YOUTH MAKING RIPPLES

Since we started the Youth Making Ripples competition in 2014, we have received hundreds of films from student-filmmakers around the country and around the world. Each year, we select 15–20 top films to be screened at the Youth Making Ripples premiere event in January and up to 30 films to be showcased at other Youth Making Ripples events throughout the year. The top finalists are judged for scientific accuracy by our scientific review panel. Each year, we award $200 cash awards to the winners for the best scientific message for both the elementary-middle school, and high school categories. We also award a $150 cash prize to the viewer’s choice winners (chosen by audience votes at the premiere event).

Youth Making RipplesWe also have a working partnership with the Marine Litter in Europe Seas – Social Awareness and Co-Responsibility (MARLISCO) project. The MARLISCO group is dedicated to stopping marine litter and also has a youth film festival that premieres throughout the European Union. The Youth Making Ripples finalists will have the opportunity to debut before international audiences at select MARLISCO film festivals. We also have an on-going collaboration with the International Seakeepers Society DISCOVERY Yachts Program which partners scientists with yacht owners to accomplish scientific expeditions and educational outreach initiatives. Each year, the teacher and creators of Our Best Scientific Message film are awarded a scientific expedition with scientists and professional film makers (travel expenses are not included but lunch is!). Finally, the finalists will be stored in our on-line database for use in classrooms across the country in additional Youth Making Ripples film festivals. If you have additional questions please email us at youthmakingripples@gmail.com.

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Past Youth Film Festivals

2014 Youth Festival

2014 was the inaugural year for our Youth Making Ripples program and we received 110 submissions from students nationwide. We selected 17 finalists using a rubric to evaluate each submission. The top finalists were then judged for scientific accuracy by our scientific review panel. In 2014, we awarded $200 cash awards to the winners for the best scientific message for both the elementary-middle school, and high school categories. We also awarded a $150 cash prize to the viewer choice winners (chosen by audience votes).

2015 Youth Festival

In 2015, Beneath the Waves was sponsored by Scuba Pro, who has graciously donated snorkeling equipment for our winners. Additionally, over $1500 in prizes were awarded, plus a yacht expedition to a local reef in south FL courtesy our collaboration with The International SeaKeepers Society and Global Oceans. We also established a partnership with the Marine Litter in Europe Seas – Social Awareness and Co-Responsibility (MARLISCO) project. The MARLISCO group is dedicated to stopping marine litter and also has a youth film festival that premieres throughout the European Union. The Youth Making Ripples finalists will have the opportunity to debut before international audiences at select MARLISCO film festivals. Finally, the finalists will be stored in our on-line database for use in classrooms across the country.

2016 Youth Festival

2016 was the 3rd year for the Youth Making Ripples program. We continue to award our winners small scholarships that range in value from $200-$250. This year, we continued to partner with the International Seakeepers Society and launched our first shark tagging expedition in which our high school winners were able to spend a day tagging hammerhead sharks with Florida shark biologists. This years finalists were inducted into our film database and many of the students films debuted to public audiences around the country as part of our traveling film festival. This year’s winning high school film, “Little Hope Spots” went on to receive additional accolades in the National Ocean Science Bowl’s film contest, and several other of our youth film makers were featured in Time magazine for kids for their shark conservation efforts. 

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