Harte of the Gulf Film Competition

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Students at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies are excited to announce the Harte of the Gulf Film Competition, a continuation and renaming of the BLUE Gulf Film Competition.  Our mission is to engage the Gulf of Mexico Community through education and film and to showcase the work of local filmmakers.  If you have a short film addressing an ocean or coastal issue concerning the Gulf of Mexico, from your own backyard to the deep sea, please think about entering it into our Harte of the Gulf Film Competition.

Films should be no longer than 15 minutes and address an ocean or coastal topic concerning the Gulf of Mexico region. Films can be fiction or nonfiction. Some possible examples of film topics are:

  • Water quality and availability
  • Gulf Coast history or culture
  • Fishing practices
  • Coastal land use patterns
  • Sustainability
  • Coastal resiliency
  • Conservation, preservation, and restoration
  • Social perspectives, and
  • Economic or ecological value of ecosystems from the coast all the way to the deep sea.

In an effort to include filmmakers from around the entire Gulf of Mexico region, films will be accepted in languages other than English, but must have English subtitles. You can submit your film into one of two categories: High School or General Public. A Committee, which includes the Harte of the Gulf Film Competition project managers, will select 1st-3rd place winners in each category and each winner will be awarded a monetary prize.


Greg Stunz on film


Submission Guidelines 

Entries will be accepted until September 30, 2017

  • The Harte of the Gulf Film Competition Team is accepting film submissions starting June 1st, 2017. 
  • You can submit your film to one of two categories: High School or General Public. 
  • Your film is not required to be in English, but if it is filmed in another language, it must be subtitled in English. 
  • Films should be no longer than 15 minutes total run time. 
  • If your film includes music, license or permission of use must be provided. 
  • Talent releases must be provided for anyone featured on screen. If you need a talent release form template, please email harte.gulf.film.competition@gmail.com. 
  • Entries are expected to be of sufficient technical and aesthetic quality as to appear in standard television broadcast. High definition is preferred. 
  • A copy of each film will be archived in Competition archives, where they will be used for reference, archival, and educational purposes. 
  • If you have a promotional segment or trailer, this can be included in a separate Vimeo link, and may or may not be used for promotion by the Competition. 
  • Films should be uploaded to Vimeo with download capability and a link should be sent to hri.gulf.films@gmail.com by close of business (5:00 P.M. CST) on September 16, 2017. Also included in the email should be a copy of the Submission Form and the Terms and Conditions Form. A promotional trailer may be included in a separate Vimeo link with download capability. 
  • The Submission Form and Terms and Conditions Form can be obtained by emailing hri.gulf.films@gmail.com or downloaded below. Submission of a film into the Competition constitutes understanding and accepting the Terms and Conditions. 

There is no fee to enter this competition. 


Download the Submission Form

Download the Submission Guidelines

Download the Filmmaker Agreement

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