be a screening of films from across the different themes followed by a panel discussion. Join the discussion on #PolarFilmFest

Sep 22, 2016

7:00PM, Postdam, Germany

AWI watch party

We`ll show “People at the Poles” at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam (Germany), lecture hall in building A43 (Telegraphenberg A43)

Time will be 7pm on Sept 22nd.

Sep 22, 2016

Thursday 2pm PDT / 19:00 GMT

People at the Poles Virtual Watchparty

Mia Bennett, blogger at Cryopolitics and Arctic infrastructure researcher, will host a virtual watch party on the People at the Poles theme. 

Sep 19, 2016

Monday 5PM, Boulder CO

Frozen Worlds Watchparty

Join fellow polar enthusiasts in Boulder, CO for some films on ice! 

5:00 PM MDT/ 2300 GMT (SEEC building, east campus, SEEC N126)

Please reload

bottom of page