The Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition, now in its fifth year of showcasing original short films that focus on the need for responsible water use, named two short films as the winners of the 2012 competition on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
 
Following a final screening event at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, the judging panel chose "Isla Urbana" by Greg Harriott of Brooklyn, N.Y., as the $10,000 Jury Award winner. Audience members selected "The Wash" by Carla Dauden of Long Beach, Calif., as the winner of the $5,000 Audience Choice Award.
 
Presented by Rain Bird, in partnership with North Coast Media, the screening event was hosted by Jack Hanna, director emeritus, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and host of Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and Jack Hana’s Wild Countdown television series. As a renowned environmental documentary filmmaker and animal expert, Hanna presided over the evening’s events. 
 
Judging the 2012 film entries were Sandra Keats, associate producer of "Last Call at The Oasis;" Carl Bell, KNBC-TV weathercaster; Sasha Perl-Raver, syndicated movie reviewer and blogger, Hollywood Bites; Rick Porras, co-producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy; Jane Griffin, president of the Groundwater Foundation; and Seth Jones, editor-in-chief of Golfdom Magazine. 
 
Now in its fifth year of providing a platform to actively raise awareness of the need for water conservation, Rain Bird’s Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition encourages filmmakers to use the power of film to creatively explore methods and ideas that responsibly manage and use the earth’s most precious resource.
 
More information on the competition is available at www.IUOWFILM.com