South African Film Wins Top Prize in Ventura Water’s Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival

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South African Film Wins Top Prize in Ventura Water’s
Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival
 
     Following five years of drought, above average rainfall in California this year has been a welcomed relief. But Ventura residents can’t let their guard down: water conservation is every bit as important today as in drought-stricken years. That was the primary message as Ventura Water presented its fifth annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival awards on March 22 at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center.
     This year, 50 films were entered in the festival that calls attention to some of the serious issues facing water resources locally and around the world. Thousands of people worldwide watched and voted for their favorite films via the Water: Take 1 website, with a panel of jurors selecting the contest’s winners.
     “Even with much needed rainfall that exceeded our expectations, our focus looking forward is to build on the framework of conservation and promise efficiency as a way of life in California,” Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein told the audience of about 100 community members at the event, which included Ventura City Councilman Matt LaVere.
     The night’s top honor, the Grand Jury Award, went to “Place of Sweet Waters,” a film that highlights the water crisis facing Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is in the midst its worst drought in two decades, yet millions of gallons of naturally occurring fresh water run under the city’s streets, to be dumped straight into the sea, every day. This film’s message and goal is that the water can be reclaimed to help sustain Cape Town’s booming – and increasingly water-stressed – population. The film’s director, Sven Harding, won the $1,500 cash prize and gave his acceptance speech via video.
     Other Water: Take 1 awards and their winners this year were:
  • Audience Choice Award: Paul Meehan and family, for the film, “Drought Wars: The Family Fights Back.”
  • Best Student Short Film: Beryl Allee, for her animated short film campaign, “Citizen of your Watershed”, made up of three unique short films. Each film focuses on one issue of concern to a healthy watershed – pesticides, runoff and litter.
  • Ventura Vision Award: Paige Vasquez-Housley, for her film “Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific.”
  • Palmdale Vision Award: Jalal Ud Din Baba, for his film “Saving the Savior.”
     Epstein congratulated the winners and thanked the Water: Take 1 sponsors – the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel, Hopkins Groundwater, Carollo Engineers and Kennedy Jenks Consultants – and the Channel Islands National Park for hosting the event.
     To view the winning films and this year’s entries, visit www.watertake1.com.
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EVENT PHOTOS

Audience seated in the Channel Islands National Park Visitor center cinema

Audience seated in the Channel Islands National Park Visitor center cinema

L TO R: Paige Vasquez-Housley accepting her $500 dollar award from Shana Epstein for her film Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific, winner of the Ventura Vision Award

L TO R: Paige Vasquez-Housley accepting her $500 dollar award from Shana Epstein for her film Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific, winner of the Ventura Vision Award

City of Ventura Councilmember Matt Levere

City of Ventura Councilmember Matt Levere

L TO R: Paul and Kellie Meehan and children---Audience Choice Award Winner for their film Drought Wars: The Family Fights Back

L TO R: Paul and Kellie Meehan and children—Audience Choice Award Winner for their film Drought Wars: The Family Fights Back

L TO R: Gina Vasquez-Housley, Todd Housley, and Paige Vasquez-Housley--- Ventura Vision Award Winner for her home-grown film Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific.

L TO R: Gina Vasquez-Housley, Todd Housley, and Paige Vasquez-Housley— Ventura Vision Award Winner for her home-grown film Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific.

 

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5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Awards on World Water Day, March 22, 2017, 6-8 p.m.

The 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival Awards Ceremony is March 22, 2017, World Water Day,  6-8 pm at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center located at 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. Find out more and RSVP here. SPACE IS LIMITED, CLICK HERE FOR EVENTBRITE.

Community Celebrates at Launch Party for 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival

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Over 100 community members and water professionals turned out to celebrate the launch of the 5th annual Water: Take 1 Film Festival at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach hotel held Wednesday night, Sept. 21. City of Ventura Councilmembers Carl Morehouse and Jim Monahan were among the local dignitaries present.

