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Mar102014

DepicT! 2014: We want your shorts

DepicT! – Watershed’s ultra short film competition – is once again challenging filmmakers across the globe to create a movie-masterpiece in just a minute-and-a-half! Simply enter for free and be in with a chance of winning up to £2500 prize money, invaluable industry exposure, and other exclusive prizes. Whatever your budget, whatever your genre, we want your shorts!

All shortlisted DepicT! filmmakers are invited to network at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (16 – 21 Sept 2014), the UK’s longest running competitive short film and animation festival held right here in Bristol. With distributors, producers, funders, exhibitors, other filmmakers, and enthusiastic fans of the short film format – not to mention the stellar judges – the festival is the perfect opportunity to get some priceless exposure and industry experience.

Now in its nineteenth year, DepicT! prides itself on the quality of its films as well as the quality of the filmmakers who submit them. Previous DepicT! winners have had their work screened at international film festivals, been picked up by commercial distributors, carved themselves successful careers in the film industry, and have even been recognised as Stars of Tomorrow by industry magazine Screen International.

We recently caught up with 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 – to gain some insight for those of you who are thinking of applying…

What drew you to the DepicT! 90 second format?

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.

How did you find the making of your DepicT! film?

It was manic but great. When a company I had done some directing work for got in touch to say they had a unicorn I could use as a prop for a film if I wanted, no strings attached – it was impossible to turn down. I wrote the script that night and it came together bizarrely easily. My neighbour had been doing up his moped and thought it would be funny to apply that matter of fact young guy banter about motor parts to the merits of a unicorn. The whole film took a week from initial idea to completion!

What have you been up to since your DepicT! success? Where did the competition take you?

Before I entered DepicT! I was already working as a director making music videos, commercials, comedy sketches and short films, but Cool Unicorn Bruv has been far and beyond my most successful short film, and DepictT! has opened a lot of doors for me as a narrative filmmaker too. It makes people pay attention. Off the back of my win, Creative England have had me in to talk about my film plans and a bunch of festivals have got directly in touch requesting my DepicT! winning film.

Image courtesy of www.joncraig.co.uk

What have you learnt about filmmaking and the industry since winning a DepicT! prize?

Good things! It’s been really great to find so many friendly and enthusiastic people who want to help, collaborate or just encourage you. I think the filmmaking world can seem quite daunting and impossible to get into, but my experience at DepicT! was so welcoming and I met so many great people.

Do you have any advice for this year’s DepicT! entrants?

Don’t try to cram a five minute idea into 90 seconds, but write for the length so it sits naturally in that time frame without feeling rushed or confused. Interestingly, a lot of people are surprised my film is 90 seconds as in that time there’s an (admittedly very simple) three act story with three different characters whose personalities you get quite a good sense of by the end.

Can you sum up why DepicT! is so important to emerging filmmakers?

DepicT! is the perfect creative challenge. 90 seconds to do your best means its not some daunting shoot but a manageable task that forces your screen writing and editing skills to be super sharp. DepicT! is also a really good platform – a lot of people pay attention to it and just making the final screening at Encounters is a prestigious achievement. The fact that DepicT! is a competition which genuinely anyone can win, whilst also being a serious, professional filmmaking award, means it is pretty unique and well worth entering.

Your film can be from any genre, you can enter from anywhere in the world and it is always totally free to enter your movie – the only caveat we have is that your film must be 90 seconds or less! You have until Mon 7 July 2014 to get it to us – meaning there is plenty of time to read the rules and get some more inspiration by checking out our archive of 18 years of teeny, tiny shorts.

You can also hear what Watershed’s Cinema Curator, Mark Cosgrove has to say about how to approach this unique micro film challenge.

So what have you got to lose? Not only could your film be shortlisted and screened at a special Encounters showcase, there’s the cash prize and invaluable industry exposure as well. So pack your tiny film with masses of creativity and send it to us. Who knows – maybe next year we’ll be telling everyone to watch your creation for inspiration?

