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Megacities Shortdoc Festival

Short Documentaries filmed by Citizens to show

existing Solutions and inspire new Initiatives.



5th Edition opening in mid-January !

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.

The 4th Edition, 2018, of the MegaCities-ShortDocs Citizen Film Festival has its winners! 

Enjoy watching all the awarded shortdocs on our YouTube Channel

2018 Edition – Kinshasa

Best Documentary film

Bidon Vil

This shortdoc is about an artist designer and performer who turns plastic trash that pollute his urban environment into toys for poor children. He sets decoration, makes models and costumes in order to entertain, to awake citizen’s conscience to the recycling culture and get access to arts for free in public area.

ShortDoc directed by Nizar SALEH

2018 Edition – Mumbai

Best Reportage

Against the flow

Aabid Surti can’t stand the sight or sound of leaking taps. For the past 11 years, the 84-year-old author-artist-cartoonist has been visiting homes in his suburb in Mumbai, fixing faulty taps for free. Through his initiative, Drop Dead Foundation, he has saved more than 10 million liters of water.

ShortDoc directed by Anand HOLLA.

2018 Edition – Mexico City

Environmental Initiative Prize

The city of rain 

A city in a water crisis is a city that poses a threat to its mere existence. The inhabitants of Mexico City can become part of the solution and learn to relate to water apart from chaos. Perhaps 100 thousand rainwater harvesting systems will make that difference.

ShortDoc directed by Celsa CALDERONI REYES

Initiative led by Isla Urbana

2017 Edition – Delhi

Social Prize

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 Kabeer. 

2017 Edition – Paris

Greater Paris Metropolis Prize

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 Edition – Manila

Urban prize

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.

2016 Edition – Tokyo

Best Documentary film

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.

ShortDoc directed by Chun Wang, from WASEDA University.

2016 Edition – New York City

Best Student filmmaker

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.

ShortDoc directed by Erika Glass and Nokuthula Manyathi, from Columbia Journalism School. 

2016 Edition – Sao Paulo

Nominee finalist


With the installation of swings under a bridge in São Paulo, we witness a public space revival.

ShortDoc directed by Pedro L. Fillizzola. 

2015 Edition – Paris

Greater Paris Metropolis Prize

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.

ShortDoc directed by Léa Cottais from EICAR (International Film and TV School).

2015 Edition – NYC

NYC award

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.

ShortDoc directed by Chante Graham. 

2015 Edition – Paris

Best Student Filmmaker

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.

ShortDoc directed by ChunChun Weckerle, from EICAR (International Film and TV School). 

Information for applicants

The Edition 4 is now closed. Edition 5 will open in mid-January.

Applicants to the Edition 5 will get a feedback on their documentary film by a professional jury and comments from Social / Environmental / – Tech For Good specialists!

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.

Calendar of the Edition 4

The annual calendar of the MegaCities-ShortDocs Film Festival is (almost) the same every year. Inspire yourself from the Edition 4’s calendar to prepare for Edition 5!

  • Mid-January 2018 Opening of Edition 4

    Applicants can now apply to the MC-SD Citizen Film Festival Edition 4

  • July 15 and July 31 Application and Uploading deadlines

    Applicants to the festival need to register before July 15 and to upload their video before July 31.

  • End of August 2018 Nominees Announced

    The Jury process ended and Nominees will be announced.

  • November 18, 2018 Paris Award Ceremony

    The awards for the Edition 4 have been delivered!

  • End of 2018 till 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.

  • Mid-January 2019 OPENING OF EDITION 5

    Registrations for the 5th edition of the MegaCities-ShortDocs Film Festival will be opened in mid-january 2019.

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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 Paris Award Ceremony takes place every year at the end of the year. For Edition 4 (2018), it took place on November 18, 2018 in Paris. For Edition 5 (2019) which will open in mid-January, the Ceremony will take place at the same time (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 will be open from mid-January 2019 to mid-July. Once registered, you will need to upload your short film to the Shortfilmdepot platform before July 31.

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 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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