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Megacities Shortdoc Festival


Register and apply before the final deadline: August 31!

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パリ メガシティ – ショートドックス



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2018 Edition – Kinshasa
Best Documentary

Bidon Vil

“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

2018 Edition – Mumbai
Best Reporting

Against the flow

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

Edition 2018 – Mexico City
Best environmental initiative

The city of rain

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

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

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 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.

2016 Edition – Tokyo
Best Documentary

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, student at WASEDA University.

2016 Edition – New York City
Best Student ShortDoc

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, students at Columbia Journalism School.

2016 Edition – Sao Paulo
Final nominee


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
New York Prize

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 ShortDoc

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, student at EICAR, International Film and TV School.


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Edition 4では、最優秀ドキュメンタリーショートフィルム(最長4 分)、最優秀報道ショートフィルム(最長4 分)、最優秀学生映画監督賞、最優秀子供映画監督賞そしてパブリック・チョイス賞が設けられ、それぞれの受賞者には1000€が授与されました。



Calendar of the Festival

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

  • January end Opening of the Festival

      The registration platform opens on the website in January and ShortDoc Makers have until July 15 to register.

  • January to May Official Screenings of the best ShortDocs from the previous Edition

    In New-York, São Paulo, Lagos, Mumbaï, Shanghaï and Tokyo.

  • July 15 and July 31 Registration and application deadlines

    ShortDoc Makers have until July 15 to register on this website and until July 31 to upload their ShortDoc on ShortFilmDepot

  • September end Announcements of the nominees

    After a Jury process, the list of nominees to the Paris Award Ceremony is announced.

  • Mid November Paris Award Ceremony

    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.

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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 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 (link), which is open from end of January to August 31st. Once registered, applicants need to go through step 2 and upload their ShortDoc to the Shortfilmdepot platform (link) also before August 31st. Although both steps are under the same deadline, it is highly recommended to register online (step 1) long before the deadline, before starting to produce your ShortDoc and before uploading  it, as it will allow you to exchange with our team and get proper advises on how to make a good ShortDoc.

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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