One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest Winners Announced

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Burbank students win One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest!  This year, the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest drew a record 157 entries from as close as River Forest, Illinois, to as far away as Hawi, Hawaii, with film topics ranging from plastic pollution to E-waste to fast fashion.  The top prize for grades 9 to 11 is $350, grades 6 to 8 win $200, and grades 3 to 5 compete for $100.

Elementary School Winners:  

“Plastic in the Ocean” by Patricia Lucaszczyk and Adriana Talavera,

4th grade, Luther Burbank Elementary in Burbank, IL


Patricia and Adriana act out short vignettes in their 4-minute film in order to bring their message to life: too much plastic pollution in the ocean endangers marine life and eventually us. The girls explain how the plastic got there and what we can do about it. Over one billion pounds of garbage is dumped in the ocean every year. For example, 80 percent of plastic water bottles wind up in the ocean, with only nine percent being recycled. Patricia and Adriana demonstrate how easy it is to use reusable water bottles and reusable bags; turn down straws; and participate in beach cleanups.

Why did the girls enter the contest? “So we can show people that they are hurting our world, and there are many simple ways that you can help prevent ocean pollution,” wrote Adriana in their contest submission. “This could harm many animals,” added Patricia.

Winning films that premiered as a part of the One Earth Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Center on March 2, 2019 can be viewed at

Congratulations Patricia Lucaszczyk and Adriana Talavera!!


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