Locally Made Films 
How Communities are Working toward Sustainable Living

This year's film festival will take place October 25th, 2013 at Greenfield Community College’s Cohn Commons. Every
town in Western Mass has a unique history and wonderful people doing creative projects to increase local community resilience. Whether you would like to document activities in your town or explore a theme across the valley, the film festival is a way for you to share the good things that are happening in our region. Our communities face four key types of challenges: economic instability, depletion of natural resources, climate change, and inequity. This film festival will be a celebration of the emerging responses in our towns. For example, community gardening is helping increase resilience by increasing the supply of local food that is fresher, more affordable for people with low incomes, and less affected by rising energy costs.

Submissions and the Film Festival are free. For information on equipment use or training contact your local Community Media Centers.  Films may be submitted by adults or young people 18 and under.
 Applicants can enter competitive or non-competitive categories. Entrants in the Competitive category will receive prizes. Entrants retain all copyrights for their films/videos.


1. Any individual or group of people may submit a film that meets the guidelines. (See #3 & 4)

2. All entries must be suitable for general audiences.

3. Film production must take place in the Pioneer Valley.  Film content must directly pertain to issues, places and people within the Valley.  Decision on films' applicability will be established by the Organizing Group.

4. Video content must include sustainable elements in your town that can guide residents toward a resilient and or
sustainable community by 2030 in the face of economic instability, diminishing natural resources and rising fossil fuel
costs, global warming, and other economic and environmental challenges.

5. The overall film topics are primarily based on sustainability and community resiliency and include food/farming,
health and medicine, education, economy, transportation, energy, housing, environmental activism, and creative
ways of informing the public about these important topics. For more Transition Town information:

6. Films may be submitted by adults or young people 18 and under. Applicants can enter competitive or non-competitive categories.

7. a. Films will be seven (7) minutes or less
     b. All entries must be in DVD format. HD is acceptable but not required.
     c. Entrants in the Competitive category will receive prizes.
     d. Non-competitive entries are submitted for possible viewing at the Festival.  All qualifying films will be featured online.

8. Films will be judged on story telling and technical proficiency.

9. a. Filmmakers must be able to provide documented permission for participants and copyrighted materials to be used
         in the Film Festival. Music [songs] or musical score must be Original, Public Domain or used with written permission
         of the Copyright Holder.
     b. Entrants retain all copyrights and must grant permission for their film/videos to be shown on Community Media Centers'      
         Television stations in the United States and on other Television stations internationally as well as be featured online..

10. While all films will be aired on the Community Media Centers' TV stations, only 10 films will be shown at the festival due to
      time constraints.  Filmmakers may submit multiple films, but the Organizing Group reserves the right to limit the number of                                          
      films per filmmaker shown at the Festival.  The week of the event, filmmakers will be notified by email if their film(s) are    
      being shown at the Festival.
The submission deadline for 2 non-returnable DVD copies of your work will be
September 27th, 2013
Please send your 2 DVDs to
the Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival, GCTV, PO Box 807, Greenfield, MA 01302.

For information on submission, administration or technical questions

email:, visit 

or call 413.774.4288 

The film festival is co-sponsored by Transition Towns: Northfield, Amherst, Northampton,Wendell, Greenfield, Pelham, and the Pioneer Valley Institute.
Partners include Community Access Stations: 
GCTV (Greenfield), BNCTV (Bernardston/Northfield), Falls Cable (Shelburne Falls/Buckland), NCTV (Northampton), ACTV (Amherst), FCAT (Deerfield), AOTV (Athol/Orange). MCTV (Montague) and ECAT (Easthampton).

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