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Aquarium of the Pacific Launches Its First High School Film Contest

SoCal students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit short films for the chance to win cash prizes and be featured in the Aquarium’s High Tide Student Film Festival

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March 9, 2021

The Aquarium has announced that it will hold its first annual high school film festival and contest, presented by Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg, and is inviting students to be a part of it. Students in grades 9-12 in Southern California are invited to create short films that dive into science and conservation. The finalists will receive cash prizes and awards. The Aquarium will debut their films during its virtual High Tide Student Film Festival and awards ceremony on June 2, 2021. “We are grateful to Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg for sponsoring this ocean science student film festival and contest. The Ginsburg’s inspiration is their recognition that while data and discovery are the fuel of science, that science only changes the world with personal stories and the sort of human connection that art provides,“ said Dr. Peter Kareiva, Aquarium of the Pacific president and CEO.

During their spring semester, students can create their 2-3 minute video on their own or through a small team of up to four other high school students. Applicants can choose from one of three topics: Responsible Seafood, Thriving in a Changing Climate, and The Ocean and Me. The Aquarium will provide students with background materials on each of these topics. Three winning films will be selected from each category. Cash prizes are $2,000 for the Gold Award, $1,500 for the Silver Award, and $1,000 for the Bronze Award. The Aquarium will accept applications starting March 15, 2021 through April 13, 2021. For more information, please visit

Applications and film submissions accepted March 15 through April 13, 2021. The virtual high school film festival and awards ceremony will take place on June 2, 2021.