Success Continues For DepicT! ’10 Filmmakers

We’re extremely proud that DepicT! ’10 filmmakers Kiron Hussain and Aidan McAteer have continued their run of super-short filmmaking success with some well-deserved recognition at UK and international film festivals.

Kiron’s dark, dreamy short Slick Horsing was one of the 15 shortlisted films while Aidan’s silent film-style animation The Gentleman’s Guide to Villainy picked up the main prize of £1500.

Aidan McAteer's DepicT! '10-winning film The Gentleman's Guide to Villainy

Aidan McAteer's DepicT! '10-winning film The Gentleman's Guide to Villainy

Oscar® nominated animator Bill Plympton recently picked Aidan’s winning DepicT! short as his favourite out of all the animations submitted to Atom Films. His film has also been selected to be shown at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, the Dam Short Film Festival (Las Vegas) and the Savannah International Animation Festival – so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that juries across the pond will recognise the same gift of comic timing and great style we did! Aidan has said that DepicT! made his idea a reality by providing him with a suitably unique outlet, an achievable length (the 90 second maximum running time) and an all-important deadline.

Kiron’s DepicT! film, meanwhile, scooped the Best Experimental Film Prize at the London Short Film Festival last week – a brilliant achievement for a first-time filmmaker.

Kiron said: “DepicT! plucked my weird little film from obscurity and gave me the confidence to continue experimenting – a billion thank yous!”

DepicT! has a long history of supporting filmmakers at that crucial early stage in their career – some, like Kiron, make their first ever films for the competition – by providing priceless industry exposure and opportunities.

Winning films have regularly gone on to be screened at other international film festivals and have been picked up by commercial distributors while the filmmakers have gone on to carve themselves successful careers in the film industry – some DepicT! alumni have even been named Stars of Tomorrow by industry mag Screen International.

DepicT! ’11 will be open for entries in the Spring – keep a look out on here at for all the latest news and updates. DepicT! is Watershed’s super-short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters International Film Festival, and received over 400 entries for the 2010 competition.

Posted on 25 Jan 2011 at 4:23 pm.


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