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Want a chance to win $1,000 while raising awareness of the importance of our tropical rainforests? There is still time to submit your video entry for the 2017 Films for the Forest (F3) competition!

What is F3?

Rainforest Partnership started the short film challenge, Films for the Forest (F3), in 2010 to bring people together from around the world to raise awareness about the ongoing threats to rainforests and their communities. Rainforest Partnership is looking to filmmakers for creative short films that focus on environmental stewardship. Entries will be judged by a panel including founding judge and renowned filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor, Richard Linklater. The official F3 winners will be screened at South by Southwest (SXSW) Community Screenings.

Past Success with F3

We have had great success with F3 in the past years. Films submitted from around the world have been judged by award-winning filmmakers and environmentalists including Richard Linklater, Evan Smith, Philip Cousteau Jr., Elizabeth Avellán and Jay Duplass. F3 is now one of the most noted environmental film screenings in Austin. Last year we had a total of 122 film entries from 34 countries and 5 continents submitted. We expect to see a great turnout this year!


This year’s theme is “We the Forest”. This theme challenges filmmakers, and subsequently audiences, to find the relationship between people and rainforests. Categories include Short Shorts (films 4 minutes and under), Shorts (films 20 minutes and under), and Student (Grades K-12 films 20 minutes and under).  Deadline for film submission is February 7th. The competition will announce the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in all categories at the Community Screening at SXSW 2017. In addition, one film will be selected for the “JP’s Peace, Love and Happiness Award” and a $1,000 prize.


The screening will take place at Rollins Theatre inside the Long Center on March 12th, 2017 as part of SXSW Community Screening with a reception to follow. Please visit for more information.

Become a Sponsor

F3 along with other Rainforest Partnership events would not be possible without our generous sponsors! Opportunities for sponsors of F3 include recognition during the screening, social media promotion, reserved seating, and more! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please take a look at the sponsorship page below.

2017 Films for the Forest Sponsorship Page