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Jun062016

DepicT! ’15 winning director Karim Soussi talks about generating ideas to fit the 90 second format

90 seconds… It’s not long right? Longer than a commercial but shorter than the majority of most short film formats, DepicT! challenges filmmakers to both think creatively and cut ruthlessly. But as the great DepicT! films demonstrate, constraint can be a very useful tool for innovation, forcing you to lose all superfluous or self-indulgent elements, and often brings out really high levels of invention and experimentation in your filmmaking.

One group of filmmakers who really got to grips with the concept of DepicT! are 2015 winners Karim Souissi, Robin Wijnhold and Reda Zniber. Take a look at their masterful film Hand Maid whose purely visual story made a big impression on last year’s Jury members, making them think in new ways without even showing them a face.

Hand Maid scooped both the Main DepicT! and Audience Awards last year and we caught up with director Karim to find out the process behind how they came up with idea.

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

Handmaid tells the story of a Moroccan maid through her hands. We follow her for a day, discovering her routine, her work, some of her struggles and some of her aspirations.

Because the format was very short, we knew that we had to come up with one single idea or concept and stick to it. After a while we agreed that it would be very interesting to focus the whole film on the hands of the characters because hands are a very expressive part of the human body. At that point we had a concept but we still needed a story. So we started searching for characters that use their hands a lot in their daily life or job. We first went with a street beggar but we realised it might be too static or repetitive. Then we came up with the idea of a maid. It’s a job where you constantly use your hands for a wide range of manual chores so it was a perfect fit for our concept.

What was your level of experience before submitting to DepicT?

Handmaid is my first fiction film as a director. Before that I directed and edited many corporate films and commercials.

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

Well since DepicT! Handmaid has been selected for festivals in Kiev, Abu Dhabi and in Missouri and we really feel honored to be able to share this little film with audiences from around the world. Winning two awards at DepicT! gave me a lot of confidence. It also pushed us – Reda, Robin and I – to work together again. Robin and I are currently finishing the script of a new short movie that we would like to shoot this summer.

What would be your top tips for this year’s DepicT! entrants?

Firstly, don’t think twice, if you have an idea, shoot it, even if it’s flawed and you are afraid that people will think it’s corny. Just shoot it and edit it quickly. You might be surprised with the result. Secondly, 90 seconds is a short format. Think of one simple idea and try to breathe life into it. You don’t have enough time for a complex plot. Thirdly, do not neglect the sound. Audiences will have no problem to cope with low quality images. But if your sound quality is bad, you will lose the audience. And finally, don’t eat yellow snow… !

DepicT! ’16 is currently open for entries. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got a big budget or a teeny tiny one; whether you specialise in live action, animation or documentary; whether you live for Westerns, action or comedy; or hail from Japan, Mexico or Slovakia – so as long as your film is less than a minute and a half long. It’s 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. So get thinking and get making!

May122016

2015 Winner Rosa Fisher discusses all things DepicT! and reveals her top tips for this year’s filmmakers

With the Mon 4 July deadline for entries to this year’s DepicT! – Watershed’s super short film competition – beginning to loom on the cinematic horizon, we decided to catch up with director Rosa Fisher, one of last year’s DepicT! winners, to get her insights into what it takes to be successful DepicT! filmmaker.

DepicT! prides itself on both the quality of its films and the filmmakers who submit them. Some of our entrants are seasoned directors, enticed by the filmmaking challenges of DepicT’s uniquely constrained format. But not all of our shortlisted filmmakers come with a high level of experience before they enter.

Take a look at Animator Rosa Fisher’s bite-sized gem Conformity Juice for example – originally a 2nd year university project – which scooped her the DepicT! ’15 Random Acts Award after drawing praise from the Jury for its surreal originality and apparent simplicity in disguising big ideas.

Here’s what Rosa 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?

Conformity Juice explores ideas of group identity and social norms. It grew out of frustrations that I had felt with groups that prescribe strict sets of rules and ideas, concentrating on group thought rather than the thoughts and opinions of individuals. The film is about embracing difference, stepping away from the crowd and discovering what it takes to break the mould.

What drew you to the DepicT! 90 second format?

I think ultra short films are wonderful. It forces you to refine your idea, so that it can come across clearly in a short space of time. There is no time to overcomplicate things, and I think that makes for brilliant films.

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

This was such an enjoyable project for me. I was venting my annoyance about conformist ideas in society, so it was quite cathartic to make in that way!

