Presenting the Depict ’19 Jury…

Including Oscar® nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison and Head of BFI NETWORK Jess Loveland.

With the shortlisted films now confirmed 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 – we are delighted to also announce this year’s Jury.

With a record number of 1,200 submissions from 61 different countries, we’ve had an especially exciting and diverse pool of shorts to whittle down to a final shortlist. You can view the selected films online at and vote for your favourite ahead of the Depict Showcase & Awards at Watershed on Thu 26 Sept, 19:00 during this year’s Encounters Festival (24 – 29 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:

Rachel Morrison A.S.C – Cinematographer

Heading up the jury on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society, Rachel Morrison’s path to cinematography fittingly began in childhood with a still camera but she soon realised moving image allowed her tell a more complete narrative. She is best known for her work on Mudbound, for which she earned a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography and her collaboration with director Ryan Coogler, first on Fruitvale Station then on Black Panther. She has lensed numerous independent productions, many premiered at Sundance and garnered several other awards for her imagery, including two Outstanding Cinematography Emmy Nominations for her work on Netflix’s What Happened, Miss Simone? and Showtime’s Riker’s High.

Jess Loveland – Head of BFI NETWORK

Jess oversees the national strategy for the BFI NETWORK, the BFI’s new and emerging talent development programme, working closely with the UK-wide team of Talent Execs and colleagues in the BFI Film Fund. Jess has worked within NETWORK for five years, previously she was a regional Talent Exec with Film Hub North and was also a Production and Development Exec at Creative England.

Catherine Bray – Channel 4 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.

Molly Cowderoy – Communications Manager, Shooting People

Molly is the Communications Manager at Shooting People, the Independent Filmmakers’ Network. Shooting People facilitates creativity in film by helping members connect and collaborate to get their films made and seen. SP runs an array of filmmaker events and activities, including the career development short film competition NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS. For the past six years Molly has also been a programmer for Leeds International Film Festival, curating the feature selection and the Academy Award qualifying International Short Film Competition.

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 and BIFA nominated producer and founder of Try Hard Films. She is behind shorts such as Wren Boys, If You Knew and Pompeii. She’s in development for her debut feature, Maria, with BBC Films, BFI and Creative England as part of iFeatures 2019 and has upcoming projects with BBC Films, Film4, The Uncertain Kingdom, Doc Society and Lush Film Fund. In 2018, Sorcha was announced as one of six emerging LGBT filmmakers with BAFTA and BFI Flare and in 2019, she was named one of 25 Lodestars by Film London.

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.

Remember though the judging for the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award is handed over to YOU. Vote and comment on your favourite films in the shortlist from now until 20:00 on Thu 26 Sept. Make sure you head to and have your say…

Posted on 09 Sep 2019 at 10:17 am.

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