PALMDALE – The Palmdale Water District was awarded the grand prize in the Water: Take 1, Ventura County Water District International Film Contest.
The local agency beat out dozens of entries from around the globe in the contest, which raises awareness about the importance of water. PWD’s winning entry was a minute-long public service announcement starring actor Danny Trejo as a “conservation enforcer” (view it above).
“To receive this award during a period of intense focus on water and water conservation in an international competition is such an honor,” stated PWD General Manager Dennis LaMoreaux. “So many compelling and important videos were submitted and to come out on top like we did is so rewarding.”
“Most if not all of the other submissions took on a more serious tone, while we took the
approach of taking a very sobering issue and adding humor to it,” stated Public Information Officer Mike McNutt. “When our video was played at the award ceremony and the entire crowd laughed out loud, it was such a satisfying feeling to know that the right chord was struck to get the message across.”
Water:Take 1 is a global online film contest, presented by Ventura County Water, which showcases water-themed short films in any genre, including documentary, drama, comedy, animation, sci-fi or experimental.
Now in its fourth year, the contest was created to focus attention on the value of water, according to Ventura County Water.
Forty-eight entries from around the globe were submitted to the 2016 competition, and a ceremony was held March 24 in celebration of World Water Day and to screen the nine finalist films.
The Grand Jury Prize was awarded to the Palmdale Water District for its short film “Danny Trejo – Conservation Enforcer.”
PWD received a commemorative plaque and a $1,500 cash prize, which will be used to create additional videos raising awareness on water conservation, officials said.
To view the other submissions, visit www.watertake1.com.
[Information via news release from the Palmdale Water District.]