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: Saturday, November 1st, 2014, 11:59 pm (PST)

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!

The 2013 winners were announced at the Water: Take 1 Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 hosted by The Brooks Institute. 

The jury awarded Grand Prize of $1500.00, sponsored by Patagonia, went to Water Collaborations;

The Ventura Vision Award, sponsored by Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, went to The Big Ventura River Bottom Clean – Up;

The award for Best Student Short Film, presented by Kennedy/Jenks Consulting and Carollo Engineering, went to Bottle vs. Tap;

ipad2-blackAnd the Audience Choice Award, sponsored by EJ Harrison and Sons, went to Water… The Lifeline of Life.

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

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.

Water: Take 1 2013 Grand Prize Winner - Water Collaborations

2013 Finalists

A Ride Towards the Sea

A Ride Towards the Sea

Directed by: Damien Stein

Granted

Granted

Directed by: Michele Guieu

Never Waste A Drop

Never Waste A Drop

Directed by: Bob Lazo, Jo Lazo, John Lazo, Elle Lazo

Lofty Thirst

Lofty Thirst

Directed by: Febrianto Pudi Utama

The Lake

The Lake

Directed by: Geoff Tompkinson

The Rainforest Waters of Cascadia

The Rainforest Waters of Cascadia

Directed by: David Saiget

Water and the CIty

Water and the CIty

Directed by: Jeremy Kagan

Wax

Wax

Directed by: Mark J. Blackman

Recent News

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Filmmaker Profile: Aniruddha Dhanaji Mane

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Sponsor Profile: Brown and Caldwell has the Essential Ingredients

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Sponsor Profile: Carollo Engineers

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Filmmaker Focus: Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura (Caps-TV)

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Ventura Water, iThentic Celebrates World Water Day with the Third Annual Global Online Short Film Contest for Environmentally Conscious Filmmakers @WaterTake1.com

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Sponsor Profile: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

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Jury Spotlight: Producer, Gill Holland

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Current Submissions  

VC Pirate Soup - Water Science

VC Pirate Soup - Water Science

Directed by: Celine Park
USA

Save Water Save Life

Save Water Save Life

Directed by: B. Gopalakrishnan
INDIA

Drops

Drops

Directed by: Dnes Ruzsa
HUNGARY

Water

Water

Directed by: Paul Hussherr
USA

Himalayan Tsunami

Himalayan Tsunami

Directed by: Shivaprasad
INDIA

Conserve Water

Conserve Water

Directed by: William Steinberg
USA

How much water do you use in your day?

How much water do you use in your day?

Directed by: Kimberly Killen, Frances Stoltz
USA

The Water Crisis

The Water Crisis

Directed by: Kingsley Nwokeji
USA

Water - A Student Made Short Film

Water - A Student Made Short Film

Directed by: Lisa Zimmermann
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The Water

The Water

Directed by: Ramandeep Ashal
INDIA

The Future of Water

The Future of Water

Directed by: Austin Weiss
CANADA

Save Water, Save Life

Save Water, Save Life

Directed by: Abhishek Sharma
INDIA