#Sh2orts: Full judging panel announced!


sH2OrtsWe are excited to announce the full judging panel line-up for sH2Orts, a global film competition in partnership with WaterAid.

The competition, which runs until 20 February, invites budding filmmakers from across the world to produce one-minute films about all things water, no matter their ability, skillset or equipment.

Boasting a truly international set of judges, our esteemed panel unites Indian film director, actor and producer, Shekhar Kapur; British director and filmmaker Philip Bloom; British director Gurinder Chadha; Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata; Head of Documentaries at the Guardian, Charlie Phillips; and most recently, Paddington and Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville.

Read more about the judges and their thoughts on the competition here. 

We want to see your best, creative, quirky or simply beautiful short film all about water- it could be through the lens of thirst of floods, a drama set in a car wash, or a portrait of the man who waters plants in  your local park. The aim is to build a selection of one-minute shorts by aspiring filmmakers that highlight the almost limitless role of water and to showcase these films online on World Water Day in March 2015.

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.

How to Enter

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.

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.

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.

For full details on the competition and how to enter, visit www.wateraid.org/sh2orts

For more information please contact: sh2orts@wateraid.org.