The public health crisis forced DCEFF to cancel its live Festival of 167 films (142 DC, US, and world premieres). Without access to brick-and-mortar venues, it launched its first-ever Online Festival on March 17th. World-class documentarians tackled a broad spectrum of topics – from climate activism to parkland preservation, ocean health, animal conservation, indigenous rights, plastic pollution, and many other critical environmental topics. Despite the short lead time, 79 films (nearly half the original roster) drew 121,000+ visitors from every continent on earth. The successful Online Festival will now be presented annually alongside the live Annual Festival (tentatively rescheduled for March 2021), accompanied by an expanded roster of virtual programming. This year’s youth program for 1,000 DC students is contingent on public health conditions, but the hope is to bring it back. Promoting environmental stewardship through film: we can't afford to stop.