St. Anthony Student Film Competes in San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival


Four students from St. Anthony High School’s Marine Science Academy will be in San Francisco this weekend where a movie they created about the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch will compete in the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival’s 3rd Annual Student Film Competition. 

Senior Saints Nicolette Bencito, Gianfranco Gomez, Kimberly Jaurez and Jennifer Littleford were one of three filmmaking teams who researched ocean-themed ecological issues and produced films to create awareness of their chosen topics. Their film, G-Frank the Ocean Guy–about the growing Pacific Garbage Patch Gyre, which was discovered by Long Beach oceanographer Charles Moore–emerged as one of ten finalists in the SFIOFF competition.

As part of the third annual student competition, G-Frank the Ocean Guy will be aired, along with the other finalists, before a large audience at the four-day film fest’s final day, Sunday. The entries will be judged by an elite group of professional filmmakers and ocean conservationists with three winners being announced at the festival’s end.

The Student Film Competition is open to middle school and high school studentsfrom around the world. 

The finalists are as follows:

  • Saving the Ocean – Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto, CA
  • The Ocean is In Me – St. Ignatius College Preparatory School, San Francisco, CA
  • The Journey of a Bottle  – George Washington High School, Mangilao, Guam
  • G-Frank the Ocean Guy – St. Anthony High School, Long Beach, CA
  • Cost for Soup – George Washington High School, Mangilao, Guam
  • Conserve the Cure – Tahoe Expedition Academy, Kings Beach, CA
  • This Side of Paradise – George Washington High School, Mangilao, Guam
  • Hidden Strength – Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward, CA
  • From Hands, to Land, to Sea – George Washington High School, Mangilao, Guam
  • A Last Goodbye? – Sir Francis Drake High School, San Anselmo, CA

St. Anthony’s High School is located at 620 Elm Ave. For more information on the Ocean Film Fest, visit

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.