The 3rd annual Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival, April 5 - 7, 2019, is accepting submissions of new environmental shorts, features, student films & experimental films for programming consideration.

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 buzzing Avenue of the Arts.

Along with screenings, 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, 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, the famous cheesesteak, 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®

Some Award categories come with cash prizes:

Environmental Advocacy


Audience Favorite

Best Feature

Best Short

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 13 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.

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.

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.

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
  • Sarah Hutt

    I don't give away five stars on anything lightly, but I had a very positive experience at this festival. As an attending filmmaker, I found attention to detail evident everywhere, from the clean and stylish logo, website, and press materials to share on social media, to the easy, friendly, and responsive communication from staff and organizers, to the fantastic venue in downtown Philly and the extremely well-curated selection of films. I'd expect nothing less from a festival founded and run by two accomplished women dedicated to having an impact on environmental issues through the medium of film. They drew a great crowd and an impressive group of sponsors and influencers for a festival only in its second year.

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Sarah. It was an honor to share your important and impactful film.

  • Mark Burchick

    I'm incredibly happy with the communication with PEFF. Staff was quick and responsive, and although we weren't able to attend due to some last minute changes in our personal schedules, it's just so great to see this kind of programming being done in our region. I can't wait to see the festival grow.

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Although we missed you, know that your short was viewed by 233 people during it's program.

  • Jill Somer

    We were honored to be a part of the festival. The communication is outstanding.

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    You're very kind Jill

  • Mehmet Kanadl─▒

    Great Festival. Great communications. It was an honor to be part of it.

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mehmet

  • Susan Raymond

    This was a splendid opening for a Environmental Film Festival that will have many successful years providing its community with high quality films. Great audience responses and stellar hospitality to all. I look forward to returning with my latest work. Had a fabulous time!

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Susan. We are honored that a filmmaker of your esteem graced our inaugural festival and look forward to your future attendance.