You have up to one minute to encourage people to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle. How would you use it?
About the Program
Oolite Arts and the City of Miami Beach have teamed up to launch Sustainability in Action, a public service announcement (PSA) contest to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while fostering the growth of the local film industry.
Miami-Dade based filmmakers and creatives are invited to submit their ideas for a 30-60 second PSA about the various ways Miami Beach is working to reduce waste through recycling, composting and the reduction of plastic use, all of which play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These include the Plastic Free Miami Beach initiative as well as other recycling and composting efforts.
Ten local filmmakers will be selected by a jury of filmmakers and local leaders to receive $2,500 each to produce the winning PSAs, which will premiere at SoundScape Park in November.
Applications are open from July 28 through Aug. 16, 2021.
Applications are now closed
What is Sustainability in Action?
Sustainability in Action is an initiative that will fund Public Service Announcements, in a cinematic style, no more than one-minute long about recycling, composting and the reduction of plastic use. Through a call for submissions, ten filmmakers/artists will be selected to receive $2,500 each to create their cinematic PSA.
When will applications for Sustainability in Action be accepted?
Applications for Sustainability in Action are open from July 28 – Aug. 16, 2021.
Who is eligible to apply to Sustainability in Action?
Applicants must be 18 years or older, Miami-Dade County residents and must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
What are you looking for in applicants of Sustainability in Action?
We are looking for Public Service Announcements in cinematic form. That said, Sustainability in Action is open to both experienced and amateur filmmakers, as well as visual artists. Applicants should have outside-the-box ideas to raise awareness about or highlight solutions in which you see Sustainability in Action. The accuracy of information communicated is important and your unique vision is a priority. Final products should not read as traditional advertisements.
Can I pitch a short film that is unrelated to Sustainability in Action?
No. Sustainability in Action is looking for Public Service Announcements that are proposed to run between 30 seconds and one minute long.
I have already started working on a short film on this subject. Can I submit it?
You are eligible to submit a work in progress. However, all judging will be based on the application guidelines. The proposed PSA must run between 30 seconds and one minute long.
Are filmmakers/artists from Broward or Monroe counties eligible to apply?
No. Sustainability in Action is only open to filmmakers/artists who reside in Miami-Dade County.
Who decides the winners?
The winners of Sustainability in Action Open Call will be determined by a jury of nationally-recognized film professionals with expertise in documentary filmmaking and local leaders.
When will the winners be announced?
Sustainability in Action applications close on Aug. 16, 2021 at 6 p.m. and selected proposals will be notified by early September 2021. You will have four weeks to make your PSA and send us the final piece.
What support will I receive?
The top ten proposals will be awarded $2,500 each to complete their proposed Public Service Announcement. These filmmakers/artists are responsible for securing their own production crew. We do not cover housing, travel, or visa costs for participating cast and crew.
How long do I have to complete my PSA?
Selected proposals will have four weeks to complete their Public Service Announcements. Once winners are notified, all selected works are due to Oolite Arts and the City of Miami Beach by early October 2021.
How many applications can I submit?
As many as you like, though we’d suggest no more than three. Give us your strongest and most focused material.
Will Oolite Arts own the rights to my film?
No. Each winning filmmaker/artist retains all ownership and rights to their completed film. The artist gives Oolite Arts, the City of Miami Beach and other partners in this initiative a nonexclusive license to show the Sustainability in Action work in perpetuity.
Who should I contact with any questions I may have?
Please direct all questions via email to [email protected], or attend one of our information sessions on Aug. 9, 2021.
Thank you to the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation for having generously provided funding for this program.
Presented in collaboration with the City of Miami Beach.