Sep172013

DepicT! 2013 Judges Announced

We are delighted to announce the stellar judging panel for DepicT! – Watershed’s ultra short film competition as part of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

This year’s esteemed panel of judges will discern the winners of all awards apart from the one YOU the audience decide, the DepicT! Shooting People RPS Audience Award. The trailer below shows a teaser snippet of all 12 films on this year’s shortlist. Watch them in full and vote for your favourites. (Voting closes at 17:30 on Sat 21 September.)

The judges for 2013 are Chris Auty (National Film and Television School), David Sproxton (Aardman Animations), Cinematographer John Mathieson BSC, Gary Thomas (British Council / Animate Projects), BAFTA nominated Writer/Director Muriel d’Ansembourg, Shooting People’s Sarah Chorley and Tabitha Jackson (Channel 4).

Creatives worldwide were tasked with creating distinctive, imaginative and engaging short shorts. With over 640 from 45 countires, from India to Germany, and of course the UK, whittled down to a shortlist of 12, the judges now have the difficult task of choosing winners for the main DepicT! Award of £1500, the British Special Mention Award, a tailored package of career development opportunities from NFTS, BAFTA, British Council and Shooting People for a UK-based filmmaker and the DepicT! Random Acts Special Mention presented by Channel 4.

For 2013, we are also delighted to team up with The Royal Photographic Society to introduce the DepicT! RPS Cinematography Award, also selected by the Jury including Cinematographer John Mathieson BSC. As a result of this new partnership with the Royal Photographic Society, the cash prizes have doubled to a mighty £3,000 including £500 up for grabs for the winner of the DepicT! Shooting People RPS Audience Award.

The tiny shorts get their big screen premiere at the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (17 – 22 September 2013,) one of the world’s leading showcases and meeting points for emerging talent.

The ever-popular DepicT! Showcase takes place on Sat 21 Sept, 15:30. It’s a chance to meet the talent and hear from a panel of creatives about the possibilities of the ultra-short film format. After the showcase, ticket holders are invited to the DepicT! reception in the café/bar link area sponsored by Bath Ales.

It’s a chance to sample Bath Ales’ brand new Special Pale Ale, meet the filmmakers and the team behind DepicT! There’ll also be an opportunity to get your hands on Fleapit – the movie theatre that can fit in a suitcase – and explore how we might watch content together across multiple screens with a demo of The Nth Screen, an application in development as part of REACT, with Pervasive Media Studio residents Charlotte Crofts and Hazel Grian (both DepicT! Alumni).”

The DepicT! winners will be announced by members of the Jury later on that evening at the festival’s prestigious Award Ceremony.

The 2013 DepicT! Jury:

Muriel d’Ansembourg
WRITER/DIRECTOR (ON BEHALF OF BAFTA)
Muriel studied Screenwriting in The Netherlands and graduated with Distinction for an MA in Directing at the London Film School. Her short films have won a string of awards and screened at numerous top tier festivals. Her most recent short GOOD NIGHT was nominated for a British Academy Film Award 2013. MovieScope and Creative Skillset have recently marked Muriel as ‘One To Watch’. She is currently developing her feature film.

Sarah Chorley
OPERATIONS & DEVELOPMENT, SHOOTING PEOPLE
Sarah studied Film, Journalism and Documentary Research in between working for independent production companies like Slate Films, Signal Films and Living Cinema. She later worked for London DisabilityFilm Festival and Cambridge Film Festival, amongst others, before joining Shooting People in 2011.

David Sproxton
CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, AARDMAN ANIMATIONS

David is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman. Together with co-founder Peter Lord, he has overseen the development of the company from a two-man partnership to one of the pre-eminent animation houses in the industry. David has served as a producer, director or cinematographer on a number of animated projects at Aardman.

Tabitha Jackson
CHANNEL 4’s COMMISSIONING EDITOR FOR ARTS.
(ON BEHALF OF CHANNEL 4 / RANDOM ACTS)
Tabitha Jackson is Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor for Arts. After 15 years making films in the UK and the US, Tabitha joined Channel 4 in 2007, becoming Editor of More4 and running the award-winning international documentary strand True Stories. She wants Channel 4 Arts to innovate, to provoke, to delight, and to creatively express what it is to be alive today.

