Years running: 14 (since 2005)

Reel Earth Environmental Film Fest

International Environmental Film Festival.


Reel Earth Film Festival, is an annual, competitive film festival and symposium held in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The festival is a destination event for proven and emerging talent focused on film and the environment.

We welcome diversity of film - from traditional documentaries, to fiction, science fiction and animation. We welcome a range of environment themes from wildlife and natural history, to contemporary issues, and environmental and social justice.

We encourage filmmakers from around the globe to share the environmental stories that they care about with audiences in New Zealand by entering the festival competition.


Best film in each category.


  • Festival accepts films that are up to 8 minutes in length, including title and end credits. Junior category entries should be around 5 minutes long.
  • The original work of schools, groups or individuals: they must be made by people under 12 year olds for the Junior competition, 13 to 18 year olds for the Youth competition, or 19+ year olds for the Adult competition.
  • These films should have been completed after May 2017.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form,
  • Pay entry fees,
  • A digital still image from your film in jpeg format
  • A short synopsis of your film
  • A 40 second preview file (including the title) attached
  • Send USB with submitted film by mail or download file via internet

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Brent Barrett (President); Victoria Jakobs (Director).



New Zealand
Palmerston North

Official website



Palmerston North City
Environmental Trust,
PO Box 1271,
Palmerston North, 4410,
New Zealand

Phone: 021 050 57 41


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    January 15, 2018
  • Deadline
    March 19, 2018
  • Event dates
    1 — 31 May 2018
Categories & Fees

Films up to 8 minutes.

  • Deadline — free
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