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Manchester student’s comedy film shortlisted in global sH2Orts competition

Will Nyerere Plastow, a 24-year old student at Manchester University, is one of 21 people worldwide to be shortlisted in WaterAid and Worldview’s international film competition – sH2Orts

Will’s film featuring a man’s hilarious hunt for water after munching on a chilli 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. 

Will, who was looking for an opportunity to work on a film project when a friend suggested the competition to him, said: “It’s amazing to have been shortlisted, I was definitely not expecting it. In the film I used a simple storyline – a guy that eats a chilli and then cannot find any water in his house, to show what it feel like not to have clean, drinkable water when you need it.
 
“I think people in the UK, where we usually take water for granted, can relate to this situation and can understand what it really means to live in a place where you don’t have access to water.” 

His film, ‘The hottest chilli in the world’, is now available to view together with the other shortlisted entries at http://www.wateraid.org/sh2ortlist. 

The most viewed film will be named as the public’s favourite, so Will is hoping for as much support as possible from his community.

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

  • Date published: 06th March 2015
  • Written by: Ian Thomas

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