Monday, March 1, 2010

EPA Announces Environmental Justice Video Contest: Faces Of The Grassroots

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring an Environmental Justice Video Contest to challenge professional or aspiring filmmakers to create videos that capture the faces of the environmental justice movement. Entries are due April 8.
The Faces of the Grassroots contest is an opportunity to publicly exhibit creativity with environmental justice stories, and connect with others working to raise awareness of the movement.
“Faces of the Grassroots will help EPA expand the conversation on environmentalism and work for environmental justice,” said Charles Lee, director of EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice. “Participants can make a difference for the historically underrepresented in their community by using motion pictures to show the struggles and triumphs they have endured to advance environmental justice.”
Videos can focus on any environmental justice activity, issue, or topic. Examples would be a music video about climate change, or a video recording a successful environmental justice project that has made a community a healthier and happier place to live.
Awards will be given to the winning submissions in each category. The videos will also be featured on EPA’s website and may be used as public service announcements. EPA will announce winners in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
The categories and prize money include: Public Service Announcements (30 or 60 seconds): 1st Place - $2,500, 2nd Place - $1,500, 3rd Place - $1,000, Student Winner - $500 (13-18 years old), and Informational Video (3-5 minutes): 1st Place - $2,500, 2nd Place - $1,500, 3rd Place - $1,000, Student Winner - $500 (13-18 years old)
For more information, visit the EPA Environmental Justice Video Contest webpage.

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