EarthxFilm Festival Names New Director, Announces Move to the Dallas Arts District

The festival's new director, Hayley Nenadal, brings nearly two decades of experience at world-renowned festivals including Sundance and Telluride.

She takes the reins just as EarthX is moving its film festival to the downtown Dallas Arts District. The theme for its May 12-15, 2022, festival is "Celebration of the Outdoors," featuring 60 to 70 long and short films.

The EarthxFilm Festival is moving to the downtown Dallas Arts District for its 2022 festival May 12-15—and it’s named a new director.

Hayley Nenadal (above) brings nearly two decades of experience at world-renowned film festivals including Sundance and Telluride. She’ll head up festival programming and operations, and consult on film and documentary projects developed and acquired by EarthX to be distributed across its brands.

Nenadal joined EarthX four years ago after 10 years at Sundance in Park City, Utah. She’s also worked at the Mill Valley and Mountainfilm Festivals and at Industrial Light and Magic. She’s been on the production side of the camera, too—working on award-winning hits like “12 Years a Slave” and HBO’s “True Detective.”

The EarthxFilm Festival can change the way people think about the environment and about the part each of us must play to ensure that it’s here and inhabitable for current and future generations,”Nenadal said in a statement.

Nenadal says her career in documentary film feeds a personal passion for environmental conservation. Her goal is to build the Festival’s impact, cultural influence, and worldwide reach.

Dan Russell, EVP of content and strategy for EarthX [Photo: EarthX]

Continuing to build the festival’s ‘influence and power’

Dan Russell, the recently announced new EVP of content and strategy for EarthX, believes Nenadal will build on what the festival has accomplished to date.

“The EarthxFilm Festival is growing into a globally recognized home for conservation-minded documentarians to tell their stories,” Russell says. “Hayley Nendal’s film festival experience, documentary filmmaker relationships, and personal passion for the environment will continue building the influence and power of the EarthxFilm Festival,” he said in a statement.

2022 festival theme: ‘Celebration of the Outdoors’

The 2022 EarthxFilm Festival theme is “Celebration of the Outdoors” featuring 60 to 70 long and short films.

Trammell S. Crow, founder of EarthX [Photo: EarthX]

“The 2022 EarthxFilm Festival is on a mission to turn awareness into action through education, art, and media,” said EarthX founder Trammell S. Crow. “My number one takeaway from attending COP26 [the recent U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow] is we don’t have time to waste. We have to act to save our home.”

“My number one takeaway from attending COP26 is we don’t have time to waste. We have to act to save our home.”

Crow says the festival honors heroes working to protect our planet by showcasing films and emerging media that explore the environment, conservation, climate change, and science.

Call for submissions is open

The call for submissions is officially open now. Qualifying films will be documentary and 40 minutes to 2 hours in length. Both world premieres and audience favorites from other festivals are welcome.

Passes will go on sale in February with weekend, single-day, and single movie passes available. For information about becoming a sponsor, donor, or volunteer, go here.

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