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About Our 2022 Sustainable Stories Film Fest

On the one hand, the festival wants to expose students, faculty & staff of the university, as well as the larger Houston – Galveston community, to ideas, concepts and stories of sustainability. On the other hand, we want to empower filmmakers, both local, national and international, who are working on sustainability-related subjects & stories. All participating films & artwork have to be about an aspect of sustainability. This does not only include environmental sustainability, such as sustainable water usage, sustainable energy usage, sustainable city planning, sustainable agriculture & gardening, resilience, etc., but also social sustainability and social justice, economic sustainability and educational sustainability. Films about sustainable outdoor fun and recreation and sustainability-themed music videos are also invited to participate. Productions can be documentaries, narrative films, animations, VR / AR productions, experimental films, etc. The festival is divided into a 3-day short film festival, scheduled for November 9 – 11, 2022 and a separate ongoing bi-weekly screening series of long format films, starting in September 2022. The short film festival is accompanied by an equally themed art exhibit in the UHCL art gallery which is open to the public November 5 - December - December 15. The screenings are taking place at the University of Houston - Clear Lake’s state of the art 500-seat Bayou Theater and at the university’s art gallery. Participating films and other artwork are selected by professionals in both the areas of filmmaking / art and sustainability. The festival is also accompanied by several sustainability-themed panel discussions with local experts and a vendor expo featuring local sustainability-related organizations. This second edition of our festival builds on a successful inaugural edition in 2021, which screened over 80 films in altogether 7 screening locations and was attended by over 1000 people.

2022 Film Fest Categories


Super Extremely Short Films - films up to one minute long

Extremely Short Films - films from one to three minutes long

Short Films - films up to seven minutes long

Medium Length Films - between eight minutes to 45 minutes long

Long Format Films - between 45 and 90 minutes long

Local Films (Houston/Galveston Area) - films must be either made by filmmakers from the Houston/Galveston area or ABOUT the Houston/Galveston area

Photographs and other non-time-based projects - digital photos, AR and VR

2022 Film Fest Rules

1) Every participating film or artwork has to be about an aspect of sustainability 
2) For the short film competition: maximum length for each production is 7:00 minutes, medium length films should be between 7:00 - 45:00 minuets and long format films between 45:00 - 90:00 minutes. 
3) By submitting to this festival, each filmmaker grants the festival the permission to use still frames & up to 30 seconds of each film for promotional purposes on the festivals website & associated social media accounts. 
4) By submitting to this festival each filmmaker ensures that he / she has all necessary rights to do so. 

All Submissions Through Film Freeway