Who says Water Conservation Isn’t Glamorous?

This week’s blog is by Cecile Riker, Intern

What do movies, popcorn, a blue carpet, the paparazzi, sparkles, and water conservation all have in common? They were all part of a successful 2nd Annual Ripple Effect Film Project! 18 original short films produced by 62 total filmmakers were chosen as finalists for this year’s blue carpet premiere on March 29th at Cine in downtown Athens.


The fabulous blue carpet leading into the Lab at Cine where the reception was held.


Dressed in their Oscars best and with friends and family in tow, filmmakers of all ages gathered around; you would have thought that you were at the famous Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Folks were strutting, cameras were flashing, and the popcorn was flowing (with every topping you could imagine). Elementary school filmmakers enjoyed an afternoon reception and viewing, followed by a second reception later in the evening for the older finalists.


Popcorn heaven!


Some filmmakers stop and pose for the paparazzi.


Someone put these girls on a poster!

Movie submissions were divided into several categories including Grades 1-5, Middle/High School, and Adult/UGA. Awards given out were for Best Overall Films, Best Production Quality, Films with the Best Conservation Message, and the Audience Choice Awards. Although only 9 films took home a coveted glass water drop, all of the finalists did a fantastic job of informing about and celebrating water conservation. You may click on the following winning film titles to view them on YouTube.

Grades 1-5


“It’s Not Just a Dream” filmmakers and some of their teachers with their award for Best Overall Film


“The Wildcat Aqua Spies” filmmakers with their award for Best Conservation Message


Producers of “A Drop of Water: Una G’ota de Agua” on stage accepting their Audience Choice Award from Marilyn Hall, ACC Water Conservation Coordinatior


Middle/High School

  • Best Overall: Agent Conserving Water and the Case of the Silent Leak produced by Colin Frick and Melanie Frick (Hilsman Middle School)
  • Best Production Quality: Water produced by Tyler Ortel (Oconee County High School)
  • Audience Choice Award: Ripple Effect 2034 produced by Annabelle Wiedower, Eleanor Matthews, Krista Reed, Mackenzie Caudill, Madeline Scott, McClain Anderson, Moriya Fernandez, Natalie Peterson, Silvia Clark, and Zoe Hicks (from Girl Scout Troop #12193)


Colin Frick accepting the award for Best Overall Film for “Agent Conserving Water and the Case of the Silent Leak”


Tyler Ortel and his escort


The girls behind “Ripple Effect 2034”



Best Overall Film winners from “Elio’s Big Drip”


Samantha Morton accepting her award for “The Weight of Your Water”


“Waternator” filmmaker Katie Ball and the stars of her film

The Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office would like to extend a HUGE thank-you to everyone who submitted a film! This event would be nothing without the ingenuity and creativity of all the filmmakers, and we hope you all continue to produce films (specifically about water conservation) in years to come.


To watch a playlist of all of the films, visit Lily Anne Phibian’s Youtube channel. Pictures from the event are posted on Lily’s Facebook page!


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