Submissions are now open!

Virtual Theatre is now open!

Share your story about water science for a chance to win $10,000 and have it featured at our film festival in June 2020!
Too Much, Too Little, Too Dirty
GRAND PRIZE: $10,000
First Prize: $5,000
Second Prizes (4 total): $1,000 each
Audience Choice: $,1000
May 29, 2020


Calling all Filmmakers!

Let’s Talk About Water 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 how to cope with too little, too much, or too dirty water.

Whether you call yourself a hydrologist, climatologist, ecologist, geographer, social scientist, artist, or knowledge keeper, you can submit a film about water, nature, and humans. The film may link to more in-depth information in any medium (e.g., a web page, blog, podcast). The target audience is the general public, their leaders, and people who are engaged in water stewardship and management. Your film should connect to people, inspiring them to take action or helping them understand the world more deeply.


Because of the COVD-19 pandemic, we are currently exploring options to have submissions made viewable virtually, in lieu of having a 2020 film festival.



Let’s Talk About Water is a film and water event which has been held at universities and theaters around the world for over 10 years. We believe in the power of films to communicate and educate people by sparking dialogue and building bridges between the scientific community and the public. We are now adding Let’s Talk About Water Film Prize to our endeavors and you are invited to participate. Welcome!

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A grand prize of USD 10,000, a first prize of USD 5,000 and four-second prizes of USD 1,000 will be awarded by an international panel of film and water experts. One prize of USD 1,000 will be awarded based upon votes received from the public within a certain period (the Audience Choice Award) Selected films will be featured on the World Water Atlas hosted by Deltares (Delft, The Netherlands) and presented at two international conferences--Hydrology Delivers Earth System Sciences to Society (HESSS5) to be held in Saskatoon, Canada, June 15-19, 2020 and at the CUAHSI Biennial Symposium. Winners will be provided with complimentary registration to both meetings and are encouraged to attend.

A captivating graphic--a data visualization, animation of model results, or a compelling map, or even a story--can be the anchor for the film. You may want to build a story around that 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

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 a compelling film.

Keep it short!
Make it beautiful!
Win a prize!

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The criteria for judging the film are:

1. that they address issues of there being too much, too little or too dirty water


2. that they render scientific research in ways accessible to general audiences and show how latest water science findings can impact daily life


3. that they demonstrate ways in which scientists can collaborate with communicators, citizens, and filmmakers to improve public understanding of their research

4. that running time is between one and two minutes

5. that they be produced after January 1, 2018


6. 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.)


Click here to download a PDF of the Terms & Conditions for this prize.


The Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USASK) is the top water resources research institute in Canada and one of the most advanced cold regions hydrology centres in the world. GIWS is dedicated to helping protect our precious freshwater resources needed for the world’s growing demand for sustainable food production, mitigating the risk of water-related disasters such as floods, droughts, and fires, predicting and forecasting extreme global change through the use of advanced remote sensing and modelling techniques, and co-creating traditional knowledge with western science to empower Indigenous communities in protecting water health. 

A premier water knowledge institute in the Netherlands with a worldwide project portfolio. Deltares hosts online the World Water Atlas which is an initiative of the High Level Panel on Water of the United Nations. This site will be one of our hosts for selected compelling films. The idea of “Too Much, Too Little and Too Dirty” originates from this site.

Based in The Netherlands and a member of the UN and UNESCO water family. It is a premier graduate school providing Masters and PhD degrees in water studies, from diplomacy and governance to sanitation and hydroinformatics for students from around the globe, particularly from the Global South.

CUAHSI is a non-profit organization representing more than 130 U.S. universities and international water science-related organizations. CUAHSI develops and operates water-data services, educational activities, and community events to support the advancement of water science for research scientists, practitioners, and the public.

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The Teepeejay Fund, particularly, is a fund to support broad charitable purposes with a preference for promoting educational opportunities, supporting children and families, and fostering sustainability in the community of Poultney and its adjacent communities.



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