Did you know that almost half the world's population (2.6 billion people) has no access to a toilet? Or that one gram of poo can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria and 1,000 parasite cysts? Or that improper disposal of human waste, contaminated water and poor hygiene gives rise to preventable diseases that kill 4,000 children every single day? PooP Creative in association with the London Short Film Festival (LSFF) is launching a competition for short films, which tackle the issue(s) of sanitation and/or hygiene in a catchy, emotive, funny, sensational or "infectious" way. The winning films will form part of the Global Handwashing Day (October 15th) and World Toilet Day (November 19th) awareness-raising campaigns. The campaigns are supported by a wide international coalition of partner organisations, which have a global reach to publicise the importance of good hygiene practice and sanitation. The winning films will be chosen by a panel of industry experts and will be announced in Autumn 2012. They will be screened at the London Short Film Festival in January 2013. Go to [thegoldenpooawards.org/short-film](http://www.thegoldenpooawards.org/short-film.html "thegoldenpooawards.org/short-film") for competition details & rules, and information on prizes.