We love trees. We also acknowledge that trees have been for centuries harvested and used for shelter, beauty and warmth. As in all things, how we harvest sensitively and sustainably is at the heart of this Festival.

We invite you to submit films for screening at the Evolving the Forest Festival 2023.

We are looking for films about trees and how we use and live with them. What we mean by that is your film should in some way address trees, woods, forests, timber or anything related. The style is open and may include documentary, narrative films, art/experimental films, commercial films or anything that otherwise fits the criteria. We have a special category for mici-films of less than one minute long. We are particularly interested in the fine balance between conserving and maintaining our forests, growing (the right kind of) new ones, and felling them as part of a sensitive and sustainable forest industry. We are as interested in plain facts as we are with poetic flights of fancy; what we are not interested in is ill-informed, impolite rhetoric.

The selected films will be screened live and on line during the festival together with interviews with selected makers.

From the official selection we will award two prizes: one to a film-maker under 25, and a Festival Prize for best film.

We reserve the right to make no award in a particular category.

Films can be of any length, must have been completed after January 1, 2017 and must either be in English or have English subtitles.

We will select films for screening that:

- are of excellent technical quality
- are interesting and capable of holding the audience’s attention
- are not biased or overtly political; facts must be verifiable if challenged
- represent a broad constituency
- teach us something new
- are extraordinary