Submit Your Film to Green Film Fest 2018

Film Submissions are now closed for Green Film Fest in September 2018.

Submissions for the 2019 Festival will open next March.

Youth Filmmakers can still enter our 2018 Young Filmmaker Contest until May 31, 2018.

 

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Submit your film now to Green Film Fest 2018

 

Be part of San Francisco's leading event for films & discussions about people and the planet.

Submit your film now to Green Film Fest 2018, coming in September.

Enter online at filmfreeway.com/greenfilmfest or download the Entry Form.

DEADLINES
Early Bird: March 20, 2018
Regular: April 20, 2018
Late: April 30, 2018Click to Submit - FilmFreeway

Green Film Fest 2018 will be a city-wide celebration aligning with the Global Climate Action Summit, bringing leaders from around the world to San Francisco in support of the Paris Agreement. We'll have a vibrant line up of 70 new, forward-thinking environmental films, connecting passionate audiences with international filmmakers and guests.

We are seeking compelling and relevant new films on the environment & sustainability. The festival is open to new or established filmmakers from anywhere in the world and there are no restrictions on length or genre. All entries are eligible for the Festival's Awards.

As well as the opportunity to screen your film to our San Francisco audiences, being a part of the Festival will connect you with local partners to support the ongoing success & impact of your film.

SFGFF is a member of Green Film Network, an association of the world's major environmental film festivals, giving further opportunities for outreach and connection with a global audience.

 

Here's what our 2017 filmmakers are saying:

"We greatly appreciated all of the hard work of everyone in this incredibly well organized Green Film Festival in San Francisco.  As filmmakers, this festival exceeded our expectations. The programming was a delight and the workshop sessions were so great to be a part of. We hope to be back again." ~ Roger Williams, & Lisa Mazzotta, RiverBlue

"A wonderful festival and a great film going experience - my film crew and I felt like part of the family. The programmers and staff are full of heart and I was delighted to find films that illuminated not just our environment but many topics beyond that." ~ Tal Skloot, 4 Wheel Bob

"The entire team at the SF Green Film Festival were wonderful to work with. My screening was sold out and the Q&A afterwards was lively, interesting, and may lead to some funding opportunities. Would definitely submit again." ~ Jason Hanasik, Eyes on the Water

"This was a fabulous film festival! Such generous hospitality. The selections of films were very high quality. The communication with staff was attentive. They also had great events like the opening reception and a Sunday filmmakers brunch. I highly recommend this festival!" ~ Eve Morgenstern, Cheshire, Ohio

"Fantastic festival full of compelling films at historic theaters, engaging discussions, and great hospitality! It was an amazing weekend and I definitely plan to return!" ~ Allison Otto, Property

"One of my favorite festivals! I always look forward to the fulfilling experience of attending and meeting other filmmakers. Also the festival director consistently adds value for filmmakers who attend year after year." ~ Kristin Tieche, Velo Visionaries

 

FILM SUBMISSION GENERAL RULES

ELIGIBILITY  

To qualify, productions MUST have an environmental topic or angle.

  • We are seeking stories that explore the relationship between people and the planet. In particular, we are interested in these areas:

- Changing Cities
- Climate Change
- Energy
- Environmental Health
- Enviromental Justice
- Food
- Water
- Wildlife
- Zero Waste
However, any environmental topic or angle will be considered.

  • All submissions must be completed after January 1, 2016.

  • All dialogues must be presented in English or with English subtitles.

  • There are no restrictions on length or genre: documentaries, narratives, animations, features, shorts, student works, installations, VR, and other media will all be considered for inclusion.

  • There is no 'Premiere' requirement for inclusion in the Festival.

  • Work-in-progress films that are not final cuts may be entered, but please clearly note what is missing or will change.

  • If your film was submitted for previous editions of the Green Film Fest, you may re-enter it if you have made significant changes and if the eligibility requirements are met.

  • More than one entry may be submitted; however, an official entry form and entry fee must accompany each submission.

  • Youth Filmmakers (age 18 and under) always submit for free!

 

SELECTION NOTIFICATION

All entrants will receive notification by July 15.

 

EXHIBITION FORMATS

If selected, you will be required to supply your film on one of the following formats for screening at the Green Film Festival: DCP, QuickTime file (ProRes, H264), Blu-Ray, or DVD.

All dialogues must be presented in English or with English subtitles.

 

SHIPPING

You will be required to pay for shipping of your film materials to San Francisco for screening in the Festival. SFGFF will pay for the return or forward shipping only.

 

CATEGORIES

Features: Features anchor our festival program. We consider a feature film to be 50 minutes or over in length. This includes documentary, narrative drama, and animation.

Green Fire Award: San Francisco Bay Area Feature films that are 50 minutes and over. Open to filmmakers who are currently resident in the SF Bay Area or films that are about the SF Bay Area.

Shorts: We know that good things can come in small packages, and each year's Festival showcases an array of new, International shorts. We consider a short film as under 50 minutes in length. This includes documentary, narrative drama, and animation. Shorts may screen with features or in a shorts program.

