Next Gen Capture Conservation Film Project & Contest
A Youth-Targeted Short Film Initiative from the American Conservation Film Festival
Tell us what matters to you, environmentally and culturally, as you relate to the world. What makes you connect or disconnect? What inspires you? What troubles you? What change do you want to make in the world? Tell us your story through the power of video!
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 at special festival screenings and will be catalogued in a dedicated ACFF youth film archive. (Please scroll down for more details and to download the info packet.)
THANK YOU TO THE FOUNDING FUNDERS OF THIS NEW YOUTH PROJECT!
Michael Hobert & Mary Jane Lee
Natalie Klein & Jess Druszkowski
Tim Lawrence & Allison Spensley
Kirsten Martin & Sean Murtagh
Tom & Lisa Murphy
James Remuzzi -Sustainable Solutions LLC
John & Susan Skinner
Michael & Nancy Spensley
Barbara Spicher & Martin Burke
Brick & Diane Brewer
Jack & Page Carter
Bruce & Carol Flax
Nick Snow & Cathleen McCoy
Michael & Lori Boswell
Robert & Patricia Wright
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2017 CONTEST ARE DUE AUGUST 15, 2017.
Each student may submit up to three short videos.
Videos, including title and credits, must not exceed 4 minutes in length.
Videos may be made on mobile devices, cameras, laptops, or desktops.
Videos may be documentary, animation, fiction, or music video.
Videos should include imagery, themes, and messaging related to environmental, cultural, and/or historical conservation issues and connections.
Any video-editing app may be used in post-production.
Age & Contest Categories:
10 & under – Individual students 10 years of age or under as of submission date.
11 to 14 – Individual students 11 to 14 years of age as of submission date.
15 to 18 – Individual students 15 to 18 years of age as ofsubmission date.
Team Project – can be mixed ages (up to 18) and open to groups of up to five (5) students creating one submission.
Prizes of $100 cash will be awarded for the best video in each of the four categories (10 & under, 11 to 14, 15 to 18, and Team Project)
A top prize of $250 cash and an iPad mini will be awarded for the video that tells the most compelling story of the student’s relationship to conservation.
Videos will be judged by a jury on the power and relevancy of the conservation message, originality/creativity, and the overall production value, in that order. Components to be considered include use of imagery, sound, messaging (verbal or nonverbal), and surroundings.