Aquarium of the Pacific’s new filmmaking contest is offering thousands of dollars to high school students

Southern California high school students interested in filmmaking have a chance to earn some cash this spring, thanks to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s new film festival and contest, the High Tide Student Film Festival.

During their spring semester, high school students in grades 9-12 can create a two- to three-minute video pertaining to science and conservation topics devised by the aquarium. The aquarium will accept individual videos or videos created as a team with up to four other high school students.

The winners of the contest can earn as much as $2,000 and have their films screened during the High Tide Student Film Festival on June 2.

The topics include:

  • Responsible Seafood
  • Thriving in a Changing Climate
  • The Ocean and Me

For more information and resources on the topics, click here.

Three winning films will be selected from each category. First place, or the Gold Award, will receive $2,000. Second place, the Silver Award, will win $1,500. And third place, Bronze Award, will win $1,000. The prize money was donated by Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg.

“We are grateful to Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg for sponsoring this ocean science student film festival and contest. The Ginsburgs’ inspiration is their recognition that while data and discovery are the fuel of science, that science only changes the world with personal stories and the sort of human connection that art provides,“ said Peter Kareiva, Aquarium of the Pacific president and CEO.

The aquarium will begin accepting applications starting March 15 through April 13. The contest is free to enter.

Click here for more details.


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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers entertainment, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.