We show films and art work about ideas, concepts and stories of sustainability and we empower filmmakers and artists working on sustainability-related subjects. That is the mission for our festival, which is in its third season now.

All participating pieces have to be about an aspect of sustainability. For us, this also includes Social Sustainability. In collaboration with the university's common reader program, this year's special focus is Disability Visibility.

Participating pieces can be documentaries, narrative films, animations, VR / AR productions, experimental films, video art, still images, sculptures, paintings, etc. All films and photography for projection are accepted through FilmFreeway. For submission of tangible art please reach out directly using the email provided.

Films selected will be screened in our UHCL Black Box Theater from October 30 - December 8, 2023.

The adjacent UHCL Art gallery will house physical pieces of art, such as sculptures, paintings, etc, as well as selected projections and some pieces on large format TVs.

We will also screen the Best of Fest films in our large 500-seat Bayou Theater between November 7-10

1st, 2nd & 3rd prize in each of the categories listed.

1) Every participating film or artwork has to be about an aspect of sustainability
2) By submitting to this festival, each artist grants the festival the permission to use still frames & up to 30 seconds of each piece for promotional purposes on the festivals website & associated social media accounts.
3) By submitting to this festival, each filmmaker ensures that they have all necessary rights to do so.
e) For tangible pieces participating in the gallery exhibition, artists are responsible drop them off at or ship to the UHCL art gallery by November 25 and pick them up after the closing by December 15.

Overall Rating
  • I was delighted to be selected by Sustainable Stories Film Fest! Thank you for bring to people stories about our environment and our life!

    March 2023
  • Thank you for the opportunity and for hosting such a great event!

    November 2022
  • Julien Devaux

    Sustainable story is a very dedicated festival with efficient and friendly communication - all the experience was very positive

    November 2022
  • Kang Le

    A great festival and great programming!

    November 2022
  • Jo Pearl

    Super pleased that my clay animation Gasping for Air was selected for the Sustainable Stories Festival. Great that it was screened in both a cinema and gallery setting. The festival team did a great job in communicating logistics.

    November 2022