2017 Green Ninja Film Festival

This year was the fourth Annual Green Ninja Film Festival! More than one hundred films were submitted from eight U.S. middle schools this year. The winners were selected by the Green Ninja judges while the audience voted for the People’s Choice Award. You can watch any of the finalist films by clicking the images below.

These films were developed as part of the Green Ninja Film Academy (GENIE) program. Eight middle schools and over six-hundred students participated in this five-week intervention designed to encourage scientific storytelling. Students focused on narrative, science, and filmmaking to create an engaging short film about a climate solution. Each team of filmmakers collaborated with a Green Ninja story mentor during the writing and creation process to help expand on their ideas. A digital science portfolio accompanied the film to explain the scientific concepts and to reflect on the potential impact of the film’s climate solution.


Judges’ Choice Award

Call to Action Award

Creative Story Award

Deforestation Return of the Green Ninja Lean on Green
Filmmakers Filmmakers Filmmakers
Nicole Benton Mari Steiner Thomas Mathew
Julia Ocher Mimi Mogen Shailee Nanvati
Yesenia Orozco Sid Polston Alexis Houle
Megan Marshall Paul Hosemann Akash Vig
Divna Miladinovic  Sindhi Saggeri
Jason Co
School School School
Rolling Hills MS Hillcrest ES Cabrillo MS


People’s Choice Award

Featured Film

Maruto The Return of the Green Ninja
Filmmakers Filmmakers
Lorenzo Beronilla Ofek Shoichet
Ethan Buriel Cade Hudgens
Vedansh Goenka Brayden Bautista
 Amanda Kay James Hoang
  James Phan
  Salma Sanchez
School School
Cabrillo MS Prospect HS


Additional Finalists

The Bribe Smoke Ninja Lego Lessons
Filmmakers Filmmakers Filmmakers
Alexias Lozano Johnny Pham Rishab Gupta
Edwin Hurtic Andrew Miguel Vivek Atmuri
Betty Tekleab David Rosales Amy Zhou
Grady Boger Maria Canero Lopez
Camila Gonzales Jessica Wang
Alexa Arancio Diego Dacaret
Mia Rogers
School School School
Rolling Hills MS Renaissance Academy II Cabrillo MS


Santa’s Fight with Global Warming The Charger Trump Faces Climate Change
Filmmakers Filmmakers Filmmakers
Miles Brockbank Alina Jasper Saba
Ruth Chew Diya Audrey Campbell
Alex Grace Vrishan Axel Ljung
Diego Young  Avni  Cy Coldiron
School School School
Hillcrest ES Kennedy MS Hillcrest ES


The Coal Factory Crystal Clear Time Traveling Green Ninja
Filmmakers Filmmakers Filmmakers
Aydin Cunningham Laetitia Faye Spencer Clark
David Cabrera Ariana Knabe Ashley Yorozu-Suttle
Sanya Joura Christian Delfosse Alejandra Mart
Diana Castaneda  Celia Bender  Page Plaisted
 Francis Faye
 Jalen Akinsanya
School School School
Taylor ES Maryland Avenue Montessori School Hillcrest ES


Attack of CO2000 A World Broken
Filmmakers Filmmakers
Caleb Sandoval  Saurav Gandhi
Emily Garnica Hasitha Dangeti
Anthony Lopez Amberlyn Edens
Eliab Perez  Curtis Leung
Andrea Machuca Will Zhou
School School
Ida Jew Academy Cabrillo MS
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