Climate Action Film Contest

Competition Details

Your chance to show your environmental film on the big screen! 

Every year, we screen films from young people who are actively protecting our planet and getting involved in documentary filmmaking.

Enter the Climate Action Film Contest to win cash prizes and a special screening of your film at Green Film Fest in September 2018. From recycling to taking transit to growing a garden, show us how you're making it count. 

The contest is open to young filmmakers in Grades K - 12. It is free to enter and there are no restrictions on style or genre or how many entries you may submit. 

Film Entry Deadline: May 31, 2018

How to Enter

  1. Pick a Climate Action - such as Zero Waste; Sustainable Transit; Renewable Energy; or Roots.
  2. Create a short video of related to your Climate Action answering one simple question: "How do you make it count?"
  3. Upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter or Facebook.
  4. Fill out the online Entry Form before May 31 with the link to view your film.

Enter Your Film


Films can be entered by filmmakers in the following categories: Elementary School; Middle School; or High School

Films will be reviewed by our panel of judges and the winners are the highest scoring films in each category. The winners in each category will receive $250 cash prize and your film will be screened at Green Film Fest 2018 in September. All finalists are also entered into competition for our Young Filmmaker Award!

The winning films will be announced in July 2018.


March 1, 2018: Film submissions open

May 31, 2018: Deadline to enter & upload your video

July 25, 2018: Finalists announced

Sept 6-13, 2018: Film screening in Green Film Fest 2018

Pick Your Climate Action

0-50-100-Roots is a simple frame for the City of San Francisco's Climate Action goals—to send ZERO waste to the landfill; take 50 percent of our trips by public transit, bike, walk or rideshare; and use 100 percent renewable energy to keep us on track to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. ROOTS refers to the many activities we taking to reduce air pollution and capture carbon emissions.

The entire city family—government entities, residents, businesses and community organizations—is working together on this.

And we want to know what you’re doing to make your city greener!

Zero Waste: How are you helping to meet the goal of sending ZERO waste to landfill - Reducing? Reusing? Recycling? Composting?

50% Sustainable Transit: Show us how we can reach our goal of 50% sustainable travel - or tell us how you are already making it happen. Are you getting out of your cars and walking, biking, taking public transit, or ridesharing?

100% Renewable Energy: We all want cleaner, greener, electricity. How are you supporting our goal for 100% renewable energy—installing solar? Reducing your energy use?

Roots: Show us how you are helping to reduce air pollution, whether planting trees, tending your garden, or protecting our urban forest and green spaces.

Need Inspiration?

  1. Here are some top tips on how to make a short movie and change the world!
  2. Check out the winning entries for 2017 and 2016
  3. The Mix-Teen Digital Center at SF Public Library is a youth-designed learning space just for teens 13-18. Check out their website to find free drop-in video production times where you can work on your entry, and other great programs, including music production and 3D printing!

Terms & Conditions

1. SFGFF reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted.

2. SFGFF will accept films created in any media format.

3. By entering a film, the filmmaker agrees that all rights and clearances have been obtained, that any copyrighted sound, music, image or content included in the work have been legally cleared for use, and that SFGFF and its sponsors are not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from public screenings.

4. By entering a film, you acknowledge SFGFF has the right to copy any submitted material and use images and trailers for SFGFF’s non-commercial use. Promotional use may include a clip of any accepted film being included in a radio or TV program, or in a festival trailer for Green Film Fest.

5. By submitting the film entry form, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by the Terms & Conditions of SFGFF.

Thank you for entering!