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Defend the Gulf Short Film Showcase

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Calling All Filmmakers and Videographers! Environmental Short Film Competition

New Orleans, LA – The Defend the Gulf Short Film Showcase is now accepting submissions of short films and PSA’s to help tell the stories of the Gulf’s environmental issues and support Gulf Restoration Network’s work to restore and protect the Gulf. Filmmakers and videographers, both amateur and professional, can use their creative talents to help restore the Gulf of Mexico’s coast and communities, win big prizes for their work, and have their short film shown all over the country!

“From the history of the Atakapa-Ishak tribe that has witnessed the wetlands disappear over generations to not being able to surf off the panhandle of Florida due to the BP oil disaster, the Gulf has many an environmental story to tell,” said Dan Favre, Communications Director at Gulf Restoration Network, “Video is a great way to share these stories, and we want to see yours!”

A panel of judges will award prizes for Best Short Video (maximum length of 7 minutes) and Best PSA (maximum length of 25 seconds), and a People’s Choice Award will be chosen by the public. Winners of the Best Short Video and Best PSA categories will receive prizes valued at over $1,000, including 2 VIP Weekend passes to Voodoo Music Experience and more. The videos will also be featured in the 2012 Defend the Gulf Short Film Series that will be screened at over 200 events hosted by GRN volunteers, the Timecode:NOLA FFone Film Festival in New Orleans, and the Voodoo Music Festival.

“Everyone has an important story to tell about the Gulf. While we can’t give everyone prizes, we’re excited to see all the videos that come in, from the compelling interview shot on a cell phone camera to the professionally-edited documentary trailer,” said Charitable Film Network Director, Jerald L. White.

“From exposure at Voodoo Fest to mingling with other filmmakers at Timecode:NOLA FFone, the Defend the Gulf Short Film Showcase will be a great opportunity to expand our community of filmmakers and Gulf conservationists,” said Randy Perez, producer of Timecode:NOLA.

The Defend the Gulf Short Film Showcase is a joint initiative of the Gulf Restoration Network (, Timecode:NOLA (, and the Charitable Film Network (, in partnership with Voodoo Music Festival.

For detailed submission guidelines, please visit