Water: Take 1, presented by Ventura Water,  is an exciting and important initiative that highlights our relationship with water: How we look at it, how we use it and how we share it.

Submit your film NOW and help draw attention to the current water crisis as we work towards solutions through education and partnerships.

EARLY SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, September 15th, 2014, 11:59 pm (PST)

FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE – EXTENDED: Monday, November 10th, 2014, 11:59 pm (PST)

RSVP here for Ventura Water’s Community Reception. “Leading By Example,” Thursday, November 20th, 6 – 8 pm, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach.

Join us in recognizing local organizations, businesses and individuals that have implemented sustainable water practices and policies for their clients, upgraded their private and public spaces with a focus on water conservation and otherwise demonstrated an acute awareness of the challenges facing our water supply and taken bold steps toward finding a solution.

NEW for 2014, Water: Take 1 expands its reach with the launch of NewsReel, a bi-monthly e-newsletter, aimed at keeping the dialog about water going all year long. Articles and profiles of filmmakers, jury members, sponsors and partners increase awareness and provide an informative forum in which to exchange ideas. Sign up to receive the NewsReel here or read past issues and join the conversation!

This year’s winning films will be presented in March of 2015 at our new venue, the Century 10 Downtown Movie Theater, more details to follow soon!  The 2013 Water: Take 1 award winners were Water CollaborationsThe Big Ventura River Bottom Clean – Up Bottle vs. TapWater… The Lifeline of Life. The nine finalists from 2013 can be viewed here.

2014 Audience Choice Award Voting Deadline: Monday, December 15th, 2014 11:59 (PST).ipad2-black

The polls are OPEN! The Audience Choice Award deadline runs six weeks after the final submission deadline. So, your friends and fans can keep voting even after the deadline has passed. The earlier you submit your film, the more time your project has to gather votes and win and the video with the most votes wins an IPad 2!

 

Click here to watch TV coverage of the 2013 Water: Take 1 Awards Ceremony.

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Jury Spotlight: Richard Nagel, General Manager, West Basin Municipal Water District

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Filmmaker Focus: Malia Cahill, Executive Director and Founder, Maui Huliau Foundation, 2013 Award Winner for Best Student Short Film Bottle vs. Tap

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Partner Profile: Michael Rudinica, Executive Vice President, Michael Baker International

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Water: Take 1 2013 Grand Prize Winner - Water Collaborations

Current Submissions

We Need Water

We Need Water

Directed by: Valentin Burwell

The story of a water drop

The story of a water drop

Directed by: Simona Irrera

California Water (30 Seconds)

California Water (30 Seconds)

Directed by: George Alger

Drop By Drop

Drop By Drop

Directed by: Sophia Dagher

Submerged Forest

Submerged Forest

Directed by: Randy Smith

Waltz of the Sea Lions

Waltz of the Sea Lions

Directed by: Randy Smith

Drop by Drop

Drop by Drop

Directed by: Ibrahim Qureshi, Jose Alvarado

Water isn't Infinite

Water isn't Infinite

Directed by: Kaila Foltz

Surf Addict

Surf Addict

Directed by: Carlos Melim

MPUMP Water Solution

MPUMP Water Solution

Directed by: Emanuele Giusto

Amazing freedive with the ocean brothers

Amazing freedive with the ocean brothers

Directed by: Francisco Del Rosario Pinilla

Blue Sky, Inc.

Blue Sky, Inc.

Directed by: Ben Mills

Storm Drain Art - Keep It Clean, Malibu

Storm Drain Art - Keep It Clean, Malibu

Directed by: Sandi Turner

Dragon Boats

Dragon Boats

Directed by: N STEIN

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