Calling all students, filmmakers, and scientists!

Let's Talk About Water is currently accepting entries for short films — up to two minutes — for the second annual Water Film Prize short filmmaking competition! Film entries are due April 30, 2021. We are seeking creative films that share compelling stories about water issues, solutions and the current state of water resources around the globe. Entries can inform, educate, inspire or motivate people to come together and embrace our ubiquitous need to value water, and are accepted in two prize categories - 1) International Prize and 2) Youth Prize. View detailed submission guidelines below. 

Whether you are a student, filmmaker, hydrologist, ecologist, geographer, social scientist, artist, or knowledge keeper, you can tell a story about water using the power of film. The suggested audience for submitted films in both categories is the general public, though you can create a film that meets a further target audience if you wish. 

At its heart, your film should connect to people, inspiring them to take action for water crises or understand the value of water more deeply. 



DUE APRIL 30, 2021

Students ages 10-18 around the world are invited to submit a short film (max 2 mins) about water for our Youth Prize category.

Student participants have the chance to win $5,000 CAD toward film and editing equipment for their schools! 



DUE APRIL 30, 2021

Aspiring filmmakers, scientists, storytellers, and activists around the world are invited to submit a short film (max 2 mins) for our International Prize category.  

Participants have the chance to win a $10,000 USD Grand Prize, among other  prizes. 

1. THEME & IMPACT: Does the video/film communicate a story, point of view or demonstration/visualization about water?

2. SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: Is the story, message or information effectively delivered? Is it accessible to general audiences?


3. CREATIVITY: Are the ideas in the film original and creatively conveyed? 

4. GUIDELINES: Are film submission guidelines  for the respective prize category followed? Are copyright regulations followed, permissions documented  and sources referenced if required?  Are team credits provided? Is the video/film length correct and proper formats submitted?

5. PRODUCTION VALUE: Are production techniques used to best effect?  This includes all visual elements, sound quality and editing. 



All film submissions in each category will be judged on a sliding scale, based on the following criteria:
Why science
and films?

Film is a powerful educational and communication tool. It uses storytelling to engage the audience emotionally, stimulate conversation, and make complex information more accessible and visible.

Creating films that connect, even broadly, to water issues heightens audience interest, helps the audience make real world connections, provides common ground for communication, and creates teachable moments that motivate the audience to care about science and take action for water issues. 

Why engage?

Connecting a diverse audience to scientific information can be challenging. Scientists and experts often publish their findings in ways that are not easily accessible to audiences outside of their respective communities.  

Now more than ever, we need to find new ways to talk about water issues and solutions – and we know that filmmakers help bridge the gap. By creating a film about water, you can help improve communication about water issues by using film as a bridge between scientists and the general public.

Why enter my film?

When you enter your film for the 2021 Water Film Prize, you get the opportunity to share your film with a global audience spanning 38 countries. Film submissions that meet the competition guidelines will be  featured for public viewing in our LTAW Virtual Theatre, adjudication by an international panel of film and water experts, and voting for the Viewer’s Choice Award. 

You will also have access to our free filmmaking resources and virtual Shoot a Short Workshops to sharpen your filmmaking skills.  For teachers, you can tap into our resources with your students an opportunity for an applied learning project, while connecting with the local community and environment. 

Whether you’re a student, aspiring filmmaker or well-established researcher in the field, the Water Film Prizes offer you the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to our collective, and global wellbeing. Entries are due April 30, 2021.