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Rail~Volution, the leading national conference for anyone passionate about transit, is coming to DC October 16-19. In addition to more than 75 workshops, networking events, charrettes and more, the Coalition for Smarter Growth is hosting a short film festival on Monday, October 17.

We want you to show off your best film work! Submit a film, and you could be featured at this festival. Over 300 people are expected to attend, including the nation’s top smart growth, new urbanist, and transportation experts.

If you want some great examples of what we’re looking for, check out Streetfilms makes great short films that visually show the benefits of smart transportation, land use, and development policy. One key component of their work is turning complicated concepts into easily-understood stories.

Want to apply? Here are the submission guidelines:

The Rail~volution film fest selection committee seeks entries that pertain to the broad topics of transit options and livability. They may focus locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. They may be independently or professionally produced. Past submissions have often focused on a specific place or technology, but this is not a requirement.

Other potential sub-topics include: social equity, community engagement, public policies, planning for transit, creating infill transit options, urban design, transportation systems design, placemaking and community building. All films must be recorded in English or have English subtitles.

Submissions must not exceed 5 minutes in length. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 pm EST.

Two complimentary tickets to the film festival will be offered for each selected film entry or production team. (Production teams may submit more than one film entry.) Furthermore, the film and any associated credits will likely have an audience of over 300 preeminent urban advocates.

Entrants should send a link to their film or digital film file to Clarifying questions can also be directed to

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Laura DeSantis is the Online Advocacy and Outreach Specialist for the Coalition for Smarter Growth. Prior to joining CSG, Laura worked at Fleishman-Hillard Communications, where she worked on digital and social media strategy for clients. Laura is a 2009 graduate of Penn State University and holds bachelor’s degrees in Public Relations and History.