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Third Green Lens Environmental Film Festival schedules April screenings, invites indie works

January 29, 2013

In celebration of Earth Day, NIU will host the third annual Green Lens Environmental Film Festival from Saturday, April 20, through Thursday, April 25.

Presented by the NIU Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy (ESE Institute), along with NIU Outreach, the six-day event is intended to encourage community interest and involvement in environmental sustainable living.

This year’s theme is “Our Planet in Focus.”

The Green Lens Festival also includes sustainability workshops, panel discussions led by local environmental experts, hands-on family activities and more.

Located at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb, the festival will provide student and professional filmmakers, as well as local talent, a venue to screen their films and receive recognition for significant contributions to understanding of environmental issues.

All submitted films will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The films receiving the highest scores will be shown Sunday, April 20. The films selected as the Green Lens Film Festival winners will be announced and aired during Best of the Fest Thursday, April 25, at the Egyptian Theatre.

Cash prizes of $300 will be awarded in each of the following categories –

  • Best Narrative Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Student Film
  • Audience Choice

Logo of the NIU Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability & EnergyAll films must be 30 minutes or less, and entries must be received no later than midnight April 1. An entry fee of $35 is required by Feb 1. Entries submitted following Feb. 1 will be required to pay $40 by March 1, or $55 for the April 1 extended deadline.

Films can be submitted using the online self-distribution website Withoutabox. Entrants are required to create a log in name, supply film information and provide an online press pack. DVDs can be mailed to Room 307 Lowden Hall, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill., 60115.

Melissa Burlingame, program coordinator for the ESE Institute, said she hopes that the six-day festival provides an opportunity for more community engagement.

“This festival is an important way for NIU to reach out to the community and encourage people of all ages to learn more about sustainable living,” Burlingame said.

Funding for the festival is provided by the DeKalb County Community Foundation and surrounding community.

For more information, visit or contact Melissa Burlingame at [email protected].