Take your camera and highlight the World Largest Cities' Challenges & Initiatives
To inspire new projects with positive environmental & social impact
Festival Edition 7 - December 3rd to 9th - 2021
Footages Credits :
- 2020, Bicycle Mayor of Mumbai
- 2016, New York, The uni project
- 2016, New York, Reading Between Lines
- 2017, Rio, The Valongo Wharf
- 2018, An Antidote for Brazil
- 2018, Kinshasa
- 2019, Paris, Espero Farm
- 2019, Sao Paulo, Recida Vidas
- 2015, Paris, City of Gods
The Megacities of the world present many opportunities, but also concentrate all the challenges.
Filmmakers, you have been over 500 since 2014 to make very short documentary films (4 minutes max) to inspire people. We still need your committed involvement to highlight inspiring local solutions that have been initiated by a person or a community near you, and that have addressed key challenges or to share unacceptable situations as “whistle-blowers” to contribute to the mobilization of citizens to make change happen.
With your story, you can change the life of a friend, a neighbor, a family in another City.
Your short film will change the world.
Take your camera and shoot your reality.
Learn more about us by downloading our official presentation brochure here (official 2020 brochure - will be updated soon) :
Art of being in a world of not being
Best ShortDoc Award Edition 6
Best Student Film
Award Edition 6
Claire Olivier, Erwan Billet, Victor Labro,
Michael Launay, Lucas Prevost
The Most Positive ShortDoc Award
Under the Bridge
Meet an amazing character, Nilson Garrido, teaching boxe and priceless life lessons to homeless and marginal people under a bridge, in Sao Paulo.
Nizar Saleh, alumni at "Ecole des Beaux Arts" - Kinshasa
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.
The film shows the journey of Helio da Silva, who planted alone more than 20 thousand trees in the park Tiquatira, East Zone of São Paulo, a very needy place of the city. Although many destroyed the trees in the beginning, Helio insisted, until the authorities began to take care of the park as well.
Chun Wang, student at Waseda University
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.
Go to School
Li Yuying, Shanghai Tongji University
In Shanghai, migrant workers children need to provide many certificates to go to school. Countless children because of the lack of certificates, they can't go to school .
Some ShortDocs Awarded since Edition 1
Calendar of the Festival
Opening of the Festival
The registration platform opens on the website in Februrary and ShortDoc Makers have until October 31st to register and shoot their shortdoc film ! It is extremely important for every ShortDoc Makers to register early in order to get a proper follow-up.
ShortDoc Makers have until October 31 to register and to upload their ShortDoc on Shortfilmdepot. It is highly recommended to register online before producing and uploading your ShortDoc.
Results of the selection process of 15 nominees by an international professional Jury
December 3 to 9
Local Screenings & Paris Award Ceremony
The awards for the MegaCities-ShortDocs will be delivered at the Paris Award Ceremony December 9 at 6 pm (GMT + 01:00).
Multiple ceremonies across the world will occur between December 3rd and 8th, as in some French Institutes or On-line with Partners as United Nation Habitat.
Information for Applicants
The Total of the 5 Awards & 2 Prizes represent a total value of 8500 € approx $ 10 000.
The five Awards will ONLY be attributed to ShortDoc Makers who shot in one of the 38 MegaCities (more than 10 Million inhabitants).
The 2 Prizes “15 Minute City” & “Urban Climate Crisis” are open to ShortDoc Makers in all cities whatever their size.
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.
Which are the 38 megacities I can shoot in?
Building on the Demographia World Urban Areas, 16th Annual Edition: 2020 report, 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, Bogotá.
* for "15 Min City" and "Urban Climate Crisis" Prizes, you can shoot in ANY city accross the world
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.
Location of the ShortDoc
Location of the ShortDoc has to be in one (or more) of the list ot the 5 MC-SD Awards, the 2 Prizes "15 Minute City" or "Urban Climate Crisis" are illegible if the ShortDoc is shot in those 38 Megacities, but could also be attributed to ShortDoc shot in any city.
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 October 31st.
Once registered, applicants need to go through step 2 and upload their ShortDoc to the Shortfilmdepot platform (link and tutorial) also before October 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.
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).
Where and when will the Paris Award Ceremony (Festival) take place?
The Paris Award Ceremony takes place every year during the first 2 weeks of December. However, we cannot ensure its physical maintenance, du to the actual worldwide pandemic.