Water World International Children's Film festival 2012

What does water mean to you, your family and your community? Why is it important?

These are some of the questions being posed to children in five countries across the Asia-Pacific region, as part of ChildFund Connect’s Water World film project.

Over 700 children from Australia, Laos, Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka and Vietnam will be asked to think about what role water plays in their life and to get creative in expressing this to their peers overseas using pocket video cameras.

The result? A series of short films, made by and for children, that will capture what water means to children in different parts of the world – from the silly to the surprising to the serious.

Why water?

Water connects all of us, wherever we live in the world. Clean water is a universal human right. Water can mean work, play, weather, life. It can be scary or fun, life-saving or dangerous. It’s so much a part of our everyday lives in so many different ways.

2013 is also the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. With awareness-raising events taking place across the world, the Water World film project provides an opportunity to add children’s voices to discussions around water issues nationally and internationally.

This project is part of the ChildFund Connect program which is partly funded by Australian Aid, managed by ChildFund Australia on behalf of AusAID.