For five days, the Polar Film Festival will showcase short videos on topics related to the Polar regions to the public and broader APECS community. Films will be hosted digitally on USAPECS website each day during International Polar Week, 18-24 September 2023. There will be an online panel discussion with interested filmmakers during International Polar Week in September 2023. 

Deadline for film submissions has been extended to 1 September, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET

If you would like to submit or suggest any short films or videos (1-30 minutes long) for viewing, please submit them using this google form or send them directly to

Submissions of independently created films (created by you or someone you know) are welcomed and encouraged. In the past, USAPECS featured a range of works, from feature films and academic documentaries to independently-produced videos, interviews, and news reports. The organizers welcome a diversity of submission types and topics. Information and videos from previous years’ film festivals can be viewed at:

The organizers are also looking for people to host in-person screenings this fall, so if you’re interested in doing so, please indicate this on the film submission form or email