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CALL to Student Filmmakers - PSA Contest on Bottled Water


CALL to Student Filmmakers - PSA Contest on Bottled Water

Submission Deadline is Friday, March 17th, 2017
Must be postmarked or delivered by 3/17/17 by 5:00 p.m

Help educate the public by creating a PSA about why choosing to drink tap water is better than purchasing disposable plastic water bottles.

A PSA, or a public service announcement, is a short film that helps change public attitudes and behaviors by raising awareness about a social issue. Your video should feature a creative way to teach the public why tap water is better than disposable plastic water bottles. You can create a news-cast, skit, animation, commercial, reality television show, or even a music video. Let your imagination go wild, but please read all of the following instructions carefully!

Who May Enter

Students in grades 9 -12 attending high school in Sonoma, southern Mendocino, or northern Marin counties. Entries can be a team or an individual effort. Limit one entry per person.


Cash awards will be split with 50% of the prize money going to the individual(s) who submitted the video and 50% to the high school they attend. An awards presentation will be held on Thursday, April 27th, 2017.

  • 1st Place - $1,500
  • 2nd Place - $1,000
  • 3rd Place - $500

Did you know?

  • Americans buy more bottled water than any other nation in the world. We consume approximately half a billion bottles of water each week. That many water bottles could circle the globe about 5 times. 
    (The Story of Bottled Water.PDF)
  • Plastic water bottles are not biodegradable. Every piece of plastic ever created still exists on our planet in some shape or form. 
    (Surfrider Foundation)
  • If you like having extra spending money, drink tap water! It costs each person less than $3.00 for a whole year’s supply of drinking water. On average, bottled water costs about 2,000 times more than tap water. Can you imagine paying 2,000 times the price of anything else? How about a $10,000 burger?  
    (The Story of Bottled Water.PDF)

Tap water is good for you, good for the environment!

Reduce waste ~ Save money ~ Drink local ~ Be healthy!

For More Information -

If you have questions about this video contest, please contact Kory Hebner at 707-521-6204 or

Sponsored by the Russian River Watershed Association

The Russian River Watershed Association is a coalition of eleven cities, counties, and special districts in the Russian River Watershed that have come together to coordinate regional programs for clean water, fisheries restoration, and watershed enhancement. The Russian River Watershed Association includes the cities of Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Ukiah; the Town of Windsor; the County of Mendocino, the County of Sonoma; and the Sonoma County Water Agency.

Please visit the SCWA website for ALL Rules and the RRWA logo which MUST be included in the PSA.