The Clear The Air Film Fest showcases student-produced short films that address topics on air quality and lung health in the community. The films will be reviewed by our panel of judges and the highest scoring films will receive a cash prize. The winning films will be announced at the March 4, 2017 screening.

Professional and amateur filmmakers who are not students may submit films to the General Public competition. The first place winner of the General Public competition will receive $500 and a screening and the 2nd place winner will also have their film screened. Winners MUST be present at the screening and should be prepared to speak to the student filmmakers about their process.

2017 Submissions are now closed


Student & General Public Film Topics

Films should be no more than 5 minutes in length and address one of the following topics:

Air Quality & Environment 
How does pollution impact the quality of the air we breathe?  What can we do to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce the health risks posed by pollution and climate change?
Tobacco Use
How can smoke-free policies help improve the health of your entire community? How can limiting smoking and tobacco use improve the lives of your friends, classmates, and neighbors?
Asthma and General Lung Health
How can environmental triggers exacerbate asthma or other forms of lung disease? What can we do to help promote lung health in our communities?



A panel of esteemed judges will review and score each film submitted.  The films with the highest scores will be selected as finalists and eligible for the following awards:

High School First Prize: $1,000
Youth First Prize (8th Grade or under): $1,000
The winning film will be screened at the San Francisco Green Film Festival

First Place: Screening of Film and $500
Second Place: Screening of Film



A panel of judges from the film, environmental, and lung health community will review and evaluate the films.  The finalists will be announced on February 17, 2017 and the winners will be announced at the screening on Saturday, March 4, 2017.  Films will be judged on the following criteria:

Creativity & Originality: How unique is the story or premise presented? How well did the film incorporate imagery, sound, acting, direction or other elements to demonstrate the message? Is the film fun, entertaining, or thought-provoking?

Messaging: Is the message clear and directly related to one of the recommended topics?  Is the message persuasive? Messaging is weighted more heavily than the other categories.

Content: Did the film include educational material? How well did the film make use of information provided by health and advocacy organizations (like Breathe California)?  Were health or environment experts interviewed?

Technical Quality How well did you incorporate lighting, sound quality & imagery?  Does the film employ good editing and flow flawlessly from scene to scene?



COMPETITION PERIOD:  Competition begins on October 5, 2017 and has been extended to Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm PDT.  All submission forms, permission slips, and films must be received by the end of the Competition Period.


        1. The competition is open ONLY to current residents of California. All finalists must attend the screening on March 4, 2017 in San Francisco to win. Winners of the General Public category must be present at the screening.
        2. Student films must be produced in the 2016-2017 school year. General Public films must not have been previously submitted to this festival and the filmmakers must own all rights to the film.
        3. For all student films, adult (non-student) involvement in the project is limited to on-screen talent and/or behind the scenes in a faculty advisor capacity only.  This includes all pre-production and post-production work (scripting, shooting, editing).
        4. Films may only use authorized content including music, images, film clips, and other intellectual property.  Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.  You must submit this copyright permission at the same time you submit your film entry.
        5. Youth actors (18 and under) cannot portray any underage alcohol, drug or tobacco use in their film. Royalty-free stock photo, illustration and/or film footage may be used if the purpose of the material is to portray drug or tobacco use in a negative light.
        6. Films must be appropriate for viewing by the general public (No profanity or vulgarity).


  1. The Online Entry Form must be completed when submitting film.
  2. All students under the age of 18, must submit a Parent Permission Form for each team member.
  3. Films should be uploaded to YouTube and the link should be submitted along with the entry form.
  4. Films may also be submitted on a disc or thumb drive in one of the following formats: MPEG4, MOV, AVI, MPEGPS, WMV, FLV. Discs and drives must be mailed to: Breathe California, ATTN: Clear The Air Film Fest, 1 Sutter Street, Suite 225, San Francisco, CA 94104. Mailed materials must be received by February 3, 2017. Unfortunately mailed materials cannot be returned.
  5. Only complete entries will be considered.

Breathe California and its sponsors will have the unlimited right to distribute and use any submitted material for its promotions, advertising, use in print, web content, television and educational purposes. Breathe California will not sell or distribute films or any submitted material.


October 5, 2016: Film submissions open
February 10, 2017: Deadline for submissions
February 17, 2017: Finalists announced
Saturday, March 4, 2017: Film Festival screening.  Winners announced.