Environment Council of Rhode Island

...building an ecologically healthy future in a sustainable economy

2nd RI Nature Video Festival ~ Call for Submissions ~ Due December 10

The first RI Nature Video Festival was in 2016 and it was a great event! This one will be, too. So here is a call for submissions to the Rhode Island Nature Video Festival being organized by the Environment Council of Rhode Island, Save the Bay, Friends of the Moshassuck, and the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, with sponsorships from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Roger Williams Park Zoo, The Nature Conservancy, and Representative Lauren Carson.

Rhode Island has an abundance of nature, even in the city, and these days many people carry a camera capable of taking video.  We are gathering RI Nature videos, RI Nature Video makers, and everyone who appreciates them for a fun, entertaining, and informative winter's afternoon showing and discussion/reception.

Please note our video submission guidelines below.  Submission deadline is December 10, 2017 for an event that will be held on February 10, 2018 at Save the Bay. This year's festival will have FREE ADMISSION!

If you want to sponsor, volunteer, or have any questions email ECRI. If you prefer you may call the Environment Council office at 401-621-8048.

Greg Gerritt for ECRI – Youtube:  Moshassuckcritters

RI Nature Video Festival Submission Guidelines

• The video must be filmed in Rhode Island by a human being or a group of human beings currently residing in or going to school in Rhode Island. The video must be about some sort of nature in Rhode Island: animal, vegetable, mineral, trail or water but it must at least be focused on a natural or naturalized set of plants or animals, or natural features. This means no domestic animals such as dogs, cats, pet fish, pet birds, or farm animals. Sorry. 

• Turtles, snakes, and amphibians should be native species that are free ranging or bound for release like tadpoles in your kiddie pool. No illegally kept or exotics will be included in the festival. Incidental inclusion of domestic animals is okay, as are farms and gardens.  Videos showing the science of soil or the wild critters and plants in the garden would be eligible.
• We are restricting the submissions to videos created since the last Nature Video Festival. Therefore, only videos created since January 1, 2016 will be accepted. We want your new stuff!

• Videos shall be submitted by emailing a link to a video that is online. Send the links to environmentcouncil@earthlink.net

• Submitting a video is explicit permission for ECRI to use it in the event and to post the link online. The organizers of the Video Festival shall have sole discretion as to which videos are eligible. All eligible videos submitted will be included in the online video festival website. The organizers shall designate a small team to curate the Save the Bay event at which approximately 20 videos shall be shown chosen from among the submissions.

• There are many different styles of video that can show RI Nature. We encourage submissions of all types from a simple recording of an animal in action to a narrated and edited piece showing a year at a pond and everything in between. 

• Based on submissions the committee will create categories, partly to guide the order of presentation at the festival and partly to make sure that we show the diversity of the community and nature in Rhode Island. Places will be reserved for children under twelve, teens, students.
• The maximum acceptable length of the submitted videos is 5 minutes. Video makers can submit up to 5 videos.  Quality, not quantity, is recommended for the experienced, but beginners are encouraged to submit, as often the nature being recorded more than compensates for the quality of the video.  We highly encourage folks to go outside and make a new video just for the show.
• Any video, other than an unedited scene in nature, longer than 45 seconds, must include credits and videos with copyright violations shall be rejected.  (Where did you get that music?)
• All submissions must come as an email with a link to the video and accompanied by Name(s) of those who created the video with full contact information: address, phone, email, age category (12 and under, teen, student, or adult)  and video credits. If you are a beginner and wish to inform us of that, that would go here as well.  Again, send the complete video information with link to: environmentcouncil@earthlink.net
HAVE FUN and we look forward to an interesting selection of nature video viewing so we can show to the world Rhode island at its best.