We are delighted to announce the full judging panel line-up for sH2Orts, a global film competition with WaterAid:
Shekhar Kapur is an Indian film director, producer and actor, best known for his BAFTA nominated historical films Elizabeth and The Golden Age, as well as Bollywood films including award-winning Bandit Queen.
“Through this competition, we’re hoping to see the many ways water impacts on our daily lives through the powerful medium of film. This is a great opportunity for filmmakers to make a mark for themselves.”
Actor Hugh Bonneville is best known for his leading roles as Robert Crawley in popular drama Downton Abbey, and in award winning comedy twenty twelve. He has also appeared in films such as Notting Hill, The Monuments Men and more recently in Paddington.
Born in London, Hugh’s mother was a nurse and his father a Urology surgeon, which has made him all the more aware of the need for clean water, good hygiene and sanitation.
Hugh says: “WaterAid works closely with communities to change their lives forever by using simple, sustainable and effective technology which I find inspirational. WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone, everywhere has clean water and sanitation by 2030, this is an ambitious aim, but one that is achievable in our lifetime. I am pleased to become their Ambassador and support their work to reach even more people around the world with clean water and sanitation”.
Gurinder Chadha OBE is a British film director. Born in Kenya, her family moved to Britain when she was a young child, and her films often explore the lives of Indians living in the United Kingdom. She is best known for the hit films Bhaji on the Beach, Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice. A musical version of Bend it like Beckham will open in London in May 2015.
“I am delighted to be on the judging panel of the Sh2orts film competition, and am looking forward to seeing the short films that are created from around the world.
Water is a precious resource, and it’s a sad reality that 748 million people live every day without access to clean water. Having family from both Kenya and India, countries with large numbers of their population living without access to clean water; makes this an issue I am very passionate about. This film competition will raise vital awareness around the world about the value of water and hopefully encourage people to get more involved.”
Philip Bloom is a world-renowned British filmmaker who, for the past seven years of his 25-year career has specialised in creating incredible film-like images with low budget video. One of his most successful projects was “How To Start A Revolution” which won a BAFTA in 2012 and was also awarded prizes at several film festivals including Best Documentary at the 2011 Raindance festival.
“You don’t need fancy equipment to be able to capture a strong story, and so this competition is open for entries filmed on anything from a mobile phone or GoPro to a broadcast camera.
“Surprise us! Get creative, get imaginative – we want to hear your stories told your way.”
Charlie Phillips is the Head of Documentaries at The Guardian, and was previously the Deputy Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest for 7 years. Guardian Documentaries is a new project to commission and acquire new documentaries from all around the world for the one of the world’s most visited serious online media platforms, The Guardian’s global website.
“I’m delighted to be involved in this project which brings together independent filmmakers and the great work that WorldView and WaterAid do. I can’t wait to see what they come up with in response to this brief, it’ll be a great opportunity to view lots of new ideas.”