Seedy Shorts: Film Contest

Seedy Shorts: Call for Animation Films

We love seeds. We love art. We love seedy art. So we're extending our love affair of seeds and art into a new art form: film.

Are you an animator or amateur stop-motion enthusiast? Have a short film you made about gardening or have an idea for one about seeds? Enter our Call for Animation Contest and have your film seen by over 250,000 people!


Submissions due: February 1st - 15th (The earlier you get your film in the longer exposure time it gets online and the more votes you can get!)

Topic: SEEDS! Your film must relate to seeds in some way. Acceptable subjects include gardening, farming, food politics, seed saving and more, just as long as it relates to growing from seed. Films should be four minutes or less. Bonus for films that include actual seeds and/or Hudson Valley Seed Library Art Packs.

How to enter: 3 STEPS

1. Upload your film to YouTube, Vimeo or another video sharing site.

2. Email us the link and include your name, title of film, film length, short bio, and short description of film.

3. Post your link to the Hudson Valley Seed Library Facebook page.

Credits: Please include your name, title of film, and the following text, "Submission for Hudson Valley Seed Library short film contest."

Winning Entries:

All entries that follow the guidelines will be shared through the Hudson Valley Seed Library's website, social media and YouTube page. All animators will be invited to participate in a collaborative stop-motion animation film being made at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

The top films will be screened for over 250,000 people at the Philadelphia Flower Show, be awarded $100 each, a $100 gift card to the Hudson Valley Seed Library, be featured in a blog post, and be included in additional screenings throughout the year.

Films will be reviewed by a panel including:

Sean Kaminsky: M. Sean Kaminsky is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a passion for exploring our most pressing social and environmental issues. He has produced and/or directed documentary programming for networks including HBO, PBS, Sundance Channel, LOGO and others. For Sundance Channel he created two short series, “Save the Slogan” and “Green Man” and he was one of the producers on HBO’s global warming documentary “Too Hot Not to Handle”. “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds” is his debut feature as director. To learn more or to contact Sean directly, please visit

Keiko Sono: Keiko Sono is a multi-media artist and owner of Flick Book Studio, a stop-motion animation studio in Saugerties. She is known for her long-term time-lapse video projects which follow the seasonal and environmental changes of the landscape, often involving public participation. Through Flick Book Studio, she combines business with social art practice, using stop-motion animation as a platform to connect artists and youths with professionals and businesses of various fields. More information can be found at and

Ken Greene: Ken Greene is a seedsman, seed farmer, and founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. His unique approach to integrating seed saving and the arts has led to presentations at National Heirloom Expo, Seed Saver's Exchange, Culinary Institute of America, New York Botanical Gardens, and many gardening groups. The Seed Library has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, A Way to Garden, Vogue, Martha Stewart Living and more.

Kerry Trueman: Co-founder of, a netroots website & organization that advocates sustainable agriculture, progressive politics and a less-consumption driven way of life. Winner of the 2009 CREDO Mobile/Netroots Nation Activist Blogger of the year. Foodie, HuffPo blogger & edible landscaping enthusiast in NYC's West Village and the Hudson River Valley. Would like to be the missing link between Martha and Jon Stewart.

You, Your Friends, Fans and Others: Online viewers will also have the chance to vote for a "People's Choice" favorite. The earlier you get your submission in the longer it will be posted online!