ITG Comedy & Climate Change Short Video Competition

1st place: $400 prize
2nd place: $250
3rd place: $100

Competition Details

Humor is a tool underutilized in the area of climate change; yet comedy has power to effectively connect people, information, ideas, and new ways of thinking/acting.

In this 4th annual competition, we seek to harness the powers of climate comedy through compelling, resonant and meaningful VIDEOS – up to 3 minutes in length – to meet people where they are, and open them up to new and creative engagement.

Award Criteria

Successful entries will have found the funny while relating to climate change issues. Each entry will be reviewed by a committee composed of students, staff and faculty at CU-Boulder.

Application Requirements

#1. 1-2 page pdf description of entry, including

– title of creative work,
– names and affiliations of all authors/contributors,
– contact information of person submitting the entry,
– a statement of permissions for use of content, as necessary, and
– a 100-word description of the work.

#2. A link to the up-to-3-minute composition, posted on Youtube or Vimeo or the like


Must be a citizen of Planet Earth; work created since January 2017 is accepted; works must be less than 3 minutes in length, captured through video; CU-Boulder employees are not eligible.

Submission Deadline

April 15: entries due to
April 30: applicants informed of decisions


Max Boykoff, Associate Professor
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies (CIRES) Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR)
Environmental Studies Program
University of Colorado Boulder

Beth Osnes, Associate Professor
Department of Theater and Dance
University of Colorado Boulder

Rebecca Safran, Associate Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department
University of Colorado Boulder

This initiative is part of the Inside the Greenhouse project at CU-Boulder. This project acknowledges that, to varying degrees, we are all implicated in, part of, and responsible for greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. We treat this ‘greenhouse’ as a living laboratory, an intentional place for growing new ideas and evaluating possibilities to confront climate change through a range of mitigation and adaptation strategies.

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