DepicT! 2015

Can you do it in 90 seconds?

Filmmakers worldwide! Accept the DepicT! challenge and get creative in just a minute and a half to be in with a chance of winning up to £2500 prize money, invaluable industry exposure, and a host of other exclusive prizes.

The Challenge

We want to see great films – it doesn’t matter what your budget is or what genre you’re working in. The competition is open to anyone from anywhere in the world, and entry is absolutely free – but there is ONE caveat:

Your film MUST be 90 seconds or less in duration.

If your films are longer than 90 seconds, you can still enter into Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (15 – 20 Sept 2015).
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Online submission

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The deadline for entries has now passed

Shortlisted entries for 2015 will be announced on Tuesday 1 September 2015.

Entry requirements:

  • Must be 90 seconds or under
  • Must be completed after September 2014
  • Open to all genres and production techniques

Read full entry requirements →

Why Ninety Seconds?

… because it will challenge you to think creatively and to cut ruthlessly. More importantly, it will get you and your work noticed.

Cool Unicorn Bruv by Ninian Doff“Constraint is a very useful tool for creativity. Forcing yourself to tell a story in 90 seconds makes you lose all extraneous or self indulgent elements. I think a big problem with short films is they are often not very short! I love the 90 second format.”
Ninian Doff of DepicT! 2013 fame – he scooped both the Main DepicT! Award and The Shooting People RPS Audience Award with comedic gem Cool Unicorn Bruv

The Fat Cat by Mole Hill“There’s something about the 90 second format – longer than a commercial, but shorter than [most] shorts – that seems to bring out a really high level of invention and experimentation.”
2012 winner Mole Hill (The Fat Cat)

The Peace of Wild Things by Adam DJ Laity“DepicT! is special – I’ve always felt that if I can’t do it in 90 seconds, what makes me think I can do it 90 minutes!”
DepicT! Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award winner in 2014 Adam DJ Laity (The Peace of Wild Things)

What You’ll Get

If you make the shortlist you’ll get a networking pass to Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (15 – 20 Sept).

“Much has changed in the worlds of short and animated film-making in the past 20 years – digital has transformed the industry, short-film debutants have become major directors – but this festival has remained Britain’s premier destination for both.”
Steve Rose, The Guardian on Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2014

David Sproxton at Encounters 2014 Award Ceremony

David Sproxton at Encounters 2014 Award Ceremony


Main DepicT! 2015 Award

  • £1500 cash + Lifetime membership to Shooting People
  • Supported by The Royal Photographic Society, Watershed, Aardman, Films@59 and Shooting People.

DepicT! Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award

  • £1000 cash
  • Supported by The Royal Photographic Society

DepicT! 2015 British Special Mention Award

A special package of support which will both promote the winning 90-second film and further develop the filmmaker’s skills including:

  • A tailored package of industry support from BAFTA, including a mentoring session and 6 month’s free access to BAFTA’s Learning & Events programme
  • A place on a short course at the National Film and Television School in 2015
  • Lifetime membership to Shooting People, plus e-mentoring from senior SP members
  • Note: It’s a great opportunity but be aware that it does require some commitment on your part. For teams of filmmakers, note that unfortunately, we can only offer the full package of support outlined above for one of the filmmakers involved in your film
  • Supported by BAFTA & NFTS in partnership with Shooting People

DepicT! Random Acts Special Mention Award

  • A unique opportunity to be featured on Channel 4’s Random Acts platform
  • A chance to pitch for a new Random Acts commission
  • Supported by Channel 4

Shooting People Audience Award

  • Lifetime membership to Shooting People
  • Supported by Shooting People

All DepicT! 2015 Shortlisted entrants will get:

  • Film exposure and promotion through, at Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (15 – 20 Sept ‘15) and through associated partners
  • An Encounters Network Delegates pass with all the trimmings, including tickets to the popular DepicT! showcase and the prestigious Encounters Awards Ceremony
  • Half price Shooting People membership

DepicT! Key dates

  • Deadline for entries: Mon 6 July 2015, 5.00pm
  • 2015 Shortlist goes live: Tue 1 September 2015
  • Winners announced: Sat 19 September 2015

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (15 – 20 Sept 2015)

“In its 20th year, Bristol’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival goes from strength to strength.”
Dylan Cave, BFI, 2014

“Bristol’s Encounters festival juggled art and industry, new movies with greatest hits, and brought the radical in from the fringe.”
Tim Hayes, Sight & Sound, 2014

DepicT! 2014 Networking event

DepicT! 2014 Networking event

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (Bristol, UK) is the UK’s longest running competitive short film and animation festival. It presents one of the world’s best-known showcases and meeting points for emerging talent, and seeks to promote the importance of short film as a means to develop the next generation of filmmakers and animators. Encounters is also a gateway to the world’s most prestigious short film and animation awards: the BAFTAs, the Oscars®, the European Film Awards and the Cartoon d’Or.

Watch talks and events from previous Encounters Festivals