Indigo Moon Film Festival Going Green in 2018

Indigo Moon Film Festival trophy. Source: GroundSwell Pictures
Indigo Moon Film Festival trophy. Source: GroundSwell Pictures

By Pat Wright, GroundSwell Pictures, Inc.

Hundreds of people flock to Indigo Moon Film Festival (IMFF) each year to watch great new films from around the world. In doing so, a lot of garbage is created. Just think of all the printed materials, water bottles, food containers and carbon emissions from the travel to get here. To combat these issues, IMFF, in partnership with PWC and Sustainable Sandhills, is going green in 2018.

First, we will rely on recycling, composting, carbon credits and other means to cut down on our carbon footprint. IMFF will create areas for recycling and composting throughout the festival footprint. A “Green Team” provided through a partnership with Sustainable Sandhills will disperse throughout the festival to ensure that items are deposited in the correct bins. In addition, food vendors will provide compostable and recyclable tableware including forks, knives, plates, and more.

Oh, and no straws.

Sustainable Sandhills will host the “Green Venue” on the Fifth Floor of the Self Help Credit Union. Films with an environmental theme will be shown there during the festival.

Adjacent to the Green Venue will be the “Green Demonstration Area“. Look there for information and freebies from environmental groups from across the region.

You can help IMFF turn green by parking your car for free in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina and walking between IMFF’s multiple screening venues.

For more information on the October 12-14, 2018 film festival, see the IMFF website,, which includes the venue map — use it to plan your walking.


Winning poster design for Indigo Moon Film Festival 2018. Source: GroundSwell Pictures, Fayetteville NC.
Winning poster design for Indigo Moon Film Festival 2018. Source: GroundSwell Pictures, Fayetteville NC.


“Indigo Moon Film Festival is proud to partner with Sustainable Sandhills and PWC to help save our corner of the earth.”

GroundSwell Pictures is a non-profit in Fayetteville NC that seeks to engage and inspire diverse communities by producing films, showing films, teaching filmmaking and supporting films that make a positive difference and enrich the community through cultural arts. Indigo Moon Film Festival is a program of GroundSwell Pictures. See

Sustainable Sandhills is a tiny environmental nonprofit with a giant mission:  to save the planet and preserve the environment of the Sandhills through education, demonstration and collaboration. The mission is fulfilled through five core program areas: Clean Air, Clean Water, Green Schools, Local Food, and Green Business. We work as change agents to empower youth, combat climate change and demand stronger protection for our environment. See

PWC is proud to be Fayetteville’s Hometown Utility and provide the highest quality and reliable electric, water and sewer services with rates that are among the lowest in the state. As a public power provider, PWC is customer focused, locally owned and operated, and takes pride in being a good neighbor who is committed to quality services, reliability, conservation, safety and the environment.

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