2021 Schedule of Events

The 2021 Water Docs at School Winning Student Films
The 2021 Water Docs at School Winning Student Films Screening Block
Available: Nov 09, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

And the winners are... take a peek at the winners of the 2021 Water Docs at School Action Projects program including the Best Project and the Best Film videos and the really excellent Runners Up and Honourable Mentioned films and projects too!

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LSF (Learning for a Sustainable Future)
lsf-lst.ca/about

Founded in 1991 by a diverse group of youth, educators, business leaders, government and community members, LSF is a non-profit Canadian organization that was created to integrate sustainability education into Canada’s education system.

Water Docs at School
waterdocs.ca/school

Using a unique, hands-on approach, Water Docs at School brings young people into a close relationship with water, building their understanding of water systems and instilling a passion for water stewardship.

Water Docs at School Action Projects is an eight-month-long learning and action program for Ontario Grade 7 & 8 students, delivered through a partnership between Ecologos and Learning for a Sustainable Future.

Eco-Adventure
Eco-Adventure Screening Block
Available: Nov 09, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

The films in this package showcase the celebration of water through adventure stories from around the world. Enjoy the ups and downs - literally and figuratively - of the people and teams as they challenge themselves while gaining a new understanding and respect for the waters of our planet. These films are presented in partnership with the Outdoor Outdoor Film Festival (OOFF) in celebration of ReSurge and the 10th Anniversary of the Water Docs Film Festival.

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OOFF (Outdoor Outdoor Film Festival)
ooff.ca

Founded with the mission of sharing the natural beauty and adventures in our own backyards, OOFF seeks to bring people together through stories of people living life to their fullest outdoors.

The premiere of the Festival will be held in Saint John, New Brunswick in early winter of 2022. As a hub for all with a passion for anything and everything outdoors, the Festival offers attendees the opportunity to experience the natural world and activities it celebrates.

Water After War
Water After War Screening Block
Available: Nov 09, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

History… and the hope for a new and brighter future is the theme of these films whereby the protagonists have lived through the horrors of war and yet their resilient human spirits bring them hope for a better future through their connection to water. These films are presented in partnership with the Silver Wave Film Festival.

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Silver Wave Film Festival
swfilmfest.com

The annual Silver Wave Film Festival features something for everyone. This year’s event offers a showcase of multicultural, international, French and English programming of all genres and lengths and a comprehensive industry series which brings experienced and emerging producers and filmmakers together.
Silver Wave is jam packed with exciting events and programming with diversity and depth. The Festival is the brainchild of the board and staff at the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative and is the staff’s volunteer labour.

The Sacredness of Water and Land
The Sacredness of Water and Land Screening Block
Available: Nov 09, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

What do you hold sacred? This series of films explores the answer to that question through an Indigenous lens. What can we learn from our Indigenous brothers and sisters about 'walking lightly on the earth' and respecting life and our connectedness to everything on the planet? How can we truly live sustainably and in harmony with all living things? These films are respectfully presented by the Water Docs Film Festival in celebration of our 10th Anniversary.

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Water and the Arts
Water and the Arts Screening Block
Available: Nov 09, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

Celebrating our connection to water through art, this collection of films highlights how art can be created and used to bring awareness and action to water and climate change issues.

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Wakefield Doc Fest
wakefielddocfest.ca

The Wakefield Doc Fest screens a curated selection of top quality, current, award-winning, feature-length documentary films from Canada & around the world at its annual festival which runs over four weekends in February.

Water and Community
Water and Community Screening Block
Available: Nov 09, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

What is our human capacity to help others while not repeating the mistakes of the past? Humans naturally want to be of service to others, especially those in their own communities. These films explore how communities can come together to help each other gain access to clean water and are presented in partnership with the Reelworld Film Festival, the Forest City Film Festival, and the Water Institute (an initiative of the University of Waterloo).

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Forest City Film Festival
fcff.ca

We bring the best of the work of film artists connected to Southwestern Ontario in a juried competition for features, shorts, documentaries, short documentaries, and short animations. Additionally, FCFF presents a selection of the best Canadian films of the year, industry workshops and networking, a screenplay competition, filmmaker Q&As, receptions and awards.

