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Plymouth Nature Film Festival is an ongoing project to share stories of people and nature, through amateur filmmaking and photography. This shared storytelling enables a collaborative exploration of our relationship with nature.

This year we are sponsored by Real Ideas. The live event will be held at their venue - Market Hall on Saturday 29th April 2023. Shortlisted works of film and photography will be screened and exhibited, accompanied by hands-on workshops, a panel discussion, and a great many interesting conversations about people and nature.

Film and Photography submissions will be reviewed by our judges before they are selected to be shown at the festival. All participants will be contacted by email by 7th April 2023 to confirm whether their submission has been selected to be showcased at the event.

The festival will be a ticketed event. Tickets will be available for purchase closer to the date of the event.

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Change is at the heart of all things. It is found in the deep interplay between separate elements, driving the evolution of patterns and relationships, and resulting in the rich expression of life.

Our relationship with nature is a dynamic composition of changing interactions, laid out through time. When considering this relationship, it is helpful to understand where we are now within the context of where we have come from. Through tracing this unfolding, we are able to view the bigger picture, and to place ourselves within it, both as individuals and as a collective.

The way we navigate change speaks to our relationship with the world around us, and with the ecological networks which we are a part of. Do we embrace change through adaptation, or do we resist change through control? Exploration of this relationship provides an opportunity to redefine our interaction with change, and in doing so recast our role in the wider unfolding of life.

We are inviting you to explore our changing relationship with nature, through the medium of filmmaking or photography. The topic of change is open, and can be interpreted in many ways, so the invitation is one of individual exploration and expression. With both film and photography, there is an act of storytelling; an opportunity to build narrative and meaning. As with all stories, this task is not about reaching a destination, but rather embarking on a journey. Happy trails traveller.

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1. Please include a short synopsis of your film, and an image to be used as a thumbnail.

2. Only digital video files will be accepted.

3. Maximum duration for films is 15 minutes including full credits (director, producer,
script, music, year, country of origin).

4. Submitting parties are permitted to submit no more than one film.

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1. Please include a title and brief description of your photograph.

2. Only digital photo files will be accepted.

3. Submitting parties are permitted to submit up to 3 photos.


Rising Star Award – For a young filmmaker, showcasing exceptional work.

Storyteller Award – For a filmmaker who excels in their use of narrative to tell a story.

Progressive Thinker Award – For a filmmaker exploring the brief and topic with unique creative insight.

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Rising Star Award – For a young photographer, showcasing exceptional work.

Storyteller Award – For a filmmaker who excels in their use of narrative to tell a story.

Progressive Thinker Award – For a filmmaker exploring the brief and topic with unique creative insight.


1. Submissions will be accepted through FilmFreeway only.

2. This is an amateur competition, which means entries cannot be submitted by professional filmmakers or photographers.

3. All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).

4. There is no age limit to enter, however we ask that submitting parties under the age of 16 provide parental permission to submit. This can be done by requesting a form via email.

5. Please be mindful when submitting work that viewers may find disturbing and keep in mind young people may be attending the festival. We maintain the right to refuse work that we feel is too disturbing and cannot be censored.

6. Submitting parties must have the right to screen the film/ exhibit the photo submitted.

7. PNFF does not investigate whether submissions have gained all the necessary permits and copyright. Therefore, PNFF cannot be taken responsible for any unlawful use of those materials in submissions.

8. Submitting parties are obliged to allow the presentation of submitted work at the festival without any fees.

9. We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

10. Entry does not guarantee selection for exhibition, as we are unable to showcase all submissions at the event.

11. We are unable to offer refunds on entry fees, so please check the criteria before entering.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding submission via email, Instagram, or Facebook.

By submitting work for the festival, submitting parties accept all the conditions stipulated in these Rules and Terms.

Overall Rating
  • Delighted that our sedative poetry film with Seattle Poet Laureate Shin Yu Pai was shown in Plymouth, unfortunately couldn't travel to the show but I can bet it was a blast!

    May 2023
  • Daisy Grainger

    This was a brilliant festival showcasing a range of wonderful talent with like-minded, earth-loving people. Really well organised and it was a very memorable night, thank you!

    March 2023
  • Charlie Bromage

    A really lovely event to be a part of. Very well managed and ran. Big well done to all involved!

    June 2022
  • Kang Le

    It was a blessing to be a part of Plymouth Nature Festival, Thank you!

    May 2022