For more than 130 years

National Geographic has invested in bold people and transformative ideas across the globe, with the aim of bettering our understanding of the natural world. As National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jane Goodall once said: “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, shall all be saved.”

We believe that great storytelling can spark curiosity, help solve big problems and catalyze action.

For this year’s National Geographic Wild to Inspire Short Film Contest, we’re asking you to create a short film that celebrates the 50-year anniversary of Earth Day. Launched in 1970, the first Earth Day spurred critical environmental conversations around some of these big problems, leading to efforts to save endangered species, regulate pesticides and harmful chemicals, and reduce single-use plastic. These efforts have become even more critical today.

And We Want To See Your Short Films.

50 years after the first Earth Day, how will you use the power of film to inspire viewers to work towards a planet in balance in the 21st century? 



Seeking Short Films

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Nat Geo Wild is seeking films inspired by the natural world​.​​ We believe that great storytelling can spark curiosity, help solve big problems and catalyze actions.​​​ Submit films inspired by stories about the natural environment, the amazing creatures that inhabit it, or the individuals who love to explore it, and you could win a National Geographic expedition and have your film screen at the Sun Valley Film Festival.

Launched in 1970, the first Earth Day spurred critical environmental conversations. 

50 years after the first Earth Day, how will you use the power of film to explore these conversations in the 21st century?

3 Finalists

Up to 3 finalists will be flown to the 2020 Sun Valley Film Festival for a special screening of their films.

Grand Prizes

One grand prize winner – selected by a panel of experts after the screenings at the Sun Valley Film Festival  – will receive a National Geographic expedition.

Requirements

Films must be under 3 minutes long and be inspired by the natural world. Films will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Thirty percent (30%) for connection to the theme 
  2. Twenty percent (20%) for quality of storyline and script
  3. Twenty percent (20%) for creativity and/or content originality
  4. Twenty percent (20%) for production quality (e.g., lighting, shot composition, focus, sounds)
  5. Ten percent (10%) for editing

Only legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry are eligible to enter.



We encourage submissions from indigenous filmmakers, filmmakers of color, filmmakers with disabilities, LGBTQIA filmmakers, female-identified filmmakers, and filmmakers from other intersectional and marginalized groups. If you identify as one or more of the above and would like to let us know, please include a note along with your film description.

Nat Geo Wild to Inspire