The deadline has passed for 2016 Entries

Stay tuned for the Top 10 Finalists and sign up to host a Pop-Up Film Fest to view + vote for your favorites. Register to get the latest news about the Contest and be the first to find out who rose to the top of this year's entries. Finalist films will be live on April 1.


Rules

Entries must be between 30 SECONDS – 4 MINUTES* *length includes title (required) and end credits (optional)

Originality: All Entries must be made specifically for the Contest. Remixed or shortened versions of footage are welcome, but Entries must not have been publicly screened, posted on the Internet, or screened at a film festival in the same format submitted to the Contest. (See Terms & Conditions.)

Is your film longer than 4 minutes? Check out our partner, the Food + Farm Film Festival.

Deadlines & Format: Entries must be submitted by March 1, 2016 at 9pm PST/12 midnight EST in the required format.

Guidelines

Our team of judges and advisors are looking for powerful films about sustainable food and farming. We're seeking compelling stories, original voices, and stunning cinematography. We're looking for coverage of underreported issues, innovative sustainability strategies, compelling stories of food producers and workers, and more. We seek films in diverse formats, from documentary to advocacy, from animated shorts to music videos. Be sure to watch our winning 2015 films to get inspired! And remember, we're interested in originality and creativity, not another film about beautiful bunches of kale—though we do love kale.

In addition to our Grand Prize and Runner Up Awards, we will be offering a Student Award as well as additional cash prizes for Best Cinematography, Best Underreported Issue, Best Food Producer Profile, Best Innovative Initiative, and Best Animation.

 

ALL FILMS MUST BE UNDER 4 MINUTES AND MUST:

  • Tell a story about food, farming, and sustainability;
  • Paint a picture of the challenges we face; or
  • Share creative solutions for a better food system.

 

SPECIFIC FILM TOPICS CAN INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • communities taking on a big food challenge like tackling food waste or hunger in America
  • advocates exposing an underreported issue, like the impact of chemical pesticides on health or the connection between food and climate change
  • sharing the story of a food hero -- a farmer, farmworker, restaurateur, activist changing the food system
  • telling the tale of a creative policy solution from a city, state or beyond
  • creatively showing agricultural solutions from farms in the United States or around the world

 

STYLE PROMPTS

 

Get inspired by past winners and see the full film library for finalists who've risen to the top:

 

  • 1 DOCUMENTARY

    The Oyster Men

     
    A beautifully-shot portrait of small group of Baymen committed to the rare practice of diving to hand pick wild oysters, preserving ecosystem balance in the Long Island Sound.

  • 2 ADVOCACY

    Bread

     
    One man and his homemade loaves sparks a policy initiative now catching momentum in other states across the country.

  • 3 ANIMATED

    Food

     
    A quirky take on how our food choices matter.

  • 4 UNDERREPORTED ISSUE

    Our Work Is Life

     
    An inspiring story of farmworkers organizing for justice in the Northwest.

  • 5 FOOD PRODUCER PROFILE

    Verrückt | The Snail Farmer of Vienna

     
    Meet Andreas who leaves his tech job at IBM to resurrect the lost art of snail farming.

  • 6 SPOKEN WORD

    At Needle Point

     
    A powerful spoken word piece on the deadly toll of soda.

How to submit

  • Once you’ve completed your Entry, upload it to Vimeo, making sure it is password-protected and downloadable.
  • Fill out and submit your film via our Film Freeway Festival Page, using the same video title in Vimeo and on the Form. The Entry Form will ask for your Vimeo URL and password. Please be sure these links and passwords are correct. If you run into any difficulties uploading your footage, Vimeo’s compression guidelines are available at https://vimeo.com/help/compression and the uploading section of their FAQ is available at https://vimeo.com/help/faq/uploading. We recommend that your film is 5,000 kbs/second and has a frame rate of 1280 x 720 and, if possible, an Apple H264.mov file.

Calendar

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Early Bird Submission Deadline:
9pm PST/12 midnight EST

Entry fee will be automatically waived for early birds.

Submission Deadline:
9pm PST/12 midnight EST
Finalists Announced Live
Online Voting Open
Online Voting Closes at 9pm PST/12 midnight EST
Winners Announced / Distribution season begins with Film Festivals and Media Partners

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