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Inspired by a desire to highlight and raise awareness of both pressing environmental issues and the important role of community media, PortMedia and Transition Newburyport announce the Earth Port Film Festival to be held at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts on May 12, 2012, sponsored by Beach and Nature Company. Guided by the 2012 Earth Day theme “Mobilize the Earth™,” the Earth Port Film Festival will feature short films by independent filmmakers. Entries will focus on building the environmental movement and engaging new activists inventing, discovering, inspiring, catalyzing, or documenting environmental action through the media of film and video.

Film submissions will be accepted from filmmakers of all ages. All submissions must be received April 5, 2012. The winning films in each category will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2012. Winning films and other selected entries will be screened during two showings at the Earth Port Film Festival on May 12, 2012 at the beautiful Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts and cash prizes for category winners will be awarded. Newburyport is an historic New England seaport community of 17,000 people with a strong tradition of independent journalism, support for the arts, and a commitment to the environment, having recently been named a Commonwealth Green Community. The Firehouse Center for the Arts is a vibrant, waterfront theater and cultural center in downtown Newburyport. Proceeds from the Earth Port Film Festival will be used to support the work of PortMedia, Newburyport’s community media center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides independent and original public affairs, arts, education, and government programming to Newburyport and the surrounding area.. Further information is available at the festival website, For additional questions please contact PortMedia’s Director of Development, Joe DiBiase at or (617) 701-7678. “Mobilize the Earth” is a trademark of the Earth Day Network. See for details.