Short Documentaries filmed by Citizens to show
existing Solutions and inspire new Initiatives.
Edition 5 is open!
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.
“This short film tells the story of an artist designer and performer who transforms plastic waste that pollutes his urban environment into toys for poor children. It stages sets, models and costumes to entertain, raise citizens’ awareness of the recycling culture and provide free access to the arts in the public space.
ShortDoc directed by Nizar SALEH
Aabid Surti cannot stand the sight or sound of leaking faucets. For 11 years, the 84-year-old cartoonist author and artist has been visiting houses in his suburb of Mumbai, repairing defective taps free of charge. Through his initiative, the Drop Dead Foundation, he has saved more than 10 million litres of water..
ShortDoc directed by Anand HOLLA
A city in water crisis is a city that threatens its very existence. The people of Mexico City can be part of the solution and learn to identify with water outside of chaos. Perhaps 100,000 rainwater harvesting systems will make a difference.
ShortDoc directed by Celsa CALDERONI REYES
Initiative led by Isla Urbana
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
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.
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.
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.
ShortDoc directed by Chun Wang, student at WASEDA University.
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.
ShortDoc directed by Erika Glass and Nokuthula Manyathi, students at Columbia Journalism School.
With the installation of swings under a bridge in São Paulo, we witness a public space revival.
ShortDoc directed by Pedro L. Fillizzola.
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.
ShortDoc directed by Léa Cottais; from EICAR (International Film and TV School)
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.
ShortDoc directed by Chante Graham.
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.
ShortDoc directed by ChunChun Weckerle, student at EICAR, International Film and TV School.
Applicants to the MegaCities-ShortDocs Film Festival 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. Awarded ShortDoc Makers and Initiative Owners will also receive prizes up to € 2 000 and their ShortDocs will be screened all around the world’s largest megacities.
The annual calendar of the MegaCities-ShortDocs Film Festival is (almost) the same every year.
The registration platform opens on the website in January and ShortDoc Makers have until July 15 to register.
In New-York, São Paulo, Lagos, Mumbaï, Shanghaï and Tokyo.
After a Jury process, the list of nominees to the Paris Award Ceremony is announced.
The awards for the MegaCities-ShortDocs are delivered during the Paris Award Ceremony. The annual Edition of the MegaCities-ShortDocs Film Festival closes after the ceremony.
How can I get in touch with the MCSD team?
You can reach out to us via our website and the email email@example.com, or via our Facebook page and LinkedIn. We also have some Local Coordinators 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 this occasion, final nominees to the annual Edition of the Festival are 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 is open from end of January to July 15th. Once registered, applicants need to go through step 2 and upload their 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).