Congratulations to Clear The Air Film Fest Winners and Finalists!

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Over 75 films were submitted to Breathe California‘s Clear The Air Film Fest this year and 18 finalist films were screened on March 4, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the New People Cinema in San Francisco. The Film Fest, now in its sixth year, strives to inspire young people to be a voice for their community and lend their unique perspectives to important lung and environmental health issues, using film as a medium for change. Here are this year’s winners and finalists:

PSA Category – Sponsored by CVS Health – “#BeTheFirst”

  • First Place and $300 Prize:  “Don’t Erase Your Life Away” – Lorcan McSharp, John Lamm, Alex Kong, and Dao Lee
  • Second Place and $200 Prize:  “Breaking the Chains” – Donovan Toney, Savanna Soto, Samantha De Alba, Alisa Moran, Logan Torosian, Angela Wesson, Nicholas Jackson, Alondra Carillo, Esperanza Ayon, and Leslie Alonso
  • Third Place (tie) and $100 Prize:  “Don’t Smoke Your Breath Away” – Mitchell Rusitzky
  • Third Place (tie) and $100 Prize:  Stop Asthma” – Isabel Rusitzky, Christabel Campbell, and Mitchell Rusitzky

Fifty PSAs were submitted to the Breathe California/CVS Health statewide “Be the First” competition at the Breathe Youth Media Awards in Sacramento on February 25th and we are delighted to announce that “Breaking the Chains” took home the statewide 1st Place title in the Middle School category!

Youth Category

  • First Place and $1,000 Prize:  “Put a Stop to Asthma” – Isabel Rusitzky, Christabel Campbell, and Mitchell Rusitzky
  • Save the Planet” – Najeeba Shaikh and Xochitl Coleman
  • Smoke or Choke” – Tyler Van Note, Meghan Van Note, and Colleen Van Note
  • Redo” – Jordan Smith
  • Air Quality” – Rishiraj Chowdhary and Ayaan Shah

High School Category

General Public Category

  • Winner and $500 Prize:  Fever Reliever” – Green Ninja team: David Chai, Maaike Scherff, Keith Silva, Mark Wanninger, Michael Salmassian, Crystal Cheng, Mike Cascino, Jordel Hurlow, Rikuto Sekiguchi, and Mark Sho

Audience Favorite Category

Overall Festival Winner

The Overall Festival Winner, “The Plastic Bottle Controversy – Explained” by Jeffery Chen from Burlingame High School, was announced by Rachel Caplan, Executive Director of the San Francisco Green Film Festival.  Jeffery’s film was be screened at the San Francisco Green Film Fest in April!