iChange: a global competition for the best 30-second video about climate change

In Short

Connect4Climate & TVN recently launched iChange: a video competition for students from all over the world to create sharp 30-second video messages about climate change. The 30-second video ad should tell a story that helps to raise awareness about climate change, promote action, offer new solutions, and inspire change.

Prizes were awarded at the 26th International GrandPrix Advertising Strategies event in Milan on May 29, 2013, and the winning video will be shown at film festivals in Cannes, New York, and Beijing. Four finalists received a € 2000 euro scholarship, the iChange grand prize winner received a € 3000 scholarship (total € 5000), and internships were also awarded to the winning teams. View the press release here.

See how students inspired change in 30 seconds.

iChange Competition Finalists

Out of 248 entries from 165 universities from 66 countries, five finalists were selected by the international jury. They attended the GrandPrix of Advertising Strategies in Milan for live voting on 29 May 2013 to chose the grand winner.


iChange Grand Prize Winner

"What's More Precious?" by Nadia Asfour, Selina Chaouki, and Elias El Hage, Lebanese American University

A young woman comes home to her boyfriend and finds that he is saving water...with a twist.


iChange Finalists

"Simple things you can do to help the Earth" by Mathilde Sahlen and Ulrikke Nordseth, Oslo National Academy of the Arts

A short animated movie about small things everyone can do to help slow down global warming. If everyone does a little we'll achieve a lot!


"The Tap" by Rolando Berry, The Mahindra United World College of India

We always look for the one who will get the sword out of the stone. What we never get to realize is that this is everyone's job, and can only be done together as a whole.


"Climate for Change" by Connor Botkin and Marco Arena, University of East Anglia

What if we saw climate change as an opportunity to transform and improve our lifestyle?

Whether it is pushing for cleaner energy or limiting practices that lead to the destruction of our precious forests, through individual action and collective effort we can act for a healthier, more sustainable future.


"Global Warning" by Nadia Morghen and Marco A. Piccinini, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia - Sede Lombardia


iChange Video Submissions

The C4C team is grateful to all of the teams that entered the iChange competition. We would like to thank each of you for the hard work and initiative you showed by creating moving, humorous and inspiring films to encourage climate action worldwide. Below are your video submission in a playlist.


Panel of Judges

We also would like to extend our thanks to the iChange panel of judges. Your hard work and dedication have made the iChange competition possible. The iChange jury includes: 

Donald Ranvaud, Producer - iChange Jury President

Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank Group

Don Edkins, Executive Producer, Why Poverty?

David Forrest, Producer, Completion Bond

Freddy Paul Grunert, CEO, Selph2 

Sandy Lieberson, Producer, Film Studies Professor

Hamish McAlpine, Producer & Distributor

Peter Mettler, Film Director & Cinematographer

Rick Rockwell, Director - Internationational Media, American University School of Communication

Luciano Stella, Producer, Distributor

Alberto Contri, President, Pubblicità Progresso & Lombardy Film Commission

Gianluca FavroCountry Manager - Italy, DLB Group Worldwide

Nicolò Bongiorno, Director & Screenwriter

Herve de Clerck, Founder, AdForm & Dream-Leader, ACT Responsible

Mario Zanone Poma, President, Mediocredito Italy

Ugo NespoloPresident, National Cinema Museum of Torino

Piero Chiambretti, Actor

Greta Scacchi, Actress

The Info

  • 30-second video competition
  • Deadline: May 1, 2013
  • Open to students, 18-35 years old
  • Individuals or teams of up to 5 people
  • Winners will be selected by a jury of film, advertising, and academic professionals
  • 5 finalists will win a trip to Milan and a € 2,000 scholarship
  • iChange grand prize winner will be awarded a € 3,000 scholarship (total € 5000)
  • See the full rules here.

View the entries on our App

View your favourite videos here: www.C4CiChange.org



Were you unsure of the kind of videos we would like to see in the iChange competition? Check out the videos below for inspiration!


Video from Mom's Against Climate Change





Video from Why Poverty?






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