Palmerston North – New Zealand
June 14 to 22, 2013

Inviting environmentally focussed films of all genres, types and lengths from around the globe to submit. Award categories are: Best Feature Length, Best Short, Best Ultra-Short, Best Science Communication, Best Environmental Sustainability, and Best New Zealand Emerging Talent.

December 15, 2012 – Regular Deadline

The Reel Earth Film Festival operates from the belief that storytelling can change attitudes, affect behavior, and benefit the planet. It aims to make a positive impact on the environment by celebrating socially-conscious filmmakers and spreading their works to audiences in and beyond the festival.

Palmerston North not only plays host to Reel Earth, but is also the home of Massey University and several leading science, research, and environmentally-focused organizations. Both the city and the festival offer a warm, exciting, and intellectually curious environment full of people who care deeply about the planet and each other. Submit your socially-conscious or environmental-themed works to Reel Earth today for the chance to participate in a festival where knowledge and creativity work hand-in-hand!

The 9th Annual Reel Earth Film Festival, is the Southern Hemisphere’s leading nature, science, and environment-oriented film festival. A destination event for proven and emerging talents with a passion for film and Earth’s delicate global community, Reel Earth is an inspiring symposium addressing a broad range of topics and offering a diverse lineup of powerful cinematic works. Official selections may take the form of probing documentaries, animated works, or fictional narratives, among other genres and styles.

Reel Earth is committed to making a positive difference on the environment by connecting audiences with authentic stories of the evolving world around them. Selected top films featured during Reel Earth’s 11-day festival are granted even greater public exposure and the chance to further spread their powerful messages by touring throughout New Zealand. Last year’s program – including an animated journey into the life of plastic, an eight-year-old’s take on climate change, and a world in which water and oil are transposed – wowed Reel Earth visitors and shifted more than a few perspectives.

Reel Earth boasts an impressive roster of award-winning films from past editions, including Lizzie Gillet’s The Age of Stupid, Rupert Murray’s The End of the Line, Monte Thompson’s Call of Life, Peter Wedel’s The Bill, and Kevin White and David Donnefield’s A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW. All visiting filmmakers are ensured complete access to Reel Earth’s screenings, receptions, and special events, including the opportunity to participate in the unique Filmmakers in Schools program which invites guest filmmakers into local classrooms during the festival to inform and inspire students.

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