Our project WorldView and development NGO WaterAid have announced the shortlist for sH2Orts. The 21 films frame the theme of water with topics as diverse as Ebola, fishing, conflict economics and eating chilli

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 – from Nepal to Nigeria and Brazil to Bangladesh. Here’s a taster clip of some of the entries below.

Check out the shortlisted entries online now. The most viewed film will be named as the public’s favourite, while a panel of esteemed judges who work across the film industry will decide the overall winners.

The winning five films will be announced on Friday 20 March, ahead of World Water Day, on 22 March to highlight critical water issues.

Marion Simpson, content manager for WorldView, was impressed by the calibre of the films: “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 Hugh Bonneville; Indian film director, actor and producer Shekhar Kapur; British directors Philip Bloom and Gurinder Chadha, Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata, and head of documentaries at the Guardian UK, Charlie Phillips.

Competition prizes include five cameras from Fujifilm. Also up for grabs for the winners are masterclasses from WorldView and Shekhar Kapur.