Connecting the Drops

This local short-film competition and screening aims to raise awareness of the importance and perils of water as it makes the journey from storm to stream.

Michigan’s water system is a vast and interconnected cycle, from raindrop to trickling stream, and large river to the mighty Great Lakes. Deeply intertwined within this water cycle are people, places, and our heritage.

Faced with the burden of legacy pollution and new emerging threats to freshwater, it is more important than ever to share our stories. We have a unique opportunity and deep obligation to protect and celebrate the resource that sustains our sense of adventure, our identity, and our very existence.

Submit a Film

Submit your 3-10 minute short through Film Freeway between April 15, 2017 and July 31, 2017 to be entered into the film competition.  Awards in four categories will be determined by an independent selection committee and announced at the public outdoor film screening on September 9.

Submit Film

Suggested themes: Nature conservation, outdoor recreation & adventure, water pollution, water cycle, water culture & heritage, water innovation, aquatic wildlife, human impacts on river systems and water cycle

Categories include:

  • Youth film maker (age 17 years and younger as of 9/1/2017)
  • Amateur film maker (age 18 years and older as of 9/1/2017; less than 50% of your annual income generate from film)
  • Professional film maker (age 18 years and older as of 9/1/2017; 51% of your annual income generated from film)
  • Local film maker (in recognition of outstanding short film by film maker from Southwest Michigan)

Watch the Screening

A public screening of exemplary films will take place outdoors on the barn at Riverview Launch on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  Full information on the public outdoor screening celebrating our water resources will be available soon.



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