The 3rd annual film festival will take place April 5 - 7, 2019.
Submissions open September 4, 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 first long weekend each April, at the historic Prince Theater on the largest screen in Philadelphia on the Avenue of the Arts, the festival showcases exceptional new global and regional short and feature films covering a wide spectrum of timely environmental topics and a broad range of styles.
Festival highlights include an Opening Night Red Carpet Reception, a juried competiton with awards, robust discussions with filmmakers and subject experts, a student short film competition, a youth school program, and other special events.
Philadelphia, the second largest city on the East Coast, is a vibrant metropolis halfway between New York and DC. Philadelphia is 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 a dynamic and historic center city scene.
We welcome filmmakers to share their works in our vibrant city!
Banner photo by J. Smith for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
Some Award categories come with cash prizes:
Best Wildlife Short
Best Student Short
Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival (PHEFF) showcases the best new environmental features and shorts of all styles and subjects, with a strong preference for films completed after January 2018, and a strong preference for SHORTS under 15 minutes.
Non-English entries must be submitted with English subtitles.
Passwords for private links must not expire before February 15, 2019.
You will be contacted about selection status by February 15, 2019 via FilmFreeway.
If selected, final films must arrive no later than March 2, 2019.
FEATURE FILM FORMAT SUBMISSIONS:
Accepted feature films (over 55 minutes running time) must be delivered as a DCP file (Digitial Cinema Package) on an external drive (no-downloads) with Bluray DVD back-up. Contact and address will be provided.
SHORT FILM DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS:
Accepted short films (under 14 minutes running time preferred) must be delivered as a downloadable DCP file (Digital Cinema Package) through Dropbox or other large format file transfer system. Also an HD download back-up is required: .mp4 or .mov file format with a vertical resolution of 1080 regardless of aspect ratio.
Trailers due February 18, 2019.
.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.
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;
(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.