In order to be eligible for consideration for our cash prize of $1500, our Ventura Vision Award, the Palmdale Vision Award, our Award for Best Student Short Film and our Audience Choice Award, you must have followed all of the guidelines and eligibility criteria outlined here. This means that your short film must be:

SHORT – running time must be under five minutes

FORMAT – Windows Media (.wmv); Audio Video Interleave (.avi); QuickTime (.mov); MPEG 1/2/4 (.mpg, .mpeg); 3rd Generation Partnership Project (.3GPP)

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE (spoken or clearly subtitled) or NO DIALOGUE only

YEAR OF PRODUCTION – no earlier than January 1, 2013

COPYRIGHT – all content, logos, music, actors must be cleared – no exceptions!


Submit each film once. You may submit more than one film, but they must all be different.

The Selection Process:

The contest programming team will review all submissions for copyright or other legal infringement, all eligibility criteria and select 10 finalists. The Jury will review all 10 finalists and select one film for the $1500 prize. Evaluations will be based on several criteria including adherence to the theme of water, originality of idea or story and production values. The jury will also select a Best Student Short Film to receive a GoPro camera. The 10 finalists, Grand Prize Winner, Award for Best Student Short Film, Ventura Vision and Palmdale Vision Award winners and Audience Choice Award winner will be promoted and announced at an Awards Ceremony held in the spring of 2017.

The Jury:

The WATER; TAKE 1 jurors are a “who’s who” leaders in water and environmental issues, entertainment professionals and influential members of the community.

Water: Take 1 Grand Prize:

Following the stated deadline, 10 finalists will be selected. From the Top 10, one winner will be selected and awarded a cash prize of $1500. Please note that the prize will be awarded by the Water: Take 1 jury to the work which best captures the subject of water, its conservation and protection and the methods by which we can achieve this, as put forth in the mission statement of Ventura Water.

The Ventura Vision Award:

The Ventura Vision Award, sponsored by the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, awards films shot in and around the City of Ventura with a $500 cash prize along with a profile interview in an upcoming Sustainable Ventura TV show, which is broadcasted locally to over 20,000. The winning film will be determined by a committee of local entertainment and environmental industry professionals.

The Palmdale Vision Award:

The Palmdale Water District is joining forces with Ventura Water as this year’s water agency partner and will award a prize for the film that best represents the mission of the Palmdale Water District. The prize here is also a cash award of $500.

Award for Best Student Short Film:

The jury will also vote on a Best Student Short Film, presented by Carollo Engineering and Kennedy/Jenks Consultant, the winner to receive a GoPro camera. And, returning the year, we have partnered with InkTip: Where everyone goes for scripts and writers. Producers have inktiplogo_emailmade more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip and the winners of the Award for Best Student Short Film will receive an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your next script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.

Audience Choice Award:

ipad2-blackThe Water: Take 1 Audience Choice Award, sponsored Hopkins Groundwater and Ferguson Waterworks, is voted on by the public and the film with the most views wins an IPad 2 (16 GB, WiFi only.) The Audience Choice Award deadline runs four weeks after the final entry deadline so votes still count for one month following the published submission deadline. The earlier you submit your film, the more time your project has to gather votes and win!

Please note, Water Take 1 reserves the right to refuse the granting of this award to any submission suspected of purchasing votes or otherwise misusing the website by manipulating the voting system.