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Edition 7 of the MegaCities-ShortDocs Citizen Film Festival is open officially from February 28th to October 31st 2021.

1st Step : 

Register on this web site between Februrary 28th and October 31st and you will receive by email and WhatsApp all information about the festival. Do it as early as possible, in order to get a proper guidance and counseling from our team and increase your chances of making a great ShortDoc.


2nd Step :

Before October 31st, once your ShortDoc is ready, you will have to go to shortfilmdepot to upload your film (tutorial)


By registering, you agree to the Terms & Conditions of the contest  (link).

Learn more about us by downloading our official presentation brochure here : 

MegaCities-ShortDocs Film Festival, Edition 7. A festival of short documentary-films that highlight initiatives which seek to bring effective solutions to MegaCities’ challenges and inspire people to take actions to improve the life of MegaCitizens in their MegaCity.

Your ShortDoc film must :

  • Show a challenge in your MegaCity (such as transportation, education, refugees, health, climate change, …) and solutions or ideas of new initiatives that could tackle such issues. A challenge that is potentially a theme with social or environmental impact covered by one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals from the United Nations,

  • Last no more than 4 minutes (including closing credits)

  • Integrate English subtitles: the subtitles must be integrated to the ShortDoc in the following pattern:

    • Police: Calibri, Normal, 70, in white. Black outline, size 2. (The subtitles must be kept on one line only, in the lowest part of the screen)

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Criterias​ :

  • Power of the solution in terms of inhabitants’ benefits and the challenges associated with it. Replicability of the solution.

  • The ShortDoc should either highlight an existing initiative or be a “Whistle- blower

  • Quality of production and clarity of the messages, relative brevity and capacity for synthesis will be appreciated. The short video pitch should not be perceived as a pure advertising video.

  • Description of the initiative or start-up that proposed the solution and perspective of development (internationally if relevant).

Key Dates​ :

  • 31 October 2021 : Deadline to register on our website (link) and to upload your ShortDoc on (tutorial)

  • November 2021 : results of the selection process of 15 to 20 nominees by an international professional Jury

  • December 3 to 8 2021 : International projections of this year' ShortDocs, in partnership with the french institutes 

  • December 9 2021 : The Paris Award Ceremony, where the finalists (best ShortDoc Makers among the 15 to 20 nominees) will be invited and the winners awarded

Awards and Prizes :

  • For the Best ShortDoc Award, 1500 euros for the ShortDoc Maker (+ 1000 euros for  the Initiative Owner). ​

  • For the Most Positive ShortDoc Award in collaboration with Positive Cinema, 1000 euros for the ShortDoc Maker.

  • For the Best Student's ShortDoc Award, 1000 euros for the ShortDoc Maker.

  • For the  Greater Paris Metropolis ShortDoc Award, a prize of 1000 euros for the ShortDoc Maker.​


  • For the 15 Minute City Prize, supported by the Chaire ETI Paris la Sorbonne, 1000 euros for the ShortDoc Maker. 

  • For the Urban Climate Crisis Prize, 1000 euros for the ShortDoc Maker. 

The Total of the 3 Awards & 3 Prizes represent a total value of 11 500€.

The Awards (Best MegaCities-ShortDoc, Best Positive ShortDoc, Best Student’s ShortDoc) & The Prizes (The Greater Paris Metropolis, “15 Minute City” & “Urban Climate Crisis”) are open to ShortDoc Makers in all Urban agglomerations or single cities of more than 1 Million inhabitants


For more details, download the full Terms & Conditions file here