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Megacities Shortdoc Festival

Court-métrages réalisés par des citoyens
pour mettre en lumière des solutions
et inspirer de nouvelles initiatives.

L’Édition 5 est ouverte!

Paris MegaCities ShortDocs
Festival du film citoyen

Les Megacities du monde présentent de nombreuses opportunités, mais concentrent aussi tous les défis.

Nous avons besoin de votre aide pour mettre en lumière, par des documentaires courts, des solutions locales inspirantes qui ont été initiées par une personne ou une communauté, près de chez vous, et qui ont relevé tous ces défis. Avec votre histoire, vous pouvez potentiellement changer la vie d’un(e) ami(e), d’un(e) voisin(e), d’une famille dans une autre MegaCity.

Votre court-métrage changera le monde.

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

Informations pour les candidats

Informations pour les candidats

Vous recevrez des commentaires sur votre court métrage documentaire par un jury professionnel, spécialistes dans les domaines du social, de l’urbanisme et de la tech.

Vous pourriez être l’un de nos 6 finalistes à gagner un séjour à Paris (billet d’avion et hébergement) pour assister à la Paris Award Ceremony Mi Octobre 2018.

Les gagnants obtiendront un Award reconnaissant le meilleur Documentaire de moins de 4mn, le meilleur Reportage de moins de 4mn, le meilleur ShortDoc étudiant et le meilleur choix du public.

Chaque DocMaker gagnant un award recevra un prix de 1000 euros.

Votre ShortDoc sera officiellement projeté à la cérémonie des Award de Paris et entre novembre et février à NYC, Tokyo, São Paulo, Shanghai, Mumbai et Lagos.

Conditions for Applications

  • 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 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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