8th Annual

RVA Environmental Film Festival

February 05, 2018 to February 18, 2018

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5314 Dorchester Rd
Richmond VA 23225
Phone: 804-562-2500

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Virginia Environmental Film Award
RVA Environmental Film Festival committee invites submission to its fifth annual Virginia film contest. Films focusing on environmental subjects within Virginia will be considered. First prize consists of a $1,000 check and the opportunity to show the winning entry at the RVA Environmental Film Festival on February 11th, 2018. Runners-up will receive a $100 check and the opportunity to show entries at the festival.
Best in Festival
The RVA Environmental Film Festival is a spectacular weeklong event showcasing environmental films in river city of Richmond, Virginia. This year we will be featuring, along with the Virginia Environmental Film Award, a Best in Festival award for all national and international submissions.


The Richmond Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) works to promote local and international filmmakers focusing on environmental stories. The week-long festival is free and open to the public. It showcases local and national films that raise awareness on environmental issues in the Richmond region and around the world.


The RVA Environmental Film Festival was founded as The Biggest Picture: Richmond’s First Environmental Film Festival in 2008 and 2009 under the James River Film Society. The Sierra Club Falls of the James Group revived the event in 2011 as the RVA Environmental Film Festival and it continues to grow.

On February 6 through 12, 2018, the Enrichmond Foundation, the Sierra Club, The Capital Region Land Conservancy and Viridiant will partner to present the 8th Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival. The festival takes place at locations across Richmond, Virginia including the University of Richmond, VCU, public libraries, The Byrd Theatre and The Science Museum of Virginia.


Melissa Lesh (Creative Director); Scott Burger (Founder); Tamara Smith (Treasurer)


All films must be original, newly-produced works, finished after January 1, 2016. Entries must be original compositions, filmed by the submitter, and not infringe on the copyrights of any other parties. All forms of footage, including audio, video, and photos, that are not produced by the entrant must be credited to the original producer. Any entry suspected, in the discretion of RVA EFF committee, to be in violation will be rejected immediately from the competition. By submitting an entry, each filmmaker represents that the video submitted is an original work that does not infringe on the copyright or intellectual property right of another party, and each filmmaker agrees to indemnify RVA Environmental Film Festival, its committee members, and judges from all liability arising from any alleged infringement in this regard.

Entries may have multiple co-producers, but one should be listed as the primary contact upon entry. The fair dissemination of any prize winnings will be the responsibility of the primary contact.

Participants may submit multiple entries (1 original film per entry), each requiring a separate submission.

Entries containing immoral, defamatory, obscene or scandalous content, or any other content which, at the sole discretion of the RVA Environmental Film Festival committee, is not in the keeping with the RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF), will be deemed ineligible.


Filmmaker retains ownership rights to the submitted video. However, the winning entrants grant to the RVA EFF the non-exclusive, non-transferable right and license to use the winning videos and the winners’ names and likenesses in perpetuity without compensation, notification, or other limitation or condition, both in conjunction with the competition and promotion of the competition and promotion of the competition and in promotion of the RVA EFF generally.

The RVA EFF does not grant entrants the right or access to film private property or use of its name to secure access.