Hot Water Film Competition

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SWAN has teamed up with Cool It Schools for the launch of 'Hot Water', a competition with a mission: Can young people create a film that will transform our water-wasting ways?

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This year marks United Nations' International Year of Water Cooperation and throughout the year SWAN will be participating in this exciting campaign to encourage budding filmmakers to make a short film with a big mission; to alert everyone to the fact that our reserves of fresh water – even here in the UK – are under threat, due to ongoing use and abuse of one of our greatest natural resources.

A pressing issue
  2012 saw the unprecedented situation of simultaneous flooding and drought, which is a powerful indicator that more must be done to understand and protect our water supplies.  In search of a solution, Hot Water is inviting young people to create an inspirational, behaviour-changing film of TV advert length (no more than 50 seconds) that will aim to help put a stop to our bad water habits once and for all. The project launched on 22 March - World Water day - and entries will be accepted up until midnight 30 October. The awards ceremony will be on 26 November at BFI Southbank in London. kids making films tea party water efficiency cool it schools hot water Whether it's a four year-old tadpole expert, a teenager who turns people on to turning taps off or a twenty-five year-old with a vision for solving water poverty. Every film that is submitted will be shown on the Cool It Schools video gallery.

Find your inspiration

Cool it Schools has a free resource pack full of informative links, which should enable all filmmakers to find an issue that speaks to them. 


The Hot Water judges are experts in the fields of science, sustainability, film advertising, education and the arts. Our line up of positive female role models and eminent women scientists and media maestros includes Professor Joanna Haigh CBE (President of the Royal Meteorological Society and Head of the Department of Physics at Imperial College); Dr Heather Koldewey (Head of Global Conservation and keeper of Aquariums at ZSL); Liz Bonnin (Biochemist, wild animal biologist and BBC presenter); Laura Gregory (Founder and Executive Producer of Great Guns) and Sacha Dench (Head of Media Production and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust UK and fearless freediver). The complete list of judges.


The true prize for creating these videos is of course the experience gained in the process, and the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to this important cause, but there are also real prizes available. Prizes for the winning teams are provided by DK Books, Derwent Coloured Pencils, Ohyo Collapsible Bottles, Delphis Eco, Kudlian Softwear Animate it, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Nice and Serious. Oscars will be handmade by textile artist Lucy Moose. Winning films will be screened at the British Film Institute in South Bank, London on November 26th 2013, alongside the presentation of the Hot Water awards. The winning films will be screened across the UK with the help of digital media, cinemas, blogging and other social media, in order spread this vital message round the world.