This Green Screen competition will be open to the general public in two basic categories - 12 to 25 year old participants (The Youth Jury Award); all ages (Overall Jury Winner & The People's Choice Award). The competition will be open to filmmakers of all levels of experience.

Films must be shot entirely on a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, go-pro or any combination of these) in HD video. Submissions will be limited to a length of 60 seconds, not including credits. Credits should not exceed 10 seconds in duration. Participants will be allowed any number of submissions and one story can be told via several one minute segments. However, each one minute segment must be able to stand on its own as a narrative piece. Submissions will be accepted online only via FilmFreeway.

Prizes will include cash prizes up to $12,000.00 TTD. Films will be disseminated via social media and included in Green Screen 2019-20 public screenings. Winning films will be selected by a Green Screen Jury. This is intended to be an ongoing festival competition in coming years.

Competition Open Date: June 5th 2019 (World Environment Day).
Closing Date: August 31st 2019.
Theme: Waste Not, Want Not

Overall Jury Winner
People's Choice Award
Youth Jury Winner

Full Competition Rules, Guidelines and Disclaimer

The 3rd Edition of the Very Short Shorts Mobile Film Competition, presented by Green Screen - The Environmental Film Festival, takes place between June 5 and XXXX 2020, organised by the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival (hereafter referred to as “Organiser”).
The Organiser aims to motivate, inspire and promote filmmakers, regardless of their experience in the field of film and environmental awareness.

The Organiser intends to include selected submissions to the Very Short Shorts Film Competition in Green Screen 2019 and in the future. The Organiser also intends to include selected submissions in programming in festivals abroad in 2019 and in the future.

By entering Very Short Shorts Mobile Film Competition, the participant (hereafter referred to as “Participant”) accepts the following Regulations on behalf of him/herself and any crew members who may also participate.

The contest is open to all persons aged 12 and above, resident in Trinidad and Tobago. Persons between 12 and 17 must have parental permission to submit.

Submitting a film or films to Very Short Shorts Mobile Film Competition is possible until August 31, 2019 at midnight Trinidad and Tobago time via All participants are expected to complete the filmfreeway form completely and truthfully.

The Organiser reserves the right to exclude from the contest Participants who have breached the Contest Regulations. Participants who attempt to disrupt the course of or manipulate the contest will also be excluded from participation.
The film must be shot entirely on a mobile device (smartphones, tablets, GoPro) in HD video.

DSLR, compact cameras or hybrid android cameras are not accepted.
Multiple mobile devices can be used, but no non mobile footage may be included.
Any software to edit video and audio as well as colour correction or special effects is allowed.

Use of additional equipment (professional or home-made) is allowed, including (but not limited to) external microphones, wide angle lens, lighting, tripod, broom handle etc
Copyrighted material is not accepted, unless there is a written permission to do so. The Organizer is not liable for any copyright material unlawfully used.
The film must be an original production. It may not infringe on the copyright, trademark or other rights of any individual.

Films must have full clearance for all content, including music.
No extreme violence, or content considered to be racist, sexist, homophophic or religiously intolerant is allowed.

In order to submit a film, every participant must use The best video format (codec) is Apple ProRes 4:2:2 Standard (not HQ or LT) or h.264. Both in a .mov wrapper.

MP4 is also accepted
If you are using another format or have trouble uploading, please contact us on:
Several films can be submitted per filmmaker/crew.
All films must be not more than 60 seconds in length, excluding credits.
A film can be told in an unlimited number of 60 second episodes. However, each episode must stand on its own as an individual piece, independent of any other episodes. All episodes may not be selected for Green Screen or a competition prize.

Films of all types and genres may be submitted to the contest. This includes documentary, narrative (Action, Drama, Comedy etc), experimental, musical or music video. A film entry participates in the competition once it is received before the entry deadline.

Providing they do not breach the conditions, selected films will be uploaded to social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram and Youtube as well as included in the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival programme in November 2019 and beyond. Of the selected films there will be three prize winners, determined by the Green Screen Jury.

The Participant maintains at all times the rights to his/her film entry. However, he/she grants the Organiser the right to present the submitted film, make it publicly available, distribute it and make it available for third party viewing unrestrictedly in terms of location and frequency.

Furthermore, the Participant expressly agrees to his/her film being made public via the website, social media accounts, as well as the websites and media channels of our partners. If applicable, the Organiser will refer to or create links to the film in various publications or on the Internet.

By submitting a film, the Participant declares that he/she owns all rights (including all third-party rights) with regard to the submitted film. In the event that one or more persons are clearly recognisable, or sound/music of third parties can be heard in the film, those involved must agree that the film be made public. The respective declaration of consent must be made available if requested by the Organiser.

Should third parties nevertheless assert claims resulting from the infringement of their rights, the Participant declares the Organiser free from all said claims. The person who submits the film is solely responsible for its content (image, sound, data, texts etc.).

You must seek approval from COTT, or the producer, before using another person’s music. The Participant declares the Organiser free from all responsibilities regarding claims brought forward by COTT and/or other collecting societies in relation to the film created by that Participant.

By participating, the Participant agrees to photographs and recordings being made of his/her person throughout the contest process – particularly during the Award Ceremony – and those photographs and recordings to be published at as well as on the Organiser’s Facebook page and in other publications. Furthermore, the Participant also agrees to his/her name being published at as well as on the Organiser’s Facebook page and in other publications. The Participant also understands that his/her name may be published in connection with his/her photograph.

The Organiser does not pass on personal data to third parties unless the individual has given his/her explicit consent. The Organiser may pass on data to partners when necessary for the awarding of a prize.

Claims for damages with regard to Very Short Shorts Mobile Film Competition against the Organiser are – to the extent legally permissible – excluded, irrespective of legal grounds unless the Organiser deliberately or grossly neglects its statutory duties.

Should a clause in these regulations be invalid or a legal loophole exist, the validity of the remaining clauses or the regulations as a whole remain unaffected. In the above-mentioned event, the missing or invalid clause shall be replaced by a valid clause that comes closest to the intended sense and purpose of the invalid or missing clause. The Organiser reserves the right to make decisions on all matters unforeseen by these regulations and, in special, vindicated cases, to make exceptions to these regulations.
The laws of Trinidad and Tobago apply.

Overall Rating
  • This Festival was an amazing experience as a first time film maker.

    December 2019
  • akilah stewart

    Glad I decided to take part. Great initiative.

    November 2019
  • Juliette McCawley

    This was a really great competition that I was glad to be part of.

    May 2019
  • Shane Hosein

    It has been an awesome experience, especially as 'Soluble' was awarded the competition overall winner - Jury prize. I am very happy.

    November 2018
  • Steven Edwards

    I am very humbled and honoured to be the People's Choice Award selection. It was even more special that they included me in their press release.

    November 2018