Shekhar Kapur leads esteemed panel for film competition with WaterAid and WorldView

January 13_Global
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Indian film director, producer and actor Shekhar Kapur has joined top international film directors and specialists to support the global sH2Orts film competition, organised by the charity WaterAid and WorldView.

The competition, which runs until 20 February, invites budding filmmakers from across the world to produce one-minute films about what water means to them.

Shekhar will lead an esteemed panel of judges, which unites British director Gurinder Chadha; British actor Hugh Bonneville; British director and filmmaker Philip Bloom; Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata; and The Guardian’s Head of Documentaries, Charlie Phillips,

Shekhar who is best known for his BAFTA nominated historical films Elizabeth and The Golden Age, as well as Bollywood films including award-winning Bandit Queen, said: “Through this competition, we’re hoping to see a plethora of ways water impacts on our daily lives through the powerful medium of film. I’ll be looking for individuality and creativity when judging the entries.

“This is a great opportunity for filmmakers to make a mark for themselves and I’m proud to be working with WaterAid and the Public Media Alliance on this amazing opportunity for budding filmmakers. I feel passionately about helping the younger generation in and am therefore offering a masterclass with me as one of the prizes.”
Fellow judge Gurinder, best known for the hit films Bhaji on the Beach, Bend It Like Beckham, and Bride and Prejudice, said:
“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.”
WaterAid works in 26 of the world poorest countries, helping to save and transform lives by improving access to safe water and improved sanitation.

Catherine Feltham, Film Producer at WaterAid, said: “Gaining access to safe water and improved sanitation can completely transform lives. Through the sH2Orts film competition, we hope to celebrate the power of water and highlight its importance as we work towards a world where everyone everywhere has access to this valuable resource.”

Marion Simpson, Project Manager of WorldView, said: “WorldView is committed to supporting filmmakers across the globe to bring the richness and diversity of the world to mass audiences and we are delighted to partner with WaterAid on this exciting project. We’re looking for creativity and innovation. This is about your imagination, not resources.”

Competition information

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 filmmakers will be notified at the end of February and their films will be showcased online, with voting to decide the public’s favourite. The overall winner will be chosen by the panel of judges and the final five winners will be announced ahead of World Water Day – 22 March 2015.

Fujifilm has generously donated five fantastic cameras for winners of the competition. Also up for grabs are masterclasses from Shekhar Kapur and WorldView.

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

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