Computer company Epson and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Environment Management Bureau-Environmental Education and Information Division (DENR-EMB-EEID) has launched the second edition of their EcoVision Short Film Competition.
According to Epson, this year’s competition theme is “Upcycling Heroes,” in which entrants are required to focus on a certain Philippine-based organization or any individual who does upcycling, which is defined as using waste products and by-products and transforming them into materials of environmental value as a means for environmental stability.
Applicants for the competition have to be bona fide students from any year level or course from different colleges and universities in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Region 3 (Central Luzon) and Region 4-A (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon or Calabarzon). They can submit individual or group entries.
According to the mechanics for the competition, the documentary can be shot and edited with any device, as long as resolutions are acceptable for cinematic viewing. In addition, the entries must run for five to 15 minutes and must require a documentary title card provided by Epson Philippines for both the opening and closing ceremonies. Also, English subtitles are required to be embedded for the final input.
Documentary entries that were already exhibited in other contests can also be submitted.
Interested applicants are required to visit the Epson website (epson.com.ph/ecovision) to print and fill out a form. They should also submit and upload a high-definition copy of their documentary, in an MP4 video format. They must email their entries to [email protected], using the subject “EcoVision — (name of school).”
The submission period runs from Nov. 18, 2019 to 11:59 p.m. of March 12, 2020. Entrants are expected to receive an email within one to three days if their entry will make it past the selection process.
For the selection of finalists, they will be judged by officials from Epson and the DENR in terms of adherence to the theme (50 points), story and content (40 points) and structure (10 points). The official selection of the finalists will be held at the Epson Philippines office in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Selected finalists are expected to receive a notification from Epson by March 12, 2020. Once the 10 finalists get selected, they will receive an email from Epson Philippines, with an official approval to promote their videos and their invitation to the Awards Night.
The documentary trailers of the finalists will also be posted on the official Facebook page of Epson in order to determine their social media engagement score. This will be monitored from March 20 to 26, 2020.
Three winners will be selected by three members of the Selection Committee and a documentarist through the following criteria: adherence to the theme (40 points), story and content (30 points), cinematic attributes and technical execution (20 points) and aggregated number of social media engagements (10 points).
Winners of various categories will receive corresponding prizes, including cash. Winners of the Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography awards will each receive a plaque and P10,000; the second runner-up will receive a P20,000-cash prize, along with Epson products; the first runner-up will receive a P40,000-cash prize; and the champion will receive a cash prize of P80,000. The top 3 winners will all receive P16,000 worth of Epson products for their respective school.
For more details, visit the Epson’s official website.