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Submissions Being Accepted for Student Environmental Film Competition

Winning entries will be shown during the One Earth Film Festival this March.

Youngsters with a passion for filmmaking and the environment—this competition's for you.

One Earth...Our Earth the Young Filmmakers Contest is being sponsored for the first time as part of this year's One Earth Film Festival.

Students from upper elementary school through college submit their environmental entries now through Jan. 25, 2013.

Winners will be announced by mid-February, and their films will be screened during the festival, March 1 through March 3 in venues throughout Oak Park and River Forest.

The contest is open to students from Forest Park, Oak Park and River Forest - and throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

Successful filmmakers also will receive cash prizes and matching grants for a  non-profit organization or community sustainability project of their choice

All students in an eligible age category are invited to enter! Some suggestions for generating good film ideas (courtesy of Green Community Connections, which is sponsoring the film festival and the competition).

  • Pick a topic (water, waste, food, transportation, energy) that you are passionate about.
  • Use your own imagination to create a story about your chosen topic.
  • Consider ways in which the contest title, “One Earth . . . Our Earth!” inspires you to tell an important environmental story through film.
  • Think about something you’ve done – or would like to do — at your school or in your community (for example — build a school garden, host a harvest dinner, tell about students composting, start a bike to school program).
  • Use real people as actors in a story, or in filming documentary-style interviews.
  • Create an animated film using Legos or toys; film your own illustrations; create “moving” photo collages or slide shows.
  • Demonstrate a “how to” video about an environmental issue.
  • Be creative about how you recommend a solution to an environmental issue.
  • Come up with your own creative, clever, unique ideas! . . .

For more information and contest rules, click here.

Sue Crothers December 18, 2012 at 02:23 AM
NOTE: The contest is open to all students living in any location within the stipulated categories, not just Chicago land area. We want to engage as many youth as possible so we don't mind where they live. Sue Crothers - One Earth...Our Earth Young Filmmakers Committee Lead.
Matthew Hendrickson (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Thanks Sue!

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