Megacities Shortdocs accepting entries [Worldwide]

Posted on Oct 23, 2023 in Multimedia Journalism

Professional and amateur documentarians around the world are invited to enter this contest.

Megacities Shortdocs hosts an international contest with festivals held in megacities to support the making of short documentaries raising awareness about urban challenges and solutions.

Documentaries must be up to four minutes long and cover issues and local initiatives in a megacity. Shortdocs should focus on a social-impact initiative or an environmental-impact initiative.

Applicants are encouraged to review the 17 Sustainable Development Goals from the United Nations for inspiration and pay close attention to their challenges and solutions. 

The shortdoc must be shot in a city with more than one million inhabitants.

Megacities include Tokyo, Jakarta, Delhi, Seoul-Incheon, Manila, Mumbai, Karachi, Shanghai, New York, São 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, Chennai and Rhine-Ruhr.

The awards for the MegaCities-ShortDocs Festival will be delivered at the Paris Award Ceremony on May 23, 2024. Multiple screenings across the world will occur throughout the rest of the year. The winners of the "Best ShortDoc" and "Best Student ShortDoc" awards, as well as the winner of the "Greater Paris Metropolis recognition", are invited to the Cannes Film Festival. Their films will be screened as part of the 9th Positive Cinema Week. The "Best ShortDoc" winner is going up the steps.

The deadline is Jan. 24.