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Young filmmakers could win a masterclass with a leading film director by getting involved with a new competition from WaterAid.

The international sanitation charity, the global association of Public Service Broadcasters - Public Media Alliance and their WorldView project, which aims to support and encourage documentary filmmakers worldwide, have teamed up to run a short-film competition called sH2Orts.

The competition aims to inspire young, budding-filmmakers all over the world, especially students, to show through the production of a short film the immeasurable benefits and limitless roles water has in their lives and in their communities.

The films can be of any quality and produced by all abilities of filmmaker, and the winners will receive Fujifilm cameras as well as masterclasses from WorldView and Shekhar Kapur

Hugh Bonneville, star of Downton Abbey and an official Ambassador for WaterAid, is amongst the competition’s judging panel, that also consists of the Indian film director, actor and producer Shekhar Kapur, British directors Gurinder Chadha and Phillip Bloom, Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata and the Guardian’s Head of Documentaries, Charlie Phillips.

Hugh Bonneville said of his new ambassadorial position and of the charity: “I’m proud to become a WaterAid Ambassador and the charity’s first ever sH2Orts film competition.

"Most of us take water for granted, yet one in ten people around the world have no choice but to drink water from unsafe sources. 1,400 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and inadequate sanitation – that’s a shocking statistic. WaterAid’s work is essential if we are to tackle this global problem.

“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.”

Multi-award winning film director Shekhar Kapur says: “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.”

WaterAid works to provide and improve access to safe water and adequate sanitation in 26 of the poorest countries in the world, spanning across Asia, Central America, Africa and the Pacific Region. This non-profit organisation has helped 21 million people gain access to safe water and has given 18 million people access to improved sanitation.

There are, however, still 2.5 billion people living without sanitation and 748 million without safe water - figures which WaterAid hopes to dramatically reduce.

The sH2Orts competition is free to enter and is open until the 20th February 2015. The shortlisted films will be showcased online with the public able to vote for their favourite. The winners will be announced before World Water Day on the 22nd of March 2015.

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