Call for entries: The Eco Kids Film Initiative 2015

The Eco Kids Film Initiative (EKFI) is a collaborative project dedicated to environmental education and awareness-raising through film as a medium.


In October 2011, the EKFI screened many short films that were entered, and sourced locally and abroad over the course of five days for children in Cape Town ranging from 3 – 17 years in age. During these five days we played host to many top environmental NGOs working on a variety of issues to engage with the children on these issues that lie so close to our hearts.

In 2015, EKFI is affiliating with the South African Eco Film Festival and we are looking for submissions by media professionals, amateurs and children alike.

Films submitted should be between 2 minutes and 15 minutes in length. We accept documentaries and narratives that are either live-action or animated. The films should be made with children in mind; not necessarily be about children.

There should be a strong environmental theme, which could be about a particular environmental issue, for example pollution, recycling, organic farming, health and wellbeing, conservation, wildlife, about the beauty of nature, or about a community, organisation or individual that is making a difference.

The guiding philosophy for the selection process is ‘earth action’ and ‘earth inspiration’. In other words, films should be by-or-about people and actions that can inspire kids to take action in their own communities and schools.

Screenings will be followed by a dynamic group session lead by a trained facilitator to enhance and reinforce the learning process. The selected films will be a creative mix of documentary and narrative type films, both live-action and animated.

Although we endeavour and prefer to promote the local film and media sectors we do source films from the international arena.

For more information, email for the entry form.

Closing date: 26 January 2015


The South African Eco Film Festival is a project of While You Were Sleeping, a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO) committed to bringing documentaries with important social, environmental and political themes to South African audiences.

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