Entries open for sH₂Orts, our new global film competition with WorldView

In preparation for World Water Day 2015, we’re inviting you to share your unique perspective on water as part of our new global film competition, sH₂Orts.


9 Jan 2015 | AU

We're gearing up for World Water Day 2015 with the launch of our exciting new short film competition, sH₂Orts, with some incredible prizes on offer.

To enter, all you need to do is submit a creative, quirky or simply beautiful short film – no more than a minute long – all about water, by 20 February 2015.

Among the fantastic prizes on offer is the chance to win a filmmaking masterclass with director, producer and actor Shekhar Kapur – best known for his BAFTA nominated historical films Elizabeth and The Golden Age – and one of five state-of-the-art cameras, kindly donated by Fujifilm.

Five winners will be selected from our shortlisted films, with one overall winner and three runners up chosen by our judges. One further prize, the 'People's Choice', will be awarded to the film with the most views on Vimeo.

Shekhar Kapur will be leading the prestigious panel of competition judges, which also includes:

  • Jeta Amata: Jeta is a Nigerian filmmaker whose film The Amazing Grace won the Best West African Film Award in the 2006 Screen Nations Awards UK and was the first Nigerian film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Jeta's recent credits include Inale and Black Gold.
  • Philip Bloom: Philip is a world-renowned British filmmaker. One of his most successful projects was How To Start A Revolution, which won a BAFTA in 2012 and was awarded prizes at several film festivals, including Best Documentary at the 2011 Raindance Film Festival.
  • Hugh Bonneville: Actor Hugh 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 including Notting Hill, The Monuments Men and more recently in Paddington.
  • Gurinder Chadha OBE: Gurinder is a British film director, best known for the hit films Bhaji on the Beach, Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice. 
  • Charlie Phillips: Charlie is the Head of Documentaries at The Guardian, and was previously the Deputy Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest.

We’re thrilled to be running sH₂Orts in partnership with WorldView, who provide grants and support to documentary filmmakers around the world.  

The competition forms part of our celebrations for World Water Day, which will take place on 22 March 2015.

Find out more about sH₂Orts and how to enter here >