DepicT! 2014

Can you do it in 90 seconds?

Filmmakers worldwide – cameras at the ready! Accept the DepicT! 90 second film challenge and prepare to 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 (16 – 21 Sept 2014).
For more info, head over to

Online submission

The competition entries have now closed for 2014

Deadline for entries was:
Monday 7 July, 5.00pm,
Free entry.

Shortlisted entries for 2014 will be announced on Monday 1 September 2014.

Entry requirements:

  • Must be 90 seconds or under
  • Must be completed after September 2013
  • Open to all genres and production techniques

Read full entry requirements and FAQs →

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.

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.”
Last year’s winner Mole Hill (The Fat Cat)

What You’ll Get

DepicT! 2012, David Lilley and Anna BlandfordIf you make the shortlist you’ll get a networking pass to Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (17 – 21 Sept) in Bristol, UK where your film will be screened at an exclusive showcase event. You’ll get networking opportunities galore, as the festival attracts sales agents, producers, funders, exhibitors, other filmmakers and, of course, short film fans eager to see the best in new short films. Moreover, if you are shortlisted your work will be available for viewing on DepicT!’s online platform – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to audiences from across the world.

“The short film and animation communities descend on Bristol for this annual gathering, which offers networking for pros and viewing pleasures galore for punters”.
Steve Rose, The Guardian Guide 2012


Main DepicT! 2014 Award

  • £1500 cash + Lifetime membership to Shooting People
  • Supported by Watershed, RPS, Shooting People, Aardman, Films@59

DepicT! Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award

  • £1000 cash
  • Supported by The Royal Photographic Society

DepicT! Random Acts Special Mention

  • A unique opportunity for one of the shortlisted filmmakers to win a slot on Random Acts, Channel 4’s short-form arts strand that airs every weeknight

DepicT! 2014 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

Shooting People Audience Award

  • Supported by Shooting People

All DepicT! 2014 Shortlisted entrants will get:

  • Film exposure and promotion through, at Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (16 – 21 Sept ‘14) 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 7 July 2014
  • 2014 Shortlist goes live: Mon 1 September 2014
  • Winners announced: Sat 20 September 2014

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (16 – 21 Sept 2014)

“A coming-together of budding and established filmmakers, industry professionals, and unabatedly inspired audience”
Regina Papachlimitzou, Aesthetica Magazine 2012

“The cinematic Trojan horse returns, smuggling short film-makers into the big league, even more so now it’s a qualifying festival for the Oscars and Baftas.”
The Guardian on Encounters Festival 2011

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