The place for high school scientists & filmmakers to shine

GreenSparks aims to spark high school students’ interest around environmental issues. It brings Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned environmental science to classrooms to understand first-hand what themes, topics and ideas excite them. GreenShorts encourages students to tell environmental stories through short films.

Students get creative with our annual short film competition and learn environmental science. Teachers get ready. We’re launching free educational web modules soon.

GreenShorts in the IoES Magazine

GreenShorts is at the Intersection of Environmental Science and Filmmaking

Students get creative with our annual short film competition, GreenShorts, showcasing the best student-produced environmental films from southern California and Louisiana.  This year, we hosted the fourth annual GreenShorts competition, June 11, 2020.  To get a sense of the spectacular films young students submit, check out this year’s winning films on YouTube.

Submitted films are judged by a distinguished panel of film industry experts including: 

  • Mark Cappellano, Director, Skyscrape Foundation
  • Wendy Milette: Director, Media Arts Education at The MY HERO Project
  • Janice Min, Media Executive
  • Ted Richane, Director, Engagement & Impact at Vulcan Productions
  • Jesse Sisgold, President and COO, Skydance Media
  • Whitney Weibel, Expert in Environmental Education and Communication


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An environmental short film contest for high school students in Southern California

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An environmental short film contest for high school students in Louisiana

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Greenshorts Mentor Program: Pairing UCLA and high school students

High School students are invited to join the GreenShorts mentoring project. Get paired with a UCLA mentor and work with experts on developing your film. Students will expand their science network and improve their skills in filmmaking. Students can sign up individually or as a group. All group members must submit an application. Groups will be partners with one UCLA mentor. Our first event is November 16th from 9am-2pm at UCLA. Deadline is November 8th, 2019.

Call for Submissions

Video by 2018 winner Harlow Schuman

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Curriculum modules on environmental science

Over the next two years, we will be drafting, refining and filming these modules, which will be presented on this website, free and accessible to anyone with internet access.

Coming in May 2020.

GreenSparks in the IoES magazine