We celebrated the first day of autumn with an outdoor screening of Beyond Crisis (2017)

Lake Ontario to the south, a beautiful Art Deco “Palace of Purification” to the north, free screening, free popcorn… what a fabulous way to say hello to Autumn 2018.

Photo Credit: Diana Howe

Photo Credit: Diana Howe

Click the link if you missed it, or if you want more information on Beyond Crisis, a film that explores what it means to live in this new era of climate change and celebrates the stories of people from around the world who are moving humanity forward. Before the film, we heard what local community groups are doing and afterwards, filmmaker Kai Reimer-Watts led an inspired discussion about what individuals and communities can do at the local level to advocate for a #SafeClimateFuture.

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If you’d like to host a screening of Beyond Crisis or one of our other films in a Water Docs Where-You-Live event, contact us.

To explore the link between climate change and water, read Emily’s blog.

Nowadays, you never know what the weather will bring, but after the high winds and heat of Friday night, Saturday evening brought cooler temperatures and a brisk breeze off the lake, so we sat in our winter jackets and enjoyed not only the film but a spectacular sunset beyond the screen, a phenomenal moonrise over Lake Ontario to the left, and the elegance of the Art Deco Water Treatment Plant, nicknamed the “Palace of Purification”, to our right.


The film screening was part of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s (OSEA) Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO) weekend, an energy education campaign and annual showcase of individual, community and commercial sustainable energy projects. The cross-Ontario initiative aimed to showcase advancements in the sector and energy champions, demonstrating how Ontario is on the path to a 100% clean energy future. #GEDO2018.

Ecologos and Water Docs would like to warmly thank our co-presenters of this event for their generosity and enthusiastic support, CUPE locals 79 and 416, Toronto Water, as well as all of our community partners.

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Submit your film for Water Docs 2019

Do you have a film about water?

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Submit it on Film Freeway for consideration for the 8th Annual Water Docs Film Festival in March 2019. Submission deadlines are at the right.

Have you created a feature or short documentary about water? An animation or music video? A narrative or experimental film? Is it short or long?

We’re interested in all kinds of films that help our audience celebrate and understand water in all its aspects. This year we are running a competition for Best Film with a $2,000 CAD prize.

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So get your cameras ready and enter your films today. 

We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!

You can get a taste of this year’s Water Docs Film Festival in the photos and highlights reel below.

Water Docs 2018 is a wrap!

See you next festival, but here's a small taste from this year...

The Water Docs Film Festival shows outstanding films and exhibits on issues facing water systems and the people who live in them here and around the world. After each screening there were lively Q&A sessions with filmmakers, activists, artists, experts and other related speakers. Our community partners shared ways to get involved.

The festival is the joint effort of many great volunteers, partners, donors and supporters. Thanks to everyone who attended and to everyone who helped make it happen! Click here if you are interested in volunteering to help plan our work and next year's festival! If you missed the free World Water Day Celebration on March 22, click for a sample of what fracking is all about and how bad it is for our water systems.

And consider holding a Water Docs Where-You-Live event in your community, with a film and discussion.

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Festival films covered the gamut of water issues, explored some possibilities for action, and celebrated the joy of water in our lives in a myriad of ways. We inaugurated the Water Warrior Award, with Maude Barlow taking the honours for her passionate and tireless work for water over the years.

Of note, this year nearly all of our films were submitted, so if you're a filmmaker who is working on a film about water, you can submit for next year's festival starting in July. Keep an eye on our Film Freeway profile for announcements about the 2019 Water Docs Film Festival.

Check out some of the trailers of the films we screened this year by clicking the button below and if you missed the festival you can see some of the highlights in the video below.

The 2018 Water Docs Film Festival is a wrap, but if you missed it this year, you can always check out some of the highlights here.

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