Ripple Effect Film Projects Presents

This week’s blog is updated by Laurie Loftin, original from Cecile Riker

What do movies, popcorn, a blue carpet, the “drop”-parazzi, sparkles, and water conservation have in common? They are all part of the successful Annual Ripple Effect Film Project!  This year’s event takes place on May 16 at Cine in downtown Athens.

Filmmakers of all ages were invited to submit films about water conservation and stewardship.  The results are outstanding!  Judges were extremely impressed with the creations from the Grades K-5 division.  The spotlight shines on these budding filmmakers during the matinée hour, with a reception to begin at 2:00 and a showing at 3:00.

Another reception and viewing takes place that evening for the adult, middle & high school categories beginning at 6:00. A total of 19 original short films made it to the finalist category.  These inspired films are sure to get everyone thinking about our water resources long after the curtain falls.


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

Dress in your Oscar best and visit with friends and family at this fun-filled event.  Strut down the red and blue carpets, smile for the cameras, and pile on the toppings at the popcorn bar. These photos are a sampling of Ripple Effects gone by.


Popcorn heaven!


Some filmmakers stop and pose for the paparazzi.


Someone put these girls on a poster!

Movie submissions are put into several categories including Grades 1-5, Middle/High School, and Adult/UGA. Awards are given for Best Overall Films, Films with the Best Conservation Message, Audience Choice Awards, and the new Best in Fest Award.  To add to the excitement for 2015, CASH PRIZES are to be awarded to winning films.

Last year nine films took home a coveted glass water drop, but all of the finalists did a fantastic job of informing about and celebrating water conservation. You may click on the following 2014 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 a friend


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 the 2014 films, visit Lily Anne Phibian’s Youtube channel. Pictures from the event are posted on Lily’s Facebook page!  Look back to these same spots soon to see what 2015 offers to the environmental film category.


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