Entry Requirements

  • The deadline for entries is 1700hrs (BST) on Monday 14 June 2020.
  • Only films submitted online will be accepted.
  • The duration of your film(s) must not exceed 90 seconds including titles and credits.
  • Depict is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work. We do not accept advertisements.
  • Only films completed since January 2020 may be submitted. Whilst we do not have a premiere policy, we positively encourage entries made specifically for Depict.
  • The maximum number of entries per individual is five.
  • The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film(s) and must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films.
  • If the original language is not English, please ensure that the film includes English subtitles.
  • If your film(s) is /are shortlisted, you will be asked to promptly send in a high resolution version of your film for online use on depict.org, connected social media channels and screening at Encounters Film Festival (September 2021). You will also need to supply publicity stills, a synopsis and a bio.*.
  • Please note that only the director(s) will be credited on the website and any other promotional material. In the case of shortlisted and/or winning co-directors, multiple prizes may be granted at the discretion of the organisers.
  • The Depict British Special Mention Award is open to UK productions only. Films are only eligible if they have a substantial British contribution in the following areas: director, producer, writer, principal cast and crew, production company, finance. To indicate your film’s eligibility for this award, please select “UK” as the country of production in the registration process.

*Shortlisted film requirements

If your film(s) is/are shortlisted, you will be asked to promptly send in a higher resolution version of your film for public screening on depict.org, Watershed social media channels and at the 25th Encounters Film Festival which is happening online this year. You will also need to supply publicity stills, a synopsis and a bio.

  1. The film file should be supplied at its original resolution, frame rate and aspect ratio, with no letterboxing or pillar boxing.
  2. Audio should be normalised.
  3. The film file type should be one that can be opened in Apple QuickTime Player. Image sequences are also acceptable if supplied with synced audio and details of the frame rate.
  4. A DV-PAL format version of the film must also be supplied, at 4×3 or 4×3 widescreen anamorphic. If the film is not 4×3 or 16×9, letterboxing or pillarboxing is acceptable. Audio should be normalised on this version too, and there should also be one second of black before and after the film.
  5. Video DVDs are not accepted.