The 4rd annual Great Lakes Environmental Film Festiva (GLEFF)l will take place in November 7th, 2018 in Milwaukee, WI. The festival will feature environmental documentaries, adventure films, and fiction films with environmental themes. GLEFF is hosted by the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.

GLEFF is a non-competitive festival committed to fostering discourse. No formal awards are give, but the festival is a heck of a good time!

Submission FAQs and Answers

1. What are the benefits of submitting my film to the Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival?

Your film will be screened by a diverse group of people who understand the importance and value of environmental film making.

If selected...

*You will be able to market your film with the Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival official selection and, if selected for an award, an award logo (which will be made available at a later date).
*You will receive (2) Free Festival Passes to the festival (for you and one guest).
*VIP treatment: You will be met on arrival, introduced at your film's screening, and have a chance to take Q&As at the screening or to talk about your work (time allowing).
*You will receive free admission to all festival related events.
*You may sell copies of your film at the festival at a pre-designated GLEFF booth and at your screening (20 copy limit).
*Some forums and parallel discussion-related programs are in development in which you may be invited to participate.
*Milwaukee, WI is a wonderful place to visit and filmmakers the world over enjoy the equal proximity of the Great Lakes and the amenities of both Milwaukee and Chicago.

2. For what kinds of films is GLEFF searching?

Our mission, to celebrate the power of film to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences on environmental topics, is an excellent starting point in considering if your film is relevant for GLEFF. Films most likely to be selected will fit with our mission. Films should cover environmental topics, but can certainly overlap with social, economic, spiritual, or other themes. We do not limit the films chosen to ones that, to us, have the right answers. It is more important that the films are thought-provoking. This is an open forum designed to inspire awareness and action on a myriad of worldwide environmental topics. The quality of the film production will also be considered and weighed. All genres, including documentaries, narratives, shorts, children's films, and experimental films are all welcome and will be given equal consideration.

3. Are there particular film lengths that are most likely to be selected?

No. We are mostly concerned with the content and quality of the film. We will adjust our viewing schedule to accommodate different lengths of films, though some films may be "blocked" together for viewing. If you have multiple versions of your film with different durations, please let us know.

4. I am just starting off in filmmaking and have an amateur film I would like to submit-does it have any chance?

All films are given equal weighting in the review process. We encourage you to submit any project that meets our mission (see FAQ #2).

5. Can I submit more than one film?


6. Do you accept foreign film submissions?

Most definitely! We encourage a global forum for environmental discussions through the inspiration of films from around the world. If the film is in a language other than English, subtitles in English are required. Please be aware that we need to screen films in NTSC region 0 or 1. If that is not possible, please contact us to see if special arrangements can be made.

7. In what format should I send the review copy of the film?

We really are encouraging everyone to submit their film via secure on-line screeners or Vimeo links (with a password). If that doesn't work for you, direct us to another site where your film is posted. If you must send films for review, they should be sent in NTSC region 0 or 1 format, preferably on DVD with English subtitles if the film is not in English. Other professional video formats will be considered, but please contact us before making that submission. No film (8mm, 16mm, or 35mm please). Please send 2 copies of your film for review. If you would like your film returned to you, please include a postage-paid self-addressed envelope with your submission.

8. If accepted, in what format should I send the film for the festival?

We are going to try to download all the films to a digital format this year and project from harddrives, so we will be in touch with you after acceptance to get a high quality digital copy of your film. If that doesn't work, then we encourage you to send in the best quality format you are able, preferably DVDs. Keep in mind that all projection will be done in NTSC, your film must have English subtitles if it is not in English, and, in order to offer the highest quality presentation experience for our audiences, should not be in an analog format (special exceptions may be made, please contact us for further information). Please review your high-quality film before sending it to us to ensure that the video and audio quality are at their best. If burning your own DVD, please be sure to test it in a non-computer DVD player before sending it to us. If you are having problems, please contact us.

Questions? Please contact the director, Joe Brown at: joseph.v.brown[at] or 763-360-8340.