An environmental film competition for Southern California high school students.

SoCal high school students: grab your cell phones, video cameras, and microphones—your voice and creativity can change the planet. The GreenShorts environmental short film contest is a platform to showcase your ideas, commentary, and vision for our city and the world. You may submit one short film for each category and films must feature the Southern California Area—creative liberty is encouraged.

2020 Season is now open! Deadline to enter your film—March 27, 2020

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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 was December 7th, 2019 from 8:30 am-3:00 pm at UCLA.

UCLA student mentors will provide remote mentoring for student’s environmental science films. Mentors will play a vital role in developing students’ science backing for their films and network. We are partnering with and MY HERO Project to host two workshops next year on script/storyboard and video production.

Video workshop is on February 9, 2020 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm at New Roads High School in Santa Monica.

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Awards, Rules and Terms

Awards & Prizes

  • Best Film: $750
  • 2nd Place: $500
  • 3rd place: $250


  • Films should be 2-3 minutes
  • Films may be created by an individual or a team
  • Individuals or teams are limited to one film per category
  • Participants must be enrolled in high school and under 19 years old


  • Finalists are required to attend the award ceremony in May 2020 (Date TBA).
  • Through film submission, UCLA IoES is granted the right to use the film for promotional, but not commercial, purposes


We are immensely grateful to the people and organizations whose support ensures the success of this project. The Skyscrape Foundation, along with Tina and John Quinn — your vision and generosity give young scientists and creatives across California a boost forward. Thank you.