Call for Rhode Island Nature Videos

We are gathering RI Nature videos, RI Nature Video makers, and everyone who appreciates them for a fun, entertaining, and informative winter’s afternoon showing and discussion/reception. This is a call for submissions to the Rhode Island Nature Video Festival being organized by the Environment Council of Rhode Island, Save The Bay, Friends of the Moshassuck,  The Rhode Island Natural History Survey and YOU.

Submission deadline is December 10 2017 for an event that will be held on February 10, 2018. Links for videos being submitted should be sent to environmentcouncil@earthlink.net. If you want to sponsor, or volunteer, or have any questions email ECRI or if you prefer you may call the Environment Council office at 401-621-8048.

RI Nature Video Festival  Submission rules

The video must be filmed in RI by human being or a group of human beings currently residing in or going to school in Rhode Island.  The video must be about some sort of nature in Rhode Island.  Animal, vegetable, mineral, trail, water but it must at least focused on a natural or naturalized set of plants or animals, or natural features.  This means no dogs, cats, pet fish, pet birds, or farm animals. Turtles, snakes, and amphibians should be native species that are free ranging or bound for release like tadpoles in your kiddie pool. No illegally kept or exotics will be included in the festival.  Incidental inclusion of domestic animals is okay, as are farms and gardens.  Videos showing the science of soil or the wild critters and plants in the garden would be eligible.

Videos shall be submitted by emailing a link to a video that is on line.  Send the links to environmentcouncil@earthlink.net    Submitting a video is explicit permission for ECRI to use it  in the event and to post the link on line. The organizers of the Video Festival shall have sole discretion as to which videos are eligible.  All eligible videos submitted will be included in the on line video festival website.  The organizers shall designate a small team to curate the Save the Bay event at which approximately 20 videos shall be shown chosen from among the submissions.

There are many different styles of video that can show RI Nature.   We encourage submissions of all types from a simple recording of an animal in action to a narrated and edited piece showing the year at a pond and everything in between.  We are restricting the submissions to videos created since the last Nature Video Festival submission deadline, so created since Jan 1 2016.  We want your new stuff.

The maximum acceptable length of the submitted videos is 5 minutes so that we can show videos by as many people as possible. Video makers can submit up to 5 videos  Quality, not quantity, for the experienced, but beginners are encouraged to submit, as often the nature being recorded more than compensates for quality of the video.   We highly encourage folks to go outside a make a new video just for the show.

Any video, other than an unedited scene in nature, longer than 45 seconds must include credits and videos with copyright violations shall be rejected.

All submissions must come as an email with a link to the video and accompanied by Name (s) of those who created the video with full contact information: address, phone, email, age category ( 12 and under, teen, student or adult)  and video credits.  If you are a beginner and wish to inform us of that, that would go here as well.  Send the information and link to Environmentcouncil@earthlink.net