Gary Thomas
PROGRAMME MANAGER, FILM, BRITISH COUNCIL
Gary works in the British Council’s film team, leading on animation and experimental film, and overseeing projects in East Asia and China. When not at the British Council, he is producing and curating at Animate Projects, championing experiments in animation through commissioning, production and exhibition, and coordinating the advocacy network, Animation Alliance UK.

Chris Auty
HEAD OF PRODUCING, NFTS
Chris Auty started his career as a film critic at Time Out. In 1985, he set up independent production company Oasis and later relaunched London’s Gate and Edinburgh’s Cameo cinemas, before joining Jeremy Thomas’ RPC (1991-99) as MD where he produced Stealing Beauty and Crash. In 1999, he became CEO of The Film Consortium, executive producing films such as My Summer of Love and In This World. Chris is also Head of Producing at NFTS and has launched a new course (EPCRI), backed by the NFTS, Ingenious Media, and Sir Richard Branson.

John Mathieson BSC
CINEMATOGRAPHER
The Scottish-born Cinematographer John Mathieson BSC came up through the traditional ranks of his craft, and made his debut as cinematographer in music promos and commercials. Having caught the eye of Ridley Scott through his work with son Jake (Plunkett and Macleane, 1999) John was invited to shoot Gladiator for which he won a BAFTA award, plus an OSCAR nomination. The relationship proved hugely fruitful: John went on to shoot 5 more films with Scott, including Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood. John has always put huge stow upon supporting the UK industry, and is always happy to step away from epic ‘tent poles’ to collaborate on smaller domestic projects such as Great Expectations (Mike Newell), Brighton Rock (Rowan Joffe) and Stoned (Stephen Woolley). John is currently in prep on Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Man From Uncle’ for Warner Bros.

Sep022013

The DepicT! 2013 Shortlist is announced

We’re pleased to announce that the 12 films shortlisted for this year’s competition are now available online! Watch the films now, vote and comment on your favourites.

We received over 640 entries from 45 countries, from India to Germany, and of course the UK. We were astounded by the standard of the films we received. It’s been a tough decision process, but we’ve whittled the entries down to the 12 films you’ll find on this year’s shortlist.

These films stood out for their originality, imagination and ability to engage, and are now in the running for the main DepicT! Award of £1500, the British Special Mention Award and the DepicT! Random Acts Special Mention presented by Channel 4.

For 2013, we are also delighted to team up with The Royal Photographic Society to introduce the DepicT! RPS Cinematography Award, also selected by the Jury. As a result of this new partnership with the Royal Photographic Society, the cash prizes have doubled to a mighty £3,000 including £500 up for grabs for the winner of the Shooting People RPS Audience Award – vote for the winner at depict.org!

At Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival we’ll be hosting a big screen premiere and Q&A with the filmmakers, followed by a panel on the possibilities of the ultra-short film format. Catch the DepicT! 2013 Showcase here at Watershed on Saturday 21 September, 3.30pm, followed by a reception in the café/bar link area sponsored by Bath Ales.

If you are a young filmmaker aged 21 or under, there is still time to submit your short film to Electric December, Watershed’s annual countdown calendar showcasing the very best shorts made by young filmmakers from across Europe.

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May242013

Why is DepicT! so important to emerging filmmakers?

Still from Donut by Hazel GrianHazel Grian’s playful and hilarious short films Big Career and Donut were shortlisted by DepicT! in 2003 and 2004 respectively. Since then her career has taken incredible turns, and she has worked with some of the biggest names in the business. Creator of The Simpsons Matt Groening says that Hazel is a ‘funny filmmaking genius’. Does praise come much higher than that?

We interviewed Hazel via email to get her insight into why DepicT! was so valuable to her…

What drew you to the 90 second format?

It’s an achievable length to create a competition level story with no budget.

What was your level of experience before submitting to DepicT?

I’d been making shorts of around 10-15 minutes for around 10 years. I started making micro shorts in the late 90s when the internet made it possible to find an audience. The internet also encouraged the micro format because the technology at that time could best handle small files. I first heard that it was possible to make a micro short film from film-music composer friends who were working with richard kwietniowski who had made films just a minute or so in length.

