Breathe California, Golden Gate Public Health Partnership has worked to reduce the impact of lung disease since 1908. During the last century, our name has changed but we have remained the same community based nonprofit organization dedicated to the core mission of fighting lung disease through prevention, education, services and advocacy. We work to improve air quality, to reduce the impact of asthma, to reduce tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke, offer services to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to help them better manage their illness and support research to find cures for lung diseases.

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Empowering youth to change the world.

In 2012, Breathe California began producing the Clear The Air Film Fest to provide young people with an outlet for their voices to be heard.

The Clear The Air Film Fest showcases student-produced short films that address topics on air quality, environmental health and lung health in the community, with a goal of encouraging young people to use film as a medium to interpret and change the world around them. Each year, Breathe California awards over $3,000 in prizes to the winning filmmakers.  Past judges have included Academy Award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo, executive director of Greenpeace Annie Leonard and actress and activist Q’orianka Kilcher.

For the 2018 Film Fest, Breathe California Golden Gate is also looking for students in middle and high schools to make an original anti-tobacco/nicotine Public Service Announcement (PSA) around the theme of “Be The First”, or more specifically, “What would it be like if your generation was the first to be tobacco-free?” (See details about the PSA contest)

The festival’s mission is to inspire and empower students to become advocates for change in their own communities.

The Clear The Air Film Fest:

  • Showcases young people’s voices and perspectives.
  • Supports extraordinary young people who have a powerful voice through monetary awards and ongoing support.
  • Connects young filmmakers with the larger film-making community, to ensure that they can continue their work long after the festival is over.

For the 2018 Film Fest, Breathe California will award $3,100 in prizes to student filmmakers: $1,000 to the winner of the High School category; $1,000 to the winner of the Youth Category (8th grade or below); and $500 to the winner of the General Public Category — a filmmaker age 18 years or older who serves as an inspiration to young filmmakers — plus $600 in prize money for winners of the PSA contest.  The Overall Festival Winner chosen by the judges will be screened at the San Francisco Green Film Festival.