Depict ’19 Shortlist is live

Watch, vote and comment now…

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Depict shortlist is live – and we need your votes to decide the winner of the coveted Depict IMDbPro Audience Award.

Depict is Watershed’s ultra-short film competition. It’s been going for over twenty years and features as part of Encounters Film Festival (24 – 29 Sept) held here in Bristol. The premise? Create shorts that are 90 seconds or less in length, which challenge how and what we think of super short filmmaking.

With over 1200 submissions from 61 different countries, we’ve had an especially exciting and diverse pool of mini movies to whittle down. The twenty shortlisted films are now live on and awaiting your votes and comments.

There are multiple awards and prizes to be won but we specifically need your help to decide the outcome of the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award. In partnership with IMDb, the winner will receive a 1 year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals. This prize is chosen entirely by the public through voting on There’s a massively varied selection to choose from and we’d love to hear your thoughts, feelings and critical analysis in the comments section of each film.

Join us at Watershed on Thu 26 Sept at 19:00 as part of Encounters Festival for the Depict ’19 showcase and awards – the big screen premiere of the Depict shortlist, a chance to meet some of the talent behind the films followed by a discussion on the ultra short film format hosted by BFI Talent Executive Alice Cabanas. After the screening all ticket holders are welcome to join the Depict drinks, thanks to St Austell Brewery’s generous sponsorship.

Our panel of judges will also meet during the Festival to select the winners of the other Depict prizes which will all be announced at the showcase. The 2019 jury is headed up by twice Oscar® nominated Cinematographer Rachel Morrison ASC (Mudbound, Fruitvale Station and Black Panther) on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society.

Rachel is joined by leading industry practitioners; Catherine Bray, Channel 4 Random Acts Editor; Jess Loveland, Head of BFI Network; David Sproxton, Co-Founder of Aardman Animations; Molly Cowderoy, Communications Manager, Shooting People; and Chris Auty, former film critic and producer, currently Head of Producing at NFTS.

The jury have the tough job of deciding who will be awarded this year’s much coveted Depict prizes – the main Depict 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, that gives priceless exposure via Channel 4’s short form content platform and a mentoring session with Random Acts commissioning editor Catherine Bray.

Remember though, the winner of the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award is down to you, so don’t miss your chance to have your say. Voting is now open on until 20:00 on Thu 26 Sept. Simply rate the film by selecting 1 – 5 stars or leave a comment if you want to say more and be part of the discussion. Happy watching!

Posted on 03 Sep 2019 at 10:31 am.

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