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Forests for People: UN International Short Film Contest

200 million people. 193 countries.
One amazing portrait of how forests sustain us

See the 5 winning videos and the 21 finalists!

In 2013, the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat, together with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and leading nature filmmakers worldwide, invited you to take part in a first-ever global multimedia initiative. One that will unite 200 million people in 193 countries to remind all of us just how vital forests are.

About the 2013 contest

Forests for People short film contest invited everyone, in every part of the world, to create and share a personal film about their own relationship to the forest. How it inspires you. Shelters you. Nurtures you. Contributes to your life, or even makes life possible.

How the film was created was entirely up to you. The main focus was to use whatever you have to tell your story in up to 5 minutes or less. Every type of media, from video cameras to mobile footage, animation to photos, was welcome. You didn't have to be a professional filmmaker.

Each new entry opened a unique window on our unique human connections to the forest. Together, they helped everyone see forests in a compelling new light.

How to enter

Once you have created your film, entering it is easy. Just visit our contest page on Withoutabox, follow the simple steps, and your film will be entered in no time. You can do it from any computer, anywhere in the world, and your information will be securely held.

Judging and finalists

The contest ended on 22 February 2013. The international jury selected 15 semi-finalist and five finalist films to be premiered at the April 2013 meeting of the United Nations Forum on Forests in Istanbul, and at the 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The winners were also invited to attend the film premiere at the United Nations Forum on Forests meeting in Istanbul, with travel support included.


The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat wishes to thank the following for their generous assistance: BBC Motion Gallery, Footage Search, Inc., Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, National Geographic Society, Tomato, Traffic Concept and Film, and all of the filmmakers who donated their time and expertise.

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