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WorldView and WaterAid Film Competition

Public Media Alliance's WorldView, situated here in DEV, have teamed up with WaterAid to launch a global short film competition called sH20rts.

As a friend of WorldView we thought that you should be aware of the excellent opportunities that this competition has to offer, with great prizes and future WorldView grant funding opportunities.


WorldView provided us with the following information on their competition:


We’re looking for creative and original shorts of a minute in length. The film could be shot through the lens of thirst or floods, it could be a drama set in a car wash, or a portrait of the man who waters plants in your local park. Whatever the story, the style and means of filming is up to the filmmaker. The aim is to build a selection shorts by aspiring filmmakers that highlight the near limitless role of water and to showcase these films online in time for World Water Day in March 2015.

Furthermore, experienced filmmakers Shekhar Kapur and Phillip Bloom are supporting the competition. With a wealth of experience both as a director and cinematographer, Philip Bloom is the perfect candidate to launch the competition, and he has made a promo which you can follow the link to below.

Shekhar Kapur, an award winning Indian film director, actor and producer will have the difficult role of choosing the overall winner of the competition. He is best known for his BAFTA nominated historical films Elizabeth and The Golden Age, as well as Bollywood films including award-winning Bandit Queen. Revealing some of the criteria for a winning film, he said:

“Through this competition, we’re hoping to see a plethora of ways water impacts on our daily lives through the powerful medium of film. I’ll be looking for individuality and creativity when judging the entries'.

The full judging panel will be announced early next year.


The Prizes

Fujifilm have generously donated five great cameras.

The overall winner will receive a Fuji XT 1 with a XF18-135mm lens and a filmmaking masterclass with BAFTA-nominated Director Shekhar Kapur.

The People’s Choice prize winner will receive a Fuji X Pro 1 with 18-55 mm lens and a storytelling masterclass with WorldView.

The three runner’s up will each receive a Fuji X100S.

Furthermore, in 2015 we will be welcoming applications for longer 3-5 minute shorts where grant funding will be available. More information and dates for submitting these longer applications will be announced early next year.


So where do you come in?

We believe that this competition will offer the talented and aspiring filmmakers in your network the chance to showcase their work to a wide and diverse audience, whilst giving them the opportunity to create a a short which advocates the varying uses and importance of water in all walks of life.

With this in mind, it would be much appreciated if you could inform your followers or contacts about  this competition. Whether it’s a simple retweet, a share or an email forwarding the details of the competition onto your network, we would love to appeal to your extended talent pool to achieve the widest reach and range of filmmakers possible.


Competition Information

The competition is free to enter and entrants can film on their own, with friends or as part of a crew. The films can be sent in either .mp4 or .mov format and can be any duration under one minute long.

The shortlisted film makers will be notified at the end of February and the final five winners will be announced on World Water Day 2015 – 22 March.

We’re looking for great storytelling told in creative and innovative ways. This is about your imagination, not resources: you can make it on your own or with friends or a crew, using your phone, a top-end camera or anything in between.

With WaterAid’s aim to ensure everyone, everywhere has access to safe, clean water by 2030 and WorldView’s commitment to supporting filmmakers to bring the richness and diversity of the world to mass audiences, we want to use our combined expertise to encourage the creation of an eclectic range of films that celebrate the many facets of water and its fundamental importance to life.


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