Official Rules


This contest is open to filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience who reside, work, or attend school or university in the state of Georgia. 

Content Requirements

  1. Film should emphasize responsible water stewardship.
  2. Storylines need to be about water stewardship using one or more of the following messages
    • Fix a Leak Week - Finding and fixing leaks around the home 
    • Water Quality - Find and fix automotive leaks to keep oil & fluids from washing into waterways
    • Littervention - Keep litter from "leaking" into our water sources
    • Promotion of WaterSense - Promote the WaterSense label and program
  3. Film should be comedic, light, engaging, fun, clever, or thought-provoking. 
  4. Film must be rated G.
Submission Requirements
  1. Film must be at least 30 seconds and no more than 1 minute 30 seconds in length, including credits (winning films that are 30 seconds may be shown in theaters).
  2. Film must include 5 seconds of black screen both at the beginning and end, which will not count toward the film’s total running time.
  3. Film and completed submission form must be submitted electronically using
  4. High definition videos are strongly encouraged (1280x720 or 1920x1080). Suggested frame rates are 24fps (23.98) or 30fps (29.97).
  5. There is NO entry fee.
  6. Film must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2019.
  7. Include all filmmakers' names when submitting to FilmFreeway for inclusion in festival guide.
Film must comply with OFFICIAL RULES. Failure to comply will result in disqualification. Rights are reserved by the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County (ACC) to disqualify a contestant who submits a film that is deemed to be offensive, libelous, slanderous, inflammatory or otherwise inappropriate in any way for this film contest. ACC is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete or in violation of copyright laws. Films will remain the property of the ACC Water Conservation and may be reproduced.

Evaluation Criteria

The judges will score films based on:
  1. Strength of message 
  2. Originality 
  3. Artistic execution
  4. Production quality


The finalists' films will be shown and winning films announced at the "Ripple Effect Blue Carpet Premiere" on Saturday, March 23, 2019.  Winners will be awarded up to $1000 in prizes, including $500 for "Best in Festival", a classic city water meter trophy, and be shown on ACTV.  Finalists will be featured on the Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office website and youtube channel.  All entries will receive free admission to the "Blue Carpet Premiere".  

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