Video Contest and Film Screening – UPDATED




Sponsored by Ecology Ottawa and David Chernushenko’s Living Lightly Project

“Maybe it’s time to stop scaring each other and start inspiring each other instead!”


Making the shift to a more sustainable economy and lifestyle will be challenging. But many people are on board and are already forging a path towards living more lightly and building strong and vibrant communities. We are looking for short videos that illustrate some of the ways we can all live more lightly and some of the people and organizations that are doing it already.

Tell us your inspiring story or show us solutions that you have uncovered.

Selected video entries will be shown as part of the Spring Into Action – Visions
of Living Lightly Video Festival
on April 4, 2009, from 1 to 4 pm at the Library and Archives Canada Theatre, 395 Wellington St.,
Ottawa, ON.


Contest Rules

  1. Length: All videos will be between 2 and 5 minutes in length, including credits.
  2. Format: Contest entries will be on DVD and authored to be played on a DVD player or computer (2 labeled copies, with the title, contact name and running time)
  3. Language: Entries will be in either French or English, or both.
  4. Categories: (i) Under 25 years of age; (ii) 25 years and older [note: changed from 21 years]
  5. Content: Entries may be either documentary or dramatic. What matters is that they illustrate ways of living more lightly — that is, living with a lighter impact on the planet but with a positive, solutions-oriented outlook. We want to see inspiring stories, practical solutions, fun and fulfilling approaches to big tasks or small. We do not want to see stories buy viagra without consultation about problems. We know all that. What can we do about the problems/challenges? Any subject matter related to Living Lightly is appropriate:
    1. Saving Resources (water, energy, materials)
    2. Growing or serving food
    3. Transportation
    4. Reduce, re-use, recycle
    5. Building and rebuilding vibrant communities
    6. Being the change you wish to see – walking your talk.
    7. Art, music and theatre with a message of living lightly
    8. You name it – if in doubt, send us a message and test your idea..
  6. Permissions: All entries must be accompanied by a signed entry form confirming that you have the permission of all identifiable subjects and music rights holders. All identifiable individuals in your film should sign a Release Form. You can download a standard model release form HERE.
  7. Local content:
    1. Films must have been shot within the cities of Ottawa and/or Gatineau.
    2. Contestants must live within the City of Ottawa or Gatineau



Entries must arrive at the address below by March 18, 2009. They must be accompanied by a completed entry form. Click HERE to download.



Films will be judged by active members of the Ottawa film/video and environmental community.




Prizes will be awarded to the best films in both the Under-25 and 25-plus age categories. Additional prizes may be awarded to honorable mention recipients in each category.

An Audience Choice Award will also be given based on audience voting at the Festival.



For more information about the contest, contact:

Erin Ellis, Ecology Ottawa, 613-316-7824 or

David Chernushenko, The Living Lightly Project, 613-730-0870 or

Send video entries on DVD to:
David Chernushenko
99 Seneca St.
Ottawa, ON  K1S 4X8

2 Responses to “Video Contest and Film Screening – UPDATED”

  1. Jay Says:

    It would be nice if the video competition was opened up to submissions from Ontario communities.

  2. David Chernushenko Says:

    Hello Jay,
    I am hoping that other communities will take this idea/concept and create their own versions. Our goal was actually to encourage more local action/solutions by showing local action/solutions, hence the community focus. For this reason, and the fact that Ecology Ottawa focuses exclusively on the Ottawa area, that is why this particular event has the regional focus.
    David C