WHEN/WHERE IS IT?
The LTAW 2021 Film Festival is being held virtually again this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning in January, we are releasing a curated monthly film program in our Virtual Theatre that explores a designated topic in water issues through the lens of feature-length and short films. The 2021 season will culminate the last week of June, highlighting the winners of the Water Film Prize competition.
Access all of our film programming in our Virtual Theatre. In 2020, our films gained over 13,000 views from viewers in nearly 40 countries. Click below to register, enter the virtual theatre, and watch our films during the 2021 season.
WHAT IS IT?
The Let's Talk About Water (LTAW) Film Festival is a program that combines water science with the power of film to promote active discussion about water issues and solutions. The festival includes screenings of both award-winning and amateur films related to water issues, aiming to make water issues accessible and bridge the communication gap between scientists and the public.
The LTAW Film Festival is currently partnered with the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) at the University of Saskatchewan. GIWS offers the Water Film Prize as part of the festival with two distinct categories - an International Prize for filmmakers over the age of 18 and a Youth Prize for aspiring student filmmakers grades 5-12 to submit short films about water issues. Our Youth Engagement efforts provide teachers, students, and all aspiring filmmakers with workshop training and free resources to learn the ins and outs of film production.
The Let's Talk About Water (LTAW) Film Festival was started by Linda Lilienfeld as a medium to combine water science and film in order to engage students, faculty, and the general public in discussion about water issues and solutions.
The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) partnered with Let's Talk About Water to provide localization expertise for the event and create panel discussions for further debate about water issues.
Jay Famiglietti, Executive Director of the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) at the University of Saskatchewan, had worked with Linda on Let's Talk About Water in the past, and brought in the GIWS to provide further support. The LTAW brand now extends beyond the Film Festival, including a Water Film Prize, a podcast, and other initiatives related to water issues awareness and water science communication.