Presenting the DepicT! ’16 Jury…

Including Oscar® nominated cinematographer Dick Pope and BAFTA-winning producer Emilie Jouffroy.

DepicT! – Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition – challenges filmmakers from across the globe to create an imaginative and original short film of 90 seconds or less. The competition is a unique opportunity for emerging talent to get exposure for their film and the support they need to take their career to the next level. They stand to win cash prizes and benefits that money can’t buy at Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (20 – 25 Sept 2016, Bristol, UK) and beyond. With this year’s DepicT! film entries numbering a record breaking 700 films from 63 different countries, we had an especially exciting and diverse pool of mini movies to whittle down to our shortlist of just fifteen films!

depict-JuryEach year we enlist the expertise of a panel of prestigious industry professionals to select which films and filmmakers deserve a taste of DepicT! glory. We’re proud to confirm the eight DepicT! judges who will be joining us at Encounters, the UK’s leading short form and animation festival and annual meeting place for new, emerging and established filmmakers and industry professionals:

Chris Auty – Head of Producing, National Film and Television School

Former film critic Chris Auty has produced films including Stealing Beauty, My Summer of Love, In This World and 24 Hour Party People and is currently Head of Producing at NFTS. He sits on the governing board of the European Film Academy and has launched a new course CBEE (Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Executives), backed by the NFTS, Ingenious Media, and Sir Richard Branson.

David Sproxton – Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of 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.

Jemma Desai – Film Programme Manager at the British Council

Jemma looks after British Council’s activity with short filmmakers and their global touring initiatives. She also programmes for BFI London Film Festival and has contributed to various film publications including Sight & Sound and BFI online. In 2012 Jemma founded I am Dora, a curatorial initiative exploring how women identify with one another through film, which encompasses a screening series, a printed publication and discussion events.

Matt Turner – Shooting People Membership & Editorial

Matt works for Shooting People, the UK’s largest community for independent filmmakers. For SP, he handles all editorial output, curates the Film of the Month competition, and is the first point of contact for the membership. When not representing Shooting People, Matt is usually found scurrying between London’s various cinemas trying to make up for lost time, or writing about film at tale of cinema.

Pegah Farahmand – Editor of Random Acts, Channel 4

Pegah works at Channel 4 as Editor of its short form arts strand, Random Acts. Previously, she worked for Vice Media where she spent 10 years producing and directing documentaries with talent such as Spike Jonze, Jonathan Glazer, and Sally Potter, as well overseeing the content from Vice’s many brand partnerships including Intel, Google, Ford and Nike.

Emilie Jouffroy – BAFTA-winning short film Producer (On behalf of BAFTA)

Emilie is a BAFTA-winning producer, awarded in 2016 for the short animation Edmond. She worked for Jonathan Cavendish and Andy Serkis at The Imaginarium Studios, before enrolling at the National Film and Television School, where she was mentored by Allon Reich of DNA Films. Emilie was a production and development executive at Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME). She is currently producing a short film for BBC Films called Diagnosis, written and directed by Eva Riley. In addition to her BAFTA, industry recognition for Emilie’s short films include a BIFA Award, and festival selections at Sundance, Palm Springs, Clermont Ferrand and BFI London Film Festival.

Dick Pope – Oscar® Nominated Cinematographer (On behalf of The Royal Photographic Society)

Cinematographer Dick Pope’s career includes ten features he shot for Director Mike Leigh, including Secrets and Lies, Vera Drake, and Mr Turner for which he was awarded the Prix Vulcaine for the Technical Artist at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and also nominated for Academy, BAFTA, BSC, ASC and British Independent Film Awards. Pope’s many other credits include films for leading US maverick directors such as Richard Linklater, Barry Levinson, John Sayles and Jill Sprecher. Recently, in New York, he photographed Angelica for Mitchell Lichtenstein the son of the painter Roy Lichtenstein. His latest project is Legend about the notorious Kray Brothers, written and directed by Brian Helgeland.

Damien O’Donnell – Writer / Director

Damien made his breakthrough in 1995, with the highly acclaimed short ‘Thirty Five Aside’, which picked up more than 30 awards worldwide. He went on to direct various film projects including the BAFTA winning ‘East is East’ (1999), Heartlands (2002) and Inside I’m Dancing (2004), which won The Audience Award at the Edinburgh Festival. Damien is also a proficient producer responsible for a host of creative commercial campaigns, music videos and shorts.

The jury panel will have the tough job of deciding who will be awarded this year’s much coveted DepicT! prizes – the Main Award of £1,500, the Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award of £1,000, the British Special Mention Award, a talent development package supported by BAFTA and NFTS, and the Random Acts Special Mention Award, priceless exposure via Channel 4’s short form content platform and a chance to pitch for a new Random Acts commission.

We’ll be announcing the shortlist on Thursday 1 Sept and that’s when the judging for the Shooting People Audience Award is handed over to YOU. Vote and comment on your favourite films in the shortlist from Thursday 1 – Sat 24 September at 16:00. Make sure you head to and have your say…

It’s not too late to get tickets and passes to the Encounters festival, which celebrates all things short film over six jam-packed days of film fun including the DepicT! Showcase (Sat 24 Sept 13:00); a chance to experience the 2016 shortlist on the big screen and to meet some of the talent and industry partners involved. The festival is the perfect place to see the newest shorts on the big screen and get inspired, to brush up your skills with events, workshops and masterclasses tailored for varying abilities and disciplines, and to chat and party the nights away with creatives and industry professionals alike. Tempted? Check out the full Encounters programme.

Posted on 18 Aug 2016 at 11:53 am.

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