The future of our planet's water and
why you should care.
Let's Talk About Water (LTAW) is an environmental initiative started by film researcher Linda Lilienfeld that uses the power of film to draw attention to water issues around the globe. With the support of the University of Saskatchewan (USask), the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS), and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI), LTAW has evolved to include a podcast, film competition, youth engagement program, and numerous events, film festivals and workshops around the world.
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: Groundwater
Our program features two films that explore the ever-present issues of power and access tied to groundwater: Sweet Oranges (2014) and Water & Power: A California Heist (2017). This set of featured films is inspired by the very first LTAW event held at UC Irvine in 2009, featuring the neo-noir classic Chinatown (1974).
Directed by Nora Sweeney
Water & Power: A California Heist
Directed by Marina Zenovich
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.
WATER FILM PRIZES
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!