Official Rules



This contest is open to filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience who reside, work, or attend school or university in the state of Georgia. 

Content Requirements

  1. Film must focus on the impact of human behavior on the world’s oceans, and should highlight one of six key issues of the Ocean Connections theme. What actions do we take (or not take) each day that may affect ocean health, regardless of where we live? We make daily choices about our energy and water use, transportation, food, consumer products, and keeping our waterways clean. Your film should focus on one key issue from the list, and should establish a connection between the key issue and the health of the ocean. Ideally your film will highlight eco-positive actions that ‘do the right thing’ for the ocean.
  2. Film must be rated G.
  3. Film must be entered into one of two categories: “Ocean Connections Short Films” must be between 1 and 4 minutes long. “Ocean Connections Public Service Announcements” must be 30 seconds long.
  4. Film must include 5 seconds of black screen both at the beginning and end, which will not count toward the film’s total running time.
Submission Requirements
  1. Film and completed submission form must be submitted electronically using
  2. High definition videos are strongly encouraged (1280x720 or 1920x1080). Suggested frame rates are 24fps (23.98) or 30fps (29.97).
  3. There is NO entry fee.
  4. Film must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2017. 
  5. Film must comply with OFFICIAL RULES. Failure to comply will result in disqualification. Rights are reserved by the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County (ACC) to disqualify a contestant who submits a film that is deemed to be offensive, libelous, slanderous, inflammatory or otherwise inappropriate in any way for this film contest. ACC is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete or in violation of copyright laws. Films will remain the property of the ACC Water Conservation and may be reproduced.

Evaluation Criteria

The judges will score films based on:
  1. Effective demonstration of connection to ocean Originality 
  2. Production quality
  3. Conservation/Stewardship message.

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