More than 150 attendees packed a soundstage at Brooks Institute as Ventura Water and partners Pagatonia and iThentic presented the 2013 Water: Take 1 Short Film Contest Awards on Thursday, November 14 from 6 to 8 pm.
Grand Jury Award
A jury-awarded Grand Prize of $1,500 sponsored by Patagonia, was presented to “Water Collaborations,” directed by Crelis Rammelt (Netherlands).
“We all recognize how valuable our water resources are,” said City of Ventura Mayor Mike Tracy. “This contest is one way to encourage the public to think about water and to evaluate where we are going. The films are thought provoking and just terrific.”
Best Student Film Award
The Best Student Short Film Award, sponsored by Carollo Engineers and Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, went to “Bottle vs. Tap,” directed by Danica Brown, Denise Torres, Jai Litman and Jason Schwien (USA), who received a Go Pro Camera for their win.
Ventura Vision Award
Also awarded by the jury, the NEW Ventura Vision Award sponsored by the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach went to “The Big Ventura River Bottom Clean Up,” directed by Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura (USA). In this category, the winner will receive spotlight profile on a Local TV Show.
“This year we added the Ventura Vision Award,” said Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein. “We have a great response from filmmakers internationally, and the Vision Award is another great way to connect with our local community.”
Audience Choice Award
The recipient of the Audience Choice Award, sponsored by EJ Harrison & Sons, was “Water … The Lifeline of Life,” directed by Aniruddha Dhanaji Mane (India). This film received the most votes by the October 3 deadline at watertake1.com, the online website for the program.
In order to elevate water awareness through imagination, education and entertainment, filmmakers from around the globe were invited to submit their short films with a water focus from March 19 – September 3, 2013 at watertake1.com. Submitted films, in a format of 5 minutes or less, could be in any genre — documentary, drama, comedy, animation, sci-fi or experimental.
“Water is a resource that impacts everyone,” added Water: Take 1 Project Coordinator Rachael Shapiro. “The City can lead by example encouraging residents and businesses to conserve and preserve, but the bottom line is that it’s up to every individual to make a difference and makes some changes — whether it be in their home or in their business or at their schools. At its core, this is what the contest is really about.”
A distinguished jury comprised of leaders in water and environmental issues, entertainment professionals and influential members of the community judged over 40 entries. In September, 10 finalists were named.
The Water: Take 1 online short film contest and program was recently named a finalist for the 2013 Huell Howser Best in Blue Award. This award recognizes excellence in communications and the recipient will be announced in Los Angeles by the Association of California Water Agencies in December.
If you know a filmmaker who would like to submit a film for next year’s contest, and/or a entity or business that would like to be a contest sponsor, visit: watertake1.com or contact Rachael Shapiro, Project Coordinator, at email@example.com.
–Maryann Ridini Spencer for SustainableVentura.TV