The Beneath the Waves – Youth Making Ripples Film Competition – is an opportunity for K-12 students (< 18 years of age) to use their creative talents and serve as a voice for our oceans. We encourage elementary, middle and high school students to create their own marine related film on a topic of their interest. All submission must be less than 5 minutes. The message of your film can focus on an interesting marine topic, a specific marine related problem or issue, or a call to action for conservation.
The Youth Making Ripples Competition student films debuted to the public in 2014. The competition was held at Florida Institute of Technology’s Gleason Performing arts center. Winners were selected by both 1) panel of scientific judges and 2) viewer’s choice award. We awarded many prizes to the winners!
Check out our call for submissions for 2015 here.
Award-winning films from 2014:
- Best Scientific Message, middle school: “Algae Bloom in the Indian River Lagoon” by Poojah, Anna, and Emma, 6th graders at West Melbourne School for the Sciences
- Best Scientific Message, High School: “Development and Destruction” by Ellen, Brooke, and Katie, at Palm Bay High School
- Viewer’s Choice award: “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” by Jordyn, Emily, and Erica, Edgewood High School. This film premiered at MARLISCO screenings throughout the European Union!
- Runner-up for Best Scientific Message, middle school: “Black Muck in the Indian River Lagoon” by Tian, 6th grader at West Melbourne School for the Sciences
- Runner-up for Best Scientific Message, high school: “Ghost Fishing” by Dean and Ty, Palm Bay High School. This film premiered at MARLISCO screenings throughout the European Union!
- ”Beach Cleanup” by the Brevard Zoo Teen Conservation Team premiered at MARLISCO screenings throughout the European Union!
How to Submit Your Film:
All films must be on a marine related topic and must be less than 5 minutes in length. There is NO submission fee for the Youth Making Ripples Competition. Films should be submitted by December 5th, 2014. Films may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending a DVD, or flash drive with the movie file to:
Philip Gravinese and Dr. Lauren Toth
Department of Biology
Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901
All Youth Making Ripples applications should include:
- The student’s name and address
- Student’s school of attendance
- Student’s and legal guardian’s email address
- Student’s and legal guardian’s phone number.
- Teacher’s email address
- The Beneath the Waves film release form, which must be signed by a legal guardian if under the age of 18.
- We encourage submissions to use open access media or to take their own footage
- Media (i.e., images, music, etc.) used from the internet MUST adhere to copyright laws to be considered for submission to the film festival
- For the full details please see our call for submissions document
- Please review copyright issues prior to submission
Film can be a powerful hands-on strategy to help students retain content knowledge and increase learning gains. Incorporate Ocean Literacy standards into your lessons, and challenge your students to link their films to Ocean Literacy Principles.
Check out our filmmaker resources on tips and tricks to get your students started.
Opportunities for Youth Making Ripples Finalists:
Last year 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 (insert 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).
In addition to cash prizes, we are excited to announce that in 2015, Beneath the Waves is being sponsored by Scuba Pro, who has graciously donated snorkeling equipment for our winners. 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 finalist’s will be stored in our on-line database for use in classrooms across the country. If you have additional questions please email us at email@example.com