Congratulations to the winners of our 6th Annual CEC Student Film Fest! Shayna Blum and Mayu Simpson, 10th graders at Burlingame High School, captured first place in the High School Division and the Best in Fest award for their film “Our Energy,” which can be seen here.

The film festival was was held at the Burlingame High School Theater on April 18. It was a co-production of the Citizens Environmental Council, the Burlingame High School Environmental Club and the Social Impact Filmmaking Club at Nueva High School.
Shayna and Mayu received the award from Kristin Tieche, a professional filmmaker who was invited to judge the competition. She praised Our Energy’s strong narrative, clean, cohesive style and well-composed interviews that were filmed on location.

ZJ Leung and Shaayer Alam, fifth graders from North Hillsborough School and The Nueva School respectively, won the Best Elementary division for “Plastic Bottles? More Like Drastic Bottles. You can view it hereAlisa Ching, Zeina Badran and Ashlynn Wong, seventh graders at Burlingame Intermediate School, took first place in the Middle School division for their film “Dressed to Kill: The Truth of Fast Fashion.” Their film is available here.
Students in grades 4 through 12 who live or attend school in San Mateo County were invited to enter environmental videos of up to five minutes in length in the contest. With financial support from Peninsula Clean Energy, CEC awarded cash prizes of $150 to the elementary school winner, $150 to the middle school winner, $150 to the high school winner, and $150 for the “Best in Fest” winner.

San Mateo County Supervisor and Board President Dave Pine, who was a guest speaker at the event, said that he was deeply impressed and inspired by the student films that gave him and others hope for the future.