What have you been up to since your DepicT! success? Where did the competition take you?

I used short video clips as part of larger online narratives called Alternate Reality Games – interactive drama. I was script writer for interactive online drama KateModern, I co-created the Star Trek ARG and spent a year with Aardman Animations.

Can you sum up for us why DepicT! is so important to emerging filmmakers?

It forces you to concentrate on communicating with the audience and not being vague or introspective. For me you must have a very strong emotional impact and absolute clarity.

May092013

Catching up with a 2012 winner

Image of Mole Hill with Dave Sproxton

Mole Hill receives the main DepicT! 2012 award from Dave Sproxton of Aardman Animations

Mole Hill won DepicT! 2012 with Fat Cat, his fantastic animated commentary on the desire to make excessive amounts of money.

We caught up with Mole Hill recently to gain some insight, for those of you who are thinking of applying…

What drew you to the 90 second format?

I really like the 90 second format, shorter than a short but longer than a commercial it gives enough time to tell a fairly complex story, whilst forcing the film-maker to be succinct.

What was your level of experience before submitting to DepicT?

I’ve been knocking around for ages, I started out making shorts for C4 back in the 80s and have worked on children’s series, commercials, stings – anything that comes along really.  Over the last few years I’ve started making shorts again, taking advantage of the new technologies that have made film-making so accessible lately.

What have you been up to since your DepicT! success? Where did the competition take you?

Winning at Depict was fantastic – It’s particularly good that the films get a bit of distribution after the event itself.  I used the prize money to buy a camera and have started on a new short – I’ve completed the first shot, so at this rate it should be finished sometime in 2020!

In 9 words can you sum up why DepicT! is so important to emerging filmmakers?

A great showcase, a firm deadline, a creative opportunity.

Watch Fat Cat now →

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Apr222013

DepicT! partners with The Royal Photographic Society for new cinematography award

DepicT! is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Royal Photographic Society which doubles the prize money for its awards and introduce a brand new award celebrating the art of cinematography.

RPS Education Manager Liz Williams says of the new partnership:

“The RPS is delighted to be working with Watershed and DepicT! in offering an award for the best cinematography amongst the shortlisted films. The Society has always been a strong supporter of the moving image giving RPS Awards to the likes of Roger Deakins, John Mathieson and Sir Ridley Scott. We feel it’s important to recognise this swiftly changing and influential medium by helping and supporting up and coming film makers; this new award seems a perfect way of doing it and it’s the ideal time: Encounters are planning a major focus on cinematography this year.”

DepicT! producer Maddy Probst said:

“The partnership with the RPS is a very exciting development for DepicT! We share a passion for image making, innovative practice and an ambition to uncover and progress distinctive creative talent. We’re also both based in the South West of the UK but place no boundaries on our desire to connect with filmmakers, artists and audiences across the globe.”

Now in its fifteenth year, DepicT! is challenging the worldwide creative community to once again create distinctive, imaginative and engaging short films under 90 seconds long. As a result of the new partnership, the cash prizes have now doubled to a mighty £3,000 including £500 up for grabs for the winner of the Shooting People RPS Audience Award, the first time this gong has ever had a cash prize.

The DepicT! RPS Cinematography Award will be selected by the DepicT! Jury alongside the main DepicT! Award of £1500 at the 19th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (17 – 22 September, Bristol).

So why 90 seconds? Because it challenges filmmakers to think creatively and edit ruthlessly. More importantly, it gets talented filmmakers and their work noticed. As Mole Hill, who scooped the top prize for The Fat Cat at DepicT! 2012, said:

“There’s something about the 90 second format – longer than a commercial, but shorter than a short – that seems to bring out a really high level of invention and experimentation in all the filmmakers.”

The deadline for entries is Mon 8 July at 17:00 so it’s not too late to submit your super short film!

