Short film proposals

There are two categories in the short film competition – each looking at different aspects of the environment and sustainability.

The winner in each category – the film which receives the most views on tve‘s Inspiring Change YouTube channel – will receive US$1500.

How do I enter?

The competition is now closed to entries.  The judges are now looking at the proposals and 3 films in each category will be commissioned.  These will be available online for voting from 1 November.


GEF category for Invasive alien species (IAS)

Invasive alien species are organisms which are non-native to a certain environment that cause, or could cause harm to the environment, economy and human health. The globalization of trade, travel, and transport is increasing the rate at which these species move around the world. The estimated damage from invasive species worldwide totals 5% of the global economy. IAS impact human health through disease, and pathogens and parasites may be IAS or may be introduced because of the existence of IAS.

Islands are particularly affected by the impacts of IAS. Islands are recognized as having exceptionally high numbers of native species, with 15% of bird, reptile and plant species on only 3% of the world’s land area. IAS are the primary cause of extinctions on islands and if not controlled can damage important ecosystem services on islands, such as providing fresh water.

Films in this category will address these questions:

  • How widespread are IAS and what are their effects on native local species?
  • What are projects doing to prevent, detect and manage the problems of IAS?
  • What are some compelling stories of people affected by IAS?
  • How can we encourage people to act and help in the fight against IAS?

Find out more about invasive species.

GEF category for People and protected area systems & parks

Protected areas can take many different forms, such as national parks, wilderness areas, community conserved areas, nature reserves and privately owned reserves. According to IUCN these areas:

  • provide drinking water to one in three of the world’s 100 largest cities;
  • store the same amount of carbon as the tropical rainforests;
  • keep us healthy by being the source of clean air and water, as well as new medicines;
  • help reduce the risks and consequences of extreme events such as floods, storm-surges, drought and sea-level rise;
  • enhance food security by boosting fisheries and preserving wild relatives of crops; and
  • provide homes, jobs and livelihoods to millions of people around the world.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) defines a sustainable protected area system as one that:

  1. protects representative samples of the country’s ecosystems which are ecologically viable and climate-resilient, and provides adequate coverage of threatened species at a high enough level to ensure their long term survival;
  2. has enough finances in place to support the costs of managing the protected area; and
  3. has the ability and resources to manage protected areas to meet their conservation objectives. Managing protected areas is a good investment in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use – it also provides significant additional economic and environmental benefits beyond just the existence of biodiversity.

Films in this category will address these questions:

  • What are the fundamental aspects of protected area sustainability: finance, representation, and capacity building leading to effective management?
  • How do projects include indigenous peoples and local communities, especially women, in the design, implementation, and management of protected area projects?
  • What are the economic benefits for people touched by protected area systems and parks?
  • How can we show the cultural value of these areas and encourage people to help protect them?

The voting

Finalist films will be displayed on our website and You Tube channel between 1 November and 15 December.  The film with the most views in each category will win a prize of US$1500.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for creative, funny or serious, inspirational stories around each category.  See filmmaking tips.


  • Each film proposal must be relate to one of the categories
  • We want film ideas that are creative about how they address the issues
  • Film proposals can come from individuals or groups, but there must be a lead filmmaker.
  • Funding of US$300 commission will be paid to the selected three finalists only.  This will be on successful receipt of their completed films.
  • You must agree to all the rules and conditions to enter the competition.