For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. Vote for the most humane, save-the-world Environmental/Social Cause fests below!

This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding variety of festivals in today’s circuit. So while we’ll still be ranking the “25 Coolest Festivals” in the general category, we’ll also be ranking the top five festivals in 10 other categories, ranging from documentary to LGBT. Now tiny genre fests and larger, more well-funded organizations alike can compete on their own terms.

This week MovieMaker presents this past Tuesday’s Comedy category and today’s Environmental/Social Cause festivals. Scroll down to the bottom of this article to begin voting for your favorite Environmental/Social Cause fests right away!

Here’s how it works: Vote for the best of the best of the environmental and social cause festivals (that also happen to be the coolest of cool) in each of five pools. The humane fest with the most votes in each pool will win a spot on the “Top 5 Coolest Environmental/Social Cause Film Festivals” list. All the festivals that make our final list will appear in print in the Fall issue of MovieMaker. This round will end Wednesday, August 21 at 4pm, so make sure to get your vote in before then!

How do you ensure that your favorite festival makes the top 5? Tell your family, friends, co-workers, anyone and everyone to vote, vote, vote!

To browse all 20 of this week’s environmental/social cause film festivals and vote, click on the arrows to the right or left of the voting bar (you’ll need to hover your cursor over the edge of the bar until the translucent arrows appear).

For more information on each fest (including MovieMaker fun facts), click on its picture, or the magnifying glass icon. To visit the festival websites, click the shopping cart icon.
Voting for the Environmental/Social Cause category has concluded. Thank you for participating!

MovieMaker will be releasing the official list of Coolest Festivals as the fall issue hits stands October 21. We know it’s a long time to wait, but as the old saying goes, patience is a virtue. Meanwhile, make sure to vote in categories ranging from Women’s to LGBT as our Coolest Fest contest winds down. Below is a list of the festivals that competed in the Environmental/Social Cause category.

Pool 1:
Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY)
Global Peace Film Festival
Dawn Breakers Int’l Film Festival
Life Fest Film Festival

Pool 2:
Mountainfilm in Telluride
Heartland Film Festival
Festival Cinemambiente Torino
Colorado Environment Film Festival

Pool 3:
Evolution International Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival
Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Pool 4:
Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF)
Do Something Reel Film Festival
Cinema South International Film Festival
UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival)

Pool 5:
Social Media Film Festival
Moondance International Film Festival
Shining Light Film Festival
International Wildlife Film Festival

Don’t forget, MovieMaker has several other sub-genre categories to vote in, spanning from ethnic to experimental, launching every Tuesday and Thursday until the very beginning of September.

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