Submit to SDG Mobile Film Festival

Submit to the SDG Mobile Film Festival

Support SDG week by making short films and videos that highlight sustainability issues and community action. Create a short film about a student group supporting hunger relief, or make a stop start animation film about the harm of plastics in our oceans. The creative choice is yours to highlight any of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals you are most passionate about.

 Festival Rules

  1.  All Georgia Tech students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate.
  2.  Must use a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet.
  3.  Video must relate to one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  4.  Footage from other camera devices (drones or action cameras) are allowed but cannot exceed a maximum of 10% of the total length of the film.
  5.  Total video must not exceed 15 minutes, but can be any length under 15 minutes.
  6.  Video must be uploaded to YouTube as an .MOV or .MP4 file, and must have a 1080p video resolution or higher.
  7.  Films can be a documentary, animation, or any format of the participant’s choosing.
  8.  All film festival submissions must be entered between January 9 and February 25.
  9.  All festival entries must be uploaded to YouTube and submitted through the online SDG Mobile Film Festival application form.
  10.  Informative films must report accurate information supported by credible research sources such as: The United Nations, government entities, research think tanks and academic libraries or databases. A list of cited sources is encouraged but not mandatory.
  11.  Participants can enter multiple films.
  12.  External elements such as microphones, lights, camera dollies, and software for video editing and imagery treatments are allowed.
  13.  All people or private spaces that appear in the short films must do so with their consent.
  14.  Submission must be owned by the author or authors.
  15.  All non-English films must be subtitled in English.
  16.  No Copyrighted images or music are allowed.
  17.  Public Choice Award voting will begin on February 27 and close March 4.
  18.  Nominees will be notified no later than March 5.
  19.  The top-rated films will be screened at the SDG film festival on March 6.

Video Submission Check List

  • Have or create a YouTube Studio profile
  • Camera settings and video resolution setting are 1080p
  • Film is in an .Mov or .MP4 file format
  • Film is 15 minutes or less (credits included)
  • Film is uploaded to YouTube and video visibility is set to published
  • Include Hastangs such as: #SDGWeek2024 #SDGsatGT #GaTechSDGMobileFilmFestival in your Youtube video description.
  • Complete The Film Festival Application to submit a link to your video by February 25.

SDG Mobile Film Festival Application and Video Submission 

Resources and Support

Need help creating your first short film? Check out our list of free resources, and film equipment rentals on campus. For additional questions email Kamilah Roberts at


The Library’s Gadgets service is available to GeorgiaTech faculty, staff and students and offers a variety of equipment and technology that you can borrow to meet your video/film production needs.


12 Simple Tips for Making Your Videos Look More Professional – Blog
Changing iPhone and Android Film Setting to1080p – Video Tutorials

Softwares such as Microsoft Video Editor, iMovie, Vimeo, Canva all have free editing software programs.

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Upload Videos in YouTube Studio Instructions