All entries for the Youth Prize must be made by certified teachers on behalf of eligible students. Youth Prize film entries made by individuals who did not previously fill out our Intent to Submit form will not be considered.  

If you are a teacher who is submitting films for the Youth Prize on behalf of your students, please click below to be taken to the film entry page.

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 Youth Prize is open to students between grades 5-12 (based on a North American grade system), or ages 10-18. Student’s ages and grades will need to be verified by the teacher submitting the Intent to Submit form. Students may enter either in teams or individually, at the discretion of the teacher. If entering in teams, the recommended team size is 4 students. All submissions must be made by a teacher on behalf of the student(s). 

Films should be no longer than 2 minutes in length, and should center on a theme of water or water science. Click below for further film submission guidelines.


In addition to workshops offered to students and teachers, the University of Saskatchewan offers downloadable training materials for providing interactive and hands-on programs regarding film editing, production, science communication, and knowledge translation for students and teachers.

Access our resources below. 


Youth Prize
Submission Guidelines

The following are detailed guidelines for submissions to the Youth Prize category of the Water Film Prize:

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

  • The submitted film must be made (directed by) student(s) between ages 10 - 18. 

  • The film must be submitted by a certified teacher on behalf of their student(s). An intent to submit form or email must be on file from that teacher for the film to be considered. The teacher must ensure that appropriate parental permissions for appearances and participation have been obtained.

  • 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 already been entered into the 2020 Let’s Talk About Water Youth Film Prize Competition.

  • One submission per student team is permitted.

  • 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.

  • Students' submissions to the LTAW Youth Prize indicates acceptance and agreement of the use and distribution of their videos for the purposes of education and promotion by the Let’s Talk About Water Film Festival, the Global Institute for Water Security and the University of Saskatchewan.




What's in it for students? 

We know that today's youth bring an important lens and voice to our mounting ecological crises. The youth engagement initiatives of Let's Talk About Water give students a chance to use their talents to explore new, creative ways to talk about water issues in ways that can make a real difference. 

Beyond the enticing Grand Prize of $5,000 CAD toward film and editing equipment for the winning filmmaker's school, participating students also receive the chance to learn from their peers and gain feedback from one another as they learn and grow in their filmmaking abilities.

Students also receive interactive and hands-on training in film editing and science communication in our Shoot a Short Virtual Workshops and through our digital filmmaking resources.