ReelWorld
www.reelworld.ca

Founded by Tonya Williams in 2000, the Reelworld Film Festival (non-profit) and Reelworld Screen Institute (charity) are ground-breaking initiatives in Canada that draw attention to the lack of racially diverse and indigenous talent in mainstream media - both in front of and behind the screen.
Reelworld is the largest national platform dedicated to changing the face of the media landscape by empowering and showcasing Canadians identifying as Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American talent in the screen-based industries.

The Water Institute, University of Waterloo
uwaterloo.ca/water-institute

Ranked among the top water research institutions in the world, the Water Institute is a leader in water research and education.

Distinguished by its commitment to 1) facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration, 2) inspiring innovation and 3) building international partnerships, the Water Institute is tackling some of the most complex water challenges of our time.

Water Inequality
Water Inequality Screening Block
Available: Nov 09, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

Looking at the local impacts of the increasingly dire global water crisis, this series of films is proudly presented in partnership with the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the Calgary Justice Film Festival, and the Kington Canadian Film Festival.

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Calgary Justice Film Festival
justicefilmfestival.ca

At the Calgary Justice Film Festival, we present some of the world’s best documentaries on the issues that are important to us as individuals, Canadians, global citizens, and humans. We’ve brought influential and timely documentaries from international filmmakers to more than 30,000 people in the Calgary area and across Canada, and thanks to our sponsors, we’ve done it free of charge.

imagineNATIVE
imaginenative.org

The organization is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for excellence and innovation in programming and as the global centre for Indigenous media arts. imagineNATIVE (legal entity: The Centre for Aboriginal Media) is a registered charity committed to creating a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures through the presentation of contemporary Indigenous-made media art including film, video, audio, and digital media.

Kingston Canadian Film Festival
kingcanfilmfest.com

As a charitable cultural organization, our mission is to provide access to Canadian film in a dynamic festival setting. KCFF presents screenings, events and activities that provide a fresh experience of Canadian film that, in turn, creates an audience that supports and encourages the ongoing development and appreciation of our national cinema and its creators.

The Tragedy of the Commons
The Tragedy of the Commons Screening Block
Available: Nov 09, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

What does it mean to lose our fresh water gems and how can we put a price on them? The Tragedy of the Commons looks at the cost of taking our fresh water sources and exploiting them for profit and poses the questions: What happens to the life and natural beauty of our water ecosystems if we fail in our duty to protect them? What is the real cost of a glass of clean water?
These films are presented by the Water Docs Film Festival in celebration of our 10th Anniversary!

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Whose Rights? - Opening Night
Whose Rights? - Opening Night Live Stream
Available: Nov 09, 2021 23:30 Until: Nov 10, 2021 03:30

For the Opening Night of the 2021 ReSurge Festival and in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Water Docs Film Festival, along with our presenting partner, Hot Docs, we will be screening some films that speak to the issue of water as a human right. Whose rights are more important? Do the rights of nature and eco-systems, including human rights, trump the rights of a corporation when it comes to accessing clean water? Do the laws of our societies take these important ideas into account? After watching our films, you be the judge.

Whose Rights? - Opening Night
Whose Rights? - Opening Night Screening Block
Available: Nov 10, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

For the Opening Night of the 2021 ReSurge Festival and in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Water Docs Film Festival, along with our presenting partner, Hot Docs, we screened some films that speak to the issue of water as a human right. Whose rights are more important? Do the rights of nature and eco-systems, including human rights, trump the rights of a corporation when it comes to accessing clean water? Do the laws of our societies take these important ideas into account? After watching our films, you be the judge.

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Hot Docs
hotdocscinema.ca

It is a year-round home for first-run Canadian and international documentaries, as well as special documentary presentations and showcases, including the popular Doc Soup screening series. Continuing its longstanding role as a community cinema, it also hosts many of the city’s independent film festivals and offers audiences some repertory and specialized fiction film programming.

Live Stream Recordings
Live Stream Recordings Screening Block
Available: Nov 10, 2021 05:02 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

These are the recordings of our live streamed sessions and will be available the day after the live stream has taken place. We encourage you to either watch the event until the end, or if you'd prefer, to skip the films and jump to the post-screening Q&A discussions with our guest speakers and emcee.

Indigenous Perspectives
Indigenous Perspectives Live Stream
Available: Nov 10, 2021 23:30 Until: Nov 11, 2021 03:30

Could you walk a mile in a pair of someone else’s moccasins? For our Indigenous Perspectives screening, presented in partnership with What About Water (an initiative of the Global Institute for Water Security and the University of Saskatchewan), we look at water and climate change from the perspective of Indigenous Peoples from around the world and how they are dealing with the effects of these issues on their communities.

