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).
We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.