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Eco-Comedy Video Competition Spring 2015

Eco-Comedy Video Competition

On behalf of The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, I'd like to congratulate Patrick Webster, the winner of this year's Eco-Comedy Video Competition!

Patrick won both the Grand Prize and Viewer's Choice awards for his film, DUDE! Or The Blissful Ignorance of Progress, a tongue-in-cheek, cleverly simple exploration of mankind's relationship with the environment. You can watch his film online here. Congratulations, Patrick!

Patrick's film was accompanied by five other stellar finalists:
Mother Nature (Julia Marie Myers and Day Al-Mohamed)
Water in the Wild (Kimberly Grob)
Water Pressure (Alex Miller)
Quick Tip Couple: Conserving Water (Marty Johnson and Mark Odlum)
SEASPN - Clean Water, Healthy Reefs (Jack Adams)

Thank you to The Nature Conservancy for sponsoring this year's competition and for donating the $2,000 prize. We had 60 entries produced by talented filmmakers from all over the world. There were many hilarious films not recognized in the list of finalists, so I encourage everyone to browse the full list of films here.

I'm very grateful to Alexander "Zan" Gillies who did a superb job managing the program this year. The Eco-Comedy Video Competition is an annual event created seven years ago by the Center for Environmental Filmmaking to encourage the use of humor to spur conservation. We believe that comedy can help people take environmental issues more seriously.

I would like to thank each and every filmmaker who submitted a film this year. Your passion and humor embody the mission of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking: to create art that makes a positive difference in the world.

Thank you all for your help in the fight for the environment. Information about the 8th annual Eco-Comedy Video Competition will be available in the late fall on our website: www.EnvironmentalFilm.org.


Spring 2015 –CALL FOR ENTRIES

"Clean Water, Clean Air"

Sponsored by: American University's Center for Environmental Filmmaking & The Nature Conservancy

**$2,000 Prize**

The 2015 Eco-Comedy theme is "Clean Water, Clean Air."

Produce a short, humorous video tackling this year's theme. 

The contest is open to anyone worldwide who has a flair for producing videos and something to say about conservation.               

Submissions must:
1. Be humorous!
2. Communicate a clear (and funny!) message around the broad theme of "clean water,clean air" and overall environmental conservation.
3. Reach a broad audience.
4. Be an original production.
5. Be less than three minutes (including titles and credits).
6. Be posted to EcoComedy Video Competition 2015 YouTube Channel
7. Be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Sunday, March 1st, 2015.

A panel of five judges representing The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking will determine the finalists and grand prize winner. 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 and social media channels.

Submissions that are not received by Sunday, March 1, 2015, will not be accepted. Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 24, at the DC Environmental Film Festival at 7:00p.m., in the Forman Theater located in the McKinley Building on the American University campus.

For more information regarding submission guidelines and contest rules, please view the EFF Rules for Submission and the EFF Flyer.

Questions may be addressed to Chris Palmer at palmer@american.edu

Past Winners:

The 2014 winning Film:

“Be a Better Roommate” (Directed by Patrick Gilmore, Written and Produced by Paul North) Watch the Video

Patrick Gilmore and Paul North received a $1,000 prize from the Center for Environmental Filmmaking. Congratulations to Patrick and Paul!

All the details about the finalists and winner (and links to view their videos) can be found at the end of the following presentation given by Chris Palmer at the Environmental Film Festival at the Nation’s Capital on March 25, 2014. Read speech.

The 2013 winning films:
 
Winner — Craig Schattner, Executive Producer, Director, Adam Walker, Producer and Emil Superfin, Producer: "A Brief History of the 5-cent Bag Tax"

Second Place (tie) — (Story of Clyde) Jeff Jordan, Director; (The Immigrant) Omar Malik, Director/Producer, Mwanzaa Brown, Geoffrey Giller, Ben Goldfarb, Monte Kawahara, Producers

Third Place — Brad Hasse, Director: "Animals are Hard to Replace: Protect Forest Habitat"
 
The 2012 winning film
 
Alexander Lucas with his video "Clean Coal by the Bituminous Marketing Agency" - Watch video