Indigenous Perspectives
Indigenous Perspectives Screening Block
Available: Nov 11, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

Could you walk a mile in a pair of someone else’s moccasins? For our Indigenous Perspectives screening, presented in partnership with What About Water? (an initiative of the Global Institute for Water Security and the University of Saskatchewan), we look at water and climate change from the perspective of Indigenous Peoples from around the world and how they are dealing with the effects of these issues on their communities.

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What About Water?
whataboutwater.org

Empowering people and communities to connect water science with the stories that bring about solutions, adaptation, and actions for the world’s water realities.

(Un)Sustainable Fishing
(Un)Sustainable Fishing Live Stream
Available: Nov 11, 2021 23:30 Until: Nov 12, 2021 03:30

For our (Un) Sustainable Fishing screening, presented in partnership with the Guelph Film Festival, we go in search of a balance between modern technology and environmental stewardship.

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(Un)Sustainable Fishing
(Un)Sustainable Fishing Screening Block
Available: Nov 12, 2021 01:45 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

For our (Un) Sustainable Fishing screening, presented in partnership with the Guelph Film Festival, we go in search of a balance between modern technology and environmental stewardship.

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Guelph Film Festival (NOV 5-DEC 5, 2021)
guelphfilmfestival.ca

The Guelph Film Festival is a documentary film festival dedicated to expanding the proliferation of voices and perspectives of all kinds through the presentation of stories that explore themes of social justice, the environment, and community building.

Water Warrior Award Presentation
Water Warrior Award Presentation Live Stream
Available: Nov 12, 2021 23:30 Until: Nov 13, 2021 03:30

Each year, Water Docs presents our Water Warrior Award to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to protecting and raising awareness about threats and issues facing water. For the last several years, our longtime collaborators, the Student Chapter of the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) at the University of Toronto, have partnered with us in presenting this award. This year, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Water Docs Film Festival, we will be presenting the award to Mark Angelo, who over the course of his life, has worked to protect the rivers of the world, created BC Rivers Day, and then created World Rivers Day. This presentation is made possible through our ReSurge Festival event and in partnership with the OWWA Student Chapter at U of T. The film "Last Paddle? 1000 Rivers, 1 Life" is a biography of our 2021 recipient.

Water Warrior Award Presentation
Water Warrior Award Presentation Screening Block
Available: Nov 13, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

Each year, Water Docs presents our Water Warrior Award to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to protecting and raising awareness about threats and issues facing water. For the last several years, our longtime collaborators, the Student Chapter of the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) at the University of Toronto, have partnered with us in presenting this award. This year, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Water Docs Film Festival, we presented the award to Mark Angelo, who over the course of his life, has worked to protect the rivers of the world, created BC Rivers Day, and then created World Rivers Day. This presentation is made possible through our ReSurge Festival event and in partnership with the OWWA Student Chapter at U of T. The film "Last Paddle? 1000 Rivers, 1 Life" is a biography of our 2021 recipient.

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Ontario Water Works Association, Student Chapter at UofT
owwa.sa.utoronto.ca

The OWWA Student Chapter (OWWASC) at the University of Toronto is a student-run group that was established in 2005 and is supported by the OWWA Young Professionals Committee (YPC). The Chapter provides students with opportunities to learn about the water industry while building their technical knowledge and leadership skills, and networking with industry professionals.
The Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) is a voluntary organisation of water professionals in Ontario. Its members comprise engineers, scientists, managers, environmentalists, operators, technicians, and students. As an organisation, the OWWA provides leadership in water management and strives to be a leading resource for safe, sufficient, and sustainable water.

The 2021 Water Docs Award Winning Films
The 2021 Water Docs Award Winning Films Live Stream
Available: Nov 13, 2021 23:30 Until: Nov 14, 2021 03:30

The best of the best are celebrated at this screening session and they are truly the 2021 Water Docs best films about water and climate change. They include our best feature film winner, "Entangled", and our best short/mid-length film winner, "A Short Film About Ice", and are presented in partnership with the Banff World Media Festival.

