EarthxFilm showcases films and emerging media that explore conservation, climate change, and the environment while honoring the heroes working to protect our planet. Our mission is to turn awareness into action through art and media. We achieve our goals by partnering with top environmental, film, and entertainment organizations across the globe. EarthxFilm presents year-round programs culminating in a 10-day festival, April 16 – 25, 2021. www.EarthXfilm.org

EarthX convenes the world's largest environmental expo, conference, film festival, and virtual TV channel, and is a member of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. Founded in 2011 as Earth Day Dallas by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2019, the April event drew over 177,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental leaders, 750+ exhibitors, and more than 400 speakers that occupied approximately 500,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. In 2020, the April virtual event drew over 570,000 live-stream views, 124,000 engagements, and reached 171 countries. EarthxTV, launched in Fall 2020 as a web-based live stream platform for balanced, inclusive environmental conversations, programs, emerging media & films. Visit www.EarthX.org

All films submitted to EARTHxFilm MUST have an environmental or social topic. We are seeking stories that explore ideas in programming area that encompass:
- Climate
- Earth
- Innovation
- Life
- Energy
- Communities
- Virtual Reality

Within this programming, we welcome films that focus on topics that include but are not limited to:
- Climate Change
- Conservation
- Energy
- Food & Agriculture
- Water & Ocean
- Wildlife
- Recycling & Conservation
- Cities & Transportation
- Social justice

Submission categories include:

- Films must have a 60-minute minimum run time.
- Fictional films with topics relating to nature and the environment.

- Films must have a 60-minute minimum run time.
- Non-fiction films with topics relating to nature and the environment.

- Films may have a maximum run time of 59 minutes.
- Films may be of any genre (narrative, documentary, animation, etc.), but must relate to the topic of nature and environment.

- in light of COVID-19 - VR submission reviews will be postponed for screenings later in 2021

- Films may have a maximum run time of 15 minutes.
- Projects must have been made as part of undergraduate or graduate university or college program.
- Films may be any of genre (narrative, documentary, animation, etc.), but must relate to the topic of nature and environment.

- Films may have a maximum run time of 10 minutes.
- Projects must have been made by students who in high school when film was completed.
- Films may be any of genre (narrative, documentary, animation, etc), but must relate to topic of nature and environment.

Students 13-22 may also enter the Planet911 Youth Film Challenge with a film :50 seconds or less - Up to $6750 in total prizes. Go to https://earthx.org/education/planet911-youth-film-challenge/ for details. High School students may enter the high school shorts category.

EarthxFilm will present Filmmaker awards totaling $20,000 in cash to the best documentary features and shorts, as selected by respective juries and their audience.

**Submissions are accepted as online screeners only.**

DVD and Blu-rays will not be accepted or reviewed. Passwords for secured screeners must be updated with the programming department.

Non-English entries must be submitted with English subtitles.

Entry fees may be paid by credit card or check and are non-refundable.

Only film submissions completed after April 1, 2019, will be considered for the 2020 festival.

Rough cuts and work-in-progress cuts are accepted and should be indicated as such. The programming department cannot guarantee that programmers will be able to review an updated cut at later date.

Upon selection to the festival, a digital press kit will be required for all participating films. Filmmakers will be notified when digital materials are needed.

If accepted to the festival, an exhibition copy of the film must arrive at the EARTHxFilm offices no later than April 1, 2021. EarthxFilm covers outbound shipping costs only. Do not send original master prints or copies.

EarthxFilm is granted the right to utilize an excerpt, image(s) or other information from any film accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes.

It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted material that may be used in the film. EarthxFilm is held harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, damages, expenses or liabilities that may be incurred by reason of any claim involving trademarks, copyright, credits, publicity or screening of any film.

Films selected for EarthxFilm will be notified by March 19, 2021.

Overall Rating
  • Christopher Smith

    While newer than some, EarthXFilm is a truly remarkable festival. Even during the pandemic they managed to create an online festival experience that rivaled an in-person event. You can tell the staff are passionate about films and about making the world a better place. EarthX will always be on my list of festivals to submit to when I have an appropriate film. Thanks to the festival staff for a great experience!

    May 2020
  • nadia boctor

    Earthx film festival is just getting its sea legs but you can tell already how great it's going to be going forward. The team is top notch and has a great opportunity to foster the festival alongside the much larger EarthX conference. I highly recommend participating in this festival and getting to know the organizers. They really value filmmakers and we hope to see them succeed wildly.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the feedback @nadiaboctor! We are striving to learn and grow with each year!

  • Bruno Chatelin

    we are thrilled that the film has been selected to an event of such quality. Happy we submitted.
    Bruno Chatelin festival agent for sharkwater extinction.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    @BrunoChatelin, thank you so much for participating in EarthxFilm! We loved presenting your film!