Student Video Competitions Seek Solutions to Climate Issues

With the new semester starting, opportunities abound for students interested in putting their screenwriting and film skills to work:

Climate Matters: Inspire Your Next President

These 30 or 60 second short videos must relate to climate change and not to the support of or
opposition to any candidate for public office or any political party. Brighter Planet and 1Sky have teamed up with Vimeo to host the contest, and judges include Maggie Gyllenhaal, David Jenkins and Tia Lessin. Winners receive a cash prize the screening of their video on various sites and events. Deadline: September 22, 2008

Vulnerability Exposed: Social Dimensions of Climate Change

The Social Development Department of the
World Bank is looking for micro-documentaries (2-5 minutes) on how
climate change affects people’s lives and communities around the world,
especially in developing countries, and on what can be done to reduce
their vulnerability and build climate resilience.
Categories include Conflict, Urban Space, Social Policy, Migration, Gender, Human Rights, and others. There is a category for Youth entrants (24 and under) and a general category.Winners will receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington, DC, for a screening of their film and a series of networking and learnign events with the World Bank id December 2008.  Deadline: October 24th, 2008 

Building Dashboard Student Contest

Lucid will award its Building Dashboard to a U.S. or Canadian college
or university whose student-led team submits the best YouTube video (3-10 minutes)
demonstrating a creative initiative that engages people to conserve
energy and resources and how a Building Dashboard® would benefit those
efforts. Winners receive a Building Dashboard which can track energy usage in up to three buildings for their campus. Deadline: October 24, 2008

Voices and Visions from the Next Generation of Conservationists

The National Council on Science, Policy and the Environment is seeking short videos (up
to 5 minutes) focusing on how today’s youth are and will be addressing
the challenges that threaten biodiversity.
Entrants must be aged 12-25. Winners will
receive one complimentary registration to the NCSE conference in Washington DC, a pass to
Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and select winners will have their video
displayed during the 2009 DC Environmental Film Festival. Deadline: Oct 31, 2008

Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming

Show the world how you are confronting global warming on campus: create a three minute video about an initiative, project or campaign
going on on campus or in the surrounding community and share it with
the world. NWF’s Campus Ecology sponsors the competition, and winners will be awarded grant money and a spot in Chill Out, our national broadcast in April 2009. Deadline: November 30, 2008