Calling All Filmmakers — Film Competition Promotes Intelligent Use of Water

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With summer only weeks away, and with all that we’ve heard about the importance of water conservation, now is the time to think about how we can all better manage this most precious of natural resources.

For the second year in a row, FilmL.A. has teamed up with Azusa, California-based Rain Bird Corporation to recruit filmmakers with a passion for water conservation. Rain Bird’s Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition, now in its fourth year, is open to all amateur and experienced filmmakers interested in showcasing their creative talents while competing for a share of $15,000 in cash prizes.

The Competition is now accepting entries from amateur and experienced filmmakers, for narrative, documentary, animated, experimental and/or student-made short films, (10 minutes running length or less) that creatively explore ideas to responsibly manage water.

Participating filmmakers will have their films reviewed by a judging panel made up of film and water management experts. Finalists will win a trip to Los Angeles, where they will be guests at a formal screening event at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, hosted by conservation legend and wildlife expert Jack Hanna.

Following the screening of the finalists’ films and a roundtable discussion with the filmmakers and judges, two winners will be announced and awarded cash prizes of $6,000 for the Jury Award and $3,000 for the Audience Choice Award. This year’s competition will also feature a $6,000 Green Industry Award, which will be presented to the finalist’s film receiving the most votes from a panel of professionals who work in the green industry.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM (PDT) on August 1, 2011. More information on the competition and entry requirements is available at You can also follow @RainBirdCorp on Twitter to share thoughts and ideas with other filmmakers.

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