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Megacities Shortdoc Festival

Short Documentaries filmed by Citizens to show
existing Solutions and inspire new Initiatives.

Edition 5 is open!

Paris MegaCities-ShortDocs
Citizen Film Festival

The Megacities of the world present many opportunities, but also concentrate all the challenges,

We need your help to highlight, through short documentaries, inspiring local solutions that have been initiated by a person or community near you and that have addressed all these challenges. With your story, you can potentially change the life of a friend, neighbour, family in another MegaCity.

Your short film 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 School. AWARDED 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. Fillizzola. INVITED 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

Edition 5 is open!

Applicants to the Edition 5 will get a feedback on their documentary film by a professional jury !

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

The winners of the Edition 4 have received an Award recognizing the best Documentary ShortDoc (4 mn max), best Reporting ShortDoc (4 mn max), the best Student Filmmaker, the best Teen Filmmaker and the Public Choice,

Each ShortDoc Maker winning a Prize in the 4th edition has received 1000€,

The nominee finalists’ ShortDocs have been officially screened at the Paris Award Ceremony and will be screened between November 2018 and March 2019 in NYC, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Mumbai and Lagos.

Conditions for Applications

Calendar of the Edition 5

The annual calendar of the MegaCities-ShortDocs Film Festival is (almost) the same every year.

  • End of 2018 until end of March 2019 Official Screenings of the MC-SD Film Festival Ed. 4

    In New-York City, São Paulo, Mumbaï, Tokyo, Lagos & Shanghaï.. More information to come.

  • End of January 2019 OPENING OF EDITION 5

    Registrations for the 5th edition of the MegaCities-ShortDocs Film Festival will be opened end of January 2019.

  • Application July 15 and Upload July 31, 2019 Application and Upload deadlines

    Applicants to the festival need to register before July 15 on the website and to upload their video on shortfilmdepot before July 31, 2019.

  • September 16, 2019 Nominees Announced

    The Jury process ended and Nominees will be announced

  • Mid November, 2019 Paris Award Ceremony

    The awards for the Edition 5 have been delivered!

  • End of 2019 until end of March 2020 Official Screenings of the MC-SD Film Festival Ed. 5

    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 Local 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 Paris Award Ceremony takes place every year at the end of the year. For Edition 5 (2019) which will open in end of January, the Ceremony will take place mid November, 2019  (exact date to be determined). As every year, the finalists will be invited by plane and hosted in Paris during the Ceremony.

From and until when can I apply?

Applications require a two-steps process. Step one is the online registration on our website, which will be open from end of January to July 15th, 2019. Once registered, you will need to go through step 2 and upload your ShortDoc to the Shortfilmdepot platform before July 31st.

Which are the 38 megacities I can shoot in?

Building on two main report, the UN world cities in 2018 data booklet and the Demographia World Urban Areas, 14th Annual Edition: 2018:04, 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. Once the registration platform is open, applicants must fill the ShortDoc Maker 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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