SUBMISSIONS WILL OPEN SEPTEMBER 3, 2019, for the 4th annual Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival, April 3 -5, 2020. We will be accepting new environmental features, shorts, docs, student films & experimental films for the 2020 Festival.

The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival uses the power of film to entertain, inform and inspire personal action about challenges facing our planet, along with films celebrating the natural beauty of the earth. The festival showcases exceptional new films from around the world covering a wide spectrum of timely environmental topics and a broad range of styles.

The PhilaEnviroFilmFest is held over the first three-day weekend each April at the historic Philadelphia Film Center (aka the Prince Theater) on the largest screen in the city, in the Avenue of the Arts.

Along with screenings, festival highlights include an Opening Night Red Carpet Reception, a juried competition with awards, discussions with filmmakers and subject experts, a student short film competition, Kids' Planet program, and other special events.

Philadelphia is the country's only World Heritage City as the birthplace of our nation, a vibrant metropolis halfway between New York and DC, and a major center for science, education, culture, and the arts. Philly is home to Fairmount Park, the largest urban park in America, and a dynamic and historic center city scene.

Come join us to kick off Earth Month at the PhilaEnviroFilmFest!

Banner photo by J. Smith for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

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Some Award categories:

Environmental Advocacy

Best Feature

Best Short

Best Wildlife Film

Best Student Short

Audience Favorite

The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival (PHEFF) is primarily a platform for showcasing the best new environmental features and shorts of all styles and subjects.

Films must be completed after January 2019.

FEATURES include films with runtimes greater than 40 minutes.

SHORTS include films with runtimes 20 minutes or less, with strong preference for SHORTS under 10 minutes.

All submissions must be made via FilmFreeway's online screener system.

Non-English entries must be submitted with English subtitles.

Passwords for private links must not expire before January 31, 2020.

You will be contacted about selection status by January 31, 2020, via FilmFreeway.

If selected, final films must arrive no later than February 17, 2020.

Accepted feature films MUST be delivered on DCP (Digitial Cinema Package) on an EXTERNAL DCP DRIVE ONLY (no-downloads) along with Bluray DVD back-up. Contact and address will be provided.

Accepted short films (under 10 minutes runtime preferred) will be encoded to DCP format by AutoDCP. AutoDCP will be providing an online portal to digitally deliver existing DCP's and another for those who need to create a DCP. AutoDCP will provide specific directions on DCP encoding and e-Delivery. Also a downloadable HD back-up is required: .mp4 or .mov file format with a vertical resolution of 1080 regardless of aspect ratio.

Trailers due February 6, 2020.
.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 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
  • 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!

  • Rob Herring

    Had an amazing time at the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival! The organizers are so friendly, welcoming and down to earth. They really care about the films, the filmmakers, the audience, and the importance of the message of these projects. We met some awesome environmental advocates and got to share our story with a really engaged, intelligent audience. Hope to come back again in the coming years!

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Rob for joining us and lending your insights to the audience!