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About the competition

What is the We Art Water Film Festival?

The We Art Water Film Festival is an international short film festival, organised by the We Are Water Foundation, that aims to acknowledge and reward the talent of all those people with a clear awareness of the water problem around the world and who are also able to capture it in their productions.

What is the aim of the Festival?

Its main goal is to raise awareness of the water problem around the world by means of the creation of audiovisual pieces that address this issue.

How long is the registration period for the presentation of short films open?

Entries must be made between 12:00 (GMT+2) on the 3 October 2019 and 12:00 (GMT+2) on the 30th of June 2020.

When will the winner be chosen?

The jury appointed by the We Are Water, Fundació Privada shall select up to ten (10) finalist shorts for each of the three categories between 4 May and 1 June 2020. The list of finalists shall be made public on 4 May 2020. The public may vote for the finalists from 4 May to midnight on 1 June 2020

How may I register?

All participants in the contest need to register (a) by filling in the form available at the web of the Festival: www.weartwaterfestival.org and (b) by enclosing the short film to that registration form. The registration shall not be considered made until the short film presented is received by the We Are Water, Fundació Privada. Once the registration has been carried out following all instructions, users will then receive an email with a link that will allow them to validate the registration of the short film at the festival. It will be necessary to fill in a form for each short film presented to the competition.

When will the winners of this edition be known?

The winners will be known in June 2020 at the award ceremony that takes place at the emblematic space of the Roca Madrid Gallery.

Will all projects be disseminated publicly?

The finalist pieces of the contest will be disseminated through different platforms, such as the website and social networks, or they will be screened at the Roca Galleries in Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Shanghai and London.

Who owns the rights on the audiovisual pieces?

As a consequence of the registration of an audiovisual short film in any of the categories of this competition, We Are Water, Fundació Privada acquires the worldwide rights over the public exhibition thereof, for the purposes of publishing it on the website of We Are Water, Fundació Privada and in any other form that the Foundation deems fit, with no obligation to remunerate its author(s) in any way.

What should be the topic of the short films?

All short films need to address the topic “Climate Crisis”, linking it to the global problem of water and sanitation and its relation to hygiene, pollution, agriculture, diseases, nutrition, education, etc. 

What are the requirements to participate in the competition?

Any individual of legal age and from any nationality wishing to contribute to the dissemination of the message of the We Are Water Foundation may participate.

Is it possible to exceed the established length of the short films?

The short films should be between one and three minutes long, excluding official title cards at beginning and end.

What is the Public Prize?

The Public Prize is an award chosen by the audience with an economic value of 1,000 Euros.

The Public Prize will be awarded to the most voted short film among all finalists. The public may cast its vote as follows: (a) by accessing the webpage of the We Are Water Foundation; and (b) through social networks. In both cases, the votes will be cast with the Facebook-style “like” format, therefore all users wishing to vote will need to be registered with that social network. This will allow users to vote for as many short films as they wish, although only one vote may be cast for each piece.

Is it possible to present one piece to more than one category?

The categories are: micro-documentary, micro-fiction and micro-animation. Each short film participating in the competition needs to be registered in one – and only one – category, although each participant (or group of participants) may participate in more than one category with different pieces.

What are the prizes for each category in this year´s edition?

In this year´s edition there are a total of 10,000 Euros in awards. By categories there are:

  • Best Micro-documentary: 3,000€
  • Best Micro-fiction: 3,000€
  • Best Micro-animation: 3,000€
  • Public Prize: 1,000€

Who are the organisers of the fifth edition of the festival?

The We Art Water Film Festival 5 is organized by the We Are Water Foundation,with the support of the United Nations Organisation, through UNRIC (United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe),  the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the American University

Who are the members of the jury?

Daniel Monzón, film director
Carla Simón, director and screenwriter
Emamode Edosio, film director
Nora Navas, actress and vice president of the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Ingrid Garcia-Jonsson, actress
Elena Sánchez; journalist and History presenter
Sharon Metcalf, Senior Director Strategic Partnerships & Programs of the American University School
Carlos Jiménez, Desk Officer at the United Nations Regional Information Center (UNRIC)
Xavier Torras, director of the We Are Water Foundation

What are the process and the delivery format of the audiovisual pieces?

