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February 5th - 11th, 2018


RVA EFF Virginia Film Contest

Submission Info

RVA Environmental Film Festival committee invites Virginia filmmakers to submit to its annual Virginia film contest. Entrants should read the following rules, terms, and conditions before submitting any video.


Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. All entrants younger than 18 years of age at the start of the contest must submit a signed parental consent form. All entrants must be a resident of Virginia to be considered. Contest is void where prohibited by law.

Contest judges and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.


Entries will start being accepted from July 30, 2017 at noon through December 07, 2017 at 11:59 pm. The RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) reserves the right to extend the entry period to ensure a competitive pool of entries. Any extension and new deadline for entries will be announced on the RVA EFF website.

Selected finalists will be determined by January 15, 2018. A winner and runners-up will be announced preceding the start of the RVA EFF 2018 festival. On Sunday, February 11, 2018, a grand prize winner and runner up prize winners will be presented with awards and checks at the RVA EFF.

Please submit entries by mailing a DVD or hard drive of the film entry with entry fee to RVA EFF. c/o Scott Burger, 612 S. Laurel Street, Richmond, VA 23220.

RVA Environmental Film Festival is not responsible for entries that are not received or not received properly, or for any technical problems with corrupt digital files, invalid links, internet outages, computer failures, and the like. RVA EFF is not responsible for lost, late, or misdirected entries. RVA EFF is not obligated to acknowledge receipt of entries.

Entries must be submitted to the RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF). It should include a digital file of the video on DVD or hard drive, a written brief description of the video, complete credits, and complete contact information. In addition, a $10 corresponding, nonrefundable entry fee via check or cash must be made to the RVA Environmental Film Festival. Entrees that are not accompanied by entry fee will be eliminated from the competition.

Submitted films should be include environmental subjects in Virginia. Those subjects can include a wide range of topics- wildlife to human relationships, politics to development, parks to pollution. Outdoor recreation can also be a part of the environmental theme. Film entires can be fictional or nonfictional. All entries should incorporate at least some footage created in Virginia.

Entries must contain audio and video.

All films must be original, newly-produced works, finished after January 1, 2016. Entries must be original compositions, filmed by the submitter, and not infringe on the copyrights of any other parties. All forms of footage, including audio, video, and photos, that are not produced by the entrant must be credited to the original producer. Any entry suspected, in the discretion of RVA EFF committee, to be in violation will be rejected immediately from the competition. By submitting an entry, each filmmaker represents that the video submitted is an original work that does not infringe on the copyright or intellectual property right of another party, and each filmmaker agrees to indemnify RVA Environmental Film Festival, its committee members, and judges from all liability arising from any alleged infringement in this regard.

Filmmaker retains ownership rights to the submitted video. However, the winning entrants grant to the RVA EFF the non-exclusive, non-transferable right and license to use the winning videos and the winners’ names and likenesses in perpetuity without compensation, notification, or other limitation or condition, both in conjunction with the competition and promotion of the competition and promotion of the competition and in promotion of the RVA EFF generally.

The RVA EFF does not grant entrants the right or access to film private property or use of its name to secure access.

Entries may have multiple co-producers, but one should be listed as the primary contact upon entry. The fair dissemination of any prize winnings will be the responsibility of the primary contact.

Entries should not exceed two and a half hours in length. Brevity is welcome.

Participants may submit multiple entries (1 original film per entry).

Entries containing immoral, defamatory, obscene or scandalous content, or any other content which, at the sole discretion of the RVA Environmental Film Festival committee, is not in the keeping with the RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF), will be deemed ineligible.


Entries will be judged by a panel made up of members of the RVA EFF committee and film experts invited by the RVA EFF committee. Judges’s decisions will be final and binding.

To select the winner, entries will be by judged by awarding of points based on the following criteria: (1) adherence to environmental theme (25%), (2) originality (35%), (3) composition and coherence of audio and video (20%), (4) quality of cinematography (20%). In the event of a tie score, the tie will be broken by awarding the prize to the entrant with the highest score in the first of the above-listed criteria (in order of appearance) as to which there is no tie.


First prize consists of a $1,000 check and the opportunity to show the winning entry at the RVA EFF held February, 2018. Runners-up will receive a $100 check and the opportunity to show entries at the festival. RVA EFF committee will choose day, time, and venue of the film screening during the festival. The winner agrees to to be available to appear at the RVA EFF during the screening of the film.

No transfers of prizes or substitutions will be allowed except by RVA EFF committee, which may substitute prizes of equal or greater value if necessary.

Applicable federal, state, and local taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner.

Winners must sign an affidavit confirming agreement to contest rules and originality of the video. Failure to return that affidavit by a specified date will result in an alternate winner being chosen.

Other Contest Rules

The RVA EFF committee reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify, suspend, or cancel the contest for any reason. In such event, entrants will be notified and entries will be disregarded.

The contest is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

who We are


We are the RVA Environmental Film Festival. Our goal is to make our community a better place by promoting local and international filmmakers focusing on environmental stories. 

A Brief History

The festival was founded as The Biggest Picture: Richmond’s First Environmental Film Festival in 2008 and 2009 under the James River Film Society. The Sierra Club Falls of the James Group revived the event in 2011 as the RVA Environmental Film Festival and it continues to gather additional support from local nonprofits and businesses. 

This Years Festival

On February 5 through 12, 2018, the Enrichmond Foundation, the Sierra Club – Falls of the James Group, the Capital Region Land Conservancy and Viridiant will partner to present the Eighth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival. The festival takes place at locations across the city including the University of RichmondVCU, public libraries, The Visual Arts CenterThe Byrd Theatre and The Science Museum of Virginia. The week long event showcases local and national films that raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet.