Connect to Action: Young Filmmakers Contest & Filmmaking Workshop


By Laurie Casey

What part of the Earth do you love best, and how can you protect it?  That's the central question of the third annual "One Earth ... Our Earth" Young Filmmakers Contest, which challenges young people (grade 3 through college) to examine environmental issues through the lens of their own ideas and creativity. Here's an example:  "Let’s Talk About Water," by Lea Kichler,  the 2013 winner of the high school category.

This year, we are especially excited to present a series of workshops with professional filmmakers to help youth crystallize their ideas into compelling videos. The first one is presented in conjunction with our partner, the River Forest Park District. Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 401 Thatcher Ave., River Forest, $20 for River Forest residents, $25 for non-residents.

One Earth Film Festival Young Filmmakers Workshop

Students will learn the basics of how to make a film.  Instruction by filmmaking and photography professionals, covering topics such as script writing, storytelling, casting, lighting, video, audio, copyright and editing.  Entering a film into the contest is encouraged but is not compulsory.  Snacks and water will be provided. For students in grades 5-8.

When: Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: River Forest Park District Depot, 401 Thatcher Ave., River Forest Cost: $20 for River Forest residents, $25 for non-residents.

Visit the Young Filmmakers Contest page to learn more and register.

Sign up soon, because space is limited to 20 participants.  Check back at the Young Filmmakers Contest homepage for updates on more upcoming film workshops.  Questions? Please contact Sue Crothers at

The One Earth Film Festival and Green Community Connections present this contest. Entries are due Jan. 18, 2015. Learn more about categories and prizes here.