What was your level of experience before submitting to DepicT?

Conformity Juice was my final project for the second year of my degree in animation, so I was just at the beginning my animation journey. Making this film really helped clarify to me who I want to be as a filmmaker, and confirmed that animation is what I really love doing.

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

Since DepicT! I have been enjoying the third year of my course, and having fun learning more about the wonderful world of animation. Conformity Juice was screened at a variety of festivals off the back of DepicT!, and as part of my award, will be part of the new Random Acts series which is coming out in May. I also got to meet and be interviewed by actor and comedian Eric Wareheim as part of this as he is the host of the Random Acts series. It was great to meet him – he is such a hilarious person!

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

DepicT! is a brilliant way of getting your work out into the world, it has a very nurturing feel to it and acts as a great platform. It differs from other festivals in that it also shows the films online, offering another way for people to access your work. It is also so great to be able to go there and meet so many other lovely filmmakers!

What would be your top tip for this year’s DepicT! entrants?

The most important thing to remember when making films, is that you should make what excites you, and your enjoyment of the project should be the number one priority. I think this is always so much more successful than trying to fit yourself into what you think you should be doing.

DepicT! ’16 is currently open for entries. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got a big budget or a teeny tiny one; whether you specialise in live action, animation or documentary; whether you live for horror, comedy or romance; or hail from Korea, Chile or Belgium – so as long as your film is less than a minute and a half long. It’s 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. So get making!

Mar012016

DepicT! ’16 Open for Entries!

We are back for our incredible 20th year of DepicT!, challenging filmmakers around the world to create an original short film under 90 seconds long.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a big budget or a teeny tiny one; whether you specialise in live action, animation or documentary; whether you live for horror, comedy or romance; or hail from Japan, Brazil or Holland – as long as your film is less than a minute and a half long, you can submit your short film to this year’s competition for free!

We’re interested in seeing as many original, imaginative and engaging films as possible and giving the best of these works and the talent involved the exposure they deserve via the DepicT! competition, showcase and networks.

If your film makes our DepicT! 2016 shortlist, you’ll be invited to showcase your film at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (20 – 25 Sept), the UK’s longest running competitive short film and animation festival. Distributors, producers, funders, exhibitors, other filmmakers, and enthusiastic fans of the short film format – not to mention the stellar judges – will all be there, so it’s the perfect opportunity to get some priceless exposure and industry experience. Not to mention that you also be in with a chance of winning up to £2500 prize money, and other exclusive prizes, such as invaluable talent development courses to help you get to the next stage of your career.

Steve Rose of The Guardian said of Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2014:

“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.”

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 beyond.

The Main DepicT! 2015 Award of £1,500 and a lifetime membership to our friends at Shooting People went to Hand Maid from Morocco, made by Karim Souissi, Robin Wijnhold and Reda Zniber, a film “that made the jury think in new ways; a purely visual story that touched us without even showing a face”.

Daniel Chisholm who won both the DepicT! Special Mention and DepicT! Shooting People Award at 2014’s ceremony with spirited short Nati, has been back to Italy making a feature length version of his winning piece. You can read more about his journey here.

Ninian Doff of DepicT! 2013 fame – who scooped both the Main DepicT! Award and The Shooting People RPS Audience Award with comedic gem Cool Unicorn Bruv – has gone on to make impressive music videos for the likes of Kasabian.

Ninian said of DepicT!:

“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.”

Sound like your kind of challenge? As long as your film is under 90 seconds or less, you can enter your film to DepicT! – it is always totally free to enter your movie and this year you can submit your movie using either Vimeo or YouTube, making it easier than ever to get your work to us!

Submissions close on Mon 4 July 2016 so there is plenty of time to read the rules and get some more inspiration by checking out our archive of 19 years of teeny, tiny shorts.

So pack your tiny film with masses of creativity and send it to us – good luck!

Get double the exposure for your short film! This year any films under 90 seconds or less submitted to Encounters get automatically entered into this year’s DepicT! competition. So if you fancy double the chance of winning, enter your shorts via the Encounters website here.

Sep212015

That’s A Wrap! DepicT! ’15 Winners Announced…

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Rosa Fischer took home the DepicT! ’15 Random Acts Award with her short film Conformity Juice. Pictured here with Philip Ilson, Direcotr of London Short Film Festival. Photo: Jon Craig

We’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s DepicT! 90-second filmmaking competition, as part of Encounters Short Film Festival​ at Watershed.

