Archive for June, 2014


Just one week to go until submissions close!

Just one week to go until DepicT! ’14 submissions close! We’ve got some advice for your last tweaks from Ollie Murray, whose amusing short film Treasure is a real gem.

Here are his top tips for DepicT! entrants:

1) Don’t shoot your film until you know that the script is as tight as it can possibly be. Making films is expensive and time consuming but writing costs close to nothing so map out your films in your head and on paper before moving forward and spending money. Once you’ve shot your film and you are in the edit don’t stop working on your film until it’s absolutely the very best it can be.

2) Seek out great collaborators and don’t try to do too much yourself. A DOP with a fresh pair of eyes or an editor with a new approach to a scene will make the film much better.

3) Don’t worry too much about what other people are doing around you. Find something that interests you and tell that story the way you want to tell it. When I started making films I think I worried too much about making work that I thought other people wanted to see.

Good luck! Enter your shorts on before Mon 7 July – yes – just seven days!


DepicT! Announces Star Judge Robbie Ryan

DepicT!, Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition (as part of Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival) is thrilled to announce that world class cinematographer Robbie Ryan will be judging this year’s entries on behalf of DepicT! sponsor The Royal Photographic Society. And there’s still time to enter you tiny films (90 seconds or less) – the deadline for this years submissions is Mon 7 July.

Our star judge’s skills and interests perfectly complement DepicT!’s newest award for best cinematography, presented in partnership with the RPS, which will be selected by the DepicT! Jury alongside the main DepicT! Award of £1500 at the 20th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (back this year from 16 – 21 Sept).

Ryan is no stranger to the short film form with Oscar® and Bafta award-winning shorts to his name including Shadowscan directed by Tinge Krishna and Pitch Black Heist directed by John MacLean. It is his relationship with award winning director Andrea Arnold that has seen his most acclaimed work in Cannes Grand Jury prize winning features Red Road and Fish Tank, and most recently Wuthering Heights which picked up an Ossella Award for best technical achievement at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.

With extensive experience shooting short and feature length films, commercials and music videos, Ryan has also worked with venerated UK directors Stephen Frears, on his critical and commercially successful Philomena and Ken Loach on his acclaimed recent films The Angel’s Share and Jimmy’s Hall.

Robbie Ryan said:

It’s great to see the art and craft of cinematography recognised in an emerging talent contest where the focus is often on directors. It’s a good opportunity for me to get a sense of what new creatives are up to. I’ll be looking out for imaginative and distinctive approaches to the 90 second framework.

Watershed’s Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove added:

DepicT! is a brilliant showcase of the limitless potential and of micro filmmaking. We are delighted that award-winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan will join an illustrious line of professionals including director Peter Jackson, producer Chris Auty and Commissioning Editor Tabitha Jackson who recognise the value and importance of this unique filmmaking competion.

Liz Williams, RPS Education Manager, said:

We are delighted to be supporting emerging creative talent and offering a dedicated award for the best cinematography amongst the DepicT! shortlist. We feel it’s essential to recognise the art of cinematography in a swiftly changing landscape for lens based practices and can’t think of anyone better placed than cinematographer Robbie Ryan to judge this year’s entries on RPS’s behalf.

Now in its nineteenth year, DepicT! is challenging the worldwide creative community to once again create distinctive, imaginative and engaging short films under 90 seconds long and winners can expect cash prizes, invaluable industry exposure, and much more.

With this year’s special focus on the art of filmmaking and Robbie Ryan confirmed as a judge, we are more excited than ever to see whose mini movie masterpieces will make the final cut! So go on, surprise us – whatever your budget, background, country or genre – we want your tiny films! Enter for free at before Mon 7 July and who knows, maybe Robbie will be picking yours as an award-winner this year…