Greenmotions inspires and encourages people to take active participation in the transition towards a regenerative culture in which humanity harmonises with the rest of the natural world.

For a lot of us there seems to be a gap between this vision and the reality of our daily lives. And that’s where your films come in.
We screen solution-oriented, constructive and empowering films dealing with the environment and beyond: consciousness | mindfulness | psychology | sociology | art.

Along with the inspiring feature and short films under the general theme beyond sustainability, this year we have a prize for the the special topic:


Water is our origin, it’s our future. We’re tied to it.
Human interaction with water is expressed through a myriad of themes.
They range from the most basic; from access to water among the world’s demographics, all the way to more complex interactions like scarcity, drought, water pollution and the economic values of water - how we use the resource to move our ships across that build our cities upon it.
When you look at all these interactions through different channels, you see the common behaviour is one of misuse, mismanagement, miscommunication and disharmony with the world. And that is the biggest challenge, wether it’s water or fossil fuels or loss of biodiversity or climate change ... it’s our interaction and our mindset that creates the reality we live in.
This year we invite you to share stories from around the world about our water and the inspiring humans tackling and transforming our interactions with this fundamental element to all life. Surprise us!

Selected inspiring documentaries/feature films (20-120 minutes) and the special topic “Our Water” will be screened at the festival along with the best short films (up to 20 minutes) from our international short film competition. Furthermore, bicycle cinemas will be organised in schools where the students will provide power to run the projector for the films by paddling their bikes as well as a bicycle-powered opening techno party.


1) Jury award for short films
2) Audience award for feature films
3) Special topic award 2020 - “Our Water”

Awards amount up to a total of 3000 €

No entry fee when submitting over our website:

Terms & Conditions

Positive, solution-oriented films about sustainability, environment and beyond
Short films: up to 20 minutes, long feature movies: 20-120 minutes
Deadline for submission: June, 30th 2020
All genres related to the theme are accepted
Completed after 31st December 2018
Language: German or English, other languages must have English or German subtitles
Film submission can also be registered on our website

With your submission you comply with the festival regulations:

Overall Rating
  • Joanne Jackson

    Unfortunately we couldn't travel to the festival, but the organizers couldn't have been more communicative and helpful. We were pleased to participate in a skype Q&A after the screening. It's clearly a professional festival. Thanks Greenmotions!

    November 2019
  • Jamie Lochhead

    Great team to work with. Lovely atmosphere.

    November 2019
  • Atsuko Quirk

    Greenmotions is a great festival! The post-screening Q+A was packed full with thoughtful questions and fascinating conversations that continued in the lobby afterwards. The dedicated festival team walks the talk on sustainability and I was honored to be a part of their efforts to ignite action. An additional treat is the unique venue along with Freiburg, a beautiful city that breathes sustainability. I highly recommend this festival.

    November 2019
  • Garrett Graham

    It was an honor and a pleasure to participate in the Greenmotions Film Festival in 2018. They were always responsive and courteous and I felt very welcomed at the Q&A they hosted after screening my film. Everything you want from a good film festival experience. Highly recommended

    December 2018
  • Lindsey Goodwin-Grayzel

    I wish that I had been able to attend in person, but my experience working with the festival staff was top notch from far away. I was able to skype in for a Q&A, where the audience asked great questions. The staff was professional and I appreciated that they connected with me via Skype the day before to make sure there were no technical snafus. More importantly, this festival (and audience) appreciate authenticity in the films they show, which were curated to provide inspiration for the audience to take action. Highly recommend!

    December 2018