Congratulations to the 2021 Winners of the Film Fest!

Film Fest Overall Beat in Festival winner

Kayla Ling

Kayla Ling, a seventh grader at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, was named the Overall Best in Festival winner of the fourth annual 2021 CEC Student Film Fest on March 23, which was cosponsored by the Citizens Environmental Council (CEC) and the Burlingame Environmental Club (BEC) of Burlingame High School. Her video, “We Have a Climate Crisis – Who’s to Blame?” also was the winner of the Middle School Category for the Film Fest. Kayla lives in Hillsborough.

Elaina Newman, a fifth grader at Franklin School in Burlingame, was the winner in the Elementary School Category for her video, “The Climate Cost of Clothing,” while Jamison Chow, Katie Hong and Ashley Stewart of San Mateo High School won in the High School Category for their video, “Effects of Rising Sea Levels.”

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. There were 22 submissions. CEC awarded cash prizes of $100 to the Elementary School winner, $150 to the Middle School winner and $350 to the High School winners.

In addition to the cash prize for winning the Middle School Category, the Overall Best in Festival winner, Kayla Ling, will be a guest on the podcast, “Earth to Humans,” and receive a complimentary pass to the Women in Film San Francisco Bay Area event.

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.

The Film Fest is cosponsored by the Burlingame Environmental Club (BEC) at Burlingame High School. BEC also conducts a free filmmaking workshop in January and hosts a film festival in March, previously live at Burlingame High but now virtually via Zoom, where videos are screened and winners are announced.

In addition to creativity, videos should present accurate, referenced information that support the message filmmakers seek to convey. Check back early in 2022 to learn details about the next Film Fest.

CEC Student Film Fest Winners

2021

Elementary School: Elaine 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