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Megacities-Shortdocs festival highlights issues in metropolitan areas

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The Jakarta Post

-  /  Sat, July 20, 2019  /  08:07 pm
Megacities-Shortdocs festival highlights issues in metropolitan areas

The MegaCities-ShortDocs festival features 38 metropolitan cities in this competition, among them are Tokyo, Jakarta, New Delhi, Shanghai, New York, Buenos Aires and Dhaka. (Shutterstock/doomu)

MegaCities-ShortDocs is a documentary festival focusing on urban issues in metropolitan cities and how to overcome them. Initiated in 2014, the festival welcomes submissions of short documentaries for their fifth edition.  

MegaCities-ShortDocs believes that megacities often face various challenges, including in social, economic and technological sectors. The challenges also come from various aspects of education, health, climate change, refugees, mobility and access to residential areas.  

However, apart from identifying the challenges, the festival also expects the documentaries to display solutions or ideas that citizens, international associations, public authorities and related institutions can relate to.

MegaCities-ShortDocs features 38 metropolitan cities in this competition, among them are Tokyo, Jakarta, New Delhi, Shanghai in China, New York in the United State, Buenos Aires and Dhaka. Interested participants can visit the festival’s official website to register and upload their maximum four-minute-length film. The deadline is Aug. 31.

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The selection process will be done in August and the results will be presented at the ceremony in Paris in October. The available categories are Best Short Documentary, Special Jury Prize, Best Student Director, Choice of the Public, Prix de la Métropole du Grand Paris and Tech4Good Award.

Winners will receive cash prizes starting from 750 euro (US$844.49). The winner of the Best Short Documentary category, for instance, will be able to attend the awarding ceremony and receive 2,000 euro.

From November to late May 2020, the films will also be screened in a number of megacities worldwide, such as New York, Sao Paulo in Brazil, Lagos in Nigeria, Mumbai in India, Tokyo and Shanghai. (wir/mut)

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