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Eco-Comedy Video Competition Spring 2016

Announcement from Professor Chris Palmer about the winners of the 8th Annual Eco-Comedy Video Competition 


On behalf of The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, I'd like to congratulate Julia Schaefer-Gomez, the Grand Prize winner of this year's Eco-Comedy Video Competition and Leslie Dinsmore, Alex Prichodko and Joe Fitzpatrick who won the Viewer's Choice Award.
You can watch Julia's film, A Watershed Love Story here. And you can watch Leslie, Alex and Joe's film The Rescue here.
The other finalists were:


I hope you enjoy them all!
Thank you to The Nature Conservancy for partnering with us on this project and for donating the $2,000 prize.
We had more than 80 entries produced by talented filmmakers from all over the world.
I’m very grateful to Kent Wagner (SOC) and Whitney Hall (TNC) who did a superb job managing the program this year.
The Eco-Comedy Video Competition is an annual event created eight 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 every filmmaker who submitted a video 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 to save the environment.
Information about the 9th annual Eco-Comedy Video Competition will be available in the late fall on our website:

Check out the article written about this year's competition in the Eagle.

Questions may be addressed to Chris Palmer at


The 2015 winning Film:

"DUDE! Or The Blissful Ignorance of Progress" (Written and Directed by Patrick Webster) Watch the Video

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