Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How can I participate or volunteer?

A: You can contact the Green Lens Planning Committee at niugreenlens@gmail.com to discuss how you want to participate or volunteer during this week long event.

Q: Where does the festival take place?

A: The festival will be held at Northern Illinois University and downtown in DeKalb, Illinois.

Q: How should I submit my film?

A: We recommend that you submit your film through Withoutabox.

Q: Do you allow international submissions?

A: Yes, we accept international submission. Our 2013 Documentary winner was from Norway. The best way to submit your film and pay for the fee is through Withoutabox.

Q: Do you consider experimental films?

A: Yes! Green Lens welcomes unconventional and artistic takes on our theme "Our Planet in Focus." Our screeners will review your experimental film and group it with the most appropriate judging category.

Q: What are the requirements for student films?

A: If you are paying the discounted student entry fee rate, please send a scan of your student I.D. to niugreenlens@gmail.com including the title of your film, name of the director, and Withoutabox tracking number in the body of the email. Please visit Withoutabox for more information.

Q: How can I support the festival?

A: Green Lens would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. If you are interested in making a financial or in-kind donation, please contact us at niugreenlens@gmail.com.