Wild to Inspire Short Film Contest

Ends on March 1, 2019

Submit your short film for the chance to screen at the 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival and join an all-expenses paid National Geographic expedition!

The Prize

The top finalists will attend the Sun Valley Film Festival to screen their films. One lucky grand prize winner will receive $1000 and a National Geographic Expedition to explore wildlife and wild places up close alongside other everyday explorers. Two finalists will receive $500 each.

The Challenge

National Geographic has mapped nearly every continent on Earth, charted the depths of the oceans and then gone further. To the moon. To the further reaches of the universe. But there is always more.

For this year’s National Geographic Wild to Inspire Short Film Contest, we’re asking you to create a short film that celebrates the everyday explorer. We believe that exploration means more than just climbing the highest mountain or diving into the deepest parts of the ocean; exploration can be listening to new music, finding new parts of your city, embracing new cultures or making a film. All it takes to be an everyday explorer is a little bit of curiosity and determination.

What willl you explore from behind the lens?


  • Under 3 minutes long
  • Celebrate the everyday explorer by featuring an everyday explorer and/or inspiring others to become everyday explorers

Films will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Thirty percent (30%) for connection to the theme of everyday explorer
  • Twenty percent (20%) for quality of storyline and script
  • Twenty percent (20%) for creativity and/or content originality
  • Twenty percent (20%) for production quality (e.g., lighting, shot composition, focus, sounds)
  • Ten percent (10%) for editing

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Only legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry are eligible to enter.

For more information about Nat Geo WILD visit NatGeoWild.com and follow @NatGeoWild on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We encourage submissions from indigenous filmmakers, filmmakers of color, filmmakers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA filmmakers, female-identified filmmakers, and filmmakers from other intersectional and marginalized groups. If you identify as one or more of the above and would like to let us know, please include a note along with your film description.

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