​Each year DepicT! challenges filmmakers from around the world to create an original and imaginative micro short film. The 20 films that made the DepicT! ’15 Shortlist were selected from over 700 entries from 49 different countries, and each film premiered in the cinema at the ever-popular DepicT! Showcase on Sat 19 Sept 2015: filmmakers, friends, family, film fans and industry professionals gathered to see which films had made the final cut. Most of the DepicT! filmmakers were in attendance at Encounters and went up on stage to discuss their films and their background in a Q&A hosted by Watershed’s Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove.

Photo: Jon Craig

Photo: Jon Craig

We carried on the conversation in the Watershed Café/Bar with a Drinks Reception sponsored by St Austell Brewery, before heading onto the sold out Awards Ceremony to hear the DepicT! expert jury panel’s take on the shortlisted films.

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Photo: Jon Craig

The prestigious panel included some of the top names in film and television including Oscar® and BAFTA award-winning Director Of Photography Robbie Ryan, the National Film and Television School’s Chris Auty, Shooting People’s Anna Bogutskaya, Random Acts at Channel 4 Editor Pegah Farahmand, Director of the London Short Film Festival Philip Ilson, BAFTA-winning short film writer and director maker and screen writer Jennifer Majka, and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman Animations David Sproxton. We we’re also delighted to have BBC Radio Bristol presenter Laura Rawlings as compère for the evening, presenting the awards to the lucky winners.

The DepicT! The Royal Photographic Society​ Award of £1,000 went to The Factory, co-directed by Thomas Phelan, George Lewis, Jack O’Dowd, James Hambleton-Plumb and Isaac Jack McCardle.

Still: The Factory

Still: The Factory

Judge DOP Robbie Ryan on behalf of the Society had this to say about the winning film: “The visual storytelling and emotion grabbed me, with great compositions making me want to know more. Its story and cinematography are intrinsically linked to keep us engaged.” This writing and directing group were inspired by the writings of Kafka and it was originally a longer piece that was cut down for the competition.

DepicT! 2015 British Special Mention Award – with a prize of some incredible talent development opportunities via BAFTA​, the National Film and Television School and Shooting People​ – went to the UK’s Steve Kirby for If The Cuckoo Don’t Crow “a brilliantly animated, sly, humane and comedic short that made us laugh unanimously.” Steve Kirby is a freelance motion graphic designer and animator based in London and Norfolk, and he first came across the audio clip used in the film when a friend shared it on Facebook.

Still: Don't Feed The Ducks

Still: Don’t Feed The Ducks

The jury also gave a special commendation to the UK’s Tom Edmondson for Don’t Feed The Ducks “for taking a simple everyday situation into a global breakdown.”

Still: Don't Feed The Ducks

Still: Don’t Feed The Ducks

The DepicT! Random Acts Award, which gives one lucky winner a unique opportunity to be featured on Channel 4’s Random Acts platform and a chance to pitch for a new Random Acts commission, went to the UK’s Rosa Fisher for Conformity Juice. The jury praised the film’s “surreal originality and apparent simplicity in disguising big ideas.” Rosa is currently at University and the film was made as part of her coursework.

Still: Conformity Juice

Still: Conformity Juice

A commendation also went to Spain’s David Castro González and his film A2042 for “its simplicity, powerful narrative and accomplished sound design.”

Still: A2042

Still: A2042

The Main DepicT! 2015 Award of £1,500 and a lifetime membership to our friends at Shooting People went to Hand Maid from Morocco, made by Karim Souissi, Robin Wijnhold and Reda Zniber, a film “that made the jury think in new ways; a purely visual story that touched us without even showing a face”.

Still: Hand Maid

Still: Hand Maid

And the last DepicT! award was chosen by you – we received over 2,500 votes over the two weeks that voting was open, so thanks for joining in! The Shooting People Audience Award winner is Hand Maid by Karim Souissi, Robin Wijnhold and Reda Zniber, making Hand Maid a double award winner.

Watch all the films at depict.org/watch-films

Once again, a big thank you to all the filmmakers who entered this year, to our fantastic judges, to all of your who voted and supported the competition, and of course, to our sponsors: Royal Photographic Society, Channel Four​, Aardman Animations​, Films@59, BAFTA, NFTS, Shooting People, British Council​, Independent Cinema Office​, Encounters

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Sep012015

The DepicT! ‘15 Shortlist Now Live!

