We are a non-profit film festival for filmmakers and storytellers from all over the world to highlight human-water relationship issues and concerns that inspire an action step in water awareness, water championship and building awareness of the value of water for audiences.

Films about water can inspire an understanding of the value of water, and make the issues and solutions not only matters of the mind, but of the hearts and hands as well.

OUR MAIN EVENT WILL BE FALL 2024 with multiple side events happening around the world.

We are partnered with Docutribe and 2 UN partner organizations, IGRAC and Youth for Global Health & Sanitation, members of the Water Environment Federation, as well as open to collaboration with any water organization.

In creating this platform our goal is to leverage the power in the medium & art form of film to enhance relationships between filmmakers, organizations, and the entire human population to build championship and activism in water-related matters. We curate films from around the world to audiences around the world.


All films submitted need to either inform or inspire an action step in water awareness, water championship and building awareness of the value of water for audiences.

Can Students Submit? Yes! Students (elementary, middle, high school, undergrad, and grad) are welcome to submit to any category. An adult supervisor and/or guardian is allowed to submit on behalf of the minor, but the film must be conceived and created mostly by the minor filmmaker. Reach out to the film festival for a student discount code (worldwaterff@gmail.com).

Non-English language shorts must be subtitled in English.

The applicant is legally authorized to enter the short in the World Water Film Festival (WWFF), and the film is not subject to any claims or litigation and is not threatened by any claims or litigation. You must own all the rights to the film (images, sound, music and poster) - Copyright ©2022

Films must be non-watermarked (no pun intended).

You cannot cancel your participation in the competition after the announcement of the official selection.

WWFF can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/poster/stills) for promotional purposes. You always retain 100% of all rights to your intellectual property.

WWFF can only accept, consider and notify entries submitted with valid entry form and non-refundable entry fee. Applicants must submit a Secure Online Screener (not open to the public). Entry fee payment must be made online. If you are in need of a discount or waiver code, please email: worldwaterff@gmail.com

All accepted and non-accepted submissions will be notified via email.

You agree to hold WWFF harmless and to indemnify us from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court), which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity as well as screening.

No work or artist will be either discriminated or favored by their country of origin, language, age, race, education, ideology, sexual orientation, or by their economic resources. Every content, every form, every technique will be considered with no censorship of any kind.

WWFF does NOT accept:
- Films which are made before 2016.
- Films must not contain pornography, racist, sexist, offensive or defamatory statements intended to harm anybody.
- Films disrespectful to anyone's privacy.

Overall Rating
  • Josh Hallem

    We are so proud to have been a part of the festival! It was very well organized and communication was spot-on. We hope our little film resonated with the audiences, and look forward to the future of this festival!

    April 2023
  • World Water Film Festival was open for selecting my experimental yet informative short AQUA IMPROMPTU and I appreciate that a lot! I watched what I could online and thought they did a great job in organisation, communication, and film selection.
    One painful minus: Many online film files were too compressed, so they lost some of their image quality. This could be fixed by next year.
    Were there winners and where can they be found? :-)
    Thanks for everything!

    April 2023
  • Krista Leigh Steinke

    Although I wasn't able to attend - very well organized, strong quality of work, great communication, all for an extremely important cause. I recommend with highest regards.

    April 2023
  • mahmut taş

    I had a great festival experience. I met very hospitable wonderful people. I'm glad they made this festival, thank you very much.

    April 2023