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20-Apr-2014 4:31pm PDT  


Cinema Verde

04 Annual February 07, 2014 to February 14, 2014

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P.O. Box 358711
Gainesville FL 32635-8711
Phone: 352-327-3560

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Full-length Feature Film
50-minute or longer feature films may be fiction or non-fiction but must be based on scientifically valid information. All films should have an environmental theme; presentation of solutions to problems addressed is appreciated.
30-minute or longer documentary films on environmental or social justice issue.
Florida High School Student PSA Competition
30- to 90-second Public Service Announcements featuring an environmental issue or an organization working to solve an issue. Open to students and student groups in grades 9 – 12.
International College Student Short Film Competition
30-second to 30-minute short films focused on environmental issue, social justice issue, or sustainability. Films should include potential solutions to issues presented. Open to college students or teams enrolled in colleges in any country.
Florida Local Film Competition
Environmental films produced in Florida or featuring a local Florida issue.
National High School Short Film Competition
30-second to 30-minute short films focused on an environmental issue, social justice issue, or sustainability or an organization working to solve an issue. Open to students and student groups in grades 9 – 12. Films should include potential solutions to issues presented.

Cinema Verde, an Environmental Film and Arts Festival in Gainesville, Florida, was created to raise awareness of environmental issues through the arts. We will hold our fourth annual festival in February 2013. Cinema Verde’s mission is to provide environmental education to the public through film, arts, workshops, events, tours and any other forum or media; to increase public awareness of environmental practices that enhance public health and improve quality of life in urban, suburban and rural settings. We bring community organizations, businesses and citizens together to help forge sustainable solutions for our future. We utilize a multi-disciplinary program of film, music, art, workshops, an eco-fair and eco-tours to connect participants with green initiatives in business, government and organizations seeking to solve environmental problems. Our vision is to expand the reach of environmental information to inspire, educate and engage participants in sustainable business and lifestyle solutions.

Cinema Verde is a not-for-profit environmental film festival produced by to help build sustainable communities. Cinema Verde is funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. We welcome sponsorship inquiries and support!

Cinema Verde is pleased to accept submissions through Withoutabox for this year's festival. For more information please visit

Our festival drew more than 3,000 participants in its third year with screenings of an international array of 25 professional films plus 15 student submissions. We engaged local government, sustainable businesses, environmental organizations, visitors and the community with parties, an eco-art show, eco-tours and an eco-fair.

We opened the festival with a VIP Reception, invited several film directors to talk with our audiences following their films, held a local pot luck honoring local farmers, held an eco-gallery plus cooperative art presentations at several local art galleries; an Eco Fair with sustainable business and organizational booths, musical performances and promoted eco-tours led by local guides showcasing the natural resources and green homes of the area.

We're a nascent festival in a small community, but we've received a tremendous amount of community support and an amazing array of publicity in our first three years. Come help us help you spread the word about environmental issues!

Trish Riley (Director)

Our objective is to bring environmental awareness to our audience. Each film must be based on valid, factual information. Those with a solution orientation will be regarded most favorably.

Please specify which issues are addressed in the film (food, water, waste, energy, chemical contamination, population, social justice, sustainability, animals, sustainable business, green building, etc,) as well as the category entered, on the envelope.

Please specify whether any filmmakers, actors or screenwriters may be available to attend Cinema Verde screenings should your submission be selected for screening. Cinema Verde makes no guarantee regarding travel expenses – we’ll do the best we can to help and we hope you’ll do the best you can to join us!

Winners will receive full-access VIP Festival Passes to all Cinema Verde screenings, workshops, parties and events. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category. Prize allocations will exceed the cost of submission for winners.


The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening at Cinema Verde 2013, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Cinema Verde and the Gainesville Environmental Film and Arts Festival, Inc. from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. Foreign language films must have subtitles. All submissions must be cinema-quality high definition DVDs. Cinema Verde will not take responsibility for returning films submitted. Winning submissions may not be withdrawn by the filmmaker.