Watch, Vote and Comment on this year’s super short films…

Image from The Whale by Henning M. Lederer, DepicT! '15 shortlist

Image from The Whale by Henning M. Lederer, DepicT! ’15 shortlist

DepicT! challenges filmmakers from around the globe to make compelling mini-movies under 90 seconds in length as part of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival – and we’re thrilled to announce that the shortlist for this year’s DepicT! competition is now LIVE.

Watch all 20 shortlisted films here on depict.org and vote for the film you love the most. The film with the most votes will win the Shooting People Audience Award – a life-time membership to the global network of filmmakers and industry professionals as well as exposure through DepicT!, which is part of Encounters (15 – 20 Sept), one of the most widely respected international short film and animation festivals that happens right here at Watershed.

This year the DepicT! competition went more worldwide than ever with entries from 69 countries and a greater number of entries than ever before. Over 700 films were in the running for the shortlist, with only the most original, most distinctive, and most imaginative making the final cut.

The shortlisted films will have their big screen premiere at the DepicT! Showcase at Encounters on Sat 19 Sept at 15:30. This is when the panel of judges (hailing from all corners of the film and broadcasting world) will decide who will win four out of the five DepicT! awards: the Main Award, the British Special Mention (supported by NFTS and BAFTA amongst others), the Royal Society of Photography’s Award for Cinematography, and the Random Acts Special Mention, presented by Channel 4.

The film and filmmaker that wins the Shooting People Audience Award is completely down to YOU. Don’t miss your chance to have your say. Voting is now open here on depict.org until Sat 19 Sept at 18:00. Leave your feedback and comments and be part of the discussion. Happy watching!

Want a taster of last year’s favourite films? 

Watch Nati by Daniel Chisholm, which won the 2015 DepicT! Shooting People Audience Award (and the British Special Mention Award to boot!) and Ant Blades’ funny film Carpark, which won the Main DepicT! Award for 2014. What did you think?

You can learn more about our DepicT! ’15 Jury in our news post

Like the DepicT! Facebook page for more short film news and opportunities

Join us at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in September 2015

Jul302015

Presenting the DepicT! ’15 Jury Panel Members…

Settling in to the DepicT! ’14 Awards Ceremony

We are proud to announce the stellar jury panel of industry experts for DepicT!, Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition challenging filmmakers from across the globe to create an imaginative and original short film of 90 seconds or less.

The competition is a unique opportunity for emerging talent to get the exposure for their film and the support they need to take their career to the next level and the shortlisted films will screen at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the UK’s leading short form and animation festival and annual meeting place for new, emerging and established filmmakers and industry professionals.

With this year’s DepicT! film entries numbering a record breaking 710 films from 69 different countries, the judges will have a tricky time deciding which films and filmmakers deserve a taste of DepicT! glory and this year’s prizes, which include: the Main Award of £1,500, the Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award of £1,000, the British Special Mention Award talent development package supported by BAFTA and NFTS, and the Random Acts Special Mention Award of priceless exposure via Channel 4.

The 2015 DepicT! judges who will be joining us at Encounters this year are Chris Auty (Head of Producing at the National Film and Television School), Anna Bogutskaya (Business & Marketing Manager at Shooting People), Pegah Farahmand (Editor of Random Acts at Channel 4), Philip Ilson (Director of the London Short Film Festival), Jennifer Majka (BAFTA-winning short film writer) and David Sproxton (Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman Animations). We’ll be announcing one more jury member in the coming weeks, so watch this space.

The jury panel aren’t the only ones who get to have their say though. We’ll be announcing this year’s DepicT! shortlist on Tue 1 Sept and that’s when the judging for the Shooting People Audience Award is handed over to YOU, as you vote and comment on your favourite films. Make sure you head here to depict.org and have your say…

It’s also not too late to get tickets to the Encounters festival which celebrates all things short film over six jam packed days of film fun. It’s the perfect place to get inspired by the newest shorts on the big screen, to brush up your skills with events, workshops and masterclasses tailored for varying abilities and disciplines, and to chat and party the nights away with creatives and industry professionals. The DepicT! super shorts will get their big screen premiere at the festival and we’d love to see you there.

Head to the DepicT! Facebook page for short film news, opportunities and competition updates. Be sure to tune in on Tuesdays throughout August for some top filmmaking tips from none other than some of our expert DepicT! judges…

Here’s more info on the 2015 DepicT! Jury:

Chris Auty – Head of Producing, National Film and Television School

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, CBEE (Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Executives), backed by the NFTS, Ingenious Media, and Sir Richard Branson.

