The Films for the Forest Festival, presented by Rainforest Partnership, will be accepting submissions for another 21 days – until February 20, 2013! Now entering its fourth year, this non-profit fest strives to shed light on solutions to the mammoth issues presented by the decrease in natural space caused by the progression of human civilization.
These issues are not disappearing, and without creative ways with which to educate the masses on the effects of corporate greed, mass consumption, and other such oversights in the global economy we are on a bullet train to a disastrous tomorrow for generations to come.
Below are the categories your film should fall under to be eligible for the festival. For more information on Films for the Forest or to submit your film visit www.filmsfortheforest.org:
1. Amateur 4 Minute Film Competition
This category is for films that are under 4 minutes and includes films from non-professional filmmakers. Films from beginning filmmakers and filmmakers of all ages are encouraged. Films should include any of the following topics: forests, rainforests, deforestation, indigenous and forest communities, biodiversity, climate change, sustainable development, community development, forest resources, and forest flora and fauna.
2. Short Film Competition
This category encourages films that engage audiences and inspire solutions to the challenges facing forests and tropical forests, and their communities. Films covering any aspect of forests are accepted. Potential topics include any of the following topics: conservation, deforestation, indigenous and forest communities, biodiversity, climate change, sustainable development, community development, forest products and resources, and forest flora and fauna. Short films are encouraged from professional and amateur filmmakers. Film should be less than 40 minutes, but longer films may be accepted on a case by case basis.
All film styles (e.g. animated, documentary, narrative) are accepted.
About Films for the Forest:
Films for the Forest is an annual international short film contest created by Rainforest Partnership. Rainforest Partnership is a non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas, with staff in Austin and Peru. RP was founded on the idea that the most effective way to preserve the remaining rainforest and its biodiverse ecosystems is to provide forest communities with an economic incentive to leave their local forest standing. Not only does this protect the forest, it also helps the communities by providing them with a sustainable source of income.
In previous years Films for the Forest has received film submissions spanning four countries, been judged by an impressive list of award-winning filmmakers and environmentalists, and has raised $60,000 for Rainforest Partnership’s projects with forest communities in Ecuador and Peru.
This year, Rainforest Partnership presents its 4th Annual Films for the Forest Film Challenge, in coalition with the SXSW Film Festival Community Screenings. The international community is invited to participate in this unique film experience, culminating with the screening of winning films at the SXSW Film Festival Community screenings in March 2013 in Austin, Texas.
We welcome creative, thought-provoking, and moving films that engage audiences and inspire solutions to the challenges facing forests and their communities today. Films may explore any aspect of forests and rainforests. Suggested topics include any of the following: conservation, deforestation, indigenous and forest communities, biodiversity, climate change, sustainable development, community development, forest resources, and forest flora and fauna. All film styles (e.g. documentary, narrative, animation, etc) are encouraged, as well as films from experienced and inexperienced filmmakers of any age.
About Rainforest Partnership:
Rainforest Partnership is an international non-profit organization focused on protecting tropical rainforests. RP partners with communities in Latin America to help develop sustainable economic alternatives to deforestation, making it more valuable to keep forests intact.