Filmmakers, act fast!

Film submissions are being accepted through Dec. 16 for the 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival, which will celebrate winners at an Awards Celebration in March of 2017 at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center located in the Ventura Harbor.

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. Awards include the Audience Choice Award, voted on by the general public with the winner receiving an 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; the Grand Prize of $1,500 presented by Ventura Water; and the Ventura Vision Award, which recognizes local films and offers a $500 cash prize.

This year’s new partner, the Palmdale Water District, is 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.

Filmmakers of all ages, around the world, are encouraged to submit their work (up to 5 minutes in length) via direct upload at the contest site – – and must address the topic of water in any genre including animation, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental or sci-fi.

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