Megacities Shortdocs Accepting Entries for Short Documentaries

Didier Bonnet, President of Magacities Shortdocs

Megacities Shortdocs, a very short film festival founded by the NGO Films4SustainableWorld and supported by the City of Paris in France, is accepting entries of short documentaries for the seventh edition of its international contest, MegaCities-ShortDocs Film Festival, 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 lives of MegaCitizens in their MegaCity. The deadline for the submission of entries is January 15, 2024.

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. They should focus on a social-impact initiative or an environmental-impact initiative.

Applicants are encouraged to review the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 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 among others.

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”, will be invited to the Cannes Film Festival. Their films will be screened as part of the 9th Positive Cinema Week.

The deadline for submission of entries is January 24, 2024.

For more information and to enter, please visit