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Megacities Shortdoc Festival

Short Documentaries filmed by Citizens

to Show Existing Solutions

and Inspire New Initiatives.

Paris Award Ceremony, 4th Edition: “Club de l’Etoile” movie theater, Paris!

Sunday, November 18th, from 8p.m to 10p.m

Screening of the 2018 nominees

Tickets 2018

Paris MegaCities ShortDocs
Citizen Film Festival

Megacities of the world present lots of opportunities, but are also full of challenges. 

So we need your help to bring to light, through the lense of your documentary, local inspiring solutions that have been implemented by a person or a community, near your home that have met those challenges head on. Through your story you could potentially change the lives of a friend, a neighbor, a family in another Megacity.

Your short documentary will change the world.

2017 Edition – Delhi – Food, Health & Environment

Back to the roots

The film looks into the most important issue faced by MegaCities today i.e.”Food Security”. Questions like where is the food grown? Who grows it? How it is grown? Are very important issues which MegaCitizens must understand in order to ensure food quality and security. ShortDoc directed by Meghatithi. AWARDED IN 2017

2017 Edition – Manila – Urban planning & Social impact

Pasig River Art for Urban Change

Pasig River has long been declared dead. This year, a new approach was initiated by the local government: to turn the river into a kind of gallery for murals to painted on the river’s flood pumping stations. This film follows one artist and a community in realizing one goal. ShortDoc directed by January Rojas Victoria. AWARDED IN 2017

2017 Edition – Paris – Education & Social Inclusion

Les Débatteurs

Teenagers are getting ready to fight. Not in a stadium or on a ring, not in a fight, nor with fists. But with words and arguments to disarm their opponents. One rule: respect the word of the other. ShortDoc directed by Julie Chauvin. 2017 METROPOLE DU GRAND PARIS AWARD 

2015 Edition – Paris – Economy & Consumption

Peel Good

In Paris, people from the Disco Soupe movement cook with food that remains unsold from supermarkets,  to fight against food waste, which is a growing problem in our Megacities. Directed by Léa Cottais from EICAR (International Film and TV School). AWARDED IN 2015

2017 Edition – Paris – Citizen Film Festival

Call for Entries

Watch the Call For Entries to the Paris [MegaCities ShortDocs] Citizen Film Festival.

You have until the 15th of July to register and contribute to improve the life of MegaCitizens. Then, you will have to upload your ShortDoc before the 31st of July!

The contest is open to all…

2016 Edition – New York City – Education

Reading between lines

One in four New Yorkers struggles to read or write. This is the story of an elderly man learning to read, supported by an organization who helps many others. Literacy Partner is an organization that teach illiterate adults to read in New York City. Produced and directed by Erika Glass and Nokuthula Manyathi, student at Columbia Journalism SchoolAWARDED IN 2016

2016 Edition – Tokyo – Health & Social Interaction

Family Phobia

Nowadays, 13.506 million people live in Tokyo, a populous metropolitan area in the world. Every day, 6.388 million of so called “salaryman” are working in this city. Directed by Chun Wang student at WASEDA University. AWARDED IN 2016

2015 Edition – Paris – Peace & Interfaith

City of Gods

City of Gods is a visual experience rather than a traditional documentary, that showcases the cohabitation of the dozen of cults and religions inside Paris, far from the political debates. The short documentary was directed and edited by ChunChun Weckerle student at EICAR, International Film and TV School. AWARDED IN 2015 

2016 Edition – Sao Paulo – Social Interactions


With the installation of swings under a bridge in São Paulo, we witnesse a public space revival. Produced and directed by Pedro L. FillizzolaINVITED TO THE 2016 PARIS AWARD CEREMONY 

2017 Edition – Bangkok – Mobility


Commuting Communication

The city of Bangkok has always been known for its infamous heavy traffic due to the lack of information. A group of young locals decided to use their diverse skills to create information graphic and share it to the people of Bangkok, encouraging the use of public transportations. Directed by Chutiman Chuenjai. 2017 FINALIST

2015 Edition – NYC – Consumption

The New Face Of Hunger

The New face of hunger is a documentary about hunger. Hunger has no face, race or gender. People want their basic human right to be able to eat. The short documentary was directed and edited by Chante Graham. AWARDED IN 2015

2016 Edition – Mexico – Mobility


Mapaton Mexico City

A group of innovators in Mexico City generates open data of public transport through a game of citizen collaboration. Produced and directed by Daniel Badillo Cabrera. 2016 FINALIST

Information for applicants

You will get a feedback on your documentary film by a professional jury and comments from Social / Environmental / – Tech For Good specialists!

You could be one of the 4 finalists to win a ticket & accommodation to Paris to attend the Paris Award Ceremony.

The winners will get an Award recognizing the best Documentary ShortDoc (4 mn max), best Reporting ShortDoc (4 mn max), the best Student and the best Public Choice.

Each ShortDoc Maker winning a Prize will receive 1000€.

Your ShortDoc will be officially screened at the Paris Award Ceremony and between November and March in NYC, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Mumbai and Lagos.

  • Until July, 15th Apply on this website

    Register now to get the process to apply through an online “call for Entry” platform we have subscribed to.

  • Until July, 31st Application

    Upload your short documentary film on shortfilmdepot call for entries platform.

  • End of August 2018 Nominees Announced

    The Jury process ended and Nominees will be announced.

  • Mid-November, 2018 Paris Award Ceremony

    More information to come.

  • End of 2018 till end of June 2019 Official Screenings

    In New-York City, São Paulo, Mumbaï, Tokyo, Lagos & Shanghaï..

    More information to come.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get in touch with the MCSD team ?

You can reach out to us via our website and the email, or via our Facebook page and LinkedIn. We also have some International Correspondents or Helpers in some MegaCities we could connect you to.

Who could apply?

Applications are open to all individuals. A special prize will be awarded to students therefore we require to submit the student card when applicable.

Where and when will the Paris Award Ceremony (Festival) take place ?

The 2018 edition (edition#4) will take place in Paris, Mid-October. Finalists will win a round trip ticket and 3 nights in a Paris Center Hotel.

From and until when can I apply?

Applications are open from January 1st 2018 to July 15th 2018 (midnight Paris’ time -UTC+2). Then, you will have to upload your documentary film through the shortfilmdepot web platform before July 31st, midnight Paris’ time – UTC+2).

Which are the 38 megacities I can shoot in ?

Building on two main report, the UN world cities in 2016 data booklet and the Demographia World Urban Areas, 13th Annual Edition: 2017:04, MegaCities ShortDocs decided to take into account the following 38 megacities: Tokyo, Jakarta, Delhi, Seoul-Incheon, Manila, Mumbai, Karachi, Shanghai, New York, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Mexico City, Guangzhou-Foshan, Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, Moscow, Dhaka, Cairo, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Kolkata, Buenos Aires, Tehran, Istanbul, Lagos, Shenzhen, Rio de Janeiro, Kinshasa, Tianjin, Lima, Paris, Chengdu, Lahore, London, Bangalore, Ho Chi Minh City, Nagoya, Chenmai, Rhine-Ruhr.

How can I apply to the contest ?

All applications must be done, through our website. Applicants must fill the docmaker registration form (name, first name, email address, description of the ShortDoc, the megacity where the ShortDoc was shooted and other personal details) and accept the Festival’s terms and conditions. Then, applicants will have to upload their ShortDoc, a short description and a picture which best represents the short documentary film into a specific digital platform (shortfilmdepot).

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