Short Film Competition and Prize of $10,000 at Lets Talk About Water Film Prize 2020

Short Film Competition and Prize of $10,000 at Lets Talk About Water Film Prize 2020

Canada 29 May 2020
Lets Talk About Water Film Prize

Lets Talk About Water Film Prize

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Share your story about water science for a chance to win $10,000 and have it featured at Lets Talk About Water film festival in June 2020! 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.


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.

About the Film:

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 message.

Although not required, Lets Talk About Water encourage you to form a team with scientific expertise, communications skills, and story-telling abilities. And hope that scientists, artists, and activists can come together to create a compelling film.


The criteria for judging the film are:

  • that they address issues of there being too much, too little or too dirty water.
  • that they render scientific research in ways accessible to general audiences and show how latest water science findings can impact daily life.
  • that they demonstrate ways in which scientists can collaborate with communicators, citizens, and filmmakers to improve public understanding of their research.
  • that running time is between one and two minutes.
  • that they be produced after January 1, 2018.
  • 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.)

About Lets Talk About Water:

The “Let’s Talk About Water Film Prize" is initiative to promote and lobby for international water projects. The main themes, “too much”, “too little” and “too dirty”, convey growing concerns for global environmental and climate changes, and specifically underline the resulting humanitarian impact. LTAW addresses these issues using films, and aims to build the lobby for effective and lasting ways to cope with these changes.

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