Make waves in your community. Host your own film screening.


There are ways that you can get involved and contribute.
One of those ways is to host a local film screening.
We will work with you to create an engaging
experience for your audience.


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Host a local  film screening.

Share your love of film and passion for water with friends, neighbours & colleagues.

You care about the environment and are passionate about the dangers facing water, locally and globally.

But our Water Docs Film Festival comes around only once a year in Toronto, and you know people who also care and would like to share the opportunity to learn more and discuss what might be done to help.

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Plan your own event.

The possibilities are endless. Host a gathering in your home, the local library, a community centre, or with a local organization.

Water Docs Where-You-Live screenings have already been held by groups as diverse a public library branch and a university; by particular cultural communities, including Chinese, South Asian and Francophone; in places ranging from Toronto to Mattawa, and from Etobicoke to North Bay.


How it works

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1. Select a film(s): Review the film descriptions and trailers in our current and prior festivals. Locate in our menu under Festival.

2.  Find out about public showing rights:  Contact us for information on how to discuss these with the filmmaker or distributor. A fee may be charged for a public exhibition. 

3. Set up a post-screening discussion: You can find out whether the filmmaker or someone else associated with its production is available to participate in a Q&A session. If local, they may be able to attend in person. If further away, you could connect by a video conferencing system, such as Skype.

4. Determine your venue: Allow plenty of lead time to ensure it can fit you into its calendar.

5. Ask Water Docs to be part of your screening:  A rep from our team would be happy to participate, schedule permitting. Please contact us with the details.

6. Plan how you'll promote the event:  Branded to include Water Docs Where-You-Live, email blasts to local organizations, social media, and posters have all been successful methods. We will also include your event in our own Social Media promotions.

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 Outdoor screening of “Beyond Crisis” at the R.C. Harris Water Filtration Plant by Lake Ontario in Toronto - September 2018

Outdoor screening of “Beyond Crisis” at the R.C. Harris Water Filtration Plant by Lake Ontario in Toronto - September 2018

 Screening of the Water Brothers Series episode called “Bottlegate” at the Owen Sound Public Library - September 2016

Screening of the Water Brothers Series episode called “Bottlegate” at the Owen Sound Public Library - September 2016

 Screening of “Albatross” at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto with their Social Justice Network Team - July 2018

Screening of “Albatross” at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto with their Social Justice Network Team - July 2018

Upcoming community screenings. Please join us for…

Water Docs Where-You-Live: Connected By Rivers

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2 PM – 4:30 PM
235 Yorkland Blvd, North York, ON M2J 4Y8, Canada
TTC: 24B VICTORIA PARK To DON MILLS STN via CONSUMERS RD

Water Docs Film Festival is pleased to be partnering with the Water Environment Association of Ontario to bring you a Water Docs-Where-You-Live screening of three films that showcase the ways rivers run through our lives.

TICKETS: $10 Register for this event to reserve your seat.

We will be screening the following films:

A River’s Last Chance
USA | 2017 | 65 min
Filmmaker: Shane Anderson
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/256725555

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The Eel River in Northern California is arguably the best opportunity for wild salmon recovery on the entire west coast. The river and salmon have weathered decades of over fishing, abusive logging, catastrophic floods, droughts and a hydro power dam that diverts water out of basin. Today the Eel’s recovering wild salmon compete for water with the region’s multi-billion dollar underground cannabis economy and the multi-billion dollar wine industries of Sonoma and Mendocino. This film is rooted in the belief that we can live symbiotically with our watersheds and encourage both a rivers recovery and economic future.

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Feather from Fish Lake
CANADA | 2017 | 7.5 min
Filmmaker: Jeremy Williams
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/257774314

Fish Lake is in the headwaters of the Chilcotin River watershed, a major tributary of the Fraser River. The lake is home to 85,000 rainbow trout, and provides clean water for drinking, irrigation, and millions of salmon, which support a thriving ecosystem and economy. Despite the objections of the Tsilhqot’in Nation and two federal rejections, Taseko Mines Ltd. continues to try and advance its “New” Prosperity Mine proposal. The company is now proposing to begin extensive road building, drilling, test pits, and seismic line testing, and build a 50-man camp, to advance and prepare for the construction of the rejected mine. In response to the proposed disturbance, Tsilhqot’in leaders held a water ceremony at Teztan Biny, where an eagle feather was blessed before travelling downstream with water gathered from the lake. The feather and water were sent from Teztan Biny, down the Fraser River to Christy Clark in Victoria. The mine has been rejected twice over its negative impacts to Tsilhqot’in culture and risks to this headwater ecosystem. The integrity of Canada’s environmental assessment process is at stake.

Kwadacha By The River
CANADA | 2017 | 18.5 min
Filmmakers: Dave Shortt, Jessica Hallenbeck, Mitchell McCook
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/257026612

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In the late 1960’s, the Kwadacha First Nation were flooded out of their Northern BC territory by the W.A.C. Bennett Dam - one of the largest hydroelectric dams in the world. Without warning, hundreds of cemeteries and village sites were destroyed. Thousands of animals drowned, causing near-starvation in the community. Many people too have drowned; in waters rendered dangerous and unnavigable. Ironically, Kwadacha does not benefit from the dam -- relying instead on a diesel generator so costly, that many cannot afford electricity. With neighbouring communities at risk from the construction of a new dam, it’s time for Kwadacha to tell their story.

Filmmaker Jessica Hallenbeck will be joining us by Skype for a post-screening discussion and Q&A.