Youth Water Film Prize

In part due to the changing situation with the pandemic, we decided to postpone our Youth Film Prize until next year. We will have more details in late 2022!


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What’s in it for students?

We know that today’s youth bring an important lens and voice to our mounting ecological crises. The youth engagement initiatives of What About Water? give students a chance to use their talents to explore new, creative ways to talk about water issues in ways that can make a real difference.

Beyond the enticing Grand Prize to go toward film and editing equipment for the winning filmmaker’s school, participating students also receive the chance to learn from their peers and gain feedback from one another as they learn and grow in their filmmaking abilities.

Students also receive interactive and hands-on training in film editing and science communication in our Shoot a Short Workshops and through our digital filmmaking resources.


The Youth Prize is open to students between grades 5-12 (based on a North American grade system), or ages 10-18. Student’s ages and grades will need to be verified by the teacher submitting the Intent to Submit form. Students may enter either in teams or individually, at the discretion of the teacher. If entering in teams, the recommended team size is 4 students. All submissions must be made by a teacher on behalf of the student(s).

Films should be no longer than 2 minutes in length, and should center on a theme of water or water science. See below for further film submission guidelines.

The platform for submitting video entries will be made available closer to the submission deadline.

Get in Touch

Are you a teacher considering incorporating filmmaking and/or science communication into your curriculum? Or a student hoping to create your own short films? Let us know! Some benefits of getting in touch with us through our Youth Engagement Program include:

  • Teachers: Sign up for a hands-on workshop tailored to your class (can be virtual or in-person, if local to Saskatoon and dependent upon local health guidelines)
  • Keep up-to-date with publicly available upcoming online workshops
  • Access to digital filmmaking & science communication “how-to” resources as they become available
  • Entry fee waiver for students to participate in 2023 What About Water? Youth Water Film Prize

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Youth Water Film Prize
Submission Guidelines

The following are detailed guidelines for submissions to the Youth Prize category of the Water Film Prize:

  • The submitted film is about water issues and/or solutions.
  • The submitted film must be made (directed by) student(s) between ages 10 – 18.
  • Appropriate parental permissions for appearances and participation must be obtained by the submitter.
  • Films in languages other than English must be subtitled in English; any linked material must also be able to be understood by an English speaker (e.g. website must be made available in English as well as native language).
  • Maximum of 2 minutes in length (not including credits).
  • The film must be produced after January 1 of the previous year.
  • The film cannot have already been entered into a previous Let’s Talk About Water Youth Film Prize or What About Water? Youth Water Film Prize Competition.
  • One submission per student team is permitted.
  • All submissions should be in landscape aspect (e.g. 1920 x 1080) NOT portrait aspect.
  • Materials not created by the filmmakers (images, music etc.) are allowed but must have royalty free licenses (e.g. Creative Commons), or have documented permission from the creator. If information is obtained from another source (e.g. statistics or published materials), these sources must be appropriately documented or credited. All external resources must be referenced in the end credits of the production or within the body of the production where deemed appropriate.
  • Distinguishable logos or other commercial identification should not be visible in the video/film.
  • Students’ submissions to the Youth Water Film Prize indicates acceptance and agreement of the use and distribution of their videos for the purposes of education and promotion by the What About Water? Film Festival, the Global Institute for Water Security and the University of Saskatchewan.