The Ocean Film Challenge

Filmmakers have the power to change the trajectory of human life on our water planet — from destruction to revitalization! Submit a short film for the Ocean Film Challenge, 7 minutes or under, on the impact humans have on the ocean and the actions individuals can take to save the ocean … and the humans who depend on it.

The Ocean Film Challenge Goal: the creation of numerous short films that have the potential to go viral on social media to affect change, with positive content including all three of these elements:

  • Inspiring love for the beauty of the ocean and the amazing variety of ocean creatures
  • Identifying the impact that consumer choices have on the health of the ocean
  • Encouraging viewers to take positive action, and offering concrete action steps

Your films should address at least one of the problems the ocean faces including:

  • Overfishing
  • Plastic Pollution
  • Ocean Acidification
  • Sea Temperature Rise
  • Lack of Marine Protected Areas

Your film should address at least one action individuals and communities can take to mitigate the problem. Examples:

  • Stop eating seafood. Or only eat sustainably farmed seafood.
  • Stop the use of single-use plastics. Saying no to straws and plastic bags is good start.
  • Reduce our carbon footprint and demand that our societies return to sustainable carbon levels.
  • Support policies that fund climate change research.
  • Create marine protected areas so that the ocean can recover.

Entries will be evaluated based on the following judging criteria:

* Creativity (45%)

* Technical Merit (30%)

* Adherence to the Assignment (25%)

National Geographic, 2 February 2018. More information.


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