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About One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest

The Young Filmmakers Contest has been a part of the One Earth Film Festival since 2013. Its purpose is to engage youth in the national conversation about climate change and think about actions to reverse the current trend.

Rules vary by age. We ask students from ages 8 to 17 (or grades 3 to 11) to research one of six sustainability topics: energy, food, transportation, waste, water or open space/ecosystems and then create a film of 3 to 8 minutes in length (or minimum 45 seconds for animation).

  • 3-8 minute films should present a solution to a problem from one of the six topics.

  • Animations can present a solution or motivate viewers towards awareness or behavior change for one of the six topics.

The rules are more relaxed for students age 18 through 25 (or grade 12 through college and beyond). They should make an environmental film of 3 to 8 minutes in length (or minimum 45 seconds for animation) that promotes change or action.

Cash prizes (or a scholarship) are awarded at the elementary school ($100), middle school ($200), high school (grades 9-11)($350), senior year to college (three $1,000 scholarships), and post graduate levels ($1,000 cash), along with matching grants for sustainability organizations of each winner’s choice, related to the theme of their film. Winning films will premiere at the Gene Siskel Center as part of the One Earth Film Festival in March 2020.

The deadline for submissions is January 5, 2020. For more information, contact lisa@greencommunityconnections.org.

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This one and a half minute video gives a quick, perky overview of the Young Filmmakers Contest. Former winner Léa Kichler animated the film, and Abby Lyons composed and performed the music.

YouTube link to video about Young Filmmakers Contest (in high resolution).

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Poster for grades 3 to 8.

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Poster for grade 9 through college.

Poster for grade 9 through college.