Young filmmakers challenge viewers to "Find Your Footprint"

The last time I mentioned young filmmakers, I was discussing college students. Turns out they’re not the youngest people making environmentally-themed documentaries: the National Geographic and P&G Future Friendly “Find Your Footprint” contest solicited short films from elementary school classes in which the kids shared their ideas for conserving natural resources.

The competition is already well underway: judges have already reviewed all seventy-five entries and chosen six finalists. Visitors to the site can vote for the grand prize winning entry; the winning group will receive some really cool technology for its classroom.

Of course, the kicker (for me, anyway) in a competition like this involves who really made the film: were the students directly involved in all aspects of production, or is it something basically scripted, shot, and edited by an adult? I thought the film on saving water from Brooklyn’s PS 8 really came through as authentic; the Daily News seems to back this up in their article about the video. The idea came from a student who belongs to the school’s film club, and members did the shooting and editing. These kids are pretty excited about their current second place standing, but, as 10-year-old Madelaine Smith told the Daily News, there are other issues at play: “”I want people to know that [kids] can do these things, not just professional grownups.” You can see their film above.

Check out the entries, vote if you’d like (you have until March 16 to do so), and let us know what you think about the work of these young filmmakers.