WHAT IS IT?
The Let's Talk About Water (LTAW) Film Festival is a program for combining water science with the power of film to promote active discussion about water issues and solutions. The festival includes screenings of both professional and amateur films related to water issues, aiming to connect researchers with students and the general public.
The LTAW Film Festival is currently partnered with the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) from the University of Saskatchewan, and will be a part of the upcoming Saskatoon Water Week. The GIWS is also offering the Water Film Prize as part of the festival - an internationally offered prize for filmmakers submitting short films about water issues. Finally, there is also a Youth Engagement program, which not only offers another Water Film Prize to students, but also provides teachers and students with workshop training in making films.
WHEN IS IT?
The 2020 Film Festival will be June 13-19, 2020, as part of Saskatoon Water Week. The venue will be announced in the coming weeks and a full schedule will follow.
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, and includes a Water Film Prize, a podcast, and other initiatives related to water issue awareness.