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.

Recent News

Community Profile: Ventura Water Leading By Example

The City of Ventura is serious about conserving water and we need all our residents to help do their part, said Cheryl Heitmann, Mayor of Ventura at the October 25, 2014 Summit on Water Conservation. Providing information on what the City is doing and then relaying that to our community is ...

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Filmmaker Focus: City of Malibu Keep it Clean, Malibu Campaign, directed by Scott Rodgers

Environmental education is key in order to change behaviors, attitudes and lifestyles, said Jennifer Brown, Senior Environmental Programs Coordinator, City of Malibu. When you present a green message through an engaging and memorable video, theres a visceral impact thats experienced by the ...

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Jury Spotlight: Kathleen McInnis, Film Strategy, Film Publicity, Writer and Producer, See-Through Films, LLC

Kathleen McInnis People who use a visual medium as their methodology to relay a story are vital to our world, exclaims Kathleen McInnis, writer, producer and president of See-Through Films, LLC, a film strategy and public relations company. Creating a short film with quality production value ...

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Jury Spotlight: Emily Posey, Acquisitions Coordinator, AMC/Sundance Channel Global

Emily Posey The Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest is a great way for filmmakers to get exposure for their short films without having to secure the major funding required that it takes to mount a full length feature film, said Emily Posey, Acquisitions Coordinator at the AMC/Sundance Channel ...

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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

Bottle Vs. Tap The island of Maui, the second-largest of the Hawaii islands, also known as the Valley Isle, its name derived from the large isthmus resting between its northwestern and southeastern volcanoes, is valued for its natural beauty, glorious beaches, charming towns, hospitable locals, ...

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

Michael Rudinica, Executive Vice President Film festivals like Water: Take 1 grasp the publics attention because in this era of immediate gratification and social media, people gravitate to viewing online videos, said Michael Rudinica, National Water Market Lead, Michael Baker International. ...

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Jury Spotlight: Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District

Its important to have a contest like Water: Take 1, said Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District. It engages people, especially young people, about where our water comes from and the serious issues impacting our water supply. As long as water flows when they ...

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Filmmaker Focus: Aniruddha Dhanaji Mane

Aniruddha Danaji Mane 2013 Audience Choice Award Winner Watching the Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest’s 2013 Audience Choice Award winning film, Water: The Lifeline of Life, one cant help be in awe of some of the beautiful and majestic scenes of nature and wildlife filmed in the ...

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Sponsor Profile: Brown and Caldwell has the Essential Ingredients

Water issues, especially due to the California drought, are serious and they are increasingly taking center stage, said Marc Damikolas, Principle Engineer and Vice President at Brown and Caldwell, the nations largest award-winning environmental engineering consulting firm focused on the U.S. ...

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Sponsor Profile: Carollo Engineers

“Working wonders with Water” is the tag line for Carollo Engineers, an award-winning environmental engineering firm that specializes in the planning, design, and construction of water and wastewater facilities. So its no wonder why Carollo, one of the sponsors of the Water: Take 1 ...

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Water: Take 1 2013 Grand Prize Winner - Water Collaborations

Current Submissions

Water - A Student Made Short Film

Water - A Student Made Short Film

Directed by: Lisa Zimmermann

The Water

The Water

Directed by: Ramandeep Ashal

The Future of Water

The Future of Water

Directed by: Austin Weiss

Save Water, Save Life

Save Water, Save Life

Directed by: Abhishek Sharma

Himalayan Tsunami

Himalayan Tsunami

Directed by: Shivaprasad

How much water do you use in your day?

How much water do you use in your day?

Directed by: Kimberly Killen, Frances Stoltz

The Water Crisis

The Water Crisis

Directed by: Kingsley Nwokeji

Conserve Water

Conserve Water

Directed by: William Steinberg

Water

Water

Directed by: Paul Hussherr

Save Water Save Life

Save Water Save Life

Directed by: B. Gopalakrishnan

Drops

Drops

Directed by: Dnes Ruzsa

VC Pirate Soup - Water Science

VC Pirate Soup - Water Science

Directed by: Celine Park

The Great Hydration Race

The Great Hydration Race

Directed by: Jack Saxon

Water - A Short Film by Adam LeMay

Water - A Short Film by Adam LeMay

Directed by: Adam LeMay

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