Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Eco-Comedy Video Competition Spring 2011

$1000 Prize!

Sponsored by AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Sierra Club

Co-sponsored by Mill Reef Productions and Eco-Sense


The contest is open to anyone who prepares a short, funny video for YouTube which communicates a clear message that strongly motivates a specific behavior change (for example, driving a fuel efficient car, turning down thermostats, or donating to a conservation cause).

Submissions must:

* Be humorous!
* Address a critical environmental issue
* Be an original production
* Reach a broad audience beyond just environmentalists
* Be less than three (3) minutes

There will be six judges representing the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, Sierra Club, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Mill Reef Productions, and Eco-Sense. The decision of the judges is final. Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award. The organizations listed above reserve the right to post submissions on their websites.

Submissions are due by March 1, 2011. Submissions that are not received by March 1, 2011 will not be judged. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 22 at the DC Environmental Film Festival.

For more information regarding submission guidelines and contest rules, visit:

Questions may be addressed to Chris Palmer at

Professor Chris Palmer

Author of Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom (Sierra Club Books, 2010)

Distinguished Film Producer in Residence

Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking

School of Communication, American University

cell 202-716-6160; office 202-885-3408

Center website:

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