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Sep262014

DepicT ’14 Winners Announced

DepicT! challenges the international creative community to make distinctive, imaginative and engaging short films under 90 seconds long. Chosen from just under 600 entries from 49 different countries, the 20 films on this year’s shortlist stood out for their originality, going into the running to win one of four great prizes.

Following a fantastic buzz at the DepicT! Showcase hosted by Watershed Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove, distinguished guests gathered on the evening of Sat 20 Sept for the grand finale of the 20th anniversary edition of Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival to hear our expert judging panel’s take on the shortlisted films.

The prestigious panel included some of the top names in film and television, including award-winning Cinematographer Robbie Ryan, Lara Akeju from Channel 4, Shooting People’s Sarah Chorley, BAFTA winning filmmaker Yousif Al-Khalifa, Producer Chris Auty (National Film & Television School) as well as David Sproxton from Aardman Animations, who opened the Award Ceremony to a full house.

Dr David Cooke, Chair of the Royal Photographic Society Education Committee, one of the major sponsors behind the contest, presented the main DepicT! Award. British animator Ant Blades (who is behind the London based Birdbox Studio) picked up a cash prize of £1,500 and a lifetime membership to Shooting People for his rollicking animated short, Carpark. “With great comic timing, it packed a lot into 90 seconds,” said the jury, who were unanimous in their choice.

Next up was the DepicT! Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award, selected by members of the jury including cinematographer Robbie Ryan on behalf of the RPS, who had this to say about being involved in the jury for this Award: “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.”

The winner of this award, Bristol based Adam DJ Laity, met with Robbie Ryan at the festival and picked up a £1000 cash prize for The Peace of Wild Things, summed up by the jury as”an emotionally charged meditation on man and nature with beautiful images.”

We caught up with Adam – who is about to start a research PhD on the use of landscape in cinematography – at the Awards Ceremony:

“DepicT! is special – I’ve always felt that if I can’t do it in 90 seconds, what makes me think I can do it 90 minutes! And I’m so pleased to have won The RPS Cinematography Award; it means a great deal and shows that the competition and the form is being held in high regard by such a prestigious organisation. It was also great to meet a master DP like Robbie Ryan – he was so generous with his time and advice.”

Stas Santimov from Ukraine picked up the DepicT! Random Acts Award for his short, The Collector, considered by the jury “an original, evocative and intricate animation that invites you into a surreal world”. Watch out for Stas’ film on Channel Four’s popular Random Acts slot. The jury also gave a special mention to British short Crow’s Nest by Robert Milne, billed by the judges as “simple and as cruel as life can be.”

Winning the DepicT! British Special Mention was Daniel Chisholm whose film Nati, is a short, honest portrayal of a 90 year old man in just 90 seconds. The jury described its maker as “an interesting voice that they’d like to hear more of.” Daniel wins a great package of career development opportunities from BAFTA, the National Film and Television School and Shooting People. Follow his progress on depict.org.

Last but not least, the DepicT! Shooting People Audience Award also goes to Nati! We’d like to thank all 2,923 of you, the audience, for voting. Daniel Chisholm picks up a Lifetime membership to Shooting People.

Dan said:

“I’m very excited to have won at DepicT! – I had a great time at the Festival at this win will help me gain the momentum I need to take my career to the next level.”

We’re also very grateful to our sponsors and supporters who enable us to run the DepicT! competition, and to all 580 filmmakers, from Peru to India, who submitted their 90 second films without whom we wouldn’t have a competition!

Watch Dan’s winning film, Nati, here!

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Sep012014

Watch, Vote and Comment on this year’s shortlist!

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s DepicT! shortlist – our 90 second mini-movies are now all available for your viewing pleasure – we need your help to determine the winner of the Shooting People Audience Award, so have your say on the films now!

The 20 shortlisted films have been hand picked from over 600 entries from 49 countries and YOU can decide which mini-movie of 90-seconds-or-less deserves to win one of the competition’s most prized awards, the Shooting People Audience Award. Simply watch the shortlisted films, then vote and comment on your favourite! Don’t miss your chance to have your say on this year’s fantastically original work made by creatives and filmmakers from all over the world.

The shortlisted films will get their big screen premiere at Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (Tue 16 – Sun 21 Sept), one of the world’s leading showcases and meeting points for emerging talent at the DepicT! Showcase (Sat 20 Sept at 13:00). Join us to meet the talent and hear from professionals about the possibilities of the ultra-short film format. Ticket holders are also invited to the DepicT! ’14 Get Together in the Café/Bar, where you can mingle with DepicT! alumni and industry experts.

Our panel of stellar judges – featuring some of the biggest names in film and television – will also be at the showcase. They’ll be looking for the most distinctive, imaginative and engaging shorts in the competition and will decide which mini-movies will receive the rest of the fantastic DepicT! Awards up for grabs.

This year’s panel of judges includes Chris Auty (National Film and Television School), David Sproxton (Aardman Animations), Cinematographer Robbie Ryan BSC (The Royal Photographic Society), Yousif Al-Khalifa (BAFTA), Lara Akeju (Channel 4), and Sarah Chorley (Shooting People).

Prizes include the Main DepicT! Award of £1500, the Royal Photographic Society Award of £1000, the British Special Mention (a tailored package of career development opportunities for a UK-based filmmaker from the National Film and Television School, BAFTA, British Council and Shooting People) and there’s the Random Acts Special Mention, presented by Channel 4.

Members of the judging panel will announce which DepicT! ’14 films have won big later on in the evening of Sat 20 Sept at the Encounters Festival’s Award Ceremony, plus they will present the DepicT! Shooting People Audience Award to that one lucky filmmaker who wowed the audience and collected the most votes online.

So do have a look at this year’s shortlisted films, cast your vote, leave your comments, and watch this space – any one of our DepicT! ’14 filmmakers could win – and now, it’s over to you to decide!

Want to learn more about our DepicT! ’14 Jury? Our judges are some of the hottest names in television and film, and here, are their details.

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.

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.

ROBBIE RYAN BSC (CINEMATOGRAPHER, ON BEHALF OF RPS)
At the age of 15, Robbie picked up a Super 8 camera and began to make short films. He hasn’t been able to put the camera down since, 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.

YOUSIF AL-KHALIFA (DIRECTOR, ON BEHALF OF BAFTA)
After a BA in Animation at the University of Westminster, Yousif Al-Khalifa enrolled on the Directing Animation course at NFTS. Yousif's graduation project, Sleeping With The Fishes, premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival, won the student Grand Prix at the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, the Audience award at the London International Animation Festival, the International Yuhan University President's Prize at the Puchon International Student Animation Festival, Korea, and has been selected for further festivals including Cinanima, Angiers, Leeds, Mostra and Foyle. He recently won a BAFTA for the film.

LARA AKEJU (DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, CHANNEL 4)
Lara has 17 years of experience in television production. Her current role as Development Manager at Channel 4 is to drive the commissioning of content from diverse, grassroots talent throughout the UK. Prior to joining Channel 4, Lara was a factual Producer and Director, with credits including Panorama (BBC1), World's Strictest Parents (BBC3), Peckham Finishing School for Girls (BBC3) and Ramadan Diaries (Channel 4). 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 Disability Film Festival and Cambridge Film Festival, amongst others, before joining Shooting People in 2011.

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