Voting now open – choose the winning entries in tvebiomovies 2016 short film competition!

31 October 2016: 17 specially commissioned short films by film makers in the tvebiomovies 2016 competition are now live on YouTube – voting is open to select five winners by 15 December.  Two hundred and forty film makers from 67 countries submitted proposals for tve’s annual green short film competition this year, aiming to engage with young people around the theme of planetary boundaries, and living within the earth’s limits.

The finalists come from six continents, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Australasia. The films include drama, animation and documentary and use personal stories, humour and creative imagery to address the five categories – biodiversity, forests, oceans and seas, family famers, and reusing and recycling.

The films which receive the highest number of views in each category on our You Tube channel by 15 December will each win $1500!  And it’s up to the public to view the films and share their favourites to spread the messages within the films, and help choose a winner – one view = one vote.

Now in its seventh successful year, tvebiomovies 2016 launched on 20 May in Bonn.  Film-makers were invited to submit film proposals in five languages – French, German, Spanish, Arabic and English. Each of the short-listed finalists has been awarded US$300 to make their films over the last seven weeks.

The tvebiomovies 2016 competition also included:

  • The ‘Connect4Climate Sustainable Worlds on Minecraft’ competition which is open for voting until 30 November to select the best example of a sustainable world using the Minecraft game as a platform.
  • The Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change – a vlogging category (video blogging) asking young people between 18 and 30 to send videos of their personal actions on climate change. Forty shortlisted films have been viewed more than 220,000 times to date on You Tube. The two winners will now be going to Marrakesh in November to become youth reporters at the COP22 UN Climate Change conference.
  • #stopthatdrop on Instagram received many entries from around the globe with 30-second videos of ways to save water.

Notes to editors
tvebiomovies is in its seventh year. Films from previous competitions have received over 4 million views on You Tube.  tvebiomovies 2016 is supported by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU (German Federal Environmental Foundation),  the International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD) for the Family Farmers category, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the Biodiversity and Forests categories, the Lighthouse Foundation for the Oceans and Seas category, and the Global Video Competition on Climate Change vlogging category with Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE), the UNFCCC secretariat, and supported by the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme, which is administered by the UN Development Programme.

tve has been producing and coproducing films about the environment and development for over 30 years, broadcasting to millions of viewers across the world and distributing films through DVD, internet and community screenings to hundreds of thousands more every year. Find out more at

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