UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability presents an environmental film competition.

SoCal high school students: grab your cell phones, video cameras, and microphones—your voice and creativity can change the planet. This environmental short film contest is a platform to showcase your ideas, commentary, and vision for our city and the world.

You may submit one short film for each category.

We encourage creative liberty and films featuring the Southern California area.

For more info visit www.ioes.ucla.edu/greensparks

• The best film in each category will receive $500.
• The second place in each category will receive $300.
• The third place in each category will receive $150.

The audience will select their favorite film during the virtual ceremony on June 10, 2021, and the selected finalist will receive $100.

• Participants must be enrolled in SoCal High School and under 19 years old
• Participants can submit a film as an individual or group. If entered as a group, the prize will be split amongst the group members. A group lead will be responsible for receiving the full amount and splitting the award with team members.

Official Rules
• Films should be 2-3 minutes.
• Individuals/groups can submit one film per category.
• Films should be appropriate for all audiences.
• Films must be submitted on April 23, 2021, via the FilmFreeway submission site.
• Finalists are required to attend the virtual award ceremony on June 11, 2021.
• Through your submission, UCLA IoES will be given the right to use your film for promotional, but not commercial, purposes.

Judging Criteria
• Films will be judged on how well they relate to the submitted category. For example, for the Ready, Set, Action! category, a film that truly discusses solutions to environmental problems will rank higher than a film that only loosely discusses solutions.
• Films — both fictional narratives and documentaries — should include scientific facts about the environment and/or sustainability.
• Fancy equipment, b-roll, and camera moves will not necessarily score you more points. What’s most important is your film’s overall message.
• Films will be judged by the content of the film, its ability to educate, inspire, and raise awareness of the film’s chosen topic.

• Finalists are required to attend the award ceremony Thursday, June 10, 2021.
• Through film submission, UCLA IoES is granted the right to use the film for promotional, but not commercial, purposes.

Intellectual Property
• By entering the contest, the entrants agree to submit their own original work, does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others, and is In compliance with all copyright laws. When using work that is not your own, the entrants agree that those works are part of the public domain, that they have obtained permission to use the work, or that the use of the work does not constitute a substantial portion of the film so as to comply with fair use laws of USC Title 17 Section 107 found at http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html. Where an entrant has obtained permission to use a substantial portion of another’s intellectual property, the entrant agrees to submit proof of permission with the film entry. As to research, please give credit to the owners and authors of scientific, academic, political, etc. works, such as through the credits of the film or when the source is used in the film.
• Entrants agree to not hold UCLA or GreenShorts liable for any intellectual property disputes and to comply with these rules and all copyright laws.

Overall Rating
  • Really well done festival thats both fun and inspiring.

    June 2021
  • I feel like this is a genuinely inspiring festival to participate in for student filmmakers like myself! It exposes us to some of the amazing work of other young people our age and highlights the idea that filmmaking can be used as a tool to promote justice, environmental and otherwise. I had a great time participating!!

    July 2020
  • Olga Umana

    I was a great experience hope to be a apart of next year .

    May 2019
  • Super fun night great festival!

    May 2018