In an effort to advance our mission to engage people in protecting and improving the water quality and natural systems of the Cannon River watershed, the Cannon River Watershed Partnership seeks film submissions to Downstream Film Festival to take place in Northfield, Minnesota, in February 2019.

We are looking for works with a strong environmental focus that address any number of water quality issues (such as access, food systems and farming practices, environmental justice and other community issues, etc.). Films that place an emphasis on regional or local concerns and stories are preferred, though all submissions are welcome.

We welcome short films (under 30 minutes)—including documentaries, animation, narrative, and experimental—that have the potential to inform, inspire, challenge, and awaken audiences to the environmental challenges of our time. If you are a student filmmaker, we encourage you to submit your work as well.

The Downstream Film Festival will offer a unique opportunity to view and discuss a variety of films within a framework that promotes the sharing of ideas and the exploration of thoughtful action.

The Downstream Film Festival is a non-competitive event, designed to promote the sharing of ideas and the exploration of thoughtful action. All participants will receive complimentary passes and recognition on the Cannon River Watershed Partnership website.

1) Films must have an environmental theme
2) Films must be 20 minutes or less
3) Films of any genre are welcome
4) Student films are encouraged
5) All filmmakers who submit will receive a complimentary pass to the event

Overall Rating
  • Brendan Harris

    Amazing festival!!
    We were honored to have the second screening of our film This Wild Land at the Downstream Film Festival. The festival was located at a great local brewery and it was a packed house. We were paired next to some amazing short films that all shared a similar message about conservation and protection of the places that we love and cherish. I would recommend any environmental filmmaker to check out Downstream Film Festival!!

    February 2020
  • An extremely warm and welcoming festival! The team-up with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership and the packed house at Imminent Brewing made for an unforgettable night!

    February 2018