WHY SCIENCE AND FILMS?
Films are powerful educational tools because they use storytelling to engage audiences emotionally, and are a broadly-accessible by the public. Showing films heightens audience interest, helps the audience make real world connections, provides common ground for communication; and creates teachable moments which motivate the audience to care about science.
The goal of Let's Talk About Water is to improve communication around water issues by using film as a bridge between scientists and a more general audience. The youth engagement aspect of LTAW provides this bridge between scientists, students, and society. There is opportunity for interaction between students, teachers, and global scientific leaders.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOUTH?
Students receive interactive and hands-on training in film editing and science communication, from the inception of an idea, to framing of it, to implementation, and promotion.
All film submissions will be featured for public viewing and voting in a virtual format.
Students may also win a prize for their school or class.
HOW TO ENTER
Click on the Submit button below to be taken to the submission page, and select Youth Film Prize.
All submissions must be made by teachers on behalf of eligible students. Teachers with students who wish to participate should first email for more information. Teachers are asked to indicate their school, grade of their class, and the number of students per team collaborating on each film (if known).
Please note: The deadline for film submissions for the 2021 Water Film Prize competition is April 30, 2021.
ELIGIBILITY & CRITERIA
Students from grades 5 - 8 and 9 - 12 are eligible to 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 details on criteria.
In addition to workshops offered to students and teachers, the University of Saskatchewan offers downloadable training materials for providing interactive and hands-on programming regarding film editing, science communication, and knowledge translation.
Access our resources below.