Film Festival

We are pleased to announce the Society for Ecological Restoration 2023 Film Festival competition, which will be held at the 10th World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Darwin, Australia.

The competition is open to existing and new films which embody the principles of ecological restoration and explore the relationship between people, science, restoration, and the environment. Films may be submitted by both students and professionals in the field of ecological restoration as well as established or emerging film makers. We particularly encourage submissions from first nations and aboriginal peoples from Australia and around the world.

1) Student and Ecological Restoration Professionals

  • Short films, < 5 minutes
  • New films only
  • Little to no past experience in film making

2) Open Category and Established Filmmakers

  • Short films, 2 – 15 minutes
  • Feature films, > 20 minutes
  • New or existing films

Selected films will be shown in person in Darwin in September 2023 with the winner announced at the end of the festival. Prizes are available for each category and selected filmmakers will have the opportunity to pitch their submissions to Australian based producers for further development or publication.

Students and ecological restoration professionals also have the opportunity to participate in a free training course. The local committee is developing an online film course that takes students through the process of developing, planning and making a short film that engages the viewing audience with their field of study and/or practice.

Please fill out the online form to receive more information about the film festival here. If you have questions pertaining to the film festival, please direct them to

For rules, cost of submission and additional information about submitting your film, check out our FilmFreeway page.