Our newly-launched Ethical Film Festival celebrates the power film has to change the world! Screening virtually via the planetSHINE cinema in October 2021, and as part of our COP26 event in Glasgow, the festival will showcase the best in emerging and established filmmaking talent.

The shortlisted films from each category will be shown at the festival, where an overall winner will be awarded with a new camera or piece of equipment to the value of £2500.

Filmmakers to submit their short films to one of three categories: Environmental, Human Rights and Wildlife.

Films must be a maximum of 15 minutes in length and can be entertaining, inspiring, poignant, or humorous. Both scripted and non-scripted film submissions are welcome.

Films can be shot on any camera but must have a good standard of production values, and a trailer or cutdown of 30 seconds is required.

One overall winner will be chosen by our panel of judges. The prize will be a new camera or piece of equipment to the value of £2500.

By submitting a film to each filmmaking category you agree to the following:

In all cases, the entrant will be bound by the Planet Shine Ltd (“Planet Shine”) Film Festival Competition Terms and Conditions

The competition is run by Planet Shine Ltd through planetshine.com and filmfreeway.com

Submissions do not require premiere status

Submissions require a payment per film submission. No refunds on film entry fees can be provided.

Competition is open to UK and International residents.

Submissions should be no longer than 15 minutes in length, including credit listings and should be accompanied by a social cut down of no longer than 30 seconds.

Submissions must not contain any copyrighted material, including music, still images or video images without the written permission of the owner.

Every actor and participant in the film must have full understanding of the purpose of the film, and have given their consent for it to be shown in the festival and for promotional purposes. Films should include credits listing the title, music credits, and other contributors.

Collaborative work is permitted, however all filming roles must be submitted on the form, and the credits and there must be an overall director for the film.

By entering the competition entrants agree to participate in such promotional and publicity activity as reasonably requested by Planet Shine and grant the non-exclusive license and right to Planet Shine to use all or part of the film or still from the film for promotional purposes and to exhibit the film during the festival.

Short listed entrants and winners will be notified by phone, email or post and winners will be invited to receive their award at the Planet Shine Film Awards held in October at the Blythswood Hotel in Glasgow.

Planet Shine reserves the right to extend the date, and in the event of an extension, the new date will be published at planetshine.com

The judging panel of industry professionals will select winners in each category. An overall winner will be awarded the main prize. The judges decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Incomplete, defaced, damaged or incorrectly completed entries will not be accepted, and responsibility will not be accepted for loss of entries.

Planet Shine reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.

Planet Shine reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if there are reasonable grounds to believe the rules of the competition have been breached.