Shorts (3 mins & under): Short Films of 3 minutes or less can submit for free!

Young Filmmaker Competition: The contest is open to young filmmakers age 18 and under. It is free to enter and there are no restrictions on style or genre or how many entries you may submit.

 

AWARDS & PRIZES

IN COMPETITION

GREEN FIRE AWARD

  • Juried award for Best San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Feature.
  • The award recognizes the best of Independent documentary filmmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area by honoring innovative storytelling and new perspectives on environmental topics.
  • All Feature submissions from filmmakers who are currently resident in the San Francisco Bay Area or films that are about the SF Bay Area will be eligible for the award.
  • We consider a feature film to be 50 minutes or over in length.
  • Finalists will be announced in August and shown in competition at Green Film Fest 2018.

YOUNG FILMMAKER COMPETITION

  • Juried awards for filmmakers age 18 and under in three categories: Elementary School; Middle School; High School 
  • For short films that bring us positive solutions to meet the challenges of climate change. 
  • Cash prizes will be given to the best films in each category; and the Young Filmmaker Award to best overall film. 
  • For full details, visit greenfilmfest.org/contest

In addition, Green Film Fest 2018 will present awards for:

  • Best Feature
  • Best Short
  • Green Tenacity Award
  • Inspiring Lives Award
  • Audience Award

All submitted films are eligible, as determined by the Festival. Read more about the awards and past winners.

 

DEADLINES AND FEES

EARLY BIRD: March 20, 2018
$35 - Features
$25 - Shorts
$15 - Student*
Free - Young Filmmaker Competition**
Free - Shorts: 3 mins & under

REGULAR: April 20, 2018
$45 - Features
$35 - Shorts
$25 - Student*
Free - Young Filmmaker Competition**
Free - Shorts: 3 mins & under

LATE: April 30, 2018
$55 - Features
$45 - Shorts
$35 - Student*
Free - Young Filmmaker Competition**
Free - Shorts: 3 mins & under

* To qualify for the Student submission fee you must send in a copy of a valid school ID.

** Entry fees are waived for young filmmakers age 18 and under. To qualify, the film's director must be age 18 or under as of September 30, 2018.

 

TO SUBMIT ONLINE

Submit electronically at FilmFreeway.com/GreenFilmFest

We prefer electronic submissions through FilmFreeway, an economical, eco-friendly alternative to hard-copy forms and DVD submissions. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. 

 

TO SUBMIT BY MAIL

If prefer not to submit online, please download the Entry Form and select from these payment & preview screener options.

Entry Fee Payments By Mail or Email:               

Payments must be in US DOLLARS only. The submission fee is non-refundable. Submissions with unpaid entry fees will not be considered for selection. Credit Card entry fee payments can only be made through FilmFreeway online submissions.

1. PayPal: Use the payment ID: payments@greenfilmfest.org with the film title in the description.

OR

2. Check/Money Order: Make payable to "SF Green Film Festival" with the film title in the memo line.

If you are paying the discounted student entry fee rate, please send a scan of your student I.D. to films@greenfilmfest.org including the title of your film and name of the director in the body of the email. Please note that if you pay via PayPal the international exchange rates are determined on the date of the transaction.

Preview Screener by Mail or Email:           

These are the options for submitting a preview screener to our screening team. Choose ONE option that will work for you.

1. Submit a link to watch your film online (such as on Vimeo, YouTube, or IMdb) on the paper entry form and include any necessary passwords for access.

OR

2. Submit a media file attached to an email or via Dropbox. Email the file or link to films@greenfilmfest.org. Please include the title of your film and name of the director in the body of the email.

OR

3. Send your film in the mail to:

SF Green Film Festival
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
145 9th Street, Suite 220
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

Your mail package should include:

  • Two (2) copies of your film on DVD. Please write the title of your film, name of director, and film running time on the disc.
  • A hard copy signed and completed entry form.
  • A check or money order made payable to “SF Green Film Festival” with the film title in the memo line.           
  • All International submissions must include this wording on any Customs label: "Film/Video on loan for film festival. Cultural purposes only; No Commercial Value."

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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

  2. All submitted materials become the property of SFGFF for internal and archival purposes unless accompanied by a self-addressed & stamped mailing package or courier account details for return shipping.

  3. If accepted, the producer agrees to provide the festival with one of these presentation formats: DCP, QuickTime file (ProRes, H264), BluRay, or DVD. The producer or distributor agrees to pay for shipping of film materials to San Francisco for screening in the Festival. SFGFF will pay for the return or forward shipping only.

  4. By submitting a film entry, the producer 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 is not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from public screenings.

  5. By submitting a film entry, 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.

  6. Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted while in the possession of the Festival. However, SFGFF cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage.

  7. Awards & Prizes will be given to the winning film director(s) and will be fulfilled approximately 4-6 weeks after the Festival closing night. Award recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes on cash prizes. Awards & Prizes may be modified and eligibility is at the sole discretion of SFGFF.

  8. By submitting a film entry, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by these General Rules and Terms & Conditions of the San Francisco Green Film Festival.


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