“We continue to be enthusiastic and delighted with the entries we receive for this contest. People have embraced it and It has become a really powerful feature for our festival which also underlines our commitment to local filmmakers”, said the RVA EFF’s Festival Co-founder Scott Burger.
Last year’s $1,000 grand prize winner was An Oyster’s-Eye View of the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program produced by filmmaker Ronaldo Lopez, a Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Environmental Studies graduate. Kenny Fletcher’s Menhaden: The Chesapeake’s Unsung Hero and Jess Jacklin’s Waterman received $100 runner-up awards. Prize money was generously supplied by the Falls of the James Group – Sierra Club.
All Virginia filmmakers are encouraged to submit entries. In the past, the contest has been open to only documentaries, but the criteria has widened to allow fiction and nonfiction entries that include environmental themes.
For submission information for the sixth annual RVA EFF Virginia Environmental Film Award please visit our Withoutabox website.
For general information about the festival visit rvaeff.org. Films, guests and speakers, and specific schedules for each day of the festival will be made available as the event becomes closer.