7th Annual

Environmental Film Festival at Yale

April 03, 2015 to April 11, 2015

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Feature Film
Documentary, Narrative, Animated, Experimental
Short Film
Documentary, Narrative, Animated, Experimental
Student Film
This category is reserved for students who are enrolled in an accredited high school, college, or university. Those students who submit films in this category are ineligible to compete in EFFY's traditional Feature Film and Short Film categories. Student Films will be judged separately from the aforementioned categories, and a separate prize will be awarded to the Best Student Film.


EFFY strives to advance our planet's environmental literacy and awareness by showcasing some of the year's most responsible and compelling environmental films. At EFFY, filmmakers have an opportunity to show their films to some of the world's most preeminent leaders in environmental science, engineering, law, policy, business, humanities, communications, journalism, and film. Our first symposium will explore, among other things, the emerging relationship between science and film, the role of films in advocacy and social change, responsible storytelling across various media, and investigative environmental journalism.


The Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY), sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is one of America's premier student-run environmental film festivals. We are a group of graduate students who are committed to advancing environmental awareness through the power of film. Each year, EFFY supplants its graduating leadership with promising descendants who perpetually renew the festival with fresh ideas and insights. We strive to empower the expanding community of environmental filmmakers by showcasing their work and facilitating their development.

Every spring, EFFY shows incisive, cutting-edge films that highlight the environmental and social issues of our time. Founded in 2009 by students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, EFFY is now touted by the Oscars as one of the "20 Great Resources for Green Filmmakers." Expert panels of filmmakers, celebrities, scholars, journalists, activists, and public servants provide our audiences with context, criticism, and greater insights after most screenings. Interactive non-film events like block parties, workshops, nature walks and more round out the festivities. Past festivals have included presentations by Dan Rather, Van Jones, Gus Speth, and Jeffrey Sachs, as well the U.S. Premiere of "The Blood of the Rose", the World Premiere of "Your Environmental Road Trip", advanced screenings of DisneyNature’s "Earth", "Oceans", and "African Cats", several Oscar nominees, and Academy Award winner "The Cove".


EFFY is open to all filmmakers, but the Student Film category is open to ENROLLED STUDENTS ONLY. Films in the Student Film will not be considered for the Feature Film and Short Film categories. The same film cannot be submitted to multiple categories.


By submitting this film, I understand that I am agreeing to the following:

• I own or control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this film to the Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY) and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true;

• This film contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever;

• If this film is selected for screening at EFFY, I grant EFFY the right to screen this film in New Haven, Connecticut, in April 2014. Films may be screened more than once during the festival.

• I understand and agree that this film entry, if selected for EFFY, may be used for promotional purposes for the festival and I grant EFFY the rights to use official trailers, photographic stills, synopses, and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.

• I fully indemnify and hold EFFY and its partners harmless from: damage to or loss of the film print or tapes en route to or from New Haven or during the course of EFFY’s possession of the entry, and from any claims which may arise in connection with this film. If a claim arises in connection with this film, I will bear all costs of defense incurred by EFFY and pay any award of damages that may ensue. I also agree to reimburse EFFY for any attorney fees incurred in connection with the defense of such a claim.

• I understand that EFFY reserves the right to place my film in the appropriate programming category.