Looking for some inspiration? For the 5th year running, the DepicT! 2012 winning shorts are screening at cinemas and film societies across the UK over the next few months. Venues include London’s Curzon Soho and Renoir, Sheffield Showroom, Glasgow Film Theatre, the Irish Film Institute, Plymouth Arts Centre, the National Media Museum in Bradford, Yeovil Cinemateque, The Ultimate Picture Palace in Oxford and of course Watershed in Bristol.

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Feb042013

DepicT! 2013 Call for Entries

We’re delighted to announce that DepicT! – Watershed’s super short film competition – is once again challenging filmmakers across the world to create a masterpiece in just a minute-and-a-half! Whatever your budget, whatever your genre, we want your shorts: simply enter for free online and be in with a chance of winning £1500 prize money, a slot on Channel 4, invaluable industry exposure, and other exclusive prizes.

Every year, the shortlisted DepicT! filmmakers are given the opportunity to network at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (17-22 Sept 2013), the UK’s longest running competitive short film and animation festival held right here in Bristol. While at the festival they get priceless exposure to distributors, producers, funder, exhibitors, other filmmakers, and enthusiastic fans of the short film format.

DepicT! is now in its fourteenth year and prides itself on the quality of its little gems, not to mention the quality of the filmmakers who submit them. Previous DepicT! winners have had their work screened at international film festivals, been picked up by commercial distributors, and carved themselves strong and successful careers in the film industry – even being recognised as Stars of Tomorrow by industry magazine Screen International.

Why 90 seconds? Because it will challenge you to think creatively and to cut ruthlessly. More importantly, it will get you and your work noticed. As Anna Ginsberg, one of the DepicT! winners from last year, said: “DepicT! is a great format in which the time constraint is in many ways liberating”. Some of the other DepicT! filmmakers and judges shared their thoughts on the 90 second format in this short film we made last year at the DepicT! showcase during Encounters:

Mole Hill, who scooped the top £1,500 cash prize for their film The Fat Cat at DepicT! 2012, said:

“The competition was incredibly strong and varied in both style and content. There’s something about the 90 second format – longer than a commercial, but shorter than a short – that seems to bring out a really high level of invention and experimentation in all the filmmakers.”

DepicT! accepts films from anywhere in the world, from any genre, and it’s totally free to enter. The one and only caveat is that your short film must be 90 seconds or less. That’s it! So what’s stopping you? Pack your tiny film with masses of creativity and send it to us.

You have until Mon 8 July 2013 to upload your little gem to us, giving you plenty of time to read the rules and get a short bit of inspiration by checking out our archive of 13 years of teeny, tiny shorts. Who knows – maybe next year we’ll be telling everyone to watch your creation for inspiration?

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Sep252012

DepicT! 2012 Winners announced at Watershed

Following a fantastic buzz at the sold out DepicT! Showcase filmmakers, distinguished guests and jury members gathered on the evening of Sat 22 Sept for the grand finale of the 18th Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, the UK’s leading short film festival. Aardman Animations’ David Sproxton, DepicT! Jury member and long-standing supporter of the competition introduced the DepicT! Awards to a full house.

The winning film, Fat Cat

This year’s DepicT! jury session brought together seasoned industry figures such as Producer Chris Auty, now Head of Producing at NFTS, David Sproxton from Aardman Animations and Karen Alexander from the Royal College of Art. After a lively and lengthy discussion at Encounters, the jury did eventually arrive at a consensus despite “no single film standing head and shoulders above the others.”

That said, what the fat cat wants the fat cat gets… Mole Hill walked away with the main DepicT! Award and the cash prize of £1,500 for The Fat Cat. David Sproxton described his film as ‘naïve in its execution yet sophisticated in its message.’

Mole Hill said:

“I’m absolutely delighted that ‘The Fat Cat’ was so well received at DepicT! – the competition was incredibly strong and varied in both style and content.  There’s something about the 90 second format – longer than a commercial, but shorter than a short – that seems to bring out a really high level of invention and experimentation in all the film-makers.”

Will Massa, Film Advisor at the British Council went on to present the British Special Mention to Anna Ginsburg for her animated film Living With Depression. Her short was praised for ‘representing the unrepresentable, quite a feat in such a short space of time.’

