'Comedy for climate change' video competition

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Type of Call: 
Call for submissions
February 6, 2017

Inside the Greenhouse at The University of Colorado-Boulder, is
excited to announce its annual “COMEDY for Climate Change” Short Video
Competition (co-sponsored by The Center of the American West)

1st Place:  $400  ~  2nd Place:  $250  ~  3rd Place:  $100

Humor is a tool underutilized in the area of climate change; yet
comedy has the power to effectively connect people, information,
ideas, and new ways of thinking/acting.

In this call, we seek to harness the powers of climate comedy through
compelling, resonant and meaningful  VIDEOS – up to 3 minutes in
length – to meet people where they are, and open them up to new and
creative engagement.  We are especially interested in pieces that deal
with issues related to the American West.

The winning entry will receive a cash prize, and be shown during the
upcoming ‘Stand Up for Climate: An Experiment with Creative Climate
Comedy’ night on March 17 on the University of Colorado campus in
Boulder, Colorado.  The event will feature a range of comedic
approaches, including stand-up comedy, sketch and situational comedy,
and improve.

The primary audience will be University students along with members of
the community in Boulder, Colorado (no age restrictions will be in

AWARD CRITERIA:  Successful entries will have found the funny while
relating to climate change issues.  Each entry will be reviewed by a
committee composed of students, faculty and graduate students at

(1)   1-2 page pdf description of entry, including
~title of creative work,
~names and affiliations of all authors/contributors,
~contact information of person submitting the entry,
~a statement of permissions for use of content, as necessary, and
~100-word description of the work.

(2)   A link to the up-to-3-minute composition, posted on Youtube or
Vimeo or the like

ELIGIBILITY:  Must be a citizen of Planet Earth; work created since
January 2015 is accepted; works must be less than 3 minutes in length,
captured through video; CU-Boulder employees are not eligible.

            ~MARCH 1:    Entries due to itgcomedy@colorado.edu
            ~MARCH 13:  Applicants informed of decisions
            ~MARCH 17:  Winning entries shown at ‘Climate and Comedy’ night


Max Boykoff
Associate Professor
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies (CIRES)
Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR)
Environmental Studies Program

Beth Osnes
Associate Professor
Department of Theater and Dance
University of Colorado Boulder