Depict ’20 shortlist is live!

Grid of images from the shortlisted films for Depict

Watch, vote and comment now.

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

With over 1,360 submissions from over 80 different countries, this year’s Depict – Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters Film Festival Digital Edition (Fri 18 Sept – Sun 11 Oct) has had an incredibly exciting and diverse pool of films to whittle down.

In fact, so much so, that in addition to our main Depict 2020 selection, we’ve created a special Lockdown Depict selection, inspired by the sensational range of work created by filmmakers during lockdown. Many of the films selected were made in response to our #shortitout call to action earlier this year, a collaboration with Encounters and BFI NETWORK as well as industry partners including Channel 4, BAFTAand Aardman Animations. The Lockdown selection really demonstrates all the different and brilliant ways filmmakers have responded to lockdown and the Pandemic with imagination and creativity.

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.

Each year we enlist the expertise of a panel of prestigious industry professionals who will 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 Award of £1,000, the Depict British Award, a talent development package supported by BFI NETWORK, NFTS, BAFTA and the Depict Random Acts Award, priceless exposure and mentoring courtesy of Channel 4 Random Acts.

This year’s jury includes Cinematographer Annemarie LeanVercoe FRPS on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society, Head of BFI NETWORK Jess Loveland, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for Arts and Topical Shaminder Nahal, Co-Founder and Trustee of Aardman Animations David Sproxton, National Film and Television School Head of Producing Chris Auty and Shooting People Communications Manager Molly Cowderoy. You can find out more about this year’s jury here.

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 14:30 (BST) on Sat 3 Oct 2020. 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 – we’d love to hear your thoughts, feelings and critical analysis of each film.

Save the dates! Look out for the Depict Watchalong and Awards, streamed online on Sat 3 Oct at 14:00 (BST) and the Lockdown Depict Watchalong on Sat 26 Sept at 14:00 (BST) as part of this year’s Encounters Film Festival. This is a chance to watch the films collectively, get to know some of the talent behind the films and be the first to find out who has picked up an Award.

Encounters Digital Festival Passes are now on sale, unlocking a world of international short film – including 250 short films and animations from around the world, directed by some of the world’s best new and emerging filmmakers, guest programmes and access to various networking opportunities from industry talks and panels to masterclasses to name a few – so don’t miss out!

Happy watching!

Team Depict.

Posted on 14 Sep 2020 at 4:22 pm.

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