She has won a great package of career development opportunities from BAFTA, the National Film and Television School, The British Council and Shooting People. You’ll be able to follow her progress on depict.org

Anna Ginsburg says:

“I feel the programming at Encounters is so strong that any Award from this festival means a lot. DepicT! is a great format in which the time constraint is in many ways liberating.”

This year’s Shooting People DepicT! Audience Award went to Scott Coello for the infectiously upbeat Hey!. The Award was presented by Sarah Chorley, whose international networking organization Shooting People has secured Scott a lifetime membership along with a selection of DVDs and other goodies.

Scott Coello says:

“It’s mind blowing that the audience, both online and offline, connected with Hey! and enjoyed it enough to vote, especially considering the skitty-nonsense-whimsy-plotless-fun nature of the animation. It’s reassuring to know that I’m doing something right and encouraging to continue, develop and improve for future short films.”

Jury member and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Karni Arieli from Karni+Saul (Flytopia) presented Dutch filmmaker Evelien Lohbeck with the inaugural DepicT! Random Acts Special Mention award for her film Big Signal: “Channel 4’s Random Acts is about bringing the most brilliant creative short bursts from all over the world to a mainstream UK TV audience. We selected a short, which we felt would offer late night viewers across the UK something memorable. The jury was struck by the simplicity and symmetry of the piece from dots to nature and back again.”

A huge thank you to the sponsors and supporters of DepicT! that enable us to run the competition, and also to all 600 filmmakers who submitted their 90 second films without which we wouldn’t have a competition!

Visit the Encounters site to view a full list of Awards.

Want the Inside story on Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival this year? Nine talented young journalists covered this year’s festival via a daily blog as part of a New Film Journalism Workshop.

Sep032012

DepicT! ‘12 Shortlist Now Live!

We would like to start by thanking all filmmakers that have submitted their shorts into DepicT! this year.

A staggering variety of entries were received from all over the globe from Brazil and Ethiopia to Germany and Hungary and we very had a difficult job in selecting the shortlist. We received a record number of entries (over 600 from more than 30 countries!), and now the shortlisted films for DepicT! ‘12 are all available for your viewing pleasure.

These 15 tiny films have been selected stood out for their ability to be hugely distinctive, imaginative and engaging. They are all in the running for the four prestigious prizes, which will be announced during the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (Tue 18 – Sun 23 Sept). These include the main DepicT! Award of £1500, the British Special Mention Award and the Shooting People Audience Award, as well as the brand new DepicT! Random Acts Award, which gives one lucky winner the chance to have their film screened on Channel Four’s popular weeknight programme Random Acts.

The Shooting People Audience Award is where you come in – watch, vote, and comment on the shortlisted films online to help determine the winner!

The DepicT! ‘12 films will have their big screen premiere on Sat 22 Sept at 15:30 at the ever-popular DepicT! Showcase at Watershed, Bristol, as part of Encounters. The DepicT! showcase gives everyone a chance to see the films in a cinema setting, meet the talent behind them and find out more about the competition. Tickets are on sale now so snap them up to see these super shorts in their full splendour!

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (Tue 18 – Sun 23 Sept) is now in its superb 18th edition. Join us over six days of action-packed programmes to discover today’s best and brightest short filmmaking talent and more. For full details of all Encounters events, delegate registration and to purchase tickets online go to encounters-festival.org.uk

Last but not least, if you are a young filmmaker aged 21 or under, or part of an organisation working with under 21s, we’re delighted to invite you to submit your films to Electric December, an online advent calendar showcasing shorts by new talent from all across Europe.

The deadline has been extended to Fri 28 Sept so if you want to submit your short film (this time five minutes or less!) head on over to electricdecember.org now. Previous winners have received travel bursaries to attend the BUFF Young Peoples’ Film Festival in Malmö, Sweden – and we have some similar treats in store for whoever wins this year – good luck!

