Indian film shortlisted in global sH2Orts competition

January 13_Global

Devdatt Manjrekar, a 28-year old filmmaker from India is one of 21 people worldwide to be shortlisted in WaterAid and Worldview’s international film competition – sH2Orts.

Devdatt’s film is a bold call to establish rituals that save water and was chosen from the diverse range of films that were submitted by budding filmmakers from 35 different countries across the globe, ranging from Nepal to Nigeria and Brazil to Bangladesh.

On being approached about how he feels on being shortlisted for this competition, Devdatt said: “There is a pressing need to re-evaluate ancient rituals with new eyes and rethink them to suit the needs of the present. My film brings to light our changing world and begs us to look within and recognise the urgent need to save our resources.”

His film ‘The Priest’, is now available to view together with the other 20 shortlisted entries at http://www.wateraid.org/sh2ortslist. The most viewed film will be named as the public’s favourite.

A panel of esteemed judges who work across the film industry will decide the overall winners. The panel of judges consists of 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.”

The top five films will be announced on Friday 20 March, ahead of World Water Day.

Catherine Feltham from WaterAid said: “We were really impressed by the quality and variety of entries we received, from animated films about singing onions to films featuring spoken word performances. They really highlight how integral water is to our lives in its many forms.

“We were also overwhelmed by receiving entries from so many different countries across the globe for our first ever sH20rts 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.”

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.

For full details on the competition, visit http://www.wateraid.org/sh2orts

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