Green Screen The Environmental Film Festival presents

Very Short Shorts Mobile Film Competition 2019

This Green Screen competition is open to the general public with three prizes:

Overall Jury Award

open to all participants. The winner will be determined by a jury of experienced filmmakers.

Youth Jury Award

(open to 12 to 17 year old participants). The winner will be determined by a jury of experienced filmmakers.

The People’s Choice Award

open to all participants. The winner will be determined by audience votes at screenings of the films

The Very Short Shorts Mobile Film competition is open to filmmakers of all levels of experience.

Films must be shot entirely on a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, go-pro or any combination of these) in HD video. Submissions will be limited to a length of 60 seconds, not including credits. Participants will be allowed any number of submissions and one story can be told via several one minute segments. However, each one minute segment must be able to stand on its own as a narrative piece.

Submissions will be accepted online only via FilmFreeway.

Prizes will include cash prizes up to $12,000.00 TTD.

Films will be disseminated via social media and included in Green Screen 2019-20 public screenings. Winning films will be selected by a Green Screen Jury and audience votes. This is intended to be an ongoing festival competition in coming years.

Competition Open Date:

June 5th

World Environment Day
Closing Date:

31st August


Waste Not, Want Not



The theme of “Waste Not, Want Not” refers to the challenge of solid waste in Trinidad and Tobago and the world at large. Poorly managed waste is now impacting marine life that take it for food, clogging waterways and causing flooding, and affecting economic development through shocks to tourism, especially in small, developing countries. Submissions can focus on the problems caused by poor management of waste or the potential solutions like recycling and the circular economy, efforts to reduce waste or reuse items to give them a second (or third) life. Ultimately, we hope for strong stories that can cause the viewer to think about the issues deeply while being entertained.

Please use your imagination to interrogate the importance of properly managing our waste.

For the purpose of guidance, we suggest films address the following issues (see list below), but are not limited to these issues only, provided the story is connected to the theme:

  1. Reducing, reusing and recycling materials
  2. How the Human environment is affected by waste
  3. What people or organizations are doing to help better manage waste
  4. Technological solutions that can be deployed to manage and mitigate environmental impacts
  5. How Eco-tourism can be affected
  6. How Wildlife and bio-diversity can be impacted
  7. Climate Change and how it can amplify solid waste challenges
  8. Food wastage and ways to reduce it

The following criteria will be used to judge the films:

Creativity & Originality: How unique is the story or premise presented? How well did the film incorporate visuals, sound, acting, direction or other elements to convey a message? Is the film fun, entertaining, or thought-provoking? (25 points)

Messaging: Is the message clear and directly related to the theme “Waste Not, Want Not“? Is the message persuasive? (30 points)

Content: Is there educational value in the film? Is the film using information to inform the audience about any issue or simply to entertain? How well did the film make use of information? (25 points)

Technical Quality: How well is lighting, sound quality & cinematography utilized? Does the film employ good editing and flow well from scene to scene? (20 points)


The 2nd annual Very Short Shorts Mobile Film Competition, presented by Green Screen – The Environmental Film Festival, takes place between June 5 and August 31 2019, organised by the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival (hereafter referred to as “Organiser”).

The Organiser aims to motivate, inspire and promote filmmakers, regardless of their experience in the field of film and environmental awareness.

The Organiser intends to include selected submissions to the Very Short Shorts Film Competition in Green Screen 2019 and in the future. The Organiser also intends to include selected submissions in programming in festivals abroad in 2019 and in the future.

By entering Very Short Shorts Mobile Film Competition, the participant (hereafter referred to as “Participant”) accepts the following Regulations on behalf of him/herself and any crew members who may also participate.


The contest is open to all persons aged 12 and above, resident in Trinidad and Tobago. Persons between 12 and 17 must have parental permission to submit.


Submitting a film or films to Very Short Shorts Mobile Film Competition is possible until August 31, 2019 at midnight Trinidad and Tobago time via All participants are expected to complete the filmfreeway form completely and truthfully.


The Organiser reserves the right to exclude from the contest Participants who have breached the Contest Regulations. Participants who attempt to disrupt the course of or manipulate the contest will also be excluded from participation.