The short films must be entered via the http://www.weartwaterfestival.org website, using the form included there. Videos must be in any of the formats permitted by YouTube and Full HD (1080 p) resolution to allow them to be properly evaluated.

Videos whose image quality is not sufficient to permit proper evaluation shall be excluded from the competition.

If the short film is in English language, should it be translated?

Dialogues, texts and other linguistic expression contained in the films may be in any language. Any spoken or written language other than English should be subtitled (not doubled) translated into English.

Is it possible to present a project that was a finalist in any other short film competition?

All shorts entered into the competition must have been shot and produced after 1 January 2017. Works already entered into previous editions of this festival may not be submitted for entry, although those shorts entered into other festivals may be.

What are the rights of the We Are Water Foundation on my audiovisual piece?

As a result of the mere submission of a short in any of the categories of this competition, the We Are Water Foundation acquires the worldwide rights over the public exhibition thereof, for the purposes of publishing it on the We Are Water Foundation website and in any other form that the Foundation deems fit, with no obligation to remunerate its author(s) in any way.

With regard to those shorts that win prizes in any of the three categories or the public prize, the We Are Water Foundation also acquires, by the mere fact of awarding the prize(s), the rights to exploit said shorts for the maximum period permitted by law, worldwide, with no obligation to remunerate its author(s) in any way. The We Are Water Foundation shall hold said rights over the prizewinning shorts on a shared basis with their author(s), such that the exploitation rights may be exercised without distinction by the author(s) or by the Foundation. In exercising its exploitation rights, the We Are Water Foundation shall be entitled to exhibit the shorts to the public, to reproduce, in whole or in part, their images, sounds and/or texts and to assign them to any third parties for their exhibition and/or reproduction, in whole or in part, either free of charge or remunerated.

The We Are Water Foundation shall place on record the names of the author(s) of the shorts whenever they are exhibited.

What are my rights on my audiovisual piece as a participant in the competition?

The registration of a short film in the competition involves that it/s author/s accept/s and assume/s the following:

a) The short film is an original work and does not infringe third party industrial or intellectual copyrights.

b) Those appearing as authors in the registration forms of the competition hold title to the rights to unrestricted exploitation of the short, and assign said rights in favour of the We Are Water Foundation, in the terms and conditions declared herein.

c) The costs of filming and producing the short film registered in this competition, as well as any other costs that may result from the participation in it are borne by the participants

d) They fully accept the terms and conditions of the competition.

e) Their personal information be included in a file, whose owner and party responsible for processing thereof is the We Are Water Foundation for the purposes of managing their participation in the We Art Water Film Festival and keeping them informed of said Foundation’s activities. The creator(s) may exercise their rights of access, correction, deletion and opposition under the terms established in applicable legislation by writing to the We Are Water Foundation, Avenida Diagonal 513, 08029 Barcelona, Spain


About the topic

Is there any information that might serve as an inspiration for the pieces?


  • 2,400 million people do not have access to basic sanitation.
  • There are as many people worldwide forced to defecate in open air (946 million) as inhabitants in the African continent (1,100 million).
  • There are more people worldwide with a mobile phone than with a toilet.
  • 842,000 deaths could be avoided every year with suitable sanitation and hygiene structures.
  • 1,000 children under 5 die every day as a consequence of the lack of basic sanitation and drinking water.
  • The lack of a toilet or latrine near their homes causes the rape and sexual assault of thousands of women every year.
  • School dropouts among teenagers decrease up to 15% when they have access to sanitation services in schools.
  • The lack of access to suitable sanitation costs the poorest countries around 260 billion dollars.


  • 750 million people live without access to drinking water.
  • The influence of man on global warming in our planet is obvious:
    • Changes in the sea level, with an increase of approximately 20 cm in the last century.
    • 80% of the glaciers are retreating.
    • Ice in the Arctic Ocean suffers a long-term deterioration.
  • Countries with low incomes are particularly affected by natural disasters (e.g. Vanuatu recently).
  • 60% of the human body is made up of water.
  • Water covers nearly 70% of the planet.
  • 1,200 million people do not have access to clean water.
  • 70% of the available drinking water is used for agriculture.