Top rated films will be featured at a special Screening Event and Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 6 at the Lobero Theatre. Winning films will receive prizes – including a Macbook Pro laptop computer, GoPro helmet camera and more. The films will also be aired on Channel 17.

Green Shorts Film Festival submissions are due by March 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM. For submission rules go to Films submitted by March 2 will also be eligible for a special contest and screening as part of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.

The Green Shorts Film Festival is an annual film festival about saving our planet, helping our environment and being green. The 2012 contest theme is “Mobilize for the Earth” (the theme of the Community Environmental Council’s Earth Day Festival).

This year’s theme encourages creative filmmaking, compelling solutions, entertaining or funny commentaries on sustainable living, eating and growing local food, sustainable transportation, energy independence and a green future without petroleum. This is an opportunity for everyone to share the ways in which we can all reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, protect our environment and reduce our carbon footprint.

Videos are limited to 1 to 2 minutes in length. Residents of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties are eligible to submit entries. General Prize categories are: Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place, College Award, Student Award (ages 18 and under), Viewer’s Choice Award, and the Traffic Solutions Award. These great prizes are made possible through generous donations from Samy’s Camera, the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District, Telegraph Brewery, RND Vodka, COAST and the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.

The Green Shorts Film Festival is one of several events ramping up to CEC’s Earth Day Festival that will take place at Alameda Park in Santa Barbara April 21-22. Details on Earth Day, which is organized by the Community Environmental Council, can be found at or

For more information about the Green Shorts Film Festival, visit or call the Community Environmental Council at (805) 963-0583.


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