We’re Going Virtual! Sept 23-27, 2020


Youth Short Environmental Film Competition

Enter your short film about our planet or how you can make a difference.  Winning films will be screened during the PhilaEnviroFilmFest, April 1–5, 2020, at the Academy of Natural Sciences!

Maximum film length: 10 minutes, under 5 minutes strongly preferred.  Open to all students ages 10-24.  Enter your film via electronic file by clicking here and then selecting the “Youth Films” category on the Festival’s FilmFreeway page.

Submissions now closed for the 2020 PhilaEnviroFilmFest.


Kid’s Planet Program

An enriching half-day program of environmental films and hands-on activities for hundreds of Philadelphia-area students.  The programs include films by and for kids, lesson plans on plastic pollution and other topics, and fun activities designed to spark interest in environmentalism and filmmaking.

The program varies each year depending on our partners and the short films we screen. For the 2019 Festival, the PhilaEnviroFilmFest teamed up with the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, PhillyCAM, and the Philadelphia School District’s Green Futures initiative to bring 240 middle-school students to watch 3 entertaining youth enviro films, meet the director of one of the films (STRAWS), and learn how to create their very own stop-action short films. The day included a surprise visit from the Phillie Phanatic!

Student Action Workshops

The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival partnered with the Fairmount Water Works to create an interactive half-day program for 75 Philadelphia middle school students.  The program focused on water pollution and featured young enviro filmmaker Dylan D’Haeze who talked to the students about how to make short videos.