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Aug162012

DepicT! 2012 Judges Announced

We are delighted to announce the stellar judging panel for DepicT! – Watershed's super short film competition part of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

The judges are Chris Auty (NFTS), David Sproxton (Aardman Animations) Karen Alexander (Royal College of Art), Ravi Amaratunga (Channel 4), Will Massa (British Council), Sarah Chorley (Shooting People) and BAFTA nominated Karni Arieli (Karni+Saul) whose short Flytopia premieres at this year’s festival.

Creatives worldwide were challenged to come up with distinctive, imaginative and engaging shorts in just one minute and a half. With a record number of entries – 650 from 32 different countries whittled down to a shortlist of 15, the judges will have the difficult task of choosing winners for the main DepicT! Award of £1500 as well as the British Special Mention Award, a tailored package of career development opportunities from NFTS, BAFTA, British Council and Shooting People for a UK-based filmmaker.

For 2012, we join forces with Channel 4 to introduce the brand new DepicT! Random Acts Special Mention, which the Jury will also select. This is a fantastic 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.

Editor Ravi Amaratunga says:
“We’re delighted to be offering this unique opportunity for the very best creative filmmakers out there. Random Acts is absolutely committed to showcasing the most brilliant creative short bursts from all over the world to a mainstream UK TV audience and cannot wait to see what the high calibre of entrants to DepicT! have to offer.”

All will be revealed; there are just few weeks to go until the shortlist goes live on depict.org on Mon 3 September for everyone’s viewing and voting pleasure as part of the very popular DepicT! Shooting People Audience Award.

The tiny shorts get their big screen premiere at the ever-popular DepicT! Showcase (Sat 18 Sept, 15:00) at the 18th Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (18 – 23 September) one of the world’s leading showcases and meeting points for emerging talent. The winners will be announced by members of the Jury later on that evening at the festival’s prestigious Award Ceremony. After the festival, the winning films will also be digitised by Arts Alliance Media and made available for theatrical screenings at cinemas across the UK.

Maddy Probst, DepicT! Producer comments:
“A staggering variety of entries were received from all over the globe from Brazil and Ethiopia to Germany and Hungary. The range of styles, subjects and ideas expressed in these shortest of shorts never ceases to amaze me. The jury has a tough job ahead of them!”

DepicT! is a Watershed project part of Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival sponsored by Aardman Animations and Films@59 with support from BAFTA, British Council, NFTS, Arts Alliance Media, Channel 4, Shooting People, in partnership with the Independent Cinema Office.

 

The 2012 DepicT! Jury:

·      Chris Auty – Head of Producing, NFTS
Former film critic Chris Auty has produced films including Stealing Beauty, My Summer of Love, In This World and 24 Hour Party People and is currently Head of Producing at NFTS. He sits on the governing board of the European Film Academy and has just launched a new course (EPCRI), backed by the NFTS, Ingenious Media, and Sir Richard Branson.

·      Will Massa – Film Advisor, British Council
Will is Film Advisor at British Council, working to promote new British work internationally. Will is also Development Co-ordinator for Rankin Film (the new film wing of photographer, Rankin) overseeing their recently launched Collabor8te Shorts Scheme.


·      Karen Alexander – Senior lecturer, Royal College of Art
Karen Alexander is currently a senior tutor in the RCA's Curating Contemporary Art department. Prior to that she worked as a film curator and freelance consultant on film exhibition and distribution.

·      David Sproxton – Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman Animations
David is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman. Together with co-founder Peter Lord, he has overseen the development of the company from a two-man partnership to one of the pre-eminent animation houses in the industry.


·      Karni Arieli – Filmmaker / Photographer
Artists Karni+Saul direct films and music videos and their film 'Turning' was short-listed for the best film short in the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) and shown in several festivals, including Encounters Short & Animation Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival and the LA Shorts Fest.

·      Sarah Chorley – Operations Director at Shooting People
Sarah has worked for independent production companies like Slate Films, Signal Films and Living Cinema and the London Disability Film Festival and Cambridge Film Festival.


·      Ravi Amaratunga – Media Project Manager, Creative Diversity Editor, Random Acts / Channel 4
Ravi works across short form at Channel 4 running Channel 4’s late night zone for short films ‘The Shooting Gallery, its weeknightly arts strand Random Acts and commissions short form factual for the channel.

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