Morehouse told the crowd that the city’s film festival has a global reach. It’s also launched a year-round dialogue that has grown to include two annual events plus a monthly newsletter. “This invites an international audience to share our message online,” Morehouse said.

“Water: Take 1 is a homegrown campaign that keeps the conversation going not only about the importance of local sustainable initiatives, but also the global perspective that sharpens our local focus back to a ‘one water’ mindset as you will see tonight,” said the event host, Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein.

Water: Take 1 aims to create a greater awareness of water as a valuable resource by inviting filmmakers 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 films shot in and around Ventura and offers a $500 cash prize.

Film submissions are now being accepted through Dec. 14. 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.

Expanding on last year’s efforts to engage other local water agencies, the Palmdale Water District was introduced as a new partner and is sponsoring the Palmdale Vision Award, recognizing films that best represent its mission and objectives, also for a $500 cash prize. The Palmdale Water District was the 2015 grand prizewinner for their humor-filled film entry, The Conservation Enforcer.

Other new film festival partners this year include Change the Course (http://changethecourse.us), a national movement to engage the public, the community and corporations to restore fresh water to people and nature, and Waves for Water (www.wavesforwater.org), which has a focused international mission to bring clean water to the entire world.

Finally, Epstein thanked the many sponsors and partners who made Water: Take 1 possible. Sponsors included: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, Palmdale Water District, Nossaman, Carollo Engineering, Hopkins Groundwater Consultants and Kennedy/ Jenks Consultants. Strategic Sponsors included: Alliance for Water Efficiency, CAPS-TV, Dexter’s Camera, Downtown Ventura Partners, Ventura Chamber of Commerce Green Task Force, California-Nevada Section American Water Works Association, Association of Water Agencies: Ventura County, Surfrider Foundation-Ventura County Chapter, Never Without a Picture, Ventura Hillside Conservancy, Friends of the Ventura River, Ventura Film Society, Matilija Coalition, Film Ventura, CA, City of Ventura Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships, Ventura Unified School District and the Ventura City Fire Department.

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Launch of the 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival

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September 22, 2016

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Festival Info: Rachael Shapiro, 310-991-9568

Ventura Water announces 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival

Ventura, CA — Last night, Ventura Water celebrated the launch of the 5th annual Water:Take 1 Online Short Film Festival with a kick-off reception emphasizing efforts in water protection, conservation and sustainability taking place on the local, national and global level. The Film Festival highlights our relationship with water, through the powerful medium of film, and draws attention to the growing challenges facing our water supply locally and internationally.

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 – www.watertake1.com – and must address the topic of water in any genre including animation, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental or sci-fi. Films will be posted online and a jury of entertainment and environmental experts will vote to award prizes in categories such as the Grand Jury Prize, Ventura Vision Award and Best Student Short Film. The public is also encouraged to take part in the Audience Choice Award by voting online for their favorite film.  The deadline for film submissions is December 14, 2016 with voting for the Audience Choice Award open through January 14, 2017.  The winning films we be showcased at an Awards Celebration in March of 2017.

“Ventura Water is pleased to showcase the topic of water protection, conservation and sustainability to like-minded individuals and organizations in such a creative and engaging way.  With the drought uppermost in the minds of Californians, this Short Film Festival brings together our local, national and global conversations,” said Shana Epstein, Ventura Water General Manager.

Ventura Water also welcomed new partner, The Palmdale Water District, which came on board this year as a sponsor of the Palmdale Vision Award, recognizing films which best represent the mission of the Palmdale Water District.  “I was very excited to learn that we had the opportunity to be a sponsor this year,” said Vincent Dino, Board member for the Palmdale Water District.  “Ventura Water has found an exciting way to bring the stewards of water together and creatively share an extremely important message about the value of water.”  Returning sponsors for the festival include Carollo Engineers, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, Hopkins Groundwater Consultants, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, and Nossaman LLP.

This release is available on the City of Ventura website www.cityofventura.net.

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