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.

The 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival will re-open for submissions September, 2016 – please check back for updates!

The winners of the 4th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival were announced in a celebration of World Water Day on Thursday, March 24th, at a community event held at the Brooks Institute in Ventura:

Unsafe Water earned the Audience Choice Award, sponsored by Nossaman LLP.

Water is Life won the Award for Best Student Short Film, co-sponsored by Corollo Engineering, Hopkins Groundwater and Kennedy/Jenks Consultants;

The Value of Water took home the Santa Monica Vision Award, sponsored by The City of Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment;

Good Stewards was awarded the Ventura Vision Award, sponsored by Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach;

And the Grand Jury Prize, presented by Ventura Water, was awarded to the City of Palmdale for their film Danny Trejo – Conservation Enforcer.

Click here to watch TV coverage of the 4th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival Awards Ceremony. 

Audience Choice Award – Voting is closed

The deadline for the voting on the Audience Choice Awards will be posted shortly. Please check back!ipad2-black

The polls are closed. The Audience Choice Award voting deadline runs four 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!

 

 

Grand Prize Winner - Danny Trejo - "Conservation Enforcer"

Water: Take 1 Finalists

28 Percent Pure

28 Percent Pure

Directed by: Khashayar Rahimi, Shahin Javadi Nejad

Belief

Belief

Directed by: Alireza Salmonpour

Can You Guarantee?

Can You Guarantee?

Directed by: kong Cheang

A Entrega / The Delivery

A Entrega / The Delivery

Directed by: Herbert Bianchi

Drop

Drop

Directed by: David Murad

Right to Water

Right to Water

Directed by: Sohel Mohammad Rana

RiverSmart Homes

RiverSmart Homes

Directed by: Mark Leisher

The Value of Water

The Value of Water

Directed by: Madeleine Pryor

Waterbackpack Paul

Waterbackpack Paul

Directed by: Miriam Steen

Recent News

Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Announces Winners — Brooks Institute hosts Awards Ceremony in honor of World Water Day

Ventura Water announced the winners of its 4th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest at a free community event at Brooks Institute on March 24th and in celebration of World Water Day. The top 9 water-focused finalist films were presented, followed by the winners of the Audience Choice Award, the Award for Best […]

Read More >>

Partner Profile: Community for a Clean Watershed

In Ventura County, our watersheds, the land where water falls or ?sheds,? include the Ventura and Santa Clara Rivers, Malibu and Calleguas Creeks, and the coastal streams and estuaries, all which flow and empty into the Pacific Ocean. In 2005, identifying the need to assist and educate residents on how to respect, preserve and protect […]

Read More >>

Festival Spotlight: Wild and Scenic Film Festival

For the seventh consecutive year, on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, Ventura Hillsides Conservancy will host the popular two-night ?Wild and Scenic Film Festival? at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd in Ventura. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the Festival screenings commence at 7:00 p.m. ?Festival attendees get to sit back and […]

Read More >>

Filmmaker Focus: Joel Harper

In the much-loved children?s book, ?All the Way to the Ocean,? (written by Joel Harper and Illustrated by Marq Spusta) a boy named James, age 10, throws a plastic bottle and wrapper into the storm drain gutter. When James? friend Isaac sees what James has done, he warns James about the consequences of littering. From […]

Read More >>

Filmmaker Focus: Greg Reitman, Award-Winning Filmmaker, Blue Water Entertainment, Inc.

?We all want to live in a world that is thriving and sustainable. So, the more people that become enlightened and aware about the necessity of preserving our natural environment, the more this message will spread until it just becomes an organic, second-nature way of living,? said Filmmaker Greg Reitman, Founder of Blue Water Entertainment, […]

Read More >>

Partner Profile: Tim Worley, Executive Director, American Water Works Association (AWWA) Executive Director, California-Nevada Section

?The general public doesn?t really have a complete understanding of what it takes to provide safe, clean, reliable drinking water to their homes 24/7, 365 days a year and that?s precisely why online film festivals such as ?Water: Take 1? are so important,? said Tim Worley, Executive Director of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), […]

Read More >>

Jury Spotlight: Joanna Varikos, Director, Program Acquisitions, Pivot

?Today our world is facing so many critical social issues and broadcast media is a great means of relaying important content that hopefully will inspire positive action,? said Joanna Varikos, Director, Pivot Programming Acquisitions. To that end, in August 2013, Participant Media, a leading media company of such critically-acclaimed and award-winning films as ?Spotlight,? ?Contagion,? […]

Read More >>

Santa Monica Spotlight: Award-Winning Producer and Director Sheila Laffey Follows her ?Kuleana?

?There?s a word in Hawaiian, ?kuleana,? which can interchangeably mean privilege, responsibility and passion. The earth and taking care of it is everyone?s kuleana,? said Shelia Laffey, award-winning producer and director of documentaries and short dramatic films, ?It?s also my ? kuleana? (passion).? Although Laffey hails from New England, and received her BA in English […]

Read More >>

Partner Profile: Edward M. Clift, Ph.D., President, Brooks Institute

There?s a famous idiom, ?a picture is worth a thousand words,? that aptly describes how many people feel about the visual impact of a thought provoking or awe inspiring photograph. Academy-Award winning director, screenwriter and producer Barry Levinson has also been quoted as saying, ?If a picture is worth a thousand words, a film is […]

Read More >>

Filmmaker Focus: Sean Cruse, Water: Take 1 Best Student Film Award Winner

?Refresh,? student filmmaker Sean Cruse?s Best Student Award Winning film at the 3rd Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest poses the question, ?What would life be like without safe, clean water?? In the Stop-motion short, we see how the availability of clean, fresh, water is abundant for a man living in the West, […]

Read More >>

news-buttonintern-buttonsponsor-button