Anna Bogutskaya, Business & Marketing Manager at Shooting People

More than a bit film obsessed, Anna hails from Spain and has worked across many corners of the film industry including magazines, online platforms, production companies and festivals. After working on several feature films at production house El Deseo and the festivals team at the BFI, she is currently running Business and Marketing at Shooting People, the UK’s leading independent filmmaker’s network.

Pegah Farahmand, Editor of Random Acts at Channel 4

Pegah works at Channel 4 as Editor of its short form arts strand, Random Acts. Previously, she worked for Vice Media where she spent 10 years producing and directing documentaries with talent such as Spike Jonze, Jonathan Glazer, and Sally Potter, as well overseeing the content from Vice’s many brand partnerships including Intel, Google, Ford and Nike.

Philip Ilson, Director of the London Short Film Festival

Philip Ilson is the Director of the London Short Film Festival, which he co-founded in 2004. He is also the short film programmer for the BFI London Film Festival, and has worked as a freelance programmer, including at the East End Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, and the Branchage Festival in Jersey, Latitude music festival, and at Curzon Soho Cinema.

Jennifer Majka – BAFTA-winning short film writer

Jennifer was awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Scholarship to study screenwriting at the National Film and Television School and graduated in 2014. She was nominated for an Oscar and won a BAFTA for Best Short Animation ‘The Bigger Picture’ in 2015. She has a number of TV and film projects in development, with a feature film, ‘Beautiful Devils’ starring Iain Glen and Osy Ikhile, currently in post-production for Ascension Pictures/Carnaby Films.

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.

Jun252015

DepicT! ’14 Winner’s Journey – June

Daniel Chisholm won two awards at DepicT! '14

Daniel Chisholm won two awards at DepicT! ’14

Each year we challenge filmmakers from around the world to create an original and imaginative super short film of 90 seconds or under. This year’s deadline for your super short submissions is just one and a half weeks away (Mon 6 July), so do send your films to us pronto if you think you can do it in 90 seconds!

Last year’s DepicT! competition was dominated by UK filmmaker Daniel Chisholm, who took home two awards for his short film Nati, which follows a green-fingered 92 year old with an infectious joie de vivre.

We’ve been catching up with Daniel every few months to hear what he’s been up to after his big win. From making another short film, to working on his first feature project, attending film festivals and more, you can hear what he’s been up to this far in our November, January, and April instalments.

In Daniel’s latest update, he takes stock of the year so far and talks about the final stages of making his first feature film.

Watch Daniel’s winning DepicT! ’14 film Nati

DepicT! ’14 Nine Months On – by Daniel Chisholm

Daniel savouring the fantastic Italian fare on offer in Liguria, where his first feature is set

Daniel savouring the fantastic Italian fare on offer in Liguria, where his first feature is set

“Saluti dall’Italia!

The last few months have flown by – it’s been hectic working on the cut of my first feature, which is about farmers in Liguria, Italy. My film for DepicT! ’14 Nati, featured one of the farmers I’ve been filming over the last two years. I’ve now completed a second short using the footage I’ve been shooting, which I’ve submitted to this year’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival. I’ve also been working as a teacher and have just sent off lots of eager new film students into the wide world of filmmaking. After all this action, it’s now time for a little R&R – and where better to go than Italy!

Back in Liguria, my girlfriend Anna (and long-time DP partner) managed to catch up with the charismatic star of Nati. It’s been one year on since we filmed him and despite now being 92 years of age, Nati is still as sprightly and as active in his garden and around his olive trees as before. Speaking of olive trees: the tree Nati planted in the film has now sprouted, and is well on the way to becoming a full-sized, fruit-bearing beauty.

Nati, star of Daniel's DepicT!'14 winning film of the same name

Nati, star of Daniel’s DepicT!’14 winning film of the same name

Other than visiting Nati though, I’ve left the camera at home this time and am simply enjoying the sun, the wonderful food and wine, and have been winding down a bit before I do a commercial project in London for an American construction company. I’m also hoping to start my NFTS course come Autumn, which is part of the talent development package I won at DepicT! last year. After that, I’ll be heading back to the cutting table to finally nail down the finer nuances of the feature film about Nati and his fellow farmers, and maybe I’ll make one last trip to Italy in late summer to film the grape harvest and capture a final few shots that the edit has thrown up. 

