Building upon three wildly successful showing, the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition is proud to bring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America, back to Houston for the third time for two nights: January 24 & 25, 2018!

WSFF provides a selection of about 75 short films, from which CEC will choose about 20 for the two night showing in January. While most of the films that the CEC chooses to show at the festival have some relevance to the environment in the Houston/Gulf Coast region, none to date have told a local environmental story. WSFF guidelines allow the CEC to show one local film each night, which the CEC has done, featuring films about environmental justice, the Katy Prairie, and the Houston Zoo’s efforts to protect the endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle. These films have been among the most meaningful films at the events.

CEC would like to use this festival to tell local environmental stories, highlight the work of CEC’s member organizations, and to inspire our residents and visitors to make a difference in the environment and quality of life. To that end, in partnership with the Houston Green Film Series, CEC will host a one-night screening of local environmental films on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, to help select the local films that will be shown each night at the January WSFF On Tour. In addition to selecting the local films to include in January, CEC hopes to expose a wider audience to local environmental stories and to honor the top films. Films should be specific to the Houston/Gulf Coast Region.

You can view local films and some of the films that were shown at last year’s festival, including films by the Houston Zoo and Katy Prairie Conservancy, on CEC’s YouTube channel.

Awards & Prizes

If your film is invited to be a part of the fall 2017 selection screening, you will be treated like the VIP that you are! You will receive a variety of perks which include:
 festival passes
 A screening of your film on the big screen
 Marketing of your film in the CEC YouTube page, other social media, the CEC website, and in the CEC’s weekly email newsletter, which is sent to almost 5000 people
 opportunities to meet with press
 free entry into other CEC events
 the potential opportunity to be chosen to be part of the January 2017 screening of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour

Selected films will be shown at a screening at the Houston Green Film Series on November 15, 2017, at Rice University's Media Center.

If your film is selected to be screened in January, you will have an opportunity to speak briefly about your film.

Rules & Terms

CEC will show environmental and educational films that illustrate the earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment—with a focus on environmental stories with a direct tie-in to the Houston/Gulf Coast region. Through these films, CEC hopes to inform people about the state of the Houston/Gulf Coast region and world, and inspire them to take action.

****We are looking for films with an environmental message specific to the Houston/Gulf Coast region.**** If you are neither a locally-based filmmaker or submitting a film featuring the Houston region, please do not submit a film.

Films should be no more than seven minutes and must be suitable for the big screen.

CEC accepts all films with an environmental theme including documentaries, animation, shorts, features, and narratives. We look for environmental films that are entertaining, educational, and above all inspirational. We want our audiences to be inspired to make a difference in our communities and world. Possible topics might include climate change, biodiversity, water quality, teaching youth, and much more.

The board of the CEC will, at their sole discretion, select the films to be shown at the November screening, and will select the two films to be shown at the CEC screening of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour on January 24 & 25, 2018. Response by the audience at the November screening will be considered when selecting the final films. By screening the films, the intent of the CEC is to provide broader exposure to inspiring, local environmental stories told through film.

By entering a film for consideration, the submitter understands that they agree to the following:
• They own or control the film's copyright and are duly authorized to submit the film to the Greater Houston Environmental Film Festival
• If chosen, the submitter grants CEC non-exclusive screening permission for unlimited showings on November 16, 2016, and on January 24-27, 2017..
• CEC reserves the right to copy and use any publicity materials (photographs, film stills, trailers, and film segments up to 3 minutes) for non-commercial promotional purposes and for archival material, at no additional cost.
• While the utmost care is taken to safely handle every submission, CEC is not responsible for the loss or damage of film media during the Festival - This includes media sent to and from the CEC office.
• The film contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever.
• CEC and its partners are harmless from any claims connected with the film. The submitter will bear the cost of all legal fees incurred as a result of the defense of such a claim.