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Water Conservation Film Contest

View the Winners of the 2013 Water Conservation Film Contest

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Student filmmakers walked the red carpet again this year, for Public Utilities’ Annual Water Conservation Film Contest premiere, which took place May 15. Hosted by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, the winning films were viewed on the big IMAX screen. In all, eight films were selected as finalists.

The winning film was also shown at Mission Valley and Plaza Bonita AMC Theaters, as well as the MiraMesa Edwards Theater as a public service announcement before feature presentations, and winners received generous prize packages from local businesses.

Photo of Group of Filmmakers with Councilmember Todd Gloria and Mayor Bob Filner

The film contest creates an opportunity to engage students directly about the importance of using water wisely, allowing the creativity of the students to inspire the rest of our community to use water more efficiently.

The contest, which takes place each May, is open to all high school students and all college students in the cities of San Diego, Coronado and Imperial Beach.

2013 Winners

Photo of filmmaker Michael J. Bowie

Winner: The Hydrologist View the video

Winning filmmaker Michael J. Bowie from San Diego State University took top honors with “The Hydrologist,” which featured vivid cinematography and the dramatic contrast of color and black and white to illustrate the benefits that rain barrels can bring to your garden. A complete list of winners is below:

2nd Place: The Cactus Brothers View the video
Film By: Carlos Grijalva
School: Point Loma High School

3rd Place: Calvin the Cactus View the video
Film By: Aaron Gomes, Alex Mouritzen and Alex Meraz
School: Southwestern College

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Other finalists were:

Finalist: H2 tha O Rap View the video
Film By: Ali Basheer, Halend Miller, John Kelley Jr., Darian Patterson, Lilyan Asdaqu, Megan Jackson, Robert gray, Alexia Johnson, Jalissa James, DeVante Siler, Svallana Halla and Tyea Whiston

Finalist: Save the Blue View the video
Film By: Stephanie Hernandez and Krysta Kowalski
School: Point Loma High School

Finalist: Secret Agent View the video
Film By: Paula Morreale
School: University of San Diego

Photo of Group of Filmmakers

In addition, this year's contest incorporated a secondary competition utilizing social media. The "Viewer's Choice" contest ran on the department's Facebook page for the two weeks following the red carpet premiere. This follow-up contest gave the eight finalists another opportunity to obtain a top honor. "Calvin the Cactus," which took third place in the overall contest, won the Viewer's Choice award out of the 154 votes posted on Facebook.

Contest Details and Contact Information for 2014

Check back here in January of 2014 for more details on next year’s contest and the contest rules and entry form.

Storylines must use one of the following "how-to" messages:

  • How to "waste no water" by planting native or California-Friendly® plants.
  • How to "waste no water" by using a rain barrel.
  • How to show that "wasting no water" is important to San Diego's economy.
  • How to create a sustainable world by "wasting no water."
  • How to recycle water

For more information about the Annual Water Conservation Film Contest, contact the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department at (619) 533-4203 or via e-mail at water@sandiego.gov.