Video contest

In the framework of the 2nd International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin to be held from 6 to 10 March 2023, the CEBioS programme and the Biodiversity Monitoring Centre (BMC) are organising a short film contest in November 2022.
Are you a film enthusiast? Do you want to raise awareness about biodiversity?

Make a short film, maximum 3 minutes, with your mobile phone, then enter the contest and win prizes!

Theme of the contest: Cheers to the health of biodiversity

Duration of the contest: 15 October 2022 to 15 November 2022
Application deadline: 15 November 2022 at midnight
Send your entries by WeTransfer to concours@naturalsciences.be


Rules of the contest

The “Cheers to the health of biodiversity” Short Film Contest


Article 1: Organisers

The short film contest is organised by the CEBioS programme and the Centre de Surveillance de la Biodiversité (CSB).

This contest is part of the 2nd International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin, which takes place from 6 to 10 March 2023. The organisers intend to promote the production and dissemination of works that address the beauty of the surrounding biodiversity as well as the current and future challenges.

The contest takes place from 15 October to 15 November 2022.


Article 2: Theme and Objectives

The theme of the contest is: “Cheers to the health of biodiversity“.

Particular attention will be paid to works that :

  • take a new, original and innovative look at the theme of biodiversity ;
  • contribute to the knowledge and understanding of these themes for non-expert audiences
  • open the debate with political decision-makers and local and/or national authorities;
  • deal with the representations and collective imaginations that can benefit or harm biodiversity.

Article 3: Technical specifications
Applicants must send short films of minimum 30 seconds to maximum 3 minutes. 
Maximum one work per candidate. The year of creation cannot be before 2022. The work must be an original creation.
The Participant must make a video (hereinafter referred to as “the Video”) lasting a minimum of 30 seconds and a maximum of 3 (three) minutes, but which must be shot with a mobile phone. Videos may be edited inside or outside the phone. Unedited Videos are also accepted. 
The Video created by the Participant must be a personal creation. It must have been made by the participant him/herself or direct family members. 
The Participant is invited to respect the following guidelines for the creation of his/her Video: 
– MP4 (H264), MOV, WMV, AVI formats 
– 16/9 resolution: 1280×720 pixels per line or 1920×1080 pixels per line 

Article 4: Audience
The short film contest is open to all participants of the 2nd International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin and their families.

Article 5: Support
Each author is responsible for the content of his/her own work. All genres are allowed: fiction, documentary, animation, commercials, experimental films.
Works filmed from mobile phones are allowed.
Films must be accessible to an audience whose language of instruction is English or French. If a dialogue takes place in a language other than French or English, a subtitle is required.

Article 6: Specifications
The organiser is not responsible for any problems with the playback of the videos provided. Each submission will contain one film only. The title of the work and the name of the author will be clearly indicated on the WeTransfer file. Example: Title_Family name.

The organisers will keep one of the copies provided by the participant and reserve the right to broadcast these films during the 2nd International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin.

Article 7: Registration
Participation in the contest is free. To take part in the contest, it is necessary to have read and accepted the present rules.
The short film will be sent to the organisers
  • Via WeTransfer to concours@naturalsciences.be. 
  • Via an accompanying email specifying the title of the work, the name of the author, the WeTransfer link, the duration of the film and a short explanatory paragraph (max 150 words) on the objective of the work and the message conveyed. 
The organisers insist on the obligation to send a WeTransfer link and an accompanying email. 

Article 8: Duration
The contest starts on 15 October 2022. The deadline for sending the short films is Sunday 15 November 2022 at midnight at the latest. The works received will be kept as an archive by CEBioS and the CSB.

Article 9: Copyright
Participants in the contest must hold the copyright to their work. This concerns in particular the music of the films: a short film that uses a musical extract without having the right to do so will not be accepted.

Article 10: Rights to use the works
Within the framework of the actions linked to the short film contest “Cheers to the health of biodiversity“, the organisers will have the right to use the works received :
a) during public screenings
b) by broadcasting on the organisers’ websites
c) as well as with the conference partners.
The works will be used exclusively for awareness raising purposes and any commercial use is excluded. Participants agree to allow the organisers to host the selected works on the Internet and to distribute them free of charge. In the event of uses not strictly related to the event or to the promotion of subsequent editions, the author will be notified in advance. The authors remain the owners of their works.

Article 11: Jury
The organisers appoint the members of the jury, chosen from among experts in biodiversity and its current issues. The jury selects the works to be screened or shown to the public. It is sovereign in the way it announces the results. The prizes will be proposed by the jury. The jury’s decisions are final.

Article 12: Prizes
The best films will be rewarded with very interesting prizes related to the theme of the contest in different categories.

Article 13: Acceptance of the rules
Participation in the short film contest implies full acceptance of the terms of these rules.