  • The film must be shot entirely on a mobile device (smartphones, tablets, GoPro) in HD video.
  • DSLR, compact cameras or hybrid android cameras are not accepted.
  • Multiple mobile devices can be used, but no non mobile footage may be included.
  • Any software to edit video and audio as well as colour correction is allowed.
  • Use of additional equipment (professional or home-made) is allowed, including (but not limited to) external microphones, wide angle lens, lighting, tripod, broom handle etc
  • Copyrighted material is not accepted, unless there is a written permission to do so. The Organizer is not liable for any copyright material unlawfully used.
  • The film must be an original production. It may not infringe on the copyright, trademark or other rights of any individual.
  • Films must have full clearance for all content, including music.
  • No extreme violence, or content considered to be racist, sexist, homophobic or religiously intolerant is allowed.
  • Animation, special effects and motion graphics are allowed but must not take up more than 30 seconds of screen time. Mobile device footage must used throughout the film.


In order to submit a film, every participant must use The best video format (codec) is Apple ProRes 4:2:2 Standard (not HQ or LT) or h.264. Both in a .mov wrapper.

MP4 is also accepted.

If you are using another format or have trouble uploading, please contact us on:

Several films can be submitted per filmmaker/crew.

All films must be not more than 60 seconds in length, excluding credits. Credits should not last longer than 10 seconds on screen.

A story can be told in an unlimited number of 60 second episodes. However, each episode must stand on its own as an individual piece, independent of any other episodes. All episodes may not be selected for Green Screen or a competition prize.


Films of all types and genres may be submitted to the contest. This includes documentary, narrative (Action, Drama, Comedy etc), experimental, musical or music video. A film entry participates in the competition once it is received before the entry deadline.


Providing they do not breach the conditions, selected films will be uploaded to social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram and Youtube as well as included in the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival programme in 2019 and beyond. Of the selected films there will be three prize winners, determined by the Green Screen Jury and audience votes


The Participant maintains at all times the rights to his/her film entry. However, he/she grants the Organiser the right to present the submitted film, make it publicly available, distribute it and make it available for third party viewing unrestrictedly in terms of location and frequency.

Furthermore, the Participant expressly agrees to his/her film being made public via the website, social media accounts, as well as the websites and media channels of our partners. If applicable, the Organiser will refer to or create links to the film in various publications or on the Internet.


By submitting a film, the Participant declares that he/she owns all rights (including all third-party rights) with regard to the submitted film. In the event that one or more persons are clearly recognisable, or sound/music of third parties can be heard in the film, those involved must agree that the film be made public. The respective declaration of consent must be made available if requested by the Organiser.

Should third parties nevertheless assert claims resulting from the infringement of their rights, the Participant declares the Organiser free from all said claims. The person who submits the film is solely responsible for its content (image, sound, data, texts etc.).


You must seek approval from COTT, or the producer, before using another person’s music. The Participant declares the Organiser free from all responsibilities regarding claims brought forward by COTT and/or other collecting societies in relation to the film created by that Participant.


By participating, the Participant agrees to photographs and recordings being made of his/her person throughout the contest process – particularly during the Award Ceremony – and those photographs and recordings to be published at as well as on the Organiser’s Facebook page and in other publications. Furthermore, the Participant also agrees to his/her name being published at as well as on the Organiser’s Facebook page and in other publications. The Participant also understands that his/her name may be published in connection with his/her photograph.


The Organiser does not pass on personal data to third parties unless the individual has given his/her explicit consent. The Organiser may pass on data to partners when necessary for the awarding of a prize.


Claims for damages with regard to Very Short Shorts Mobile Film Competition against the Organiser are – to the extent legally permissible – excluded, irrespective of legal grounds unless the Organiser deliberately or grossly neglects its statutory duties.


Should a clause in these regulations be invalid or a legal loophole exist, the validity of the remaining clauses or the regulations as a whole remain unaffected. In the above-mentioned event, the missing or invalid clause shall be replaced by a valid clause that comes closest to the intended sense and purpose of the invalid or missing clause. The Organiser reserves the right to make decisions on all matters unforeseen by these regulations and, in special, vindicated cases, to make exceptions to these regulations.

The laws of Trinidad and Tobago apply.