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Sep262014

DepicT ‘14 Winners Announced

DepicT! challenges the international creative community to make distinctive, imaginative and engaging short films under 90 seconds long. Chosen from just under 600 entries from 49 different countries, the 20 films on this year’s shortlist stood out for their originality, going into the running to win one of four great prizes.

Following a fantastic buzz at the DepicT! Showcase hosted by Watershed Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove, distinguished guests gathered on the evening of Sat 20 Sept for the grand finale of the 20th anniversary edition of Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival to hear our expert judging panel’s take on the shortlisted films.

The prestigious panel included some of the top names in film and television, including award-winning Cinematographer Robbie Ryan, Lara Akeju from Channel 4, Shooting People’s Sarah Chorley, BAFTA winning filmmaker Yousif Al-Khalifa, Producer Chris Auty (National Film & Television School) as well as David Sproxton from Aardman Animations, who opened the Award Ceremony to a full house.

Dr David Cooke, Chair of the Royal Photographic Society Education Committee, one of the major sponsors behind the contest, presented the main DepicT! Award. British animator Ant Blades (who is behind the London based Birdbox Studio) picked up a cash prize of £1,500 and a lifetime membership to Shooting People for his rollicking animated short, Carpark. “With great comic timing, it packed a lot into 90 seconds,” said the jury, who were unanimous in their choice.

Next up was the DepicT! Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award, selected by members of the jury including cinematographer Robbie Ryan on behalf of the RPS, who had this to say about being involved in the jury for this Award: “It’s great to see the art and craft of cinematography recognised in an emerging talent contest where the focus is often on directors. It’s a good opportunity for me to get a sense of what new creatives are up to.”

The winner of this award, Bristol based Adam DJ Laity, met with Robbie Ryan at the festival and picked up a £1000 cash prize for The Peace of Wild Things, summed up by the jury as”an emotionally charged meditation on man and nature with beautiful images.”

We caught up with Adam – who is about to start a research PhD on the use of landscape in cinematography – at the Awards Ceremony:

“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! And I’m so pleased to have won The RPS Cinematography Award; it means a great deal and shows that the competition and the form is being held in high regard by such a prestigious organisation. It was also great to meet a master DP like Robbie Ryan – he was so generous with his time and advice.”

Stas Santimov from Ukraine picked up the DepicT! Random Acts Award for his short, The Collector, considered by the jury “an original, evocative and intricate animation that invites you into a surreal world”. Watch out for Stas’ film on Channel Four’s popular Random Acts slot. The jury also gave a special mention to British short Crow’s Nest by Robert Milne, billed by the judges as “simple and as cruel as life can be.”

Winning the DepicT! British Special Mention was Daniel Chisholm whose film Nati, is a short, honest portrayal of a 90 year old man in just 90 seconds. The jury described its maker as “an interesting voice that they’d like to hear more of.” Daniel wins a great package of career development opportunities from BAFTA, the National Film and Television School and Shooting People. Follow his progress on depict.org.

Last but not least, the DepicT! Shooting People Audience Award also goes to Nati! We’d like to thank all 2,923 of you, the audience, for voting. Daniel Chisholm picks up a Lifetime membership to Shooting People.

Dan said:

“I’m very excited to have won at DepicT! – I had a great time at the Festival at this win will help me gain the momentum I need to take my career to the next level.”

We’re also very grateful to our sponsors and supporters who enable us to run the DepicT! competition, and to all 580 filmmakers, from Peru to India, who submitted their 90 second films without whom we wouldn’t have a competition!

Watch Dan’s winning film, Nati, here!

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Sep012014

Watch, Vote and Comment on this year’s shortlist!

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s DepicT! shortlist – our 90 second mini-movies are now all available for your viewing pleasure – we need your help to determine the winner of the Shooting People Audience Award, so have your say on the films now!

