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That’s A Wrap! DepicT! ’15 Winners Announced…


Rosa Fischer took home the DepicT! ’15 Random Acts Award with her short film Conformity Juice. Pictured here with Philip Ilson, Direcotr of London Short Film Festival. Photo: Jon Craig

We’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s DepicT! 90-second filmmaking competition, as part of Encounters Short Film Festival​ at Watershed.

​Each year DepicT! challenges filmmakers from around the world to create an original and imaginative micro short film. The 20 films that made the DepicT! ’15 Shortlist were selected from over 700 entries from 49 different countries, and each film premiered in the cinema at the ever-popular DepicT! Showcase on Sat 19 Sept 2015: filmmakers, friends, family, film fans and industry professionals gathered to see which films had made the final cut. Most of the DepicT! filmmakers were in attendance at Encounters and went up on stage to discuss their films and their background in a Q&A hosted by Watershed’s Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove.

Photo: Jon Craig

Photo: Jon Craig

We carried on the conversation in the Watershed Café/Bar with a Drinks Reception sponsored by St Austell Brewery, before heading onto the sold out Awards Ceremony to hear the DepicT! expert jury panel’s take on the shortlisted films.


Photo: Jon Craig

The prestigious panel included some of the top names in film and television including Oscar® and BAFTA award-winning Director Of Photography Robbie Ryan, the National Film and Television School’s Chris Auty, Shooting People’s Anna Bogutskaya, Random Acts at Channel 4 Editor Pegah Farahmand, Director of the London Short Film Festival Philip Ilson, BAFTA-winning short film writer and director maker and screen writer Jennifer Majka, and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman Animations David Sproxton. We we’re also delighted to have BBC Radio Bristol presenter Laura Rawlings as compère for the evening, presenting the awards to the lucky winners.

The DepicT! The Royal Photographic Society​ Award of £1,000 went to The Factory, co-directed by Thomas Phelan, George Lewis, Jack O’Dowd, James Hambleton-Plumb and Isaac Jack McCardle.

Still: The Factory

Still: The Factory

Judge DOP Robbie Ryan on behalf of the Society had this to say about the winning film: “The visual storytelling and emotion grabbed me, with great compositions making me want to know more. Its story and cinematography are intrinsically linked to keep us engaged.” This writing and directing group were inspired by the writings of Kafka and it was originally a longer piece that was cut down for the competition.

DepicT! 2015 British Special Mention Award – with a prize of some incredible talent development opportunities via BAFTA​, the National Film and Television School and Shooting People​ – went to the UK’s Steve Kirby for If The Cuckoo Don’t Crow “a brilliantly animated, sly, humane and comedic short that made us laugh unanimously.” Steve Kirby is a freelance motion graphic designer and animator based in London and Norfolk, and he first came across the audio clip used in the film when a friend shared it on Facebook.

Still: Don't Feed The Ducks

Still: Don’t Feed The Ducks

The jury also gave a special commendation to the UK’s Tom Edmondson for Don’t Feed The Ducks “for taking a simple everyday situation into a global breakdown.”

Still: Don't Feed The Ducks

Still: Don’t Feed The Ducks

The DepicT! Random Acts Award, which gives one lucky winner a unique opportunity to be featured on Channel 4’s Random Acts platform and a chance to pitch for a new Random Acts commission, went to the UK’s Rosa Fisher for Conformity Juice. The jury praised the film’s “surreal originality and apparent simplicity in disguising big ideas.” Rosa is currently at University and the film was made as part of her coursework.

Still: Conformity Juice

Still: Conformity Juice

A commendation also went to Spain’s David Castro González and his film A2042 for “its simplicity, powerful narrative and accomplished sound design.”

Still: A2042

Still: A2042

The Main DepicT! 2015 Award of £1,500 and a lifetime membership to our friends at Shooting People went to Hand Maid from Morocco, made by Karim Souissi, Robin Wijnhold and Reda Zniber, a film “that made the jury think in new ways; a purely visual story that touched us without even showing a face”.

Still: Hand Maid

Still: Hand Maid

And the last DepicT! award was chosen by you – we received over 2,500 votes over the two weeks that voting was open, so thanks for joining in! The Shooting People Audience Award winner is Hand Maid by Karim Souissi, Robin Wijnhold and Reda Zniber, making Hand Maid a double award winner.

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Once again, a big thank you to all the filmmakers who entered this year, to our fantastic judges, to all of your who voted and supported the competition, and of course, to our sponsors: Royal Photographic Society, Channel Four​, Aardman Animations​, Films@59, BAFTA, NFTS, Shooting People, British Council​, Independent Cinema Office​, Encounters

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The DepicT! ‘15 Shortlist Now Live!

Watch, Vote and Comment on this year’s super short films…

Image from The Whale by Henning M. Lederer, DepicT! '15 shortlist

Image from The Whale by Henning M. Lederer, DepicT! ’15 shortlist

DepicT! challenges filmmakers from around the globe to make compelling mini-movies under 90 seconds in length as part of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival – and we’re thrilled to announce that the shortlist for this year’s DepicT! competition is now LIVE.

Watch all 20 shortlisted films here on and vote for the film you love the most. The film with the most votes will win the Shooting People Audience Award – a life-time membership to the global network of filmmakers and industry professionals as well as exposure through DepicT!, which is part of Encounters (15 – 20 Sept), one of the most widely respected international short film and animation festivals that happens right here at Watershed.

This year the DepicT! competition went more worldwide than ever with entries from 69 countries and a greater number of entries than ever before. Over 700 films were in the running for the shortlist, with only the most original, most distinctive, and most imaginative making the final cut.

The shortlisted films will have their big screen premiere at the DepicT! Showcase at Encounters on Sat 19 Sept at 15:30. This is when the panel of judges (hailing from all corners of the film and broadcasting world) will decide who will win four out of the five DepicT! awards: the Main Award, the British Special Mention (supported by NFTS and BAFTA amongst others), the Royal Society of Photography’s Award for Cinematography, and the Random Acts Special Mention, presented by Channel 4.

The film and filmmaker that wins the Shooting People Audience Award is completely down to YOU. Don’t miss your chance to have your say. Voting is now open here on until Sat 19 Sept at 18:00. Leave your feedback and comments and be part of the discussion. Happy watching!

Want a taster of last year’s favourite films? 

Watch Nati by Daniel Chisholm, which won the 2015 DepicT! Shooting People Audience Award (and the British Special Mention Award to boot!) and Ant Blades’ funny film Carpark, which won the Main DepicT! Award for 2014. What did you think?

You can learn more about our DepicT! ’15 Jury in our news post

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Join us at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in September 2015