The 2021 Water Docs Award Winning Films
The 2021 Water Docs Award Winning Films Screening Block
Available: Nov 14, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

The best of the best were celebrated at this screening session and they are truly the 2021 Water Docs best films about water and climate change. They include our best feature film winner, "Entangled", and our best short/mid-length film winner, "A Short Film About Ice", and are presented in partnership with the Banff World Media Festival.

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BANFF World Media Festival (JUNE 12-15, 2022)
banffmediafestival.playbackonline.ca/2021

Now in its 42nd year, BANFF is an international conference and marketplace where new business partnerships are forged and new TV, film and digital media projects are ignited. With delegates from 50+ countries, the Festival attracts the world’s top creators, producers, show runners, talent, networks, studios, streamers, press and media companies.

We believe our industry must recognize and act on its role in the movements for social, political, and environmental progress. BANFF continues to drive conversation and action, highlighting the power that the entertainment industry has to change minds, change policy, and create opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented.

Bonus Material
Bonus Material Screening Block
Available: Nov 14, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

Bonus screening materials. Recorded panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and interviews.

Water Drops Shorts Program
Water Drops Shorts Program Live Stream
Available: Nov 14, 2021 19:30 Until: Nov 14, 2021 23:30

Our popular WATER DROPS SHORTS PROGRAM includes a selection of short films from different genres about water and climate. It is presented in partnership with the Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) and specially curated for our short film lovers.

In Conversation With Paul Hawken
In Conversation With Paul Hawken Live Stream
Available: Nov 15, 2021 00:30 Until: Nov 15, 2021 02:45

How do we tackle the single most important issue of our time? Author, activist, and founder of Project DRAWDOWN, Paul Hawken joins us for an engaging discussion about his ideas for ending the climate crisis in one generation. This FREE event is presented in partnership with Drawdown Toronto, Drawdown Alberta, and Drawdown BC.

Water Drops Shorts Program
Water Drops Shorts Program Screening Block
Available: Nov 15, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

Our popular WATER DROPS SHORTS PROGRAM includes a selection of short films from different genres about water and climate. It is presented in partnership with the Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) and specially curated for our short film lovers.

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Vancouver Short Film Festival (JAN 28-30, 2022)
vsff.com

The Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) is committed to the celebration of the vibrant community of Canadian short film, documentary, and animation artists and their works.

We focus on elevating talent from British Columbia and connecting BC creators to the greater film industry nation-wide. Building ties between emerging and established professionals, we provide an arena where all short filmmakers, including students, can showcase their films to a public audience and support their fellow colleagues.

In Conversation with Paul Hawken
In Conversation with Paul Hawken Screening Block
Available: Nov 15, 2021 05:01 Until: Dec 01, 2021 04:59

How do we tackle the single most important issue of our time? Author, activist, and founder of Project DRAWDOWN, Paul Hawken joined us for an engaging discussion about his ideas for ending the climate crisis in one generation. This FREE event was presented in partnership with Drawdown Toronto, Drawdown Alberta, and Drawdown BC.

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PRESENTING PARTNERS:

DRAWDOWN Toronto
drawdowntoronto.ca

Drawdown Toronto is a federal not-for-profit organization dedicated to using the Drawdown framework and approach to support climate action. We work to demystify climate action and accelerate implementation of climate solutions.

DRAWDOWN British Columbia
drawdownbc.org

Drawdown BC offers opportunities to every person, family, community, and business in British Columbia to learn about research-based Project Drawdown solutions to the climate crisis.
Our goal is to educate, engage, and inspire citizens to put into action known and proven solutions to the climate crisis, and build a thriving, just, and sustainable BC and world for all.

DRAWDOWN Alberta
drawdownalberta.ca

Drawdown Alberta communicates to Albertans who are concerned about climate change. We provide information on how Project Drawdown solutions apply to Alberta, and what groups are already working to make those solutions a reality.

ECOLOGOS Water Docs
waterdocs.ca

Best known today for our annual Water Docs Film Festival, Ecologos has been delivering environmental education and action programs since 1999. These include Water Docs at School Action Projects, Water Docs Where You Live Community Screenings, The Water Journey workshop, among others. Underlying all our learning experiences is the image shifting learning model and a conviction to the importance of the arts in making deep connections to water and a liveable climate.

Coming Soon: Our Festival Program

We are currently putting together the schedule for this year's event. Come back to this page as we add items to our festival program.