Presenting the Depict ’20 Jury….

With over 1,360 submissions from over 80 different countries, this year’s Depict – Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition part of Encounters Film Festival online (Fri 18 Sept –  Sun 11 Oct) has had an especially exciting and diverse pool of mini movies to whittle down to a final shortlist which will be announced on Mon 14 Sept.

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.

We’re thrilled to confirm the six judges who will be joining us online at this year’s Encounters Festival – the UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival.

Annemarie Lean-Vercoe FRPS  Cinematographer

On behalf of The Royal Photographic Society

Annemarie Lean-Vercoe is an Award Winning DOP (BAFTA, BIFA, Star of Tomorrow.) A Graduate of NFTS MA Cinematography, she has gone on to shoot award winning feature films, documentaries and TV for all the major broadcasters in the UK and internationally for Netflix. Most recently she has shot BAFTA winning Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley (BBC1), The Athena (Sky 1), Free Rein (Netflix). Features include Us Among The Stones, Kat & The Band, Honeytrap, Wreckers and Everyday. She has also collaborated with acclaimed British directors Michael Winterbottom (Code 46, Nine Songs) and Mat Whitecross (Moving To Mars).

Jess Loveland  BFI NETWORK Talent Executive, Midlands

Jess Loveland 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.

Shaminder Nahal – Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor, Arts and Topical

Shaminder Nahal oversees the Grayson Perry series including the recent Grayson’s Art Club. She also commissioned 100 Vaginas, Superkids: Breaking Away from Care with Lemn Sissay, The Curry House Kid with Akram. Previously, she was Deputy Editor of Channel 4 News and Deputy Editor of the BBC’s Newsnight.

David Sproxton – Co-Founder and Trustee 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. David has now stepped back from his role of Managing Director, having taken the company into Employee Ownership and now sits on the Aardman Trustee Board, whilst he pursues a number of other interests.

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 Cowderroy – Shooting People Communications

Molly Cowderoy 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.

The Depict shortlist goes live on Mon 14 Sept on and New this year, there will be the main competition selection as well as an extra selection of Lockdown Depict shorts for your viewing pleasure online, many of which were created in response to the #shortitout  initiative which invited filmmakers to get creative during lockdown. Make sure you head to and have your say…

You will be able to vote towards the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award at  open until Sat 3 Oct 14:30 (BST).

Save the dates! The Depict Watchalong and Awards presentation will be streamed online on Sat 3 Oct 14:00 – 15:30 (BST) and the Lockdown Depict Watchalong takes place on Sat 26 Sept 14:00 – 15:00 (BST). Keep an eye out for more details!

Posted on 08 Sep 2020 at 2:15 pm.


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