Uniting4Climate VR/360-Video Pitch Competition
The #Uniting4Climate VR/360-video pitch competition is part of a communications campaign in the lead up to and through COP23 that highlights unity in support of climate solutions; countries, cities, regions, businesses, civil society and individuals are "Uniting for Climate Action".
The #Uniting4Climate VR/360-video pitch competition is part of a communications campaign in the lead up to and through COP23 that highlights unity in support of climate solutions; countries, cities, regions, businesses, civil society and individuals are "Uniting for Climate Action".
This competition invites everyone (18+) who is committed to coming together to reduce the threats to our Planet and intent on creating or multiplying solutions for immediate climate action to send a traditional illustrative video concept together with a written description explaining in detail their plans for the production of a 360-video (Virtual Reality) on how we are "Uniting for Climate Action."
The video pitch submissions could highlight solutions to overcoming climate threats for vulnerable and coastal communities, supporting ocean and environmental protection, addressing rising and warming oceans, managing fresh water resources, preventing pollution and waste, building smarter and more resilient cities and making the linkages with other climate actions.
The submissions should describe simple, but ingenious ideas that will enable relatively low cost VR production with the focus primarily on the subject matter rather than the technique. The potential cost vis-à-vis the creativity envisaged will be taken into account in the judging process.
The pitch should emphasize the core message: "Uniting for Climate Action".
As Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, has emphasized: "We will never end poverty if we don't tackle climate change."
The winning entry will be given the opportunity to work with Connect4Climate and their production partners to transform the concept into a 360-video (Virtual Reality) production.
The winning entry was announced at the Laudato Si’ Challenge two-day event in Rome, Italy and presented during a special celebration on December 5 at 8 pm (CET).
Other special prizes or Highly Commended Acknowledgements may be awarded depending on the submissions received and the opinions of the jury.
The Judging Panel will select the winner or winners (individuals or teams of up to 5) based on the following equally weighted criteria:
  • Content
  • Innovation and originality
  • Overall impact of the project
In the event of a tie for the main prize, the winner will be selected based on the criteria described in (1), then (2), and (3). If there is still a tie, the winner will be selected based on the vote by the Judging Panel President.
The winning entry or entries will also receive special recognition at relevant Connect4Climate events, and be prominently featured and promoted through the social media channels of Connect4Climate and Partners.

The winners of the #Uniting4Climate competition will be selected by a distinguished jury of preeminent directors, artists, activists and political leaders:

Louie Psihoyos, Director (The Cove, Racing Extinction)

Gian Luca Galletti, Italy’s Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea

Bianca Jagger, Founder, President and Chief Executive of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

Susan Rockefeller, Conservationist, Film Maker, Founder, Musings

Carole Tomko, General Manager and Creative Director of Vulcan Productions

Inia Seruiratu, Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and COP23 High-Level Climate Champion

Gabo Arora, VR director and founder of Lightshed

Greta Scacchi, Actress

Jessica Brillhart, Google’s principal filmmaker for virtual reality

Louie Schwartzberg, Director and producer (Moving Art: Waterfalls, Mysteries of the Unseen World)

1. The contest is open to individuals and teams. There is a maximum limit of five members for any team
2. Participants submitting videos to the competition must be 18 or older as of August 1st 2017.
3. Individuals and teams can submit as many entries as they would like.
4. Video entries must be created by and owned by the Participants.
5. Video entries can be recorded using all devices available.
6. Video entries are in one category. Participants need to enter a standard 'Video Pitch', up to 1 minute in length together with a concept description of up to 400 words.
7. Videos may be recorded in any language and descriptions written in any language, but English subtitles or translations should be added to non-English entries.
8. Winning entries from the Connect4Climate Photo/Video Competition 2011, Voices4Climate 2012, Action4Climate Short Video Documentary Competition (2014), Film4Climate Global Video Competition 2016 may be re-submitted to the Uniting4Climate Competition.
9. Winners will be selected by an External Judging Panel composed of esteemed film, music, communication, innovation and climate professionals.
10. The External Judging Panel will judge the film entries based on the following equally weighted criteria:
  • i. Content: clearness and effectiveness of the video in narrating a story about climate change, promoting action, and/or offering new solutions.
  • ii. Innovation and originality: telling a climate story in a fresh and unusual way, appealing to a broad and diverse audience, and encouraging further thought and action.
  • iii. Overall impact of the project: main impact and effects resulting from the activity on the local social, economic, environmental and other development indicators.
11. Submissions must be received by direct video file upload through the Uniting4Climate Competition platform before the deadline: 11:59 pm EST, November 18, 2017. Do not submit DVDs or Blu-rays. Connect4Climate reserves the right to extend the deadline.
12. By submitting to #Uniting4Climate VR/360-video pitch Competition you agree that:
  • The information you have submitted is correct.
  • You hereby agree to be bound by the regulations of the Uniting4Climate VR/360-Video Pitch Competition.
  • You have legal right to represent and submit your video to the Uniting4Climate Competition.
  • You are responsible for all copyrights.
  • You have obtained the necessary clearances for people, archive footage and music in the video.
  • Connect4Climate and Partners are allowed to use and change the entries for non-commercial public display.
  • Connect4Climate and the Uniting4Climate Video Competition will not be held responsible for any legal disputes regarding the exhibition of your video.
  • Your video, including all copyrights, remains the property of the author.
Please accept all the Terms and Conditions of the competition available for download in English here .


Within the Framework of COP23, World Bank's Global Partnership Program, Connect4Climate is joining the Government of the Republic of Fiji's incoming Presidency of COP23 in collaboration with Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Italy's Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea and other partners to present the #Uniting4Climate communications campaign. The campaign is meant to highlight unity in support of climate solutions; countries, cities, regions, businesses, civil society and individuals are "Uniting for Climate Action."
Built on a wide community of partners who have joined forces to encourage climate action, Connect4Climate has launched #Uniting4Climate Competition 2017.
Philanthropist Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions is the exclusive production partner of the competition, and will produce the VR video of the winning concept. Vulcan Productions previously partnered with the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate program to produce the spectacular large-scale architectural projection and public art display of images of climate change on St. Peter’s Basilica, which was seen by an audience of several billion people, and also served as the presenting partner of the recent Film4Climate video competition, which last year attracted more than 860 entries from 150 countries.

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