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Eco-Comedy Video Competition Spring 2017

Eco-Comedy Video Competition

Spring 2017 - CALL FOR ENTRIES


**$2,000 Prize**

The 2017 Eco-Comedy theme is "Conservation and Environmental Protection."

Produce a short, humorous video for YouTube on any topic that relates to conservation and environmental protection. The contest is open to anyone worldwide who has a flair for producing videos.

Submissions must: 

  • Be humorous!
  • Communicate a clear (and funny!) message around the broad theme of "conservation and environmental protection."
  • Reach a broad audience.
  • Be an original production.
  • Be less than three minutes (including titles and credits), submissions longer than 3 minutes will not be judged.
  • Be posted to EcoComedy Video Competition 2017 YouTube Channel at:
  • Be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.


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 Wednesday, March 1, 2017, will not be accepted. Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 21, at the DC Environmental Film Festival at 7:00 p.m., in the Forman Theater located in the McKinley Building on the American University campus.

Questions may be addressed to Chris Palmer at

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.




2016 Winners:

Congratulationsn to 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:

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.

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


2015 Winners:

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


2014 Winners

“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.

2013 Winners

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"


2012 Winners

Alexander Lucas with his video "Clean Coal by the Bituminous Marketing Agency" - Watch video