Submit your film directly on our Virtual Theatre platform. Click the link below to be taken directly there. If you do not already have an account with us, you will be asked to create one.

Creating an account on the Virtual Theatre platform is free and easy. It also gives you complete access to the award-winning featured films in our LTAW Film Festival, as well as the submitted films in our competitions. 

Update: The film entry period for the 2021 Water Film Prize is now closed. Voting for the Viewer's Choice Awards will take place in our Virtual Theatre beginning May 12. Final winners will be announced June 21 - 25. 


The International Prize is open to anyone around the world over the age of 18. Whether you are a amateur or aspiring filmmaker, scientist, college student, masters candidate, or someone who simply cares about these issues and wants to make a difference -- we want to see your film! 

Submitted films should be no longer than 2 minutes in length, and should center on water issues or science. Click below for more detailed submission guidelines. 



First Prize: $5,000 CAD

Second Prizes (4 total): $1,000 CAD each


Viewer's Choice: $1,000 CAD


Want to see examples of winning films from years past? Click on the link below. 


A captivating graphic -- data visualization, animation of model results, a compelling map, or even a personal story -- can be the anchor for your film. You may want to build a story around a graphic explaining to the public why it is important and how it connects to concerns they have about climate change.

Many international meetings already include lightning talks with a length of 2 minutes or less. You have the elements to make a compelling film and need only hone the message.

Although not required, we encourage you to form a team with scientific expertise, communications skills, and story-telling abilities. We hope that scientists, artists, and activists can come together to create compelling films for this year's Water Film Prize.

Keep it short!
Make it beautiful!
Win a prize!
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International Prize
Submission Guidelines

The following are the detailed guidelines for submissions for the Water Film International Prize:

  • The submitted film is about water issues and/or solutions.

  • Films in languages other than English must be subtitled in English; any linked material must also be able to be understood by an English speaker (e.g. website must be made available in English as well as native language).

  • Maximum of 2 minutes in length (not including credits).

  • The film must be produced after January 1, 2020.

  • The film cannot have been submitted to the 2020 Let’s Talk About Water International Film Prize competition.

  • All submissions should be 1920 X 1080 or landscape NOT portrait aspect.

  • Videos to be submitted in either an MOV or MP4 file format.

  • Materials not created by the filmmakers (images, music etc.) are allowed but must have royalty free licenses (e.g. Creative Commons), or have documented permission from the creator.  If information is obtained from another source (e.g. statistics or published materials), these sources must be appropriately documented or credited. All external resources must be referenced in the end credits of the production or within the body of the production where deemed appropriate.

  • Distinguishable logos or other commercial identification should not be visible in the video/film.

  • Your submission to the LTAW International Prize indicates acceptance and agreement of the Terms and Conditions outlined on the Virtual Theatre site.