The Isla Verde Caribbean International Film and Environment Festival, founded in 2022 by Cuban actor, director, and visual artist Jorge Perugorría, announces the call for submission for its second edition. The festival will take place on the Isla de la Juventud from April 21st to April 27th, 2024. For the first time, the event will be competitive, bringing together feature films and short films with narratives that promote the conservation and protection of the environment, documenting the active relationship between humans and nature.
Making visible, raising awareness, and promoting the development of sustainable solutions through the seventh art is the main focus of Isla Verde Festival. In addition to the competitive sections, the event will host conferences, workshops, concerts, training sessions, exhibitions, thematic cycles, entrepreneurship fairs, and much more.
In collaboration with the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation, Gorría Workshop Gallery, and Cuban production agency Four Wives, the festival aims to provide, through cinema, a critical perspective on the significant environmental challenges the Caribbean is facing today. It emerges as a vital creative space to drive the common actions of the region in environmental matters.
Isla Verde, the main platform of the homonymous Local Development Project, is based in the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud, a territory located in the south of Cuba, renowned for its protected areas and incredible natural heritage. The call for submission for the second edition of the Isla Verde Caribbean International Film and Environment Festival, is active from December 16th, 2023, and will remain open until January 31th, 2024.
Best Feature Film Fiction / Documentary / Animation
Isla Verde will award an unique prize to the best feature film in fiction, documentary, or animation that addresses environmental themes broadly, including the relationship between humans and their surroundings. Works produced during the years 2022 and 2023 from anywhere in the world are eligible for submission.
Best Short Film Fiction / Documentary / Animation
Isla Verde will award an unique prize to the best short film in fiction, documentary, or animation that addresses environmental themes broadly, including the relationship between humans and their surroundings. Works produced during the years 2022 and 2023 from anywhere in the world are eligible for submission.
Special Jury Prize
The jury of the International Film and Environment Festival of the Caribbean, Isla Verde, will exceptionally award a special prize to the feature film or short film with the greatest impact and scope in addressing environmental themes, taking into account the high aesthetic and creative value of the work. This award will result from materials previously presented in the competitive sections.
- For selection in competition, feature films and short films produced between 2022 and 2023 that develop environmental themes and address the active relationship between humans and nature will be considered.
- In the case of international productions, it is a necessary condition that the film has not been previously released in Cuba. This condition does not apply to works created and produced in the national territory.
- The reception of materials in competition will begin from the publication of this call, dated December 16th, 2023, and will extend until 11:59 pm (Havana, Cuba) on January 31, 2024.
- All materials for selection in competition must be presented in their original version, with subtitles in Spanish.
- The final exhibition formats will be: DCP* (Unencrypted) and MP4 or MOV files (with H264 codec). Resolution: 1080p (FULL HD) or higher.
- The festival may use photos and excerpts from the films for promotion.
- The decision of the Jury is final and cannot be appealed.
- The Isla Verde Caribbean International Film and Environment Festival will NOT pay any amount for exhibition rights for films within the two categories of the Official Selection in Competition.
- Selected films will be notified by the Organizing Committee of the Isla Verde Caribbean International Film and Environment Festival, on March 1st, 2024.
- All materials and information requested during the call process must be delivered in full by January 31, 2024. If the requested information and materials are not provided, the works will not be accepted in competition.
- Registration must be done through this form or on our website.
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