Environment Council of Rhode Island

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2021 Rhode Island Nature Video Festival

Presented by the Rhode Island Natural History Survey and the Environment Council of Rhode Island

This Virtual Event will be on February 20th, 2021 at 2:00pm

The Rhode Island Nature Video Festival is back again in 2021 but it will be a strictly online affair this time around.  As much as everyone enjoys an in-person event on a wintry day, no one can foresee when we will be able to gather safely in-person again, so we have decided to go with a completely online event this winter.

This is the 4th RI Nature Video Festival we have tweaked the format a bit this year to accommodate public interest and participation that’s grown with each edition. In past years, we could show nearly every video sent in, but the running time was getting uncomfortably long. So this year we are organizing a team of “curators” to select from among all videos submitted about 50 minutes of programming to show live on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The event will be a YouTube LIVE program on the RI Natural History Survey’s YouTube channel. If more videos are submitted for the Festival than will fit in that allotted time, the remaining videos will be made available as a view on-your-own time, online only bonus.

For the first time ever, we are also going to formally ask the audience to pick a best in show, and maybe one or two other award winners!

Videos Must be Submitted by December 20, 2020 @ 8:00pm to be Considered for the 2021 Event!

Rhode Island has an abundance of Nature, even in cities, and many people carry a camera capable of taking decent video.  Now with COVID, many of us have not only headed outdoors more than before, we’ve “pivoted to video” to try to replace in-person interaction. If you find yourself with interesting videos featuring Nature or her conservation in Rhode Island and you want a wider audience, this might be the place to submit your work.

How to Submit a Video and all the Fine Print

Many different styles of video are welcome, from a simple recording of an animal in action to a narrated and edited piece showing the year at a pond and everything in between.  We are restricting the submissions to videos created since the last Nature Video Festival submission deadline, so created since January 1, 2020.  We want your new stuff!

Videos Eligible for Entry Must:

  • be recorded substantially in Rhode Island (incidental shots from elsewhere that make sense within the context of the video may be acceptable).
  • be recorded in calendar year 2020 (again, incidental shots from earlier that make sense within the context of the video may be acceptable).
  • be about some sort of Nature in Rhode Island... animal, vegetable, mineral, trail, water, activity... but it must at least be focused on natural or naturalized plants, animals, or natural features (see below for more details).
  • be your original work.
  • be posted online and submitted by emailing a link to the video to the email address given below.


  • One video submission per person.
  • Each video submission may not exceed seven minutes in length so that we can show videos by as many people as possible.
  • Please no videos focusing on domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, pet fish, pet birds, or farm animals or on exotic species such as primates or tropical reptiles (although incidental inclusion may be okay depending on the subject of the video). Depiction of yards, farms, gardens, or other human-mediated habitats are fine, e.g.videos showing the science of soil or the wild critters and plants in the garden would be eligible.
  • Activities and interaction with wildlife in the video must be carried out in compliance with applicable Rhode Island law and regulation.
  • Animals in videos must be ranging freely or headed for release, such as a netted sample of fish or wildlife that’s being rehabilitated. Please no hunting videos.
  • Any video longer than 45 seconds, other than an unedited scene in Nature, must include credits. Videos with copyright violations shall be rejected.  (Where did you get that music?)
  • Video makers can be amateur or professional videographers, however the resources available to the maker may be a criterion in considering a video for inclusion in the February 20th event or the prizes.
  • Submitting a video is explicit permission for ECRI and the RI Natural History Survey to screen it during the February 20th event, which includes showing it to a live audience in-person and/or online, to post your link to the video online, and to use stills, short clips, or descriptions of your video in publicity about the Video Festival.
  • All submissions remain the property of their makers/owners.
  • The organizers of the Festival will have sole discretion as to whether a video meets the rules specified here and thus is eligible for inclusion in the Festival, and which videos are shown during the February 20th event and in what order.
  • No single video submission may exceed seven minutes in length so that we can show videos by as many people as possible.
  • All submissions must be submitted by email. The email must include the name(s) of those who created the video with full contact information: address, phone, email, age category (12 and under, teen, student, adult, make up your own) and video credits. If you are a beginner and wish to inform us of that, that would go here as well. Your email must include a link to the video.
  • Email the complete information including the link to your video to: environmentcouncil@earthlink.net by December 20th, 2020 at 8:00pm.

Videos chosen to be shown on the YouTube LIVE event on February 20th, 2021 will be eligible for an award.  We will use modern technology to instantly poll the audience to determine the best in show and any other awards we decide to offer.  We are still cooking up what to offer as prizes, but it is likely to be some sort of gift certificates related to nature and video making.