2018 PHILADELPHIA ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL -- CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN! The 2nd annual film festival will take place April 6-8, 2018.

The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival uses the power of film to entertain, inspire, and inform about challenges facing our planet, along with films celebrating the profound beauty of the earth. Over the course of a long weekend at the historic Prince Theater in Center City, the festival will showcase exceptional new global and regional short and feature films covering a wide spectrum of timely environmental topics. The festival includes an Opening Night Red Carpet gala, a juried competition, awards, and moderated discussions with filmmakers and policymakers. This year's festival includes two new student film competitions.

Philadelphia, the second largest city on the East Coast, is a vibrant metropolis halfway between New York and DC. Philadelphia is also the country's only World Heritage City, as the birthplace of our nation, and a major center for science, education, and the arts, with a thriving farm-to-table food scene. Philly is home to Fairmount Park, the largest urban park in America, and the new Comcast Center is the tallest LEED Gold-certified building in the country. For the second straight year in a row, "Lonely Planet" has named Philadelphia #1 on its list of the 10 best places to visit in America.

We welcome filmmakers to share their works in our vibrant city!

Banner photo by J. Smith for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Some categories come with cash prizes.

Best Feature Award

Best Short Award

Best Regional Award

People's Choice Award

Environmental Advocacy Award

Student Short Award

The Lenny Bazemore Youth Award

Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival (PHEFF) is a venue for showcasing the best new environmental films of all styles, subjects, and lengths, with a strong preference for films completed after January 2017.

Non-English entries must be submitted with English subtitles.

Passwords for private links must not expire before February 16, 2018.

You will be contacted about selection status by February 16, 2018 via FilmFreeway.

If selected, final films must arrive no later than March 2, 2018.

DCP and Bluray DVD.
If you cannot upload your film, please email alexandra@philaenvirofilmfest.org for DVD mailing instructions.

Accepted films must be delivered through FilmFreeway in an HD Download - .MPEG or .MOV file with a vertical resolution of 1080 regardless of aspect ratio.

Trailers due February 17, 2018.
.MPEG or .MOV file, no less than :30 and no longer than 2:00. An ONLINE LINK to the film's trailer on YouTube or Vimeo.

DIGITAL PUBLICITY MATERIALS: High resolution stills of filmmakers (.jpeg300dpi) and 2 versions of synopsis. One synopsis, not more that 200 words and 1100 characters. Another synopsis, 140 characters or less for social media.

You are responsible for all postage costs associated with film submissions and final selection screening copies. Please include a stamped, self-addressed, padded envelope with the final screener if you would like it returned.

While the utmost care is taken in handling every submission, PHEFF is not responsible for loss or damage of film media.

By submitting a film to us:

(1) you represent and warrant that you own or control the film's copyright and are duly authorized to submit the film to PHEFF;

(2) you grant PHEFF a non-exclusive, non-transferable, perpetual, royalty-free right and license to use and display the film and graphics/images (both still and moving) from the film (collectively the "Content") for the purpose of (i) showing the film one or more times over the course of the Festival, and (ii) promoting PHEFF on its website, in marketing and promotional materials, and in its social media, and (iii) helping with outreach activities outside of the Festival. Our use of your content in this manner does not grant PHEFF any ownership of your copyright or intellectual property; and

(3) you represent and warrant that the film contains no material that could result in legal claims (including without limitation tort claims, royalty claims, and claims for breach of contract), and that you will hold PHEFF and its partners and agents harmless from any claims connected with the film, and that you will bear the cost of all legal fees incurred as a result of the defense of such a claim.

Overall Rating
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    Susan Raymond

    This was a splendid opening for a Environmental Film Festival that will have many successful years providing its community with high quality films. Great audience responses and stellar hospitality to all. I look forward to returning with my latest work. Had a fabulous time!

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Susan. We are honored that a filmmaker of your esteem graced our inaugural festival and look forward to your future attendance.

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    David Edwards

    This was their first year, but it didn't show. It was a very professional and organized festival. The communication was outstanding! Everything flowed smoothly, and it is sure to become larger every year!

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you David! You were a pleasure to work with!

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    Dylan D'Haeze

    We had an amazing time at this festival. It is very well managed and they are excellent communicators, making sure filmmakers have a positive experience. I can imagine this festival will soon become one of the most successful environmental festivals in the world. I highly recommend it.

    April 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Dylan!!! We loved having you at our inaugural fest and can't wait to see your future work!