Films for the Forest (F3) is an annual international short film challenge that convenes, empowers, and activates global audiences with stories of optimism, connection, and hope that inspire action for the world's rainforests.

Since 2012, a selection of F3 films have screened as part of SXSW Community Screening every March in Austin, Texas. Rainforest Partnership will also have a hybrid screening of its own during the week of Earth Day and following screenings connected with World Rainforest Day, Climate Week and COP.

The theme for the 2022 competition year is : "Awaken. Energize. Transform."

This year we’re challenging filmmakers to create and share films that will inspire and move audiences to take powerful action that changes the future of our forests.

Films for the Forest are films shot in, about or somehow relating to rainforests or the animals and people that depend on them.

Our goal is to create awareness about the importance of tropical rainforests and the ongoing threats faced by forests and their communities, through the powerful medium of film.

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Documentary Shorts Category Winner and Runner Up* — Award Certificate & Official Laurels

Narrative Shorts Category Winner and Runner Up* — Award Certificate & Official Laurels

Animated Shorts Category Winner and Runner Up* — Award Certificate & Official Laurels

*Youth Category & IPLC Category may compete in all categories for prize and award

Audience choice - Award Certificate & Official Laurels

Film are expected to fall under the theme for the current year: Awaken, Transform, Excite (2022)

Films must be between 1 to 20 minutes with English or Spanish subtitles burnt-in if original language is other than English or Spanish

Filmmakers agree to have their films possibly shown multiple times within 365 days after the initial screening in international events around the world as curated Films for the Forest content and ensure their licensing will allow such screenings

To qualify for the Indigenous Category, the film must have been created or directed by members of an indigenous community

Any youth submissions require adult consent (found on

All submissions confirm they follow the terms and conditions set by FilmFreeway

Overall Rating
  • It was an honor and a pleasure for me
    Participate in the Films for the Forest Festival in 2022. They have always been responsible and polite.

    June 2022