1. For what kinds of films is CEFF searching?
Our mission, to celebrate the power of film to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences on environmental topics, is an excellent starting point in considering if your film is relevant for CEFF. Films most likely to be selected will fit with our mission. Films should cover environmental topics, but can certainly overlap with social, economic, spiritual, or other themes. We do not limit the films chosen to ones that, to us, have the right answers. It is more important that the films are thought-provoking. This is an open forum designed to inspire awareness and action on a myriad of worldwide environmental topics. The quality of the film production will also be considered and weighed. All genres, including documentaries, narratives, shorts, children's films, and experimental films are all welcome and will be given equal consideration.
2. Are there particular film lengths that are most likely to be selected?
No. We are mostly concerned with the content and quality of the film. We will adjust our viewing schedule to accommodate different lengths of films, though some films may be "blocked" together for viewing. If you have multiple versions of your film with different durations, please let us know.
3. I am just starting off in filmmaking and have an amateur film I would like to submit-does it have any chance?
All films are given equal weighting in the review process. We encourage you to submit any project that meets our mission (see FAQ #2).
4. Can I submit more than one film?
Yes. The fee remains the same for each film.
5. Do you accept foreign film submissions?
Most definitely! We encourage a global forum for environmental discussions through the inspiration of films from around the world. If the film is in a language other than English, subtitles in English are required. Please be aware that we need to screen films in NTSC region 0 or 1. If that is not possible, please contact us to see if special arrangements can be made.
6. In what format should I send the review copy of the film?
All films for review should be sent in NTSC region 0 or 1 format, preferably on DVD with English subtitles if the film is not in English. Other professional video formats will be considered, but please contact us before making that submission. No film (8mm, 16mm, or 35mm please). Please send 2 copies of your film for review. If you would like your film returned to you, please include a postage-paid self-addressed envelope with your submission.
7. If accepted, in what format should I send the film for the festival?
We encourage you to send in the best quality format you are able, preferably DVDs. Keep in mind that all projection will be done in NTSC, your film must have English subtitles if it is not in English, and, in order to offer the highest quality presentation experience for our audiences, should not be in VHS (special exceptions may be made, please contact us for further information). Please review your high-quality film before sending it to us to ensure that the video and audio quality are at their best. If burning your own DVD, please be sure to test it in a non-computer DVD player before sending it to us. If you are having problems, please contact us.