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Oct052021

Depict 2021 Winners Announced

Filmmakers from Argentina, Brazil, Wales and England all picked up Awards at this year’s Depict, announced late last week on the closing night of Encounters Film Festival.

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. 

“It was a strong shortlist with every film demanding its place with such originality and ingenuity.”

Depict Jury 2021

The Depict 2021 British Award

The Depict 2021 British Award, a talent development package supported by BFI NETWORK, NFTS, BAFTA went to Welsh filmmaker Oliver Gabe for Tim The Bastard from Wales.

Tim The Bastard by Oliver Gabe

The jury was impressed by “the singularