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2024 ITG Comedy & Climate Change Short Video Competition

Application details for the 9th annual competition

Inside the Greenhouse Comedy & Climate Change Short Video Competition

1st place: $750 prize
2nd place: $500 prize
3rd place: $250 prize

Note: Once awarded, you must provide the requisite payment information within 60 days in order to claim the award; also the amount of your award is stated in gross and may be subject to taxation*


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 9th annual competition, we seek to harness the powers of climate comedy through compelling, resonant and meaningful VIDEOS – up to 2 minutes in length – to meet people where they are, and open them up to new and creative engagement. 

Check out past winners here:


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 the University of Colorado (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-2-minute composition, posted on Youtube or Vimeo or the like



Must be a citizen of Planet Earth; work created since July 2023 is accepted; works must be less than 2 minutes in length, captured through video; CU Boulder employees are not eligible


Submission Deadline

March 12, 2024: entries due to

April 7, 2024: applicants informed of decisions



Max Boykoff
Environmental Studies Department
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
University of Colorado Boulder

Beth Osnes
Department of Theater and Dance
Environmental Studies 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