Green Team

Green Team Film Festival

The Kentucky Green Team Online Film Festival is a new initiative designed to highlight sustainable environmental practices. During the summer of 2008, First Lady Jane Beshear asked Green Team members to send in their suggestions on how we can inspire, teach, and encourage others to take steps to improve our world’s environment. She was especially interested in ideas to involve the youngest generation of Kentuckians, who will inherit these problems if they are not addressed today. The winning submission, to host an online film festival in which Kentuckians could submit a film educating the public on energy conservation, was inspired by Syandene Evans, a freshman at Henry Clay High School in Lexington.

There are three categories for submissions:

  • Thirty-second public service announcement that encourages Kentuckians to reduce their energy consumption.

  • Short film (ten minutes or less in length) that highlights environmentally friendly, energy-saving actions that anyone can and should perform.

  • Short film (ten minutes or less in length) that presents an invention, new device, or new idea that would help reduce energy consumption in Kentucky.

There is a cash prize of $1,000.00 in each category. Prize money is being donated by the Louisville Film Society, a co-sponsor of this contest.

Public voting on the submitted films will begin on February 1, 2009 and continue through March 15, 2009. You’ll be able to follow the link to our YouTube channel and view the submitted films. On this site, there will be a web form listing all films, and the public may vote for their choices in each category. The top ten vote-getters in each of the three categories will be announced on March 16, 2009, and their films will be embedded for viewing on this site. Our celebrity judges will choose one winner from the top ten vote-getters in each of the three categories.

The competition finalists will be judged by a panel of celebrities with Kentucky roots.

The Winners

Energy-Saving Innovation Film

Environmentally-Friendly Habits Film

Public Service Announcement

Contest Judges

  • Actresses
    • Ashley Judd
    • Florence Henderson
    • Laura Bell Bundy
  • Environmental activist Robert Kennedy, Jr.

  • Award-winning film directors
    • Gus Van Sant
    • Gill Holland
  • Popular rap group Nappy Roots

  • Author Silas House

  • University of Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie

  • Radio Host Bob Edwards

Festival Rules

Learn the festival rules by watching this film made for kids, by kids!


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