The 20 shortlisted films have been hand picked from over 600 entries from 49 countries and YOU can decide which mini-movie of 90-seconds-or-less deserves to win one of the competition’s most prized awards, the Shooting People Audience Award. Simply watch the shortlisted films, then vote and comment on your favourite! Don’t miss your chance to have your say on this year’s fantastically original work made by creatives and filmmakers from all over the world.

The shortlisted films will get their big screen premiere at Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (Tue 16 – Sun 21 Sept), one of the world’s leading showcases and meeting points for emerging talent at the DepicT! Showcase (Sat 20 Sept at 13:00). Join us to meet the talent and hear from professionals about the possibilities of the ultra-short film format. Ticket holders are also invited to the DepicT! ‘14 Get Together in the Café/Bar, where you can mingle with DepicT! alumni and industry experts.

Our panel of stellar judges – featuring some of the biggest names in film and television – will also be at the showcase. They’ll be looking for the most distinctive, imaginative and engaging shorts in the competition and will decide which mini-movies will receive the rest of the fantastic DepicT! Awards up for grabs.

This year’s panel of judges includes Chris Auty (National Film and Television School), David Sproxton (Aardman Animations), Cinematographer Robbie Ryan BSC (The Royal Photographic Society), Yousif Al-Khalifa (BAFTA), Lara Akeju (Channel 4), and Sarah Chorley (Shooting People).

Prizes include the Main DepicT! Award of £1500, the Royal Photographic Society Award of £1000, the British Special Mention (a tailored package of career development opportunities for a UK-based filmmaker from the National Film and Television School, BAFTA, British Council and Shooting People) and there’s the Random Acts Special Mention, presented by Channel 4.

Members of the judging panel will announce which DepicT! ‘14 films have won big later on in the evening of Sat 20 Sept at the Encounters Festival’s Award Ceremony, plus they will present the DepicT! Shooting People Audience Award to that one lucky filmmaker who wowed the audience and collected the most votes online.

So do have a look at this year’s shortlisted films, cast your vote, leave your comments, and watch this space – any one of our DepicT! ‘14 filmmakers could win – and now, it’s over to you to decide!

Want to learn more about our DepicT! ‘14 Jury? Our judges are some of the hottest names in television and film, and here, are their details.

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.

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.

ROBBIE RYAN BSC (CINEMATOGRAPHER, ON BEHALF OF RPS)
At the age of 15, Robbie picked up a Super 8 camera and began to make short films. He hasn’t been able to put the camera down since, with Oscar® and BAFTA award-winning shorts to his name including Shadowscan directed by Tinge Krishna and Pitch Black Heist directed by John MacLean. It is his relationship with award winning director Andrea Arnold that has seen his most acclaimed work in Cannes Grand Jury prize winning features Red Road and Fish Tank, and most recently Wuthering Heights which picked up an Ossella Award for best technical achievement at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. With extensive experience shooting short and feature length films, commercials and music videos, Ryan has also worked with venerated UK directors Stephen Frears, on his critical and commercially successful Philomena, and Ken Loach, on his acclaimed recent films The Angel's Share and Jimmy's Hall.

YOUSIF AL-KHALIFA (DIRECTOR, ON BEHALF OF BAFTA)
After a BA in Animation at the University of Westminster, Yousif Al-Khalifa enrolled on the Directing Animation course at NFTS. Yousif's graduation project, Sleeping With The Fishes, premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival, won the student Grand Prix at the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, the Audience award at the London International Animation Festival, the International Yuhan University President's Prize at the Puchon International Student Animation Festival, Korea, and has been selected for further festivals including Cinanima, Angiers, Leeds, Mostra and Foyle. He recently won a BAFTA for the film.

LARA AKEJU (DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, CHANNEL 4)
Lara has 17 years of experience in television production. Her current role as Development Manager at Channel 4 is to drive the commissioning of content from diverse, grassroots talent throughout the UK. Prior to joining Channel 4, Lara was a factual Producer and Director, with credits including Panorama (BBC1), World's Strictest Parents (BBC3), Peckham Finishing School for Girls (BBC3) and Ramadan Diaries (Channel 4). 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 Disability Film Festival and Cambridge Film Festival, amongst others, before joining Shooting People in 2011.

