WaterAid and WorldView have announced the shortlist for their global sH2Orts competition of 21 films covering water-related subjects as diverse as Ebola, conflict economics, and shit-eating Entries for the competition, which called on budding filmmakers to submit one-minute films about what water means to them, came from 35 different countries across the globe, ranging from Nepal to Nigeria and Brazil to Bangladesh. Check out the shortlisted entries online now at http://www.wateraid.org/sh2ortslist. The most viewed film will be named as the public’s favourite while a panel of esteemed judges who work across the film industry will decide the overall winners. The top five films will be announced on Friday 20 March, ahead of World Water Day, which falls on 22 March to shine the light on critical water issues. Catherine Feltham, Film Producer for WaterAid, said: “We were really impressed by the quality and variety of the films we received – animation, documentary, drama, horror and comedy. They go to show how people across the world connect with water. “We were also overwhelmed by receiving entries from so many different countries across the globe for our first ever sH2Orts competition making this a truly global activity.” Marion Simpson, Content Manager from WorldView, said:“This is storytelling at its very best – such talent, imagination and creativity has been shown in the making of this diverse collection of global shorts. I am delighted to be able to promote this exceptional series of films to the Public Media Alliance broadcast network.” Putting the films under the microscope will be Downton Abbey star and WaterAid ambassador Hugh Bonneville; Indian film director, actor and producer Shekhar Kapur; British director and filmmaker Philip Bloom; British director Gurinder Chadha, Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata: and Head of Documentaries at the Guardian, Charlie Phillips. Shekhar Kapur, said: “I’ll be looking for creative storytelling when judging the entries.” Hugh Bonneville said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the range of films illustrating this vital resource in its many forms. Our hope is that these films will encourage people to think about how they might help make a difference, particularly in parts of the world where the provision of water isn’t as simple as turning on a tap.” Fujifilm has generously donated five fantastic cameras for winners of the competition. Also up for grabs for the winners are masterclasses from Shekhar Kapur and WorldView. Ends For more information please contact: Laura Crowley at [email protected] / 0207 793 4965. Notes to editors: The shortlisted films were made in the UK, India, Sierra Leone, the Netherlands, Japan, South Africa, the USA, Egypt, Iran, Palestine, Nigeria, Australia, Philippines, Nepal and Bangladesh. The films can be viewed at: http://www.wateraid.org/sh2ortslist WaterAid WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 21 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 18 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @wateraidUK and @sh2orts on Twitter or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid Around 1,400 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s one child every minute. 748 million people in the world live without safe water. This is roughly one in ten of the world's population. 2.5 billion people live without sanitation; this is 39% of the world's population. For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity. WorldView WorldView, a project of the Public Media Alliance (the largest global association of Public Service Broadcasters),(the largest global association of Public Service Broadcasters),(the largest global association of Public Service Broadcasters),(the largest global association of Public Service Broadcasters), provides grants and support to documentary film makers across the globe enabling them to use great storytelling to bring the richness and diversity of the world to mass audiences through multi platform media. www.worldview.org.uk Follow WorldView at @WorldViewPMA and www.facebook.com/worldviewpma.