FLMS Short Film Contest FAQs

When is the deadline to submit videos?

Submission Deadline is Friday, October 31, 2023, 5:00 p.m. EST.

What is the purpose of the short film contest?

The contest is a way to engage the public and raise awareness for Florida’s natural aquatic resources, particularly its lakes. Submissions may be used to generate funding to support grants and for future social media posts.

Short Film Eligibility

Submitted videos must have been taken in Florida within the last two years.

Films subject must encompass the natural lakes and other natural aquatic resources of Florida. Subjects highlighting interaction of humanity with the environment, emphasis of science/scientific processes, and environmental sustainability practices are also considered. 

Videos must be appropriate for posting on a public website. Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. FLMS retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.

Who can enter? 

Anyone living in Florida except FLMS employees, Board members, and their immediate family members, is eligible. “Immediate family” includes spouse, parents, siblings, and children.

How much does it cost to enter?

Free entry, limit 2 videos per submission. Each video length is limited to 5 minutes max.

How will submissions be judged?

A committee of FLMS members will prescreen submissions for quality control. Submissions that make the pre-screening cut will be judged by active FLMS members.

What do I win?

First prize short film wins $600.

2nd and 3rd place short films win recognition and FLMS swag.

Even if your submission does not make the top three, we may feature your work and your name on our various social media accounts.

Where can I see the winning short films and videos?

FLMS will post all social media accounts.

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Submission Deadline is Friday, October 31, 2023, 5:00 p.m. EST.

  • Video: 5 minutes maximum, format – MPEG-4, MP4, MOV and AVI. Limit to 2 videos per participant. Please contact us if the submission file format is not listed.
  • Films where people appear must include a signed, model release form.

Selected Entries

Judges select a first, second, and third place short film. Judges select nine honorable mention short films.

Selections will be announced online in September 2023 following the FLMS 34th Annual Technical Symposium. First place receives $600, second and third place winners will each receive a gift from FLMS by mail. Selected short films will also be posted to FLMS’ Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts as well as the FLMS website.


FLMS is not responsible for computer system, hardware, software, or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections of human or technical origin. Furthermore, we are not responsible for: (i) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete, or late entries or (ii) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries. FLMS reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend all or any portion of this contest without notice if factors beyond their control, including technical difficulties, disrupt or corrupt the fair or secure administration or operation of the contest. Void where prohibited. FLMS is entitled to interpret these rules as needed. All decisions are final. FLMS reserves the right to disqualify any entrant where there is reason to believe work is not original or does not meet the contest rules. If a winner is disqualified or determined to be ineligible, an alternate winner will be selected using the same judging criteria. Alternate winners are subject to all requirements set forth in these Official Rules. By participating in the contest, you agree to release and hold harmless FLMS and its employees, members, affiliates, exhibitors, advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest, including infringement of intellectual property rights. FLMS and its employees, members, affiliates, exhibitors, and advertising and promotional agencies assume no responsibility or liability for any damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind arising in whole or in part from this contest.