Do I need to be an experienced filmmaker to enter the competition?
The Intelligent Use of Water™ Film Competition accepts entries from amateur, professional, experienced and inexperienced filmmakers. Over the past four years, we have received and reviewed entries from a wide range of filmmakers, from first-time amateurs to experienced professionals. All that is required is a desire to spread awareness of the need to use water more efficiently.
Does it matter how long my film is?
The film run-time must be between 1-10 minutes in order to qualify for the competition. More information on requirements is available on the Official Rules page.
Does my film entry need to focus on outdoor water conservation?
As the rules state, eligible films must focus on the topic of responsible water use, exploring approaches and ideas to intelligently manage and efficiently utilize Earth's most precious resource. That said, the films that seem to interest the judges most are the ones that address the issue of water conservation in different ways than we are all used to seeing. Be creative in your approach!
Does my film need to be serious?
The only requirement is that the film addresses the serious issue of using water wisely. Over the past four years, the competition has received hundreds of submissions utilizing a broad range of formats, styles and genres to communicate the need for water conservation. Films may be narrative, documentary, animated, experimental and/or student-made productions.
Does the film have to be about water conservation in the U.S., or can the subject be international?
Water conservation is a global issue. In past competitions we have had finalists from across the globe.
Can I submit a film I made or submitted years ago?
Yes, material submitted may have been previously submitted elsewhere, and submission to this competition does not preclude filmmakers from submitting the same film elsewhere.
Do I need to mention Rain Bird or focus my film on irrigation?
No, entries are not required to mention Rain Bird, The Intelligent Use of Water™, or focus on irrigation or related products.
Do I need permissions from the people in my film?
It is your responsibility to obtain signed releases from any person whose recognizable likeness appears in your film and to obtain permission to use all other copyrighted works used in your film. For more information refer to the official rules.