YOUNG FILMMAKERS CONTEST
Watch our one and a half minute video above, giving a quick overview of the Young Filmmakers Contest. Former winner Léa Kichler animated the film, and Abby Lyons composed and performed the music.
Young Filmmakers Contest submissions, from students in grade 3 up through age 25, are due by midnight, January 5, 2021. All winning films will premiere at the One Earth Film Festival in March 2021. Questions? Please contact Lisa Files at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And be sure to mark your calendars to attend the One Earth Film Festival from March 5 to 14, 2021.
Eligible Grade Level Categories
To enter the contest, entrants must be in one of the following grade level categories at the time of submission. There will be one winner in each of the following seven (7) categories. Occasionally, there will be a tie, allowing for two winners in a category.
Elementary (grades 3, 4, 5)
Middle School (grades 6, 7, 8)
High School (grades 9, 10, 11)
Senior Year + College (grade 12 or active, enrolled college students through age 25)
Post-Graduate (recent college graduate through age 25)
Animation/Stop-Motion (grade 6 to Post-Graduate)
Sally Stovall Planet Warrior Prize for Creativity (grade 12 to Post-Graduate)
Note: students who have completed grade 11 and submit an entry during the summer before grade 12 will be considered entrants for grade 12.
Contest entries may be submitted by an individual, or by a group of any size (ex: a group of friends, an after-school program, or an entire class). In the case of group submission, one prize will be awarded to the entire group as a whole.
Topics differ based on age. Students in grade 11 and younger should choose one or several of the following topics on which to focus the theme of the film.
Wildlife and Ecosystems
Entrants will then be judged on their ability to address the topic(s) of choice by being engaging, informative, inspiring, and creative through their film. All submissions must show a strong (research-supported) understanding of the topics and related issues. Submissions must share and highlight solutions to the issues discussed in the chosen sustainability topic(s). The film entry’s theme must be solution-based. The film should talk about an environmental/sustainability problem and then discuss what could be a potential solution to this problem. For example, consider a film that discusses over-logging and deforestation and then elaborates on how paper-based product industries can change their methods to harvest sustainably. We look forward to viewing your entries that talk about a current problem and how you propose we solve this problem as a community with the goal of sustainability.
Students in grade 12 and above have more freedom with content/topics. Their submissions should be environmental films that motivate viewers towards behavior change or activism.
Entrants may submit a film of no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 8 minutes.
Sponsor will accept and consider short animated films. The minimum length for animated submissions is 45 seconds. Animation/stop-motion films can present a solution or motivate viewers towards awareness or behavior change for one of the six topics. In other words, animations from those in grades 11 and younger are not required to show a problem and solution within this shortened time frame, as they are required to do with live action films.
Official Website: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details
Applying Link: https://filmfreeway.com/OneEarthYoungFilmmakersContest
deadline:31 December 2020