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29-Mar-2015 1:44pm PDT  


Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival

05 Annual February 12, 2015 to February 15, 2015

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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 and presentation of solutions to problems addressed.
30-minute or longer documentary films on environmental or social justice issue. Please include potential solutions to problems addressed.
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 sixth annual festival February 12 - 15, 2015. 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 draws more than 3,000 participants with screenings of an international array of 25 professional films plus student submissions plus at our monthly events. We engage local government, sustainable businesses, environmental organizations, visitors and the community with parties, an eco-art show, eco-tours and an eco-fair.

We open the festival with a VIP Reception, invite film directors to talk with our audiences following their films, hold a local pot luck honoring local farmers, host an eco-gallery; an Eco Fair with sustainable business and organizational booths, musical performances and promote 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 five 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 and guide us all toward sustainable solutions to the problems we face. 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. At this time, prizes are only recognition, but we continue to seek cash sponsors for prizes in each category.


The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening at Cinema Verde 2015, 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.