March 25, 2017
What is the Ripple Effect Film Project?
The Ripple Effect Film Project was founded in 2013 as part of the EcoFocus Film Festival. REFP is a short film and PSA contest for filmmakers of all ages and abilities. Filmmakers from Georgia submit films and PSAs about a variety of environmental and water-oriented topics. In 2016-2017, ECOGIG partnered with REFP as a way to engage statewide filmmakers and audiences about ocean conservation topics. The 2017 theme "Ocean Connections" asked filmmakers to examine our relationship to the ocean and demonstrate the impacts of our behaviors and decisions on the ocean. Films were submitted in January 2017, and the finalists were shown at the "Blue Carpet Permiere" showcase in March 2017. More information about the Call for Submissions and Blue Carpet premiere are listed below.
Ripple Effect Blue Carpet Premiere: Finalist Showcase
The 2017 Ripple Effect Film Finalists had their films screened at a Blue Carpet event on March 25th. Ticket holders got to meet the award winners and voted for audience choice awards! The 2017 event was Saturday March 25th from 5-7pm at the historic Morton Theatre in downtown Athens. Tickets were $5 in advance or at the door.
Photos from the Blue Carpet Premiere coming soon!
Congratulations to the 2017 Award Winners:
Best Overall: Keep the Water Clean, Buddy! Yehyun Hong, Athens, GA
Best Ocean Connection Message: Transportation Complication, Ana Mowrer and Lillian McGreevy, Athens, GA
Most Original: The Water March, Banks County Primary School First Graders, Homer, GA
Audience Favorite: Keep the Water Clean, Buddy! Yehyun Hong, Athens, GA
Best Overall: Scuba Doo and the Mystery of the Water Monster, OWL Film Fanatics of Clarke Middle School, Athens, GA
Best Ocean Connection Message: Waterways Hero, Sarah Kate Maher and William Maher, Pooler, GA
Audience Favorite: Scuba Doo and the Mystery of the Water Monster, OWL Film Fanatics of Clarke Middle School, Athens, GA
Best Overall: Ripple Effect Film Project, Savannah Beach adn Mary Katherine Laverty, McDonough, GA
Best Ocean Connection Message: Ripple Effect Film Project, Savannah Beach adn Mary Katherine Laverty, McDonough, GA
Most Original: Reduce the Use, Sam Shaffer, Atlanta, GA
Audience Favorite: The Ripple Effect / Ocean Conservation, Regan Troy and Lauren Waldrop, McDonough, GA
Best Overall: Coastal Georgia's Green Infrastructure adn Stormwater Management, Rachel Hughes, Savannah, GA
Best Ocean Connection Message: Positive Energy, Holly Buresh, Jekyll Island, GA
Most Original: Down to the Plastic Ocean, Dan Aguar and Kathy Kirbo, Athens, GA
Audience Favorite: Down to the Plastic Ocean, Dan Aguar and Kathy Kirbo, Athens, GA
THE 2017 RIPPLE EFFECT FILM PROJECT IS CO-PRESENTED BY: