Entries in this year’s Eco-Comedy Video Competition seem to
reflect an anxiety over what will happen to the environment under
President Trump’s administration — although the winning video was
among a few finalists that stayed clear of an overt political
This is the eighth annual competition sponsored by the Center
for Environmental Filmmaking and The Nature Conservancy. A total of
48 videos were submitted with this year’s theme: “Conservation and
To qualify, the original videos, three minutes or less, must be
humorous, communicate a clear message and appeal to a broad
audience. A panel of five judges chose the finalists and grand
prize winner, who will be honored in a ceremony next week at
American University in Washington, D.C.
The Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University
in Washington, D.C., holds an annual “Eco-Comedy Video
Competition,” based on a different environmental theme each year.
This year’s theme to challenge student creativity was “Clean water,
The winner of the Grand Prize and Viewers’ Choice awards this
year was a video called “Dude, or the Blissful Ignorance of
Progress” (shown in video player).
The Center for Environmental Filmmaking was founded on the
belief that films are vitally important educational and political
tools in the struggle to protect the environment, according to
Professor Chris Palmer, who started the center. The goal is to
train filmmakers to create films and new media that promote
conservation in ways that are ethically sound, entertaining and
All the contest entries can be found in the
comments section of the YouTube webpage about the contest.
I found another video on the center’s website that was not
involved in this particular contest but was both educational and
amusing. It was a public service announcement called “Tap Water.”