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The Recycling Council of British Columbia is Proud to Announce . . .

Trailer Trashed 2011 

The Environmental Short Film Competition . . . with a Twist!

This year's winners are:

1st Place    The Lord of Recycling 

2nd Place    Return it Redemption

3rd place     Not a Moment Wasted

Honourable Mention       Can-Fish

See the rest of the the Top 10 here at RCBC's YouTube Trailer Trailer Trashed Channel

5th Place     The R-Team

6th Place     The Day After Garbage Day

7th Place     Dawn of the Dump

8th Place     Lord of the Juice Box

9th Place     The Uprising

10th Place    Jesus the Janitor

Read all about the Trailer Trashed Film Festival last October 19, 2011 held at the VIFF Theatre.  (media release)

This year's selected waste reduction theme...

The Unrecycled!

Last year more than 280 million beverage containers didn't make it back for recycling in B.C. Despite the convenience of depots, return-to-retail options and the incentive of money-back deposits, some people are trashing their containers. Studies show that while most people recycle their containers most of the time, there's one group that is collectively responsible for 87% or 242 million of these missing containers being tossed in landfills or worse. So, who falls into this bulging unredeemed container category?

  • They are likely to be single
  • They are predominantly male
  • They are mostly between 18-34 years old 

And chances are you know them or someone just like them. Now, we could wait until they're older or find them all girlfirends who like to recycle, but we have a better idea. Make a movie. So, LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! It's time to produce a spectacular movie trailer to enlighten this group and tell them to return their containers, collect their deposits, and help save the planet, one bottle or can at a time.

For more information on beverage containers, including various types, how they are collected, what they are made into and more, visit Encorp's website. For stats on containers collected, see Encorp's 2010 Annual Report.

Create the most awesome trailer and win cash and other cool prizes….

Here’s your chance to put on your producer/director/art director/cinematographer/sound engineer/actor's hats all at once and produce the most mind blowing movie trailer of all time!!

You can use animation, live action, claymation, Lego, toy soldiers or sock puppets, in any genre you like such as drama, horror, comedy, sci-fi, action, romance, musical, parody, satire or wherever your creative energies take you. 

First place: $2000 and an HD video camera
Second place: $1000
Third place: $500

And all the fame and glory you can handle!

There are a few simple rules to follow (see the list below). Please make sure you read and follow the rules or your entry will not be accepted.

Entries will be judged by a panel of RCBC staff, sponsor representatives and film industry experts.

Contest rules:

  1. Contest opens on April 1, 2011, and all entries must be uploaded to the Trailer Trashed Channel by midnight Pacific Time on September 30, 2011.
  2. Submissions must be between 30 seconds and 3 minutes in length
  3. You may submit as many unique entries as you wish
  4. Submissions must convey this year’s waste reduction theme. (see above)
  5. Entries must be in the format of a movie trailer.
  6. Entries can utilize any film genre and production. (Watch our trailer for inspiration!)
  7. Submissions containing sexually explicit material will not be accepted. We will not accept videos that incite hatred, include hate speech or depict abuse or extreme violence.
  8. Submissions must be entirely original material created by you. Please do not use screen grabs or footage from a film, TV show, video game or commercial. An homage is one thing, lifting other people’s creative is quite another and is not acceptable.
  9. Contest is open to anyone, amateur or professional, and there is no age limit. If you are under the age of 16 you must let a parent know that you are entering the contest as the prize cheque will have to be made out in their name, should you win.
  10. Your entry must include a screen with your email address so that we know how to contact you.
  11. All videos submitted must be available under shared copyright for ongoing use by RCBC.
  12. If you are going to use music in your video please ensure that you have the legal right to do so. Many musicians have licensed their work for use under creative commons copyright. Please ensure that you are not using music for which a licensing fee must be paid.

Promo Posters


Available for download (in pdf format)

Trailer Trashed 2010 Winners

First Prize        This Mug for Hire     
Second Prize
    The Re-User  
Third Prize        Night of the Living Coffee Cups

Hon. Mention    Ta7Ks Re Cups & Dead Cup