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Jun302014

Just one week to go until submission close!

Just one week to go until DepicT! ’14 submissions close! We’ve got some advice for your last tweaks from Ollie Murray, whose amusing short film Treasure is a real gem.

Here are his top tips for DepicT! entrants:

1) Don’t shoot your film until you know that the script is as tight as it can possibly be. Making films is expensive and time consuming but writing costs close to nothing so map out your films in your head and on paper before moving forward and spending money. Once you’ve shot your film and you are in the edit don’t stop working on your film until it’s absolutely the very best it can be.

2) Seek out great collaborators and don’t try to do too much yourself. A DOP with a fresh pair of eyes or an editor with a new approach to a scene will make the film much better.

3) Don’t worry too much about what other people are doing around you. Find something that interests you and tell that story the way you want to tell it. When I started making films I think I worried too much about making work that I thought other people wanted to see.

Good luck! Enter your shorts on www.depict.org before Mon 7 July – yes – just seven days!

Jun242014

DepicT! Announces Star Judge Robbie Ryan

DepicT!, Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition (as part of Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival) is thrilled to announce that world class cinematographer Robbie Ryan will be judging this year’s entries on behalf of DepicT! sponsor The Royal Photographic Society. And there’s still time to enter you tiny films (90 seconds or less) – the deadline for this years submissions is Mon 7 July.

Our star judge’s skills and interests perfectly complement DepicT!’s newest award for best cinematography, presented in partnership with the RPS, which will be selected by the DepicT! Jury alongside the main DepicT! Award of £1500 at the 20th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (back this year from 16 – 21 Sept).

Ryan is no stranger to the short film form with Oscar® and Bafta award-winning shorts to his name including Shadowscan directed by Tinge Krishna and Pitch Black Heist directed by John MacLean. It is his relationship with award winning director Andrea Arnold that has seen his most acclaimed work in Cannes Grand Jury prize winning features Red Road and Fish Tank, and most recently Wuthering Heights which picked up an Ossella Award for best technical achievement at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.

With extensive experience shooting short and feature length films, commercials and music videos, Ryan has also worked with venerated UK directors Stephen Frears, on his critical and commercially successful Philomena and Ken Loach on his acclaimed recent films The Angel’s Share and Jimmy’s Hall.

Robbie Ryan said:

It’s great to see the art and craft of cinematography recognised in an emerging talent contest where the focus is often on directors. It’s a good opportunity for me to get a sense of what new creatives are up to. I’ll be looking out for imaginative and distinctive approaches to the 90 second framework.

Watershed’s Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove added:

DepicT! is a brilliant showcase of the limitless potential and of micro filmmaking. We are delighted that award-winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan will join an illustrious line of professionals including director Peter Jackson, producer Chris Auty and Commissioning Editor Tabitha Jackson who recognise the value and importance of this unique filmmaking competion.

Liz Williams, RPS Education Manager, said:

We are delighted to be supporting emerging creative talent and offering a dedicated award for the best cinematography amongst the DepicT! shortlist. We feel it’s essential to recognise the art of cinematography in a swiftly changing landscape for lens based practices and can’t think of anyone better placed than cinematographer Robbie Ryan to judge this year’s entries on RPS’s behalf.

Now in its nineteenth year, DepicT! is challenging the worldwide creative community to once again create distinctive, imaginative and engaging short films under 90 seconds long and winners can expect cash prizes, invaluable industry exposure, and much more.

With this year’s special focus on the art of filmmaking and Robbie Ryan confirmed as a judge, we are more excited than ever to see whose mini movie masterpieces will make the final cut! So go on, surprise us – whatever your budget, background, country or genre – we want your tiny films! Enter for free at depict.org before Mon 7 July and who knows, maybe Robbie will be picking yours as an award-winner this year…

May092014

Top Tips from DepicT! Winner James Young

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! It is completely free to enter and there’s up to £2500 prize money, invaluable industry exposure as part of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, plus other exclusive prizes up for grabs.

