NEXT GEN CAPTURE CONSERVATION CONTEST

ACFF Announces the Next Gen Capture Conservation Project & Contest

A Youth-targeted Short Film Initiative

June 2017 – ACFF challenges and invites young people ages 5 to 18 to create and submit a short video capturing what conservation and their relationship to nature and the world around them means to them. The purpose is to encourage youth to explore conservation issues and the environment and connect it with a personal video message that captures that relationship. Selected films will be featured on ACFF social media channels and the website and catalogued in a dedicated ACFF youth film archive.

The American Conservation Film Festival is an annual 5-day event held in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a vibrant arts community 70 miles west of the nation’s capital.  2017 will mark the 15th annual film festival scheduled for Oct 13-15, with an encore showing Oct 20-22. The festival will feature about three dozen exceptional conservation-themed films selected from more than 250 film submissions from 38 countries. Filmmakers and conservation experts, family programming, a filmmaker workshop, and receptions round out the festival’s offerings.

The Next Gen Capture Conservation Project & Contest is open to youth ages 5 to 18, with four categories: 5 to 10, 11 to 14, 15 to 18, and team project of mixed ages. Prizes of $100 cash will be awarded in each category with a top prize of $250 and iPad mini awarded for the video that tells the most compelling story of the youth’s relationship to conservation. Videos shall not exceed four minutes in length and will be judged on the power and relevancy of the conservation message, originality/creativity, and the overall production value, in that order. Videos should be uploaded to the designated ACFF Vimeo channel for this group: https://vimeo.com/groups/nextgencapture

More information, submission guidelines, instructions on uploading videos to the ACFF Vimeo channel, and tips and examples for young filmmakers can be found at the ACFF website at http://conservationfilm.org/attend/next-gen-capture-conservation-project-contest/

Please contact Jennifer Lee at jennifer@conservationfilm.org if you have questions.

The 2017 deadline for submissions is August 15, 2017.

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