How do I apply?

Participants under the age of 18 must have their films submitted on their behalf by a parent, guardian, or teacher. To submit a film, go to and select Youth Film Prize. Teachers having their classes participate in the competition should first send an email to indicating the names of the teacher and school, grade of the class, and the number of students per team collaborating on each film.

What is "Let's Talk About Water"?

Let's Talk About Water (LTAW) is an environmental initiative which was started by film researcher Linda Lilienfeld as a film festival to draw attention to water issues around the globe. With the help of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) and the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS), it has evolved into the symbol for a number of water-related awareness projects, including a film festival, film prizes, and a podcast! Click here for more information on LTAW and its many facets.

What are you looking for?

Films should be no longer than 2 minutes, and water must be the main topic focused on. Some entrants focus on the theme "too much, too little, too dirty" water, to cover or choose from a variety of different water issues, but any topic covering water is acceptable.

Click here for a few examples of excellent short water films!

Click here for the detailed criteria and rules for entry!

When/where is the film festival?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently exploring ways to have submissions viewable online, in lieu of holding a film festival.

Do I need professional recording equipment? What kind of camera should I get?

Any camera will record video of suitable quality - even modern cell phone cameras! However, we recommend using a separate device for recording audio, such as an external lapel microphone or another cell phone. Chapter 2 of our Teacher Training Guide (linked) covers film-making using common equipment.


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