The 5th annual Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival will take place in early April 2022. Please stay tuned for Information about submissions.

Through our yearly film festival, year-round programming, and online resources, we seek to advance understanding of the environment through the power of film. The festival showcases new films from around the world and welcomes compelling stories of all styles. We accept both shorts and features for consideration.

In 2020, the all-Virtual PhilaEnviroFilmFest presented 50 powerful films along with a juried awards competition, engaging discussions with filmmakers and topical experts, a youth short film competition, and a Kid's Planet program.

The PhilaEnviroFilmFest is a member of the international Green Film Network, an association of the world's 40 top environmental film festivals, increasing outreach opportunities and connections with a global audience. We are also members of Film Festival Alliance and official partners with many regional cultural organizations.

Banner photo by J. Smith for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Award categories include:

Environmental Advocacy (feature)

Best Feature

Impact Award (feature)

Best Short

Best Animated Short

Best Youth Short

Audience Favorite

The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival (PHEFF) accepts new films in any genre with themes realted to the natural and built environment. We seek compelling stories that explore the planet and environment.

Films must be completed after December 2019.

All submissions must be made via FilmFreeway.

FEATURES include films with runtimes greater than 45 minutes.

SHORTS include films with runtimes 25 minutes or less, with a STRONG PREFERENCE FOR SHORTS UNDER 10 MINUTES.

PHEFF requires an online screener submitted through FilmFreeway for consideration. Passwords for private links must not expire before April 15, 2022.

All entrants will receive notification via FilmFreeway by February 20, 2022.

Trailers for accepted films on YouTube or Vimeo are due by March 1, 2022.

High resolution digital stills and a brief synopsis.

You will be required to pay for any shipping of your film materials for screening in the Festival. PHEFF will pay for return shipping only.

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 and to grant the license in #2 below;

(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 during the annual festival and/or other PHEFF programs, and (ii) promoting PHEFF on its website, in marketing and promotional materials, and in its social media, and (iii) helping with non-profit 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
  • This festival was great. I will be participating next year with new movies.

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Muhammed! We look forward to reviewing your new film.

  • Sabine Schwab

    Nice festival with good communication and easy DCP uploading system. Can recommend!

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sabine. Hope to see your next film!

  • Bruno Chatelin

    We love these people, hard working and so passionate, i reccommend any filmaker with a strong film to submit.
    Bruno Chatelin: Rob's festival agent

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Bruno. always provides excellent access to top films. We will proudly continue to use your wonderful service!

  • Jason van Bruggen

    I had a great experience with the Festival. We were so pleased to be included! Thanks for everything.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your great films Jason!

  • Fantastic festival
    Our only films were at the festival
    I hope that in subsequent periods it will be possible for the filmmaker to be invited to the festival.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    All filmmakers are always welcome to join us at the festival and in fact, many do. We welcome all filmmakers and our audience appreciates the opporunity to interact!