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African Filmmakers Climate Crisis Film Festival [£1000 Prize] | Wirkish, 2021

Deadline: June 30th, 2021

The Climate Crisis Film Festival is the UK’s only film festival dedicated specifically to channeling constructive action towards the arguably most urgent issue: the climate emergency.

Unlike the other green festivals that push a conservationist angle, they approach climate change from an intersectional and systematic angle, promoting collective action; unpacking this through a carefully curated programme of films and accompanying talks, workshops, and events hosted in collaboration with a network of local and global action groups.

The festival focuses on giving viewers not only visual content to consume, but access to the tools to demand the needed change. The aim is to leave the audience with a sense of empowerment and readiness to act. In fact, 85.2% of the 2020 audience said that attending the festival made them “feel more empowered to act.”

The 2021 festival is due to take place this November in Glasgow, Scotland coinciding with the dates of the COP26. Half a million climate activists, world leaders, and journalists are all expected to be in Glasgow for the two weeks of this climate summit. It was COP21 that gave us the Paris Agreement. COP26 is expected to be the biggest climate event of the 2020s, setting the agenda for the decade.

Alongside the physical festival, they will feature a digital programme of short films. The focus of the digital content is to amplify the voices of those most affected by climate change, and will be 100% comprised of BIPOC or minority backgrounds directors, as well as non-western perspectives. Through using the exposure gained from COP26, the digital programme will allow global audiences unable to travel to Glasgow a chance to engage in the movement. The 2020 festival took place online and was a huge success! This is the second online programme and it is expected to grow that audience exponentially.

Note: This is an open call for our digital programme, not the physical festival.


A new addition to our 2021 festival will be a Short Film Award.  

  • The winning Wirker will be awarded the Ocean Bottle Short Film Award: a prize worth up to £6000, including £1000 cash.
  • The nominees for best short-film will also have their film screened in-person during the COP26 in Glasgow, at our closing ceremony.


1. Made by minority or BIPOC directors.
2. Prioritize non-Western countries perspectives.
3. Serve as a useful commentary on the climate crisis and the systems at the roots of it. We welcome films about social, economic and political justice even if they’re not directly about climate change or environmentalism.
4. Be in digital format. We do not accept physical screeners.
5. Be in English OR have English subtitles. We accept films made in any country and language, as long as English subtitles are provided.
6. Be under 45 minutes in length.

Note: Please use the code COP26WAIVER to submit your film for free.

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