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)

Best Feature

Impact Award (feature)

Best Short

Best Animated Short

Best Youth Short

Audience Favorite

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 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 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.

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
  • 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!