2018 PHILADELPHIA ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN! The 2nd annual PhilaEnviroFilmFest will take place April 6-8, 2018.

The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival showcases the power of film to entertain, inspire and inform about challenges affecting our environment, along with films celebrating the profound beauty of our planet. Over the course of a long weekend at the historic Prince Theater on the Avenue of the Arts in Center City, the program includes dozens of newly released international short and feature films covering a wide spectrum of timely environmental topics. Several films are enhanced by moderated discussions, the opportunity to meet the filmmakers, and an exciting Opening Night Red Carpet Gala. The annual festival will expand with additional programming including panel discussions with filmmakers, policymakers and scientists; student film competitions; themed film offerings; and workshops.

Philadelphia, the second largest city on the East Coast, is a vibrant metropolis halfway between New York and DC. Philadelphia is also the country's only World Heritage City, as the birthplace of our nation, and a major center for science, education, and the arts, with a thriving farm-to-table food scene. Philly is home to Fairmount Park, the largest urban park in America, and the new Comcast Center is the tallest LEED Gold-certified building in the country. For the second straight year in a row, "Lonely Planet" has named Philadelphia #1 on its list of the 10 best places to visit in America.

We welcome filmmakers to share their works in our vibrant city!

Banner photo by J. Smith for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Awards & Prizes

Award winners receive a stunning trophy handcrafted of local clay by a renowned ceramic artist; some categories also receive cash prizes.

Best Feature Award

Best Short Award

Best Regional Award

People's Choice Award

Environmental Advocacy Award

Rules & Terms

Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival is a venue for showcasing the best new environmental films of all styles, subjects, and lengths, with a strong preference for films completed after January 2017.

Non-English language film submissions must have English subtitles.

Screener Format:
PhilaEnviroFilmFest requires an online screener submitted through FilmFreeway as an MPEG or .mov file, with a vertical resolution of 1080 regardless of aspect ratio, within 14 days from notification of acceptance.

Passwords for private links must not expire before February 16, 2018.

If you absolutely cannot upload your film, please email alexandra@philaenvirofilmfest.org for instructions on mailing a physical DVD screener.

ProRes is NOT an accepted screening format.

Selection Status:
Filmmakers will be contacted about selection status by February 16, 2018 through FilmFreeway.

If selected to the Festival, final exhibition copies must arrive in the PhilaEnviroFilmFest office no later than March 9, 2018.

Submitters are responsible for all postage costs associated with film submissions and final selection screening copies. In order to have final screeners returned, the submitter must include a stamped, self-addressed, padded envelope with the screener.

Rights & Releases:
By submitting a film to us you grant us a non-exclusive, non-transferable, perpetual, royalty-free right and license to use and display graphics and images (both still and moving) (collectively the "Content") from the film for the sole purpose of promoting the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival on its website and in marketing and promotional materials and activities. Our use of your content in this manner does not grant us any ownership of your copyright or intellectual property.

Submitter owns or controls the film's copyright and is duly authorized to submit the film to PHEFF.

The submitter grants PHEFF non-exclusive screening permission for unlimited showings over the course of the Festival.

While the utmost care is taken to safely handle every submission, PHEFF is not responsible for the loss or damage of film media during the Festival - This includes media sent to and from the PHEFF 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.

PHEFF and its partners are harmless from any claims connected with the film, and the submitter will bear the cost of all legal fees incurred as a result of the defense of such a claim.

3 Reviews

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    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.

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    David Edwards

    This was their first year, but it didn't show. It was a very professional and organized festival. The communication was outstanding! Everything flowed smoothly, and it is sure to become larger every year!

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you David! You were a pleasure to work with!

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    Dylan D'Haeze

    We had an amazing time at this festival. It is very well managed and they are excellent communicators, making sure filmmakers have a positive experience. I can imagine this festival will soon become one of the most successful environmental festivals in the world. I highly recommend it.

    April 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Dylan!!! We loved having you at our inaugural fest and can't wait to see your future work!