Mermaid Goggles is proud to announce that the 4th Annual Discovery Film Festival has been made possible by a grant from Dr. Jane Goodall Institute’s "Roots & Shoots" program and through the generosity of the Fleisher Art Memorial. The Discovery Film Festival is named in honor of ethologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall. It was her discoveries, in observing chimpanzees, that changed the way we understand animals and humans. All filmmakers of selected films will be invited to a screening of the films at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia on #worldwaterday, March 22, 2024.

Select films will be awarded special recognition as determined by the judges. There will be a small gift for all selected filmmakers attending the screening.

ONLY FILMS MADE BY YOUTH AGES 6 to 20 WILL BE CONSIDERED. FILMS MUST BE PROMOTING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES relating to helping the environment, people, or animals. ALL FILMS MUST BE FAMILY FRIENDLY AND APPROPRIATE FOR VIEWERS OF ALL AGES. If the age of the film director is not clearly stated in the submission then the film will not be considered.
All filmmakers of selected films will be invited to a screening of the films at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia on March 22, 2024. All filmmakers must be 6 to 20-years-old on the date of the festival. The films can be recent or older and have been screened before. All films should be 5 minutes or less. The films should be uploaded to YouTube and the link sent to with the subject heading: Discovery Film Festival. All filmmakers under 18 years old confirm that they have parental permission to submit their films to the festival. All filmmakers consent to their films also being screened on the Mermaid Goggles social media pages and consent to their name and film being used for publicity for the film festival. Special consideration will be given to filmmakers who reside in the greater Philadelphia area. Please also submit the age of the director, a short bio of the filmmaker and a one sentence description of the film.

The Discovery Film Festival is a youth directed environmental film festival. Films must be no longer than 5 minutes and must promote environmental awareness relating to water in your own community. Examples of environmental awareness includes subjects about clean water, water equity, sustainibilty projects, water clean-up projects, etc. The films can be fiction or documentary and animated or live action or even music videos! Be creative! Films submitted by students in the greater Philadelphia region will receive special consideration for selection. If the film is in a non-English language, it must have English subtitles. Films will be screened live on March 22nd. Filmmakers of selected films will receive Discovery Film Festival laurels and if in attendance at the live screening, a gift. Films must be completely family friendly. All who attend the festival as filmmakers or as audience members will receive a certificate published by UN Water. Films should be directed by youth ages 6 to 20. Both new and experienced filmmakers are encouraged to submit.

Deadline is March 9th. 🌊🕊️

Overall Rating
  • What a show! Such an honor to be a part of.

    November 2022
  • Sharon Waweru

    As a first time film director, i was impressed with the festival experience. I hope my next projects will be greater now that i have a community of friends in the industry to consult before going to production!

    November 2022
  • A truly amazing film festival. It is one of the first films I have done, and it was an amazing experience to be able to have it displayed on international shores.

    November 2022
  • Amazing festival that supports and brings visibility to young filmmakers and their films, dedicated to human and animal rights as well as environmental protection.
    Marcy is very friendly and the communication is excellent.
    We were very honoured to have participated ❤️

    November 2022
  • Samir Parag Kshirsagar

    Amazing film festival, very profesional, it was a pleasure to work with.

    November 2022