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DepicT! ‘11 Judges Announced!

We are delighted to announce the judging panel for this year’s competition. The industry professionals and filmmakers who will be pouring over a shortlist whittled down from over 500 entries from 30 different countries, include:

  • David Sproxton, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman Animations. 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.
  • Christine Bardsley, Head of Film for the British Council. Christine became a Film Adviser at the British Council in 2001, working to promote new British work to international audiences. She curates programmes and advises on selection for screenings of British short and feature films at international festivals and events. She is currently Head of Film Department..
  • Nik Powell, film producer, Director of the National Film and Television School and Deputy Chair of BAFTA film committee. One of the UK’s leading film producers, Nik Powell embarked on an entrepreneurial career in the 1960s, when he set up Virgin Records with Richard Branson. His long partnership with Stephen Woolley brought an unrivalled slate of award-winning features to the screen, including Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa and The Crying Game. Nik became Director of the NFTS in September 2003.
  • Patrick Collerton, director. Patrick Collerton is an Emmy, BAFTA and RTS award winning documentary director who has now moved into drama and film. His feature length ITV drama, Joe Maddison’s War, was a critical and ratings success last year and his debut feature written by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is moving into pre-production
  • Gina Fucci – Managing Director of Films at 59 Four-times nominated for Broadcast Award’s Best UK Post Production House, Films at 59 is one of the South West’s leading post-production companies  specialising in supplying technology to video and film-makers throughout the world. Gina joined Films at 59 in 1989 and, in 1994 her considerable experience and knowledge of the media industry, on both sides of the Atlantic, made her a natural choice to join Jeanne Thomson as a company director.
  • Sarah Cooper, Screen International. Sarah Cooper trained as a lawyer before realising that life was too short to spend it reading contracts and left to pursue a career which made her poor but happy. She joined Screen International as a reporter in 2008 where she specialises in the UK production sector and is a regular attendee at film festivals around the world.

The panel will be selecting films based on how distinctive, imaginative and engaging they are with three prizes up for grabs; the main DepicT! Award of £1500 as well as UK distribution of the winner’s film through the Digital Screen Network  (thanks to Arts Alliance); the Shooting People DepicT! Audience Award providing lifetime membership to the international networking organization as well as other goodies, and the British Special Mention Award, which comes with a full training package, designed to develop your skills.

Maddy Probst, Watershed Programme Producer, says:

“DepicT! offers a brilliant opportunity for filmmakers across the world to challenge themselves to come up with a strong, imaginative idea and work out a way to engage global audiences in less than 90 seconds.  As the short form on the web is increasingly about the cult of the amateur, DepicT! – the original ultra short film competition in Britain – offers a space for quality and ambition, giving short-listed filmmakers priceless exposure, networking and development opportunities at Encounters International Festival, the UK’s leading short film festival, and beyond. “

To learn more about short and feature filmmaking, why not get a Delegate Pass for the Encounters Bristol International Film Festival where you can attend a fantastic selection of workshops and talks, as well as watch some outstanding short films.

Posted on 25 Oct 2011 at 2:51 pm.

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