DepicT! prides itself on the quality of its films as well as the quality of the filmmakers who submit them. Earlier in the year we talked to Ninian Doff, whose live-action comedic short Cool Unicorn Bruv won two prizes at DepicT! ‘13. Already working as a director making music videos, commercials, comedy sketches and short films, winning the DepicT! prizes has helped Ninian raise his existing professional profile and gain national and international recognition. But not all of our winners come to the competition with Ninian’s level of filmmaking experience when they enter.

Animator James Young’s mini-masterpiece Return – which was originally a final year university project – scooped him the DepicT! ‘13 British Special Mention prize and is an unique take on how we think about life and death. We recently caught up with James and picked his brains for insider tips for this year’s DepicT! entrants – especially for those starting out in their careers. Here is what James had to say about getting started, how to improve, and the doors that DepicT! can open…

Can you describe your winning DepicT! film for us and how you came up with the idea?

The idea for my film was influenced by the film Enter the Void and video games Braid and Limbo. The film sees a video game character die during one of the game’s levels. When he has an out-of-body experience and enters a video game limbo between the normal working game world and the dead gltiching one, he has to make his way back to the respawn point as all around him things become more and more chaotic and broken. At the time I felt that many video games treated death as more a consequence of trial and error when solving a problem rather than it having the same level of significance it does in the real world. The act of respawning by and large is instantaneous and I wanted to explore the moment between a character dying and then re-spawning.

What drew you to the DepicT! 90 second format?

The film was actually part of a graduation project in my final year at Bournemouth University, so it wasn’t initially made for the DepicT! competition and its format. That said, the 60 – 90 second mark felt like a good thing to aim for when trying to portray an idea concisely.

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

It was pretty challenging and it got me to try some aspects of computer graphics that I hadn’t experimented with before. Having said that, the process was immensely satisfying and it’s a great to have something you can look back on with pride.

What was your level of experience before submitting to DepicT?

In terms of professional experience making film – none. Return was my first! I had gained good CG skills during my first two years of study, but it’s still a very different experience when you actually get down to producing your own film.

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

Since winning the competition, my film has screened at some online festivals and at the MIA Animation Conference and Festival in Miami, which I attended in October and thoroughly enjoyed. As part of the DepicT! prize, I’ve also had tutoring sessions with Philip Hunt from Studio AKA and got some great advice on where to improve. I’ve interned at Keyframe Studios in London producing animations for various games and short films and I have just become a Junior Animator at Manchester facial animation company Cubic Motion where I work on upcoming games! I have also just completed a short course at the National Film and Television School and I’ve got a couple of ideas for my next film. Eventually I’d like to take a trip to Japan to find employment over there.

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

I think the 90 second limit places a healthy constraint on filmmakers, encouraging them to show their skills in the most effective way possible. Encounters festival itself is also a great way for filmmakers to build good connections, crucial when you’re at the start of your career.

Do you have any advice for this years DepicT! entrants?

Stay true to the theme of your film, but also keep an open mind and explore alternative ways of filmmaking if it feels right. Do what you feel works best whilst also remaining open to advice (and criticism!) about how to improve your film. Someone can rip you a new one, but still make a good point!

So from how to accept advice and make the most of consulatiton during the creative process, to honing your skills and getting your work out there, we are grateful to James for sharing his story and we are proud that DepicT!, now in its nineteenth year, is still supporting talent on the back of its quality and innovation!

Check out some of last year’s DepicT! films for more inspiration, and remember, no matter your background, budget or genre – DepicT! wants your shorts! Entry is completely free, just head on over to depict.org to submit them by Mon 7 July. Who knows, we could be interviewing you next year…

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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.

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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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