Discussing the future of our planet's water — and why we should care.



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Monthly Topics and Film Programs

Each month, LTAW will be exploring a major topic in the world of water issues and presenting you with films, podcast episodes, and additional resources to learn more about our planet's water and why you should care. 

Current Topic: Climate Adaptation & Migration

We are celebrating the 51st Earth Day with the release of two new films that can help us think deeply about the intersections of climate adaptation & migration. This year's Earth Day theme "Restore our Earth" pushes back against the notion that mitigation and adaptation (including migration) are the only ways to address climate change. Our two films, "The Church Forests of Ethiopia" and "Treeline" explore these issues through a spiritual lens, showing that issues of forests are issues of water, too. 

Watch them for free below from now until May 20. Learn more about climate adaptation & migration on our topics page. 

The Church Forests of Ethiopia
(2019, 9 mins) 
Director: Jeremy Seifert

(2018, 40 mins)
Director: Jordan Manley


The Let's Talk About Water Film Festival is a unique program combining the power of film and the science of water to inform and engage students, faculty and the general public in active discussion about water issues and solutions.


LTAW Film & Water events have been held at universities and theatres around the world for over 10 years. Each month in 2021 we will release a curated selection of feature-length and short films that align with a specific theme or topical issue. These award-winning films will be released monthly in our Virtual Theatre as part of our second annual Let's Talk About Water Film Festival, culminating the last week of June 2021!


How does a scientist who studies water by day sleep at night? Not well. As drought and flooding get more extreme, the head of the Global Institute for Water Security is looking for answers from around the world. Join host Jay Famiglietti as he and his colleagues meet people tackling our world’s water woes.


Share your story about water science for your chance to win a monetary prize and have your film featured at the LTAW Film Festival in June 2021!

The LTAW Film Festival is soliciting short films—up to two minutes—that inform, educate, inspire and motivate people to come together and embrace our ubiquitous need to value water and to share compelling narratives on the future of our planet's water and why you should care. 

There are currently two prize categories being offered: 1) An International Prize category for anyone over 18 years of age, and 2) The Youth Prize category for student participants ages 10-18.

For all participants, we have made  virtual filmmaking resources and training modules available to help you craft your short film for the Water Film Prize competition. For more information on each, click below!

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