tve - inspiring change


Short Film Proposal Competition: win US$1500.

There are two categories in the competition - each looking at different aspects of the environment:

The winner in each category - the film which receives the most views on tve's Inspiring Change YouTube channel - will receive US$1500 If we commission your film, there's a 1 in 3 chance of winning! Shorlisted films will also be screened in Paris at the UN COP21/CMP11 Conference in December 2015.

How do I enter?

Choose one of our two categories and think how you might make a one-minute film. Send us a proposal about the film you would like to make using our online form before 23.00 GMT 17 August. Pitches will only be accepted in English, French, Russian or Spanish.

A judging panel will select the best three proposals in each category and provide funding of US$300 to help you make your film. Funding will only be awarded on delivery of the film.

The deadline for the delivery of the final films is 12 October.

The films will be uploaded to tve's YouTube channel tveinspiringchange and the film in each category with the most views by 18 December will each receive a US$1500 prize.

Remember, you have until 23.00 GMT on 17 August to submit your proposal online.

The Judges

Representatives from our funders, and YouTube celebrities.

The Prizes

There are two categories and there will be a prize of US$1500 for the winner of each category. The winner will be the film in each category which has received the most views between 16 October 2015 and 18 December 2015.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for creative, funny or serious, inspirational stories about the environment. See filmmaking tips below.


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Green Economy Prize

This category is only open to citizens of the EBRD's 64 member states. See a full list of member countries.

How can we make our economies greener? It is a crucial question in our battle to limit the impact of climate change and to ensure that how we do business works for people AND for the environment.

In a green economy more of the energy we use will be produced from renewable sources (wind and sun are just two examples), we will all waste less water, and we will use the earth's resources, from forests and oceans, to beaches and clean air, in ways that will provide jobs, food and fuel, but not damage the environment.

Greening economies is a vital part of the EBRD mission in countries stretching from Mongolia on the Chinese border to Morocco on the Atlantic Ocean, through its Sustainable Energy Initiative and Sustainable Resource Initiative.

Films in this category will imaginatively address the question:

  • How can a Green Economy both help the planet and boost economic efficiency and growth?

  • What actions can people take to develop the green economy and how will those actions create jobs and make sure we are not wasting the earth's resources?

  • How is the green economy being demonstrated in the place where you live? Are companies or individuals promoting efficient use of resources like water, plastic and energy?

The International Year of Soils 2015 Prize

Soil is irreplaceable! It can take up to 1 000 years to produce just 2-3 cm of soil, and yet up to 50 000 square kilometres of soil, an area around the size of Costa Rica, is lost every year due to deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices, overgrazing and climate change. 11 hectares of soil are sealed under expanding cities every hour in Europe. This year is the International Year of Soils, and the United Nations (UN) wants us all to think more about the profound importance of soil in our lives.

Why does soil matter? The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), says soil is key to the planet's long-term healthy future because:

  • Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production: it is estimated that 95% of our food is directly or indirectly produced on our soils.

  • Soils are the foundation for vegetation which is cultivated or managed for feed, fibre, fuel and medicinal products.

  • Soils support our planet's biodiversity and they host a quarter of the total. Soil is one of nature's most complex ecosystems and is teeming with life: it contains a myriad of organisms which interact and contribute to the global cycles that make life possible. There are more organisms in one tablespoon of healthy soil than there are people on earth.

  • Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle: soils capture carbon and so reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Soils store and filter water, improving our resilience to floods and droughts.

  • Soil is a non-renewable resource - soil that is lost cannot be replaced during a human lifespan. Its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future.

Despite the vital role soil plays, we take it for granted. With a global population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, soils are under pressure of intensification and competing uses of forestry, cropping, pasture and urbanization to satisfy the demands of a growing population for food, energy and raw materials. Already one third of global soil is moderately to highly degraded through erosion, salinization, compaction, acidification, chemical pollution and nutrient depletion, and time is running out. If we go on neglecting the importance of soil, and looking after it, we will not be able to meet the needs of future generations.

Films in this category will address some or all of the following questions/themes:

  • Soil is a precious and irreplaceable resource

  • How do soils sustain life? (you may want to focus on one or more of the points above)

  • What can people/society/your friends do to preserve soil?

  • Are you and your friends already doing something to preserve soil? Do you know someone who is? What are they doing?

  • Soils are under increasing pressure to satisfy the demands of a growing population: how can we reverse the trend of soil degradation while ensuring current and future global food security?

  • Soils in the city

©FAO/Rodger Bosch

Need some filming tips?

Here are a few websites offering useful advice to novice filmmakers:

Terms & Conditions

  1. General

    1. All proposals must be your original work and must not infringe the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity, or otherwise be unlawful.

    2. tve has overall discretion in determining whether to publish, screen or broadcast any material.

    3. tve has the right in its absolute discretion to refuse to publish, screen or broadcast any submitted material.

    4. tve is entitled without liability to you to cancel the competition and/or to make reasonable adjustments to the competition rules at any time.

  2. Competition Participation

    1. This competition is open to any person of any age, in any country (except for the EBRD category). The purpose of the competition is for people worldwide to propose a one-minute film about the environment.

    2. The proposals and the final films must address the issues outlined in one of the two following categories:

      • The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Green Economy Prize

      • The International Year of Soils 2015 Prize

    3. Only proposals uploaded via the tve biomovies website will be considered. Proposals must be uploaded between 5 June 2015 and 23.00 GMT on 17 August.

    4. Entries can come from individuals, or groups. Group entries must have a named group leader, whose details should be submitted on the entry form.

    5. Entries can only be submitted in English, French, Russian or Spanish.

    6. Selected filmmakers will be contacted by 25 August 2015.

    7. US$300 will be paid to each selected filmmaker after successful delivery of their completed film.

    8. The finalist films in each category will be promoted as part of World Food Day in October 2015 with added credits and logos of tve and its partners and funders; they may be screened on TV, used for publicity purposes or shown at other events. tve does not commit to using the films for any of the purposes listed.

    9. The finalist films may only be uploaded to tve's Inspiring Change YouTube channel and must not be uploaded elsewhere. The films may be embedded, but not uploaded, on other sites after 16 October 2015.

    10. In consideration of the funding set out in point 7, you will give the entire copyright of the film made for the tvebiomovies competition, design right, title right and all rights of a similar nature for their full term, to tve.

  3. Entries

    1. Proposals must be submitted through the website

    2. tve may use the material and any personal details provided for any promotional, marketing and publicity proposed in any media without notice and without any fee being payable to you.

    3. By entering into this competition, you hereby release and agree to hold harmless tve and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents, representatives, independent contractors, officers, employees, directors, and the tvebiomovies 2015 judging panel from and against any and all claims, liabilities, costs, damages and expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to your entry to the competition, your use or acceptance of any prize, or the use by tve of any proposals submitted by you.

    4. By entering this competition, you grant to tve, our sponsors, licensees and affiliates a worldwide royalty-free, exclusive right to record, edit, use, reproduce, screen and distribute in the following media: film, television, online, electronic or by any other means currently known or yet to be devised, the film you enter in the tvebiomovies competition 2015; and to use your picture, voice, name, likeness, and data provided by you for the competition in publicity and advertising concerning any such use of your entry. Such right will be limited to use in connection with the tvebiomovies competition (either in 2015 or in the future) and the activities of tve, and such other purposes as the organisation sees fit in the future.

  4. Judging Process

    1. All entries submitted will be reviewed by tve and will be shortlisted for each category. An independent judging panel will then determine the three selected filmmakers from the shortlisted entries for each category (and these entries will be deemed 'the filmmakers' for the purposes of these terms and conditions).

    2. The selection of the finalist filmmakers will not be up for dispute. The judging panel's decision is final and conclusive, and no further discussion will be entered into.

  5. Law and Disputes

    1. The competition is governed by and subject to the laws of England. Ultimately, the decisions of tve are final and binding in all discretionary matters relating to this competition.

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