This two-day event in Manchester, Vermont, will be the culmination of a grassroots effort to find and share stories of our environment and our role within it. Open submissions for short films -- everyone can be a filmmaker, and we encourage all kinds of work, whether long-term projects or pieces made over a weekend. Share your story, your community, your environment with us.

Partners:

Ninth Wave Global are an organization, community and think-tank working to re-imagine exploration and generate space for investigation and positive change in environmental and community settings.

Levity Mountain is a family-run organic farm, homestead, and symbol of community engagement in the town of Manchester, Vermont. The Levis family have helped shape the organic movement and have given the residents of Manchester a place to unite, as it will this coming September, for our first Equinox Film Festival.

Judges:

Garry and Ross Ferrier - Award-winning independent filmmaking partnership based in Edinburgh and Inverness, Scotland.
Michael Ellenbogen - Film Producer and Co-Director of Village Picture Shows
Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar Romero - is an artist working with film and photography focused on the environment.

Equinox Mountain Film Festival, September 19th - 20th 2020:

1st Prize Short Film (Category 1) - $750
1st Prize Short Film (Category 2) - $500
People's choice award - $250

Shortlisted applicants will be screened at Levity Mountain homestead on Saturday 19th September, at the end of which the finalists will be announced.

Finalists will be rescreened at Levity Mountain on Sunday 20th September, with the winner announced after the screenings.

All shortlisted filmmakers will receive free entry to the event.

Submission Parameters:

Category 1
- Maximum 15 minutes, including title and end credits.
- Minimum 5 minutes.

Category 2
- Maximum 5 minutes
- No minimum

All forms of storytelling welcome!

Broadly environmental focus (including our role within it)
Applicants will be assessed on the strength and conviction of the message being portrayed, as well as the cinematography of the piece.

Film may have been previously screened, but no previous award winning films will be considered for the cash prize.

If your film is in a language other than English, please provide English subtitles for judging purposes.

Applicants are responsible for the quality of the video.

Please submit your piece along with its title, a short description (max 100 words), and a chosen still image.
We intend to use short clips from the shortlisted films, together with the above, as promotional content. Please let us know if you are unhappy for us to do so.

Applicants are responsible for obtaining any necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. Equinox Mountain Film Festival expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

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  • Bea Pántya

    A very special, amazing and well-organized festival, in a beautiful environment, embended into an important topic, with great and meaningful films. If you are a filmmaker, it is worth visiting the festival, you will meet incredible people, there is so much focus on sharing ideas and experiences, about film-making, and bigger-than- filmmaking issues as well. I really liked the personal tone of the festival and the conversations following the movies.

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    Response from festival:

    It was amazing to meet you Bea! Thank you for your support and sharing your beautiful film with us, can't wait to see more of your work in the future!