About the CEC Student Film Fest

Since 2018 the CEC Student Film Fest has been inviting local students to make short videos of five minutes or less that show how they care about the planet. Topics vary widely, but all films express the unique perspective of the young filmmakers on the environmental topic of their choice.
Entries have included original music that has been performed and recorded, stop-motion techniques, live action and comedy, collaborations and more. The means of expression is up to the filmmakers. In addition to creativity, videos should present accurate, referenced information that support the message filmmakers seek to convey.
The Film Fest is a co-production of the CEC, the Burlingame Environmental Club (BEC) at Burlingame High School and the Social Impact Filmmaking Club (SIFC) of Nueva High School. SIFC and BEC also conduct a free filmmaking workshop in February and host a film festival in April at the Burlingame High School Theater, where films are screened, winners are announced and cash prizes are awarded. This event has been generously supported by our community co-sponsor, Peninsula Clean Energy.

Here’s the piece on the Film Fest that appeared in the BHS student newspaper.

CEC Student Film Fest Winners

2024

Elementary School: Jocelyn Hon, Anjini Jandial, Nadya Ortiz, Bella Zhang and Sienna Wade5th graders at Hoover Elementary School – “Pollution Hurts Animals (well duh)

Middle School and Best in Festival: Ashlynn Wong, Sonia Shin and Alisa Ching, 8th graders at Burlingame Intermediate School – What’s at Steak: The Hidden Cost of Meat

High School: Ethan Lee, a junior at Crystal Springs Upland School – “Threads of Change

2023

Elementary School: ZJ Leung and Shaayer Alam, fifth graders from North Hillsborough School and The Nueva School respectively – “Plastic Bottles? More Like Drastic Bottles”

Middle School: Alisa Ching, Zeina Badran and Ashlynn Wong, seventh graders at Burlingame Intermediate School – “Dressed to Kill: The Truth of Fast Fashion”

High School and Best in Festival: Shayna Blum and Mayu Simpson, 10th graders at Burlingame High School – “Our Energy”

2022

Elementary School: Shoan Deb, Washington Elementary School – “Go Save the World”

Middle School and Best in Festival: Siddharth Chibber, Burlingame Intermediate School – “Boxed Like a Fish”

High School: Lian Wang, San Mateo High School – “How Consumerism Drives Climate Change”

2021

Elementary School: Elaina Newman, The Climate Cost of Clothing” – Watch

Middle School: Kayla Ling, “We Have a Climate Crisis – Who’s to Blame? – Watch

High School: Jamison Chow, Katie Hong and Ashley Stewart” – Watch

Best in Festival: Kayla Ling, “We Have a Climate Crisis – Who’s to Blame? – Watch

2020

Elementary School: Allison Wylie, “Climate Change Is Taxing” – Watch

Middle School: Astrid Carlen, “The Carbon Footprint of a BLT” – Watch

High School: Brian Church, Manny Barron, “Composting News Segment” – Watch

Best in Festival: Astrid Carlen, “The Carbon Footprint of a BLT” – Watch

2019

Elementary School: Mika Haggarty & Olivia McGlynn, “STE News Episode 23” – Watch

Middle School: Alison Saunders, “The Trash Task” – Watch

High School: Mark Mangano, “Plastic Bottle Pollution” – Watch

Best in Festival: Alison Saunders, “The Trash Task” – Watch

2018

Elementary School: Natalie Wylie, “Feed the Future” – Watch

Middle School: Minnoli Raghavan, “Reducing Your Carbon Footprint” – Watch

High School: Lucas Mills & Aidan Burke, “Car Pollution”

Best in Festival: Natalie Wylie, “Feed the Future” – Watch

Film Fest winner