Earth Week Contest For Eco-Heroes

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Following its debut success in 2009, co-producers of the Everyday Heroes Film Festival, Onestop Media, Art For Commuters have again teamed up with Earth Day Canada to help raise awareness and celebrate the important acts of eco-heroism happening every day, all across Canada.

The 2nd Everyday Heroes competition challenges filmmakers, young and old, established and aspiring, to tell the story of everyday environmental heroes through 60-second silent films and videos.

“Film has always been one of the most effective ways to tell a story,”
says Jed Goldberg, president of Earth Day Canada. “We are thrilled that Canadians from all parts of the country, and all walks of life, are able to use it to share best practices and celebrate the importance of environmental action in their communities.”

Filmmakers selected as finalists by the 2011 jury will have their films screened to over one million daily commuters on hundreds of Onestop’s digital screens in the Toronto Transit Commission for 10 days, April 15 – 24 2010. All official selections will also be accessible for viewing, voting, sharing and more on the new Everyday Heroes Festival website:

“With the last festival winner being only 10 years old, we are expecting the unexpected from film makers of all ages excited to share their local eco-heroes with the world,” says Sharon Switzer, Everyday Heroes Film Festival director.

Selected films will have a chance to win awards in one of four categories: Activism; Education; Conservation; Great Ideas. The prize for Best in each category is a Panasonic Full HD HDD/SD Hybrid Camcorder. Plus, the film with the most online votes will win our Viewer’s Choice Award, and an Apple 13″ MacBook Pro Laptop Computer. Prizes are sponsored by Aeroplan.

Submission date is past for this year. Entries are being shown across Canada in Ivanhoe Cambridge Shopping Centers, and in Toronto on the Onestop TTC Network subway platform screens – a combined audience of two million people.

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