The fifth edition of the We Art Water Film Festival has been a success that has broken all participation records: 3,362 registered authors from 131 countries. The global lockdown due to the pandemic has affected the timescale, surely making it more difficult to film the pieces, but perhaps it has also been an additional motivation to fight for life and do it through artistic communication. The level of quality has exceeded all expectations, forcing the preselection committee to increase the number of finalists to 45.
The shortlisted pieces are proof of this. These are 45 stories that reflect a daily struggle for access to a human right that still does not reach everyone around the planet. They speak of the value of food, hygiene and health. Of the value of giving life to nature, of being able to educate and reaching gender equality. These are stories of uncertainty, of anxiety and sadness, but also of hope, creativity, resistance and resilience. Each short film is a lesson that anyone, anywhere around the world, should learn. As a whole, they are the best and most comprehensive guide to understand the problems of access to water we are currently facing.
The awards ceremony, which will take place on Monday, 22nd March, World Water Day, will reveal the nine finalists, three in each category, who have reached this final stage and will announce the winners in each one of them: micro-documentary, micro-fiction and micro-animation, and the much awaited Audience Award. This year, the pandemic has delayed the awards ceremony, which will be held online. The live broadcast will take place from the emblematic Roca Barcelona Gallery at 17:00 (GMT/UTC+1) and will be hosted by journalist and TV presenter Elena Sánchez.
The value of water