Speak for the Forests

For our 10th anniversary of Films for the Forest, we wanted to give our forests a voice. We chose the theme “Speak for the Forests.” This year’s theme marries our F3 work with Rainforest Partnership’s mission to protect and regenerate tropical rainforests. F3 involves filmmakers in this effort, encouraging them to explore their interpretation of this year’s theme with the intent to illuminate the vital role of Earth’s rainforests and forests in general.

Filmmakers from around the world were encouraged to use the power of storytelling to dynamically interpret this rainforest theme and create a unique, inspiring film to submit.

Films for the Forest (F3) is an annual international short film challenge created by Rainforest Partnership in 2010.  Since 2012, winning F3 films have screened as part of SXSW Community Screening every March in Austin, Texas.

Our goal is to create awareness about the importance of tropical rainforests and the ongoing threats faced by forests and their communities, through the powerful medium of film.

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners:

Shorts – Films Under 20 Minutes


JP’s Peace, Love, & Happiness Award:


Person of the Forest

Directed by: Melissa Lesh (USA)

Shorts – Films Under 20 Minutes


JP’s Peace, Love, & Happiness Award:


A Living Legacy

Directed by: Taira Malaney (India)

Short Shorts:
Films Under 4 Minutes

Big Booom – Trailer

Directed by: Marat Narimanov (Russia)



Audience Award:


A Better Place

Directed by: Heather Garcia (USA)