2017 CEC Local Film Selection Criteria

filmfestival2015marquee_smaller_cropped _greenfilmFor the fourth time, in January 2018 the CEC will host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour at the River Oaks Theatre. WSFF provides a selection of about 60 short films, from which CEC will choose about 20 for the two night showing in January. While most of the films that the CEC chooses to show at the festival have some relevance to the environment in the Houston/Gulf Coast region, only one has told a local environmental story. WSFF guidelines allow the CEC to show one local film each night, which the CEC has done, featuring films about environmental justice, the Katy Prairie, and the Houston Zoo’s efforts to protect the endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle. These films have been among the most meaningful films at the events.

CEC would like to use this festival to tell local environmental stories, highlight the work of CEC’s member organizations, and to inspire our residents and visitors to make a difference in the environment and quality of life. To that end, in partnership with the Houston Green Film Series, CEC will host a one-night screening of local environmental films in November 2016 to help select the local films that will be shown each night at the January WSFF On Tour. In addition to selecting the local films to include in January, CEC hopes to expose a wider audience to local environmental stories and to honor the top films.

Download a full description of the 2016 Film Selection Criteria (PDF).  Submit your short environmental documentary at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/CEChouston.

The date of the event will be Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Rice Media Center from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.

You can view local films and some of the films that were shown at the 2015 festival, including films by the Houston Zoo and Katy Prairie Conservancy, on CEC’s YouTube channel.