Daniel at Encounters 2014

Daniel at Encounters 2014

Come September, it will be time for DepicT! and Encounters again – and I can’t wait! It’s been a year since I was in Bristol, but the memory is still bright and I look forward to attending the festival again this year, watching lots of creative and inspiring shorts, meeting filmmakers, distributors and curators, and enjoying the vibrant city!

To all of you who have submitted a short this year or are planning to (there’s just two weeks left by the way): have fun and – as they say in Italy – buona fortuna!”

Dan

Think you can do it in 90 seconds? Submit your short film to DepicT! ’15 for free, for the chance to win cash prizes and more. Deadline: Mon 6 July 17:00

Apr202015

DepicT! ’14 Winner’s Journey – April

Daniel Chisholm went away from DepicT! '14 with two awards!

DepicT! challenges filmmakers from around the globe to create an original and innovative super short film of 90 seconds or less. Last year, Daniel Chisholm from the UK took home not one, but two awards, at theEncounters Short Film and Animation Festival awards ceremony. His short film Nati won him Shooting People Audience Award’ and the ‘DepicT! 2014 British Special Mention Award.

Believe it or not it’s been nine months since DepicT!’ 2014 double award winner Daniel Chisholm took home his two short filmmaking competition awards Shooting People Audience Award’ and the ‘DepicT! 2014 British Special Mention Award.’Daniel Chisholm won big at last year’s DepicT! ’14 competition, taking home two awards for his short film Nati, which is set in Italy. We last caught up with Daniel in January and heard about how filming was going for the feature length version of his winning short.

In this instalment, Daniel reports back on the Berlinale Film Festival and talks us through the new short film he’s making for this year’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

Watch Daniel’s charming winning film Nati

DepicT! ’14 Nine Months On – by Daniel Chisholm

Augusto, one of the famers Daniel's been following for his new short film

Augusto, one of the famers Daniel’s been following for his new short film

February and March have been busy! A new short I hope to submit to Encounters ’15 is in the final editing stages, almost ready for sound and grade; the edit of the feature is continuing apace; my new and improved showreel and website are up and running; and in between I managed to watch about 30-odd films and attend various networking events at the Berlinale Film Festival… phew!

My biggest takeaway from the Berlinale (apart from watching lots of inspiring films) was a renewed enthusiasm for attending festivals and the opportunities they present – there really is no better way to get your work out there and meet great people and potential collaborators. That’s why I’m so keen to attend Encounters 2015 and why I would recommend to anyone interested in filmmaking to submit for DepicT! and / or Encounters this year – it is such a great festival with a brilliant vibe and last year I came away feeling refreshed and in love with film again.

Unsurprisingly, the short I’m working on for Encounters this year is also about farmers in Italy – this time it focusses on the ‘raccolta’: the olive harvest. It features two brilliant characters: Augusto and Vanda, who are olive farmers and friends of Nati’s. They are wonderful people, who have witnessed a lot of change in their time, and who have gone through a lot of hardship, but who can still laugh about it all and evidently manage to enjoy life, no matter what it throws at them. If you’re thinking of submitting to either DepicT! or Encounters, I’d highly recommend you find yourself characters like these guys and let them do the talking – I personally find there’s nothing as gripping in a film as a good character, be it fictional or real.

Vanda appears in Daniel's new short film

Vanda appears in Daniel’s new short film

Augusto and Vanda will of course feature in the full-length film I am working on, alongside Nati and a host of other charismatic farmers. I am planning to shoot some pickups in the summer, but until then I want to really have a good crack at the edit and get something on the timeline that feels like a feature film.

I am now booked on a course at the NFTS in June entitled “Financing Your Feature Film” (one of the prizes that I won at DepicT! last year) and I can’t wait to attend! It promises to be a very useful course and I will definitely report back once I’ve been.

Anyway, I need to get back to my edit in order to hit the submission deadline for Encounters

Until next time, and good luck to all of you who are submitting!

Dan

 

 

Mar112015

Ready, steady, DepicT! – 2015 submissions now open

Still from Dave Anderson's DepicT! '14 shortlisted film Full Fat Simon

Still from Dave Anderson’s DepicT! ’14 shortlisted film Full Fat Simon

We are back for our nineteenth year of DepicT!, Watershed’s ultra short film competition that asks filmmakers from around the world to create an original short film under 90 seconds long.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a big budget or a teeny tiny one; whether you specialise in live action, animation or documentary; whether you live for horror, comedy or romance; or hail from Japan, Brazil or Holland – as long as your film is less than a minute and a half long, you can submit your short film to this year’s competition for free!

We’re interested in seeing as many original, imaginative and engaging films as possible and giving the best of these works and the talent involved the exposure they deserve via the DepicT! competition, showcase and networks.

If your film makes our DepicT! 2015 shortlist, you’ll be invited to showcase your film at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (15 – 20 Sept), the UK’s longest running competitive short film and animation festival. Distributors, producers, funders, exhibitors, other filmmakers, and enthusiastic fans of the short film format – not to mention the stellar judges – will all be there, so it’s the perfect opportunity to get some priceless exposure and industry experience. Not to mention that you also be in with a chance of winning up to £2500 prize money, and other exclusive prizes, such as invaluable talent development courses to help you get to the next stage of your career.

“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

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 beyond.

Daniel Chisholm who won both the DepicT! Special Mention and DepicT! Shooting People Award at last year’s ceremony with spirited short Nati, is now back in Italy making a feature length version of his winning piece. You can read more about his journey here.

Daniel Chisholm went away from DepicT! '14 with two awards!

Daniel Chisholm went away from DepicT! ’14 with two awards!

Ninian Doff of DepicT! 2013 fame – who scooped both the Main DepicT! Award and The Shooting People RPS Audience Award with comedic gem Cool Unicorn Bruv – has gone on to make impressive music videos for the likes of Kasabian.

Ninian said of DepicT!:

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.

Sound like your kind of challenge? As long as your film is under 90 seconds or less, you can enter your film to DepicT! – it is always totally free to enter your movie and this year you can submit your movie using either Vimeo or YouTube, making it easier than ever to get your work to us!

Submissions close on Mon 6 July 2015 so 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.

So pack your tiny film with masses of creativity and send it to us – good luck!

 

Get double the exposure for your short film! This year any films under 90 seconds or less submitted to Encounters get automatically entered into this year’s DepicT! competition. So if you fancy double the chance of winning, enter your shorts via the Encounters website here.

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Get double the exposure for your short film – at DepicT! ’15 and Encounters Short Film Festival

Still from Loose Ends  by Tom Lox, DepicT! '14 Shortlisted Film

Still from Loose Ends by Tom Lox, DepicT! ’14 Shortlisted Film

We’re delighted to announce that we’re teaming up with Encounters Short Film Festival 2015, the UK’s leading short film and animation festival, for this year’s DepicT! ’15 submissions. Yes, any short films under 90 seconds that you submit to Encounters will automatically be entered into DepicT! ’15 so your film gets double the exposure for half the effort! DepicT! prizes include prize money, invaluable industry exposure, and talent development opportunities.

Encounters is one of the world’s leading International Competitions for short film and animation and 2014 marked the festival’s 20th year, when they exhibited over 250 new short films and animated films from around the world, chosen from over 2000 submissions.

The festival is also a gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards: The Oscars®, BAFTAs, European Film Awards and Cartoon d’Or. This year, no less than three Encounters alumni were nominated for Oscars® and one of these talented filmmakers, Daisy Jacobs, went on to win a BAFTA for her innovative short, The Bigger Picture!

If you fancy your chances at 2015’s awards, head over to the Encounters submissions page and enter your mini movie – and remember, any short films under 90 seconds will automatically be submitted to DepicT! ’15 as well. Easy!

Encounters Festival Producer Rich Warren said:

Encounters is thrilled to continue our work with DepicT! for 2015, and develop this dynamic and exciting part of the festival competition with our partner Watershed.

Challenging filmmakers to be creative in 90 seconds and under makes DepicT! a vibrant, exciting and extremely popular addition to the annual festival programme, and contributes to Encounter’s reputation as the UK’s leading talent development festival.  DepicT! gives new and emerging filmmakers a really accessible route into the festival, and we can’t wait to start watching the entries this year!

You’ve got until 31 March to submit films made in 2014 to Encounters, and until 5 June for those made in 2015.

DepicT! ’15 submissions will open very soon – keep an eye on depict.org and our Facebook page for updates. Watch 2014’s DepicT! shortlisted films for inspiration here.

Encounters Short Film Festival runs from 15 – 20 Sept 2015 in Bristol, UK and the festival will host the DepicT! ’15 Showcase and Awards Ceremony.

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