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Regional Water Authority Joins Forces with the Sacramento Wild & Scenic Film Festival

As Sacramento’s Regional Water Authority gears up to announce the winners of its 3rd annual Water Spots Video Contest, the Sacramento Wild & Scenic Film Festival has an announcement of its own: for the first time, the Regional Water Authority is joining forces with the Sacramento Wild & Scenic Film Festival by showcasing the top 4 high school winners from their contest at the festival.

This means that the top videos, which are selected based on creativity, entertainment, value, accuracy, originality, and incorporation of the 2014 theme, will be screened at two separate April events this year. The grand unveiling of the “Judges’ Choice” and “People’s Choice” awards will take place on April 13th at 12.25 p.m., with all finalists screened on Raley Field’s Jumbotron before the Sacramento River Cats game. In collaboration with the video contest, the top four will then move to the big screen at K Street’s Crest Theatre on April 25th and be shown in addition to environmental short films as a part of the Sacramento Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.

The two groups hope to continue this partnership as both step up their efforts to reach out to the community about important environmental issues. Each are delighted to offer Sacramento’s talented high school students with a public platform to promote their valuable contribution to this outreach endeavor.

RWA Water SpotsRegional Water Authority’s Water Spots Video Contest: Don’t be a Gutter Flooder! Since it first ran in 2012, the Water Spots Video Contest has been inspiring local teens to break out the very best of their creativity, insight, and humor in a bid to highlight a specific water-based issue. Sponsored by the Regional Water Authority, in partnership with the Sacramento Bee and their Media in Education program, the contest challenges high school students from the 9th to 12th grade to create a 30 second public service announcement, or PSA. The 2014 theme, “Don’t be a gutter flooder: Prevent overspray and runoff”, saw almost 80 videos submitted to the panel of distinguished local judges. With those entries narrowed down to a top ten, the voting went public as members of the community were asked to select their favorite PSA. The finalists represent schools in Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado counties, and with the help of an animated hose nozzle, a gutter choking on runoff, and other creative characters, are here to spread the word that our actions can help conserve water in this drought year. Video winners will be shown April 13th at a River Cats game at Raley Field.

POSTER 2014Sacramento Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Organized through Environmental Council of Sacramento  and Habitat 2020, and hosted by ECOS member group Save Our Sandhill Cranes, the Sacramento Wild & Scenic Film Festival is celebrating its 5th anniversary at the Crest Theatre on Friday, April 25th. An “on tour” version of the South Yuba River Citizen’s League’s 4-day festival, the Sacramento event will showcase a selection of environmental short films chosen from among the most popular at its larger Nevada City counterpart. In line with its mission to draw public awareness to the dire situation of California’s wetlands and all that depend on them, SOS Cranes has put together a program that features a number of water-related themes. With movies that address river wildlife conservation, international damming protests, white water kayaking, and Native American tribes dependent on water resources, the Water Spots winners have found a natural home. The top four videos will play on loop during the film festival’s catered reception, which kicks off the film festival at 5pm.

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