Open to student (no entry fee) and seasoned filmmakers both, this festival of international short films explores our interior responses to a potentially grim future.

While climate change is front-page news, in our own back pages many are mutely grieving. Or frightened. Or numb. Or outraged. Or isolated and feeling hopeless. Others may be oddly celebrating a future of climate disorder.

This intimate short-film festival explores the full range of human and artistic response to what may be coming next. Dramatic, comic, hopeful, despairing, absurdist, satirical, experimental, documentary, animated: your vision has a home at the Climate Future Film Festival.

FESTIVAL PREMIERE: OCTOBER 27, 2023. JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND, USA. More cities to follow.

TOP OF PAGE: "Looking Through Time" (2005), by Canadian artist Peter Beckett (b. 1956), Oil on canvas, 48" x 36". Image has been digitally stretched and compressed.

Best Film
Best Cinematography
David Fox Imagination Award for Best Direction: $1,000. (Up to 2 will be awarded.)

Entries, including title and credits, must have a run time of 25 or fewer minutes.No more than two (2) films by the same filmmaker will be considered in the same Festival year, unless requested by the Festival.

Student entries and entries from Rhode Island are FREE until and including the Official Deadline.

Entries must have been completed, final cut, after January 1, 2018. Preference in selection may be given to films completed since January 1, 2021.

The Festival welcomes fiction, nonfiction, documentary, drama, comedy, experimental, underground, animation, sci-fi, and all other short-film projects.

Films not in English must contain English subtitles.

Eligible films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions. Entries may have been screened at other festivals or exhibitions, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released on any home video or other public distribution platform.

PERMISSIONS
By entering your Film, you are AGREEING to the following:

(1) While YOU reserve all rights and ownership in your Film, you are granting to the festival organizer, Merlyn Climate Grants, the non-exclusive PERMISSION to exhibit your Film, and/or to license others to exhibit your Film, in the "Climate Future Film Festival." The Festival begins in Rhode Island October 2023, and will travel to other cities as venues are confirmed. Exhibition may be in physical venues such as theaters, halls, and on campuses, as well as online, and in other media, at the sole discretion of Merlyn Climate Grants;

(2) You are granting to Merlyn Climate Grants and/or its licensees the non-exclusive PERMISSION to exhibit your Film TRAILER, if provided, and/or brief CLIPS from it or from your Film, without prior notice. This PERMISSION is granted whether the Film is selected for exhibition in the Festival or not selected. Such clips may appear on the Festival's social media pages (such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) for the purpose of promoting attendance at the Climate Future Film Festival;

(3) You are granting to Merlyn Climate Grants and/or its licensees the non-exclusive PERMISSION to exhibit any images included with your submission --- excepting images that would typically remain offline for privacy (such as a copy of your student I.D., if submitted);

(4) You are giving your assurance to Merlyn Climate Grants that you are the legal and rightful owner of the entered Film and that you own all copyrights to the Film, and that you have the unconditional right to grant Merlyn Climate Grants the non-exclusive PERMISSIONS detailed above in sections 1, 2, and 3;

(5) If your Film is accepted for screening in the Festival, you promise and agree that it will not be withdrawn from the Festival, except at the sole discretion of Merlyn Climate Grants, once notification of its official selection has been emailed to you.

Thank you for making and sharing your film. We look forward to seeing your entry!

Climate Future Film Festival
[Updated 12/24/2022]