WaterAid and WorldView have announced the winners in their inaugural global sH2Orts competition.
Entries for the competition, which called on budding filmmakers to submit one-minute films about what water means to them, came from 33 different countries across the globe.
Twenty-one films were shortlisted on 2nd March and clocked up more than 60,000 views in just three weeks, and the final winners were announced to mark World Water Day on 22nd March.
The overall winner is ‘Moonwalk’ by Sven Harding in South Africa, which highlights how, every day, women and children in the country collectively walk as far as to the moon and back 16 times to fetch water.
The three runners-up are:
- ‘Recovery’, a music video by Josta Hopps in Sierra Leone about the importance of clean water in the fight against Ebola.
- ‘Joe’s Morning’, by 11-year-old Indie Mark from the UK, features a Lego man called Joe who faces a morning without water.
- ‘Right to Water’ produced by Sohel Rana from Bangladesh and filmed with a hidden camera, shows the challenges in collecting water.
Watch the winning films at http://www.wateraid.org/sh2ortswinners.
Catherine Feltham, Film Producer for WaterAid, said: “We’re delighted that our inaugural film competition has been such a success. It’s been a truly global activity with such creative and diverse entries showing the different way people across the world connect with water. The competition was tough and it was very close at the end, but we are delighted to be announcing such a fantastic winning line-up of films. It’s great for WaterAid to have this suite of highly engaging films to use and share for World Water Day 2015 as we raise awareness of the importance of clean water and 748 million people without access to this basic resource.”
Marion Simpson, Content Manager from WorldView, said: “Great storytelling is incredibly hard to achieve, especially in a one-minute film, however, the imagination and creativity shown in the making of these films was truly astounding and brought the theme to life.”
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