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Megacities Shortdoc Festival

Short Documentaries filmed by Citizens

to Show Existing Solutions

and Inspire New Initiatives.

Thank you for the solutions shared !


Tuesday 7th of November 2017

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.

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. AWARDED IN 2015

2017 Edition – Paris Film Festival – Call for Entries

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

You have until the 31st of July to register and contribute to improve the life of MegaCitizens. Then, you will have to upload your ShortDoc before the 6th of August!

The contest is open to all…

2016 Edition – New York – 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 – Mexico – Mobility – Mapaton Mexico City

A group of innovators in Mexico City generates open data of public transport through a game of citizen collaboration: Mapaton Mexico City. The short documentary film was produced, directed and edited by Daniel Badilla.

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 Chun chun from Eicar, International Film and TV School. AWARDED IN 2015

2016 Edition – Sao Paulo – Social Interactions – (H)ROPE

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 

Information for applicants

You will get a feedback on your documentary film by a professional jury and comments from Social / Urbanism / CivicTech specialists!

You could be one of the 6 finalists to win a ticket & accommodation to Paris to attend the Paris Award Ceremony (October, 19).

The winners will get an Award recognizing the best very ShortDoc (1mn max), the best ShortDoc (4 mn max), the best Student and the best Public Choice.

Each ShortDoc Maker winning an Award or a Prize will receive 1000€.

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

  • Until July, 31th Apply on this website

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

  • Until August, 6 Application

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

  • End of August 2017 Nominees Announced

    More information to come.

  • October 19, 2017 Paris Award Ceremony

    More information to come.

  • End of October 2017 till end of February 2018 Official Screenings

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

    More information to come.

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You are a megacitizen, but you don’t feel like shooting a doc? Help spreading the word!

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 2017 Paris Award Ceremony (Festival) take place ?

The 2017 edition (edition#3) will take place at the- Forum des images- in Paris, October 19. Finalists will get a plane ticket and 3 nights in a Paris Center Hotel.

From and until when can I apply?

Applications are open from January 1st 2017 to July 31st 2017 (midnight Paris’ time -UTC+2). Then, you will have to upload your documentary film through the shortfilmdepot web platform before August 6 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, 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 your short documentary film into a specific digital platform (shortfilmdepot).

Full FAQ list

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