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Submit your short film for the chance to screen at the 2018 Sun Valley Film Festival, win cash prizes, and join an all-expenses paid National Geographic expedition!

The Prize

Finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges including Nat Geo WILD and Sun Valley Film Festival executives. The top 3 finalists will receive: 

  • 1st Place:  $1,000 cash + Nat Geo expedition
  • 2nd Place:  $500 cash
  • 3rd Place:  $500 cash

The Challenge

At Nat Geo WILD, we’re animal people. Dog people. Cat people. Even sloth people. Straight-up animal lovers, each and every one of us. Which is why for the fifth annual Wild to Inspire Short Film Contest, we’re asking you to turn the camera on the animal people in your community. The local vet. Dog walker. Farmer. Cat lady. Beekeeper. Nature trail guide. Zookeeper. Environmental advocate. And, of course — your animal-obsessed friends and family. The ultimate goal is to provide an intimate portrait of an individual and the role of animals in his or her life.

Create a short documentary film (three minutes or less) featuring an animal lover in your community, and you could win a trip to the Sun Valley Film Festival to screen your film for a chance at the grand prize: a National Geographic Expedition where you’ll find out what it’s really like to be a National Geographic filmmaker. You could end up on a safari in Africa, cruising the jungle waterways of the Amazon River Basin, tracking polar bears outside the North Pole – the possibilities for adventure are endless.

Judging will be based on the following criteria:
  • Connection to the theme of featuring a true “animal lover”
  • Quality of storyline and script
  • Creativity and/or content originality
  • Production quality (e.g., lighting, shot composition, focus, sounds)
  • Editing

Inspire us. Make us laugh. Or cry. Maybe you’re an established filmmaker; maybe this is your first film ever. There are no hard and fast rules — the sky’s the limit. We can’t wait to meet our fellow animal people. 

Deadline: February 26, 2018

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.

For more information about Nat Geo WILD visit NatGeoWild.com and follow @NatGeoWild on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We encourage submissions from indigenous filmmakers, filmmakers of color, filmmakers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA 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.

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