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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.

Posted on 17 Sep 2013 at 2:16 pm.

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