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Six Finalists to Compete for Top Prizes
in Rain Bird’s 2011 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition

Wildlife Expert and Veteran Documentarian, Jack Hanna, To Host The Final Screening and Awards Event on September 20th At The Paley Center For Media in Beverly Hills, Calif.

AZUSA, CA (August 16, 2011) –)--The Intelligent Use of Water™ Film Competition (#iuowfilm), presented by Rain Bird, has announced the six finalists that will compete for top prizes in the fourth annual environmentally focused short film competition. Slated for September 20, 2011 at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif., each of the finalists will be a featured guest at the final screening and judging event hosted by wildlife expert Jack Hanna, a 30-year veteran of documentary films and television. Following the screening of the finalists’ films and a roundtable discussion with the filmmakers and judges, two winners will be announced and awarded cash prizes of $6,000 for the Jury Award and $3,000 for the Audience Choice Award.

Selected by a panel of judges from hundreds of submissions according to pre-determined criteria including creativity and effective communication of ideas to intelligently manage and efficiently utilize the Earth’s most precious resource, the 2011 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition finalists are:

  • Just Don’t Flush It – filmmaker: Brian McAndrew – North Bend, OR
  • Water Partners – filmmaker: Randy Scholfield – Boulder, CO
  • Water Ways – filmmakers: Jall Cowasji – Norman, OK
  • Thank You – filmmaker: David Yim – Oceanside, CA
  • Fun and Games – filmmaker: Ben Mills – Basingstoke, UK
  • Save Water – filmmaker: Kathy Kasic, Metamorph Films, Livingston, MT
    Co-Producer: Rob Kennedy – Spokane, WA

Additionally, the evening will also feature the return of the Green Industry Award, voted on by the professionals working in the green industry fields including landscape architects, landscape contractors, irrigators and golf course superintendents. Presented in partnership with the Questex Media Group, the Green Industry Award winner will receive a $6,000 for their entry.

Presented by Rain Bird, in partnership with FilmL.A., Questex Media Group, The Chronicles Group, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the 2011 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition is a platform that enables both amateur and experienced filmmakers to showcase their creative filmmaking talents while raising awareness of the need for effective, efficient and responsible use of water.

A representative from each organization will also serve on the competition’s judging panel, where they will evaluate the submissions based on their ability to creatively address the issue of responsible water use, and award the 2011 Jury Prize. Serving on this year’s judging panel are: Doug Bennett, conservation manager at Southern Nevada Water Authority; Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, director of marketing, PR and special events at Denver Botanic Gardens; Patrick Roberts, group publisher at Golfdom and Landscape Management Magazine; Philip Sokoloski, Manager of Communications, FilmL.A.; and Jim Thebaut, chief executive officer at The Chronicles Group, Inc.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP please visit http://www.rainbird.com/iuowfilmRSVP. More information on the competition and screening event is available at www.IUOWFILM.com.

All of the 2011 finalists’ films are available for viewing on the competition’s website, www.IUOWFILM.com.

Follow @RainBirdCorp and visit Rain Bird’s Facebook page to share thoughts and ideas with other filmmakers. #iuowfilm

ABOUT RAIN BIRD CORPORATION

Headquartered in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. From simple beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird now offers the industry's broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes, available in more than 130 countries. Rain Bird has been awarded hundreds of patents, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird’s philosophy called The Intelligent Use of Water™ is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities around the world.

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