Call For Entries: MegaCities ShortDocs Citizen Film Festival 2018 (Trip to Paris and 1000€ for Finalists)

Call For Entries: MegaCities ShortDocs Citizen Film Festival 2018 (Trip to Paris and 1000€ for Finalists)

Deadline: July 15, 2018

Calling Filmmakers! Entries are open for the Paris MegaCities ShortDocs Citizen Film Festival 2018. The MC-SD festival is an international competition to produce the best short documentaries on megacities to show existing solutions and inspire new initiatives.

Megacities of the world present lots of opportunities, but are also full of challenges. So they need your help to bring to light, through the lense of your documentary, local inspiring solutions that have been implemented by a person or a community, near your home that have met those challenges head on.

Through your story you could potentially change the lives of a friend, a neighbor, a family in another Megacity. Your short documentary will change the world. The 2018 edition (edition#4) will take place in Paris, Mid-October. Finalists will win a round trip ticket and 3 nights in a Paris Center Hotel.


There are two categories of ShortDocs:

  • The Best Documentary – no longer than 4 minutes (including the closing credits).
  • The Best Reportage – no longer than 4 minutes (including the closing credits).

The DocMaker should include in his/her short documentary film at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) categorized in one of the three sustainable development pillars to be chosen when filling the registration form.

SDG Pillars

  • Economic Initiative. Within this theme, the applicant will be able to highlight an initiative or a solution which include one of the following topics (UN SDGs) related to the economic pillar of sustainable development. By economy, we mean a solution that includes a viable initiative in terms of durability, inclusivity and equity:
    • [Decent work and economic growth] – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all (SDG 8),
    • [Industry, innovation and infrastructure] – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation (SDG 9),
    • [Reduced inequalities] – Reduce inequality within and among countries (SDG 10),
    • [Responsible consumption and production] – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (SDG 12).
  • Social Impact Initiative. A social impact initiative is the development of solutions that answer individual basic needs and cohesion amongst communities or groups. The initiative should showcase one of the following SDGs topics:
    • [Zero poverty] – End poverty in all its form everywhere (SDG 1),
    • [Good Health and Well Being] – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages (SDG 3),
    • [Quality Education] – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (SDG 4),
    • [Gender Equality] – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (SDG 5),
    • [Sustainable Cities and Community] – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11),
    • [Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions] – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels -  (SDG 16),
  • Environment Initiative. The ShortDoc will be in the environment initiative if it showcases a solution directly linked with the preservation of our planet and its resources. It should present one of the following SDGs topics:
    • [Zero hunger] – End Hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture (SDG 2)
    • [Clean water and sanitation] – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (SDG 6),
    • [Affordable and Clean Energy] – Ensure access to affordable, reliable,  sustainable and modern energy for all (SDG 7),
    • [Climate Action] Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts -  (SDG 13),
    • [Life below water] – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (SDG 14),
    • [Life on land] – Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15).


  • You will get a feedback on your documentary film by a professional jury and comments from Social / Urbanism / CivicTech specialists!
  • You could be one of the 4 finalists to win a ticket & accommodation to Paris to attend the Paris Award Ceremony (Mid-October).
  • The winners will get an Award recognizing the best Documentary ShortDoc (4 mn max), best Reporting ShortDoc (4 mn max), the best Student and the best Public Choice.
  • Each ShortDoc Maker winning a Prize will receive 1000€.
  • Your ShortDoc will be officially screened at the Paris Award Ceremony and between November and March in NYC, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Mumbai and Lagos.


  • Applications are open to all individuals.
  • A special prize will be awarded to students therefore they require to submit the student card when applicable.
  • Filming must take place inside the urban area of one of these existing 38 megacities (metropolitan areas of more than 10 M. inhabitants).
    • The 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 Chih Minh City, Nagoya, Chennai, Rhine-Ruhr.


Do you live in one of the 38 megacities around the world? Submit a short documentary for the Megacities ShortDocs contest.

To enter the contest, read the contest rules and fill in the registration form online before July 15th, midnight French time.

You will then receive the process to upload your short documentary film and other components to be proceeded before the 31st of July, midnight French time.

For more information, visit Megacities ShortDocs