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Depict 2022 Winners Announced

Pui Sze Chan pictured with Aardman’s Co-Founder David Sproxton. Photo by Matt Whiteley.

Hong Kong animator Pui Sze Chan picks up the main Depict Award winner at this year’s Encounters Film Festival alongside shorts from the UK and US.

With over 1,100 submissions from over 88 different countries, this year’s Depict, Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters Film Festival has had an incredibly diverse range of films to choose from. 

“Again it was a very strong short list of 18 films split almost 50/50 between live action and animation. The jury each had their own  personal favourites but there was a consensus on a number of films and in particular the Main Award Winner.”

David Sproxton, Depict Jury member and Aardman Animations Co-founder.

The Depict 2022 British Award

Yeah I’m Good Thanks by Hannah-Lau Walker

The Depict 2022 British Award, a talent development package supported by BFI NETWORK, NFTS, BAFTA went to animator Hannah-Lau Walker for YEAH, I’M GOOD THANKS.

The jury was impressed by the film’s “clear vision. It showed restraint and has real emotional depth” and “can’t wait to see what Hannah gets up to next.”

The Jury also gave a special mention to FUCKING SMOKE by animator José Prat“which told such an expansive story in just a few images and packed an emotional punch.”

The Depict Random Acts Award

mr. sun by Christina Wu

The Depict Random Acts Award which gives one lucky winner priceless exposure on Channel 4’s Random Acts platform went to MR. SUN by Christina Wu (USA.) The Jury remarked:“It strikes the perfect balance tonally, juggling between lightness and darkness and packs in so much detail that it rewards multiple viewings…”

YEAH, I’M GOOD THANKS by Hannah-Lau Walker also got a commendation “for being such a great fit with Channel 4, dealing so brilliantly with issues affecting younger generations.”

Depict Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award

Wherever, Next by Benedict Webb

The Depict Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award, which carries a £1000 cash prize and invaluable exposure went to WHEREVER, NEXT by Benedict Webb (UK)

Jury member Mitra Tabrizan (Artist & Filmmaker) commented: Remarkably this film is mainly a series of stills , they are well composed, structured, consistent in  creating a particular mood – and works extraordinarily well in combining  stills with moving images. It is well scripted, with a moving delivery through the voice over.  

It is an economical and effective mode of conveying  a complex emotion, beyond the place, and without sentimentality!”

The Jury also gave a commendation to ENOUGH by Andy Sowerby, describing it as innovative; visually compelling and timely, considering that we live in a competitive society where nothing is enough.”

Depict Main Award

Fruit Market director Pui Sze Chan pictured at the Depict 2022 Korev Drinks. Photo by Matt Whiteley.

Jury member David Sproxton (Aardman Animations Co-Founder & Trustee) presented the main Depict 2022 Award; £1,500 in cash and a lifetime membership to Shooting People to Chan Pui Sze from Hong Kong from FRUIT MARKET describing it as “ambitious, a tour de force of precise photography and editing, mesmerising in its impact, with a narrative shaped by the daily hustle and bustle of markets, commerce and globalisation.”

The jury also gave a commendation to TRAIN by Botir Abdurahmanov (Uzbekistan) for its “tight cutting, use of sound and Cinematography which made this a very compelling, emotionally driven film, leaving the viewer wanting to know more.”

Depict Audience Award

Blue Director Emelye Moulton pictured with Depict Producer Maddy Probst. Photo by Matt Whiteley.

With over 1093 unique votes, the Depict Audience Award went to Bristol ‘s Emelye Moulton for her short film debut BLUE picking up a lifetime membership to Shooting People and a Festival Pass to Encounters Film Festival 2023.

Congratulations to all!

The shortlisted filmmakers and of course the winners, a big thank you to all the filmmakers who entered this year, to our fantastic judges, our pre-selectors to all  of those who voted and supported the competition, and of course, to our sponsors: Royal Photographic Society, Channel 4, Aardman Animations, Films@59, BAFTA, NFTS, Shooting People, British Council, Independent Cinema Office, Korev and the teams at Watershed and Encounters Film Festival.

We’ll see you all again next year!

You can watch all the films shortlisted for this year’s competition online here.

The Depict 2022 winning shorts will soon be made available for UK cinemas to screen and the 2023 call for entries opens soon.

Posted on 03 Oct 2022 at 9:54 am.

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