Young Filmmakers Contest 2019

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Young Filmmakers Contest 2019

One Earth Film Festival is a production of Green Community Connections pleased to announce the Young Filmmakers Contest. The competition is open to students from grade 3 through college (ages 8 through 25) who are residents in the USA. College students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited, degree-seeking program. Watch their one and a half minute video above, giving a quick overview of the Young Filmmakers Contest.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Students from grade 3 through college, as per the appropriate entrant category.
  • Ages 8 through 25
  • College students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited, degree-seeking program.
  • They accept USA submissions only.
  • Employees and family members of Green Community Connections (the Non-Profit hereafter referred to as “Sponsor” or “GCC”) are not eligible.
  • 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 four (4) grade level categories:
    • 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 or university students through age 25)
  • Students who have completed grade 11 and submit an entry during the summer before grade 12 will be considered entrants for grade 12.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link:


  • All entrants must complete the Entrant Oath and Permission Form.
  • Each film submission should choose one or several of the following topics on which to focus the theme of the film:
    • Water
    • Waste
    • Food
    • Transportation
    • Energy
    • Open Space and Ecosystems
  • 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.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter the contest, but entrants are liable for any taxes or costs incurred for entering.
  • Either print the linked form and mail it back to us or scan/photograph it and return it to us electronically.
  • The form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian for an entrant under the age of 18 where the legal guardian accepts responsibility and has read these official rules on behalf of the entrant.
  • Contest entries may be submitted by an individual, or by a group of any size (ex: a group of friends, an afterschool program, or an entire class).
  • In the case of a group submission, one prize will be awarded to the entire group as a whole.
  • The film should talk about an environmental/sustainability problem and then discuss what could be a potential solution to this problem
  • Film Length
    • 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.
    • Animations can present a solution or motivate viewers towards awareness or behavior change for one of the six topics.

Submission Requirements:

  • There is a limit of one (1) entry per person or per group, regardless of method of entry.
  • Any additional entries will be void.
  • All film submissions must be made electronically.
  • If you have a special circumstance and need to submit a hard copy DVD, contact Lisa files at
  • Create and save your film in a high-quality digital file.
  • Acceptable formats include .mov Apple Quicktime Movie, .wmv Windows Media Video, MPEG/MPEG-4, and Flash Video. Sponsor will not accept YouTube submissions.
  • Submissions must be via these listed methods only.
  • Upload your film to your own Vimeo account. If you do not have an account, please refer to the Vimeo website on how to create one at
  • Verify that your link works.
  • Send an e-mail to, informing her of your film submission.
  • In the e-mail include the link to your film, your film title, and the completed oath and permission form. For group entries, each entrant must submit a completed permission form.
  • Films submitted without the “Entrant Oath and Permission Form” will not be considered for the contest. Print the linked form, fill it out, then scan or photograph it and e-mail it back to us.
  • Another option for film submission is Film Freeway. Simply click the button below. You may upload your film and fill out the online form.


Winners of each category will receive the following prizes:

  • Screening of their film at the One Earth Film Festival and at other related and subsequent educational and non-profit events hosted by Sponsor.
  • Posting of their film at the One Earth Film Festival website.
  • Cash prize or scholarship: Each winner will receive a cash prize pertaining to the grade level category:
    • Elementary (grades 3, 4, 5): $100 cash prize + $100 matching grant
    • Middle School (grades 6, 7, 8): $200 cash prize + $200 matching grant
    • High School (grades 9, 10, 11) $350 cash prize + $350 matching grant
    • Senior Year + College (grade 12 or active, enrolled college or university students through age 25):
    • $1,000 college scholarship + $1,000 matching grant
  • Matching Grant: In addition to the cash prize or scholarship, each winner will receive a matching grant.

Application Deadline:

All submissions for the 2019 film festival must be submitted and received by January 13, 2019.

Apply Now

Questions? Contact Lisa Files at

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