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: https://filmfreeway.com/OneEarthYoungFilmmakersContest

Rules:

  • 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 lisa@greencommunityconnections.org.
  • 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 https://vimeo.com/join.
  • Verify that your link works.
  • Send an e-mail to lisa@greencommunityconnections.org, 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.

Benefits:

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 lisa@greencommunityconnections.org.

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