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The entries period is now closed for our horror short-film competition, sponsored by Hollywood, Health and Society (HH&S) and Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC), and we'll be announcing the $2,000 grand prize winner this Halloween.

Plastic pollution and microplastics haunt every aspect of life on earth. Plastics have been found in the stomachs of whales, fish, and birds. Microplastics have been found in human blood, hearts, lung tissue, placenta, and even breast milk. Beaches and shorelines are regularly lined with plastic pollution, with more washing up daily, like ghosts of our past trash. The plastic pollution horrors persist, but if we collectively work to highlight these issues, we can Flip the Script on Plastics and work towards a plastic-free future. 


  • The short must highlight the horrors and/or toxic effects of plastic and plastic pollution in a creative way

  • All submissions must pass The Begley-Cohen Test 

    • A film or TV show passes the Begley-Cohen Test if...

    • (1) No single-use plastics appear on screen (i.e., the film/show is set in a time with no plastic, or plastics are replaced with refillable, reusable, or package-free options), or…

    • (2) If a single-use plastic item appears on screen, it is portrayed or discussed as problematic.