FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I apply?

Teachers will submit films on behalf of their student teams.  To begin, teachers can send an email to LetsTalkAboutWater@usask.ca stating their interest in participating, including their name, school, and class grade. Please have this initial email submitted before the end of February, 2020.

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?

The Let's Talk About Water Film Festival is set to be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, as part of Saskatoon Water Week: June 13-19, 2020!

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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