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Santa Barbara Green Shorts Film Festival Open for Entries

By: Megan Diaz | Feb 16, 2011

Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties, CA: The Community Environmental Council, in partnership with Traffic Solutions, has opened the third annual Green Shorts Film Festival for entries.

Top rated films will be featured at a special Screening Event and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 13 at the Lobero Theatre. Winning films will receive prizes including a Macbook computer and more. The films will also be aired on Channel 17. Green Shorts Film Festival submissions are due by March 18, 2011 at 4:00 PM.

The Green Shorts Film Festival will culminate the week of the 41th anniversary of Earth Day. The Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival takes place at Alameda Park in Santa Barbara April 16-17. Details on Earth Day, which is organized by the Community Environmental Council, can be found at

The Green Shorts Film Festival is an annual online film festival about saving our planet, helping our environment and being green. The 2011 contest theme is "Powered by the People" (the theme of the Community Environmental Council's South Coast Earth Day Festival).

This year's theme encourages creative filmmaking, compelling solutions, entertaining or funny commentaries on sustainable living, eating and growing local food, sustainable transportation, energy independence and a green future without petroleum. This is a opportunity for everyone to share the ways in which we can all reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, protect our environment and reduce our carbon footprint.

Videos are limited to 1 to 2 minutes in length. Residents of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties are eligible to submit entries. General Prize categories are: Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place, College Award, Student Award (ages 18 and under), Viewer's Choice Award, and the Traffic Solutions Award. These great prizes are made possible through generous donations from Samy's Camera, the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District, Phyllis de Picciotto, COAST and the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.

For more information about the Green Shorts Film Festival, visit or call the Community Environmental Council at (805) 963-0583 ext. 105.

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