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UN International Short Film Contest Forests For People

The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat, together with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and leading nature filmmakers worldwide, invites you to take part in a first-ever global multimedia initiative. One that will unite 200 million people in 193 countries to remind all of us just how vital forests are.

About the contest

Forests for People is a short film contest that invites everyone, in every part of the world, to create and share a personal film about their own relationship to the forest. How it inspires you. Shelters you. Nurtures you. Contributes to your life, or even makes life possible.

How you make your film is entirely up to you. Use whatever you have to tell your story in 90 seconds or less. Every type of media, from video cameras to mobile footage, animation to photos, is welcome. You don’t have to be a professional filmmaker. We want everyone, everywhere, to participate. The more stories that are told, the richer and more diverse our portrait will be.

How to enter

Once you’ve created your film, entering it is easy. Just upload your film to YouTube, then complete our short entry form, which will ask you for the YouTube link to your film. We’ll take care of the rest, and even post your film on our website, so everyone can watch, enjoy and learn from your story. Each new entry opens a unique window on our diverse human connections to the forest. Together, they will help everyone see the forests in a compelling new light. 

Judging and finalists

After the contest ends on 15th December 2012, an international jury will select 15 semi-finalist and five finalist films to be premiered at the April 2013 meeting of the United Nations Forum on Forests in Istanbul, and at the 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Our five finalists will also be invited to attend the film premiere at the United Nations Forum on Forests meeting in Istanbul, with travel support to be provided. All semi-finalists and finalists will be contacted after the judging is complete.

Good Luck!

the Roots & Shoots Team

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