The Center for Environmental Filmmaking (CEF) is one of the leading environmental and wildlife film programs in the world. Our mission is to advance filmmaking, photography and new forms of immersive and interactive storytelling as powerful catalysts that inform, inspire, and empower. We create transformative and innovative media, working together to address the critical environmental challenges we face today. CEF is committed to diversifying the field, increasing equity, and building compassionate communities. The Center provides an outstanding array of courses, experiential learning opportunities such as Classroom in the Wild, creative media labs, film and speaker series, and internships. In addition to its accomplished and award-winning faculty, CEF partners with conservation and advocacy organizations, media companies, and a vast network of experts, scholars, and policymakers. Join CEF for a creative, high-impact program that truly makes a difference.
For more information, go to www.american.edu/soc/environmental-film.
Located in Washington, DC, we belong to a broad and vital community that includes the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, PBS, as well as many nonprofit environmental organizations and government agencies, providing rich opportunities for our students.
Each year we partner with Maryland Public Television for a producing course, and offer students an array of fellowships with Nat Geo Wild, the National Park Service, NASA, the Nature Conservancy, and many others.
In addition to our campus courses, we offer experiential learning through Classroom in the Wild at locations around the globe.
CEF invites world-class filmmakers to American University to talk, teach, and mentor.
We participate in the Environmental Film Festival, American Conservation Film Festival and other major film festivals and conferences.
As part of AU’s School of Communication (SOC), the center partners with SOC’s programs in journalism, public communication, film and media arts, and communication studies, drawing on the expertise of the accomplished filmmakers on SOC’s faculty to offer students world-class professional training. We also collaborate with the departments across campus, such as Environmental Sciences, Anthropology, School of International Service, the Center for Environmental Policy, Environmental Law Center, and others.
Executive Director Maggie Burnette Stogner
Maggie Burnette Stogner has been directing, producing, and writing award-winning documentaries for 30 years. Her work spans topics from the environment to ancient civilizations to social issues. Maggie was a producer at National Geographic TV & Film for ten years and supervised over 200 documentaries for their signature series “EXPLORER”, including many expedition films to remote corners the world. Through her production company Blue Bear Films, founded in 2005, she creates large-screen films and immersive media for world-touring museum exhibitions for National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, LucasFilm, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and others. She directed and wrote the award-winning independent film “In the Executioner’s Shadow” which won the prestigious Women Film Critics Circle award for Best Directing. She is a full professor at American University in Washington DC and teaches “Producing Environmental and Wildlife Films”, “Producing the Historical Documentary”, as well as documentary directing and writing. She is a judge for the Emmy Awards - Best Documentary and Best Natural History categories, and Jackson Wild; an Advisory Board Member of the DC-Environmental Film Festival; a member of the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences; and an Executive Member of Women in Film and Video.