Independence from Plastic: A ‘Micro’ Plastic-Free Film Contest

Plastic pollutes our lives. With plastic-wrapped products lining the shelves and near-daily new reports detailing the amounts of microplastics and nanoplastics in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and even inside of our bodies, it’s hard to imagine a world without plastic. But a better, brighter, plastic-free day is possible.

That’s why we’re asking filmmakers of all levels to give us a glimpse of the plastic-free future they want to see, with a chance to take home $3,000.

Introducing…

Independence from Plastic: A ‘Micro’ Plastic-Free Film Contest

Independence from Plastic challenges filmmakers to show us their positive vision of a plastic-free future in micro films of 60 seconds or less. Any style, any genre, any vision, just show us the positive plastic-free world you want to see.

Additionally, we’re challenging our filmmakers to go plastic-free behind the scenes, submitting a brief report detailing how production worked to eliminate single-use plastics, manage waste and materials, reduce energy and fuel usage, and source sustainable products. Experts from Earth Angel will review all sustainability reports.

The winning filmmakers will receive a cash prize of $3,000. Submissions are due Tuesday, June 7, 2024.

This contest is presented by Plastic Pollution Coalition, Judd Apatow, Hollywood, Health & Society, the Mazursky Family Foundation, the Yarkin Family, and the Johnson Ohana Foundation.

Contest Details

Prize:

First Place Prize:

  • $3,000 cash prize
  • Film to be shown in front of industry professionals at the Hollywood, Health & Society Sentinel Awards
  • Plastic Pollution Coalition swag bag of plastic-free goodies
  • Film promotion across contest partners’ social media platforms and websites
  • Select feedback from our notable panel of judges

Top 4 runners-up will also receive

  • Plastic Pollution Coalition swag bag of plastic-free goodies
  • Film promotion across contest partners social media platforms and websites
  • Select feedback from our notable panel of judges

All contestants will receive feedback from round one judging regarding their sustainability reports.

Notable Judges:

Resources:

Rules:

  • Each submission must include:
    • Film title and logline.
    • Email and mailing address for communications and prize.
    • A completed sustainability report detailing how production worked to eliminate single-use plastics, manage waste and materials, reduce energy and fuel usage, and source sustainable products.
  • Films must be 60 seconds in length or less.
    • Credits may be included, up to an additional 30 seconds, but the credits may not contain additional footage.
    • Any film with footage over 60 seconds will be disqualified.
  • Films must be submitted via the OpenWater platform by Friday, June 7th – 11:59pm PT.
    • No late submissions will be accepted.
    • Film submissions will not be accepted via email or any other means.
  • Submissions must be .mp4 files no larger than 500mb.
  • Films may be submitted in any language, however English subtitles are required for any film submitted in another language.
  • Only one submission allowed per person.
  • Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based on another person’s life or on a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements. By entering the competition, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights.
  • Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to: music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. Contest partners expressly disclaim all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

For all contest questions and inquiries, please contact: Amelia@plasticpollutioncoalition.org

Contest Timeline:

Launch Date: Tuesday, April 16

Submissions due: Friday, June 7th – 11:59pm PT 

Round One Judging: June 10–14 

Experts from Plastic Pollution Coalition, Earth Angel, and Hollywood, Health & Society will review all submitted films based on contest criteria and sustainability reports. Sustainability report scores will account for ¼ of the overall first round score. The top 15 films will be selected to move on to final judging. 

Final Judging:  June 17–21

Our panel of notable judges will review the top 15 films based on creativity, originality, and messaging and select the winning film and top 4 runners-up. 
Winners Announced: Tuesday, July 2, 2024

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