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watertake1Attention film enthusiasts and filmmakers: If you haven’t started working on your short film yet for the Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival, it’s not too late!

Awards include the Audience Choice Award, voted on by the general public with the winner receiving a brand new iPad; the award for Best Student Short Film, chosen by a jury of entertainment and water industry experts with a GoPro camera for a prize; and the Grand Prize of $1,500 cash presented by Ventura Water.

Film submissions are now being accepted through Dec. 14, so don’t miss the deadline! Winners will be announced at a celebration event to be held in Ventura in the spring of 2017. Last year, 48 films were entered from around the globe. The 5th annual contest kicked off with a party held on September 21 in Ventura.

Water: Take 1 aims to create a greater awareness of water as a valuable resource by inviting filmmakers locally and worldwide to submit short films of five minutes or less in any genre – drama, documentary, comedy, animation, sci-fi or experimental – that address the topic of water.

A new partner in the festival this year, the Palmdale Water District, is also sponsoring the Palmdale Vision Award, recognizing films that best represent its mission and objectives, also for a $500 cash prize.

If you’re not sure what your short film should look like, get inspired by watching the Palmdale Water District’s hilarious minute-long film, The Conservation Enforcer, which won the 2015 grand prize. View The Conservation Enforcer here.

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