Last month, the #IWTMekong Short Film Competition concluded with wonderful results for one of The American School students, Peter Phan (grade 12), who won both the Student Prize and Viral Prize.

Peter’s incredible short film “Breath” about rhino conservation won the heart of the competition’s jury as well as those of other viewers, which helped it become the most shared film of the competition, hence the Viral Prize.

#IWTMekong Short Film Competition is initiated by The UK Government and the Luang Prabang Film Festival, in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), to draw attention to the crucial issue of wildlife trafficking in the Mekong region. We are extremely proud to see our beloved student take what they learn at TAS, combined with their talent and passion for change to contribute a voice to wildlife protection and make this world a better place.

Being the Student Prize and Viral Prize winner, Peter Phan receives the total of $3000 USD in prize money, including $1000 USD for the Student Prize, and $2000 USD for the Viral Prize. To further support rhino conservation, he decides to donate his $2000 USD Viral Prize money to Wild Rhino – a campaign aiming to engage and educate young Vietnamese students about the myths and false beliefs that surround the use of rhino horn products.

As the Student Prize winner, Peter is also invited to the 9th Luang Prabang Film Festival, which will take place on 7-12 December 2018. We congratulate him on this amazing opportunity, and will continue to show our support for him in his future endeavors.

For the meantime, please enjoy “Breath”: