Introducing the Depict 2021 shortlist 

With over 1,100 submissions from over 88 different countries, this year’s Depict competition – Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters Film Festival (online from Wed 1 – Thu 30 Sept) – has had an incredibly exciting and diverse pool of films to whittle down from.  

We are delighted to announce the 20 shorts selected for this year’s Depict are now available to watch.

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Depict 2021 shortlist montage

There are multiple awards and prizes to be won by the twenty Depict filmmakers shortlisted.

A panel of prestigious industry professionals will have the tough job of deciding who will be awarded this year’s much coveted Depict prizes – the main Depict Award of £1,500, the Royal Photographic Society Award of £1,000, the Depict British Award, a talent development package supported by BFI NETWORK, NFTS, BAFTA and the Depict Random Acts Award, priceless exposure and mentoring courtesy of Channel 4 Random Acts.

We’d also like you to get you involved in the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award chosen entirely by the public through voting online. The winner will receive a 1-year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals.

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Depict Watchalong and Awards

Join Watershed Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove, members of the Depict Jury and some of the filmmakers involved for a special FREE online watchalong of this year’s shortlist chosen from over 1,100 entries from over 88 countries, followed by the Depict 2021 Awards presentation.

Takes place on YouTube on Thu 30 Sept 6pm (BST) as part of this year’s Encounters Film Festival.

Join us for the Watchalong and Awards

It’s a chance to watch the films collectively, get to know some of the talent behind the films and be the first to find out who has picked up an Award.


Talent & originality

Depict has been uncovering new filmmaking talent for over twenty years – showing incredible originality, fantastic imagination and a minute and a half of pure entertainment.

We have over 200 mini masterpieces for you to watch from the Depict short film competition.

Keep in touch

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