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Presenting the Depict ’18 Jury…

Including Oscar® nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey and Channel 4’s Random Acts Editor Catherine Bray.

With submissions now closed, shortlisting is underway for this year’s Depict – Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition – that challenges filmmakers from across the globe to create an imaginative and original short film of 90 seconds or less.

With over 500 submissions from 59 different countries, we’ve had an especially exciting and diverse pool of mini movies to whittle down to a final shortlist. We’ll be announcing that shortlist on Tue 4 Sept after which you’ll be able to view the selected films online at depict.org and vote for your favorite ahead of the Depict showcase during this year’s Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (25 – 30 Sept).

Each year we enlist the expertise of a panel of prestigious industry professionals to select which of our shortlisted filmmakers deserve a taste of Depict glory. We’re proud to confirm the seven judges who will be joining us at Encounters, the UK’s leading short film and animation festival and annual meeting place for new, emerging and established filmmakers and industry professionals:

Seamus McGarvey ASC BSC – Cinematographer

The Jury is headed up by Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey ASC BSC on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society; twice Oscar® and BAFTA nominated for ‘Atonement’ and ‘Anna Karenina’ and acclaimed for his work on films including ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Nocturnal Animals’, ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Hours’ as well as music videos for the likes of U2 and The Rolling Stones and shorts including Sam Taylor-Wood’s Turner Prize nominated ‘Atlantic’.

Alexzandra Jackson – BFI NETWORK Talent Executive, Midlands

Before taking on her current role as BFI NETWORK Talent Executive for the Midlands, Alexzandra managed Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre’s learning and talent programme and led on national projects, including Access Cinema and Reel India. She also serves as Festival Director of Leicester’s International Short Film Festival. 

Catherine Bray – Channel 4’s Random Acts Editor

Catherine is an award-winning producer, critic and broadcaster. She also works as a commissioner in the arts, having been appointed Commissioning Editor for 4Talent Central by Channel 4 in 2008 and currently runs Channel 4’s Random Acts strand, commissioning and acquiring some 80 short films a year. Her work as a producer includes feature documentaries ‘Beyond Clueless’.

Chris Auty – National Film and Television School Head of Producing

Former film critic Chris Auty has produced films including Stealing Beauty, My Summer of Love, 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 Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Executives, backed by the NFTS, Ingenious Media, and Sir Richard Branson.

Colm McAuliffe – Shooting People Event Producer & Partnerships

Colm works for Shooting People, the UK’s largest community for independent filmmakers. For SP, he curates and produces the Short Cuts competition and manages partnerships and collaborations. He is also live cinema curator/producer and academic while his writing has appeared in The Guardian, frieze, Sight and Sound and many more.

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.

Sorcha Bacon – Producer and Try Hard Films founder

Sorcha is a BAFTA nominated producer and founder of Try Hard Films, a company that champions marginalised voices which aren’t often seen on screen. Her latest short ‘Wren Boys’ (2017 Film London Slate) has been both BAFTA & BIFA nominated, won the Oscar qualifying Galway Film Festival and screened in competition at several festivals including Sundance. In 2018 Sorcha was named as one of six LGBT filmmakers to be given mentorship in partnership with BAFTA.

The Jury 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 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, a mentoring session with Channel 4 Random Acts commissioning editor Catherine Bray.

We’ll be announcing the shortlist on Thu 4 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 Thu 4 – Sat 29 Sept. Make sure you head to depict.org and have your say…

Posted on 24 Aug 2018 at 1:46 pm.

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