Young Film Makers: Submit Your Own Wildlife Film!

11-year-old from Oregon Won the First Annual Youth Film Competition ‘The Wild World We Love’ Sponsored by Pacific Wildlife Care

In March of 2018, Pacific Wildlife Care partnered with the SLO International Film Festival to sponsor a new youth film award, ‘The Wild World We Love’, in the Young Filmmakers of Tomorrow category for students K-12. The winning entry, “How to Keep Wildlife Safe,” was submitted by Logan Gilbert, a 6th grader at Rosemont Ridge Middle School in West Linn, Oregon. 

Logan Gilbert, 2018 winner of Young Filmmakers Award,‘The Wild World We Love’

PWC is sponsoring this contest again next year in 2019, calling for an original short, or animated film, it is part of the Film Makers of Tomorrow contest.  Film submissions are due by the first week in January 2019. The film festival commences in mid-March. We’d love for an individual, group or classroom to be a part of it next year! https://slofilmfest.org/student-contest-rules/

Come see Logan Gilbert’s winning film in 2018 which will be shown at the Central Coast Wildlife Festival, presented by Pacific Wildlife Care in Mission Plaza on Saturday, May 12.  The festival runs from 11am – 4:00pm.  With 25 different non-profits and individuals with fun and educational booths, budding film-makers are likely to get lots of ideas for a wildlife film at the Central Coast Wildlife Festival.  Come get your film ideas from experts!

As the only local organization in San Luis Obispo County licensed to rehabilitate injured, orphaned and sick wildlife with the goal of releasing healthy back to the wild, Pacific Wildlife Care plans to use Logan’s film, and possibly any furture winning films in the education of students about local wildlife.

A panel of jurists officially selected winning entries for The Wild World We Love youth film award for 2018. The accepted films were shown at the Downtown Centre at 2:30 pm on Sunday, March 18, at the Filmmakers of Tomorrow showcase. The SLO International Film Festival awards, including The Wild World We Love award of $100, were distributed at 6:00 pm at the Fremont Theatre on that same day. 

Since Pacific Wildlife Care was not part of the selection process, they included guidelines for all prospective student entries to guard against filming which might have unintentionally been at cross purposes to the mission of the sponsoring organization. For example, the filmmakers were urged not to get too close to any wildlife.