SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED for the 2020 Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival.
The 2020 PhilaEnviroFilmFest is GOING VIRTUAL, SEPTEMBER 23 - 27!
We are excited to bring you a powerful line-up of over 50 new environmental features and shorts, along with engaging discussions with filmmakers and topical experts!
The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival uses the power of film to entertain, inform and inspire action on challenges facing our planet, along with films celebrating the natural beauty of the earth. The festival showcases exceptional new films from around the world. We seek illuminating and compelling documentaries, features and shorts spotlighting epic expeditions, critical conservation issues, fascinating wildlife behavior, inspiring heroes, and more!
Held over 5 days on a Virtual Platform this year, the PhilaEnviroFilmFest, along with our partners at the Academy of Natural Sciences, is proud to present festival of 50 amazing new films along with a juried awards competition, discussions with filmmakers and subject experts, a youth short film competition, a Kid's Planet program, and other special events along with online resources and year-round program offerings. We hope to go back to a live Film Festival in September 2021 at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
The PhilaEnviroFilmFest is a member of the international Green Film Network, an association of the world's 40 major environmental film festivals, giving further opportunities for outreach and connection with a global audience. We are also official partners with many cultural organizations and a member of the Film Festival Alliance.
Banner photo by J. Smith for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
Award categories include:
Environmental Advocacy (feature)
Impact Award (feature)
Best Animated Short
Best Youth Short
The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival (PHEFF) is a platform for showcasing the best new environmental features and shorts of all styles and subjects. We seek compelling stories that explore the planet and environment. All topics and styles of environmental films will be considered.
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. Passwords for private links must not expire before August 2, 2021.
All entrants will receive notification by August 2, 2021, via FilmFreeway.
ACCEPTED FEATURE FILM FORMAT DELIVERY:
Accepted Feature films MUST be delivered on Blu-ray DVD, with a 2nd Blu-ray back-up. Contact and address will be provided. DCP is NOT an accepted format.
ACCEPTED SHORT FILM DIGITAL DELIVERY:
Accepted Short films must be delivered via .mp4 or .mov digital files.
Trailers for accepted films are due by August 9, 2021.
.mp4 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 (.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 will be required to pay for shipping of your film materials for screening in the Festival. PHEFF will pay for the return shipping only.
While the utmost care is taken in handling every submission, PHEFF is not responsible for loss or damage of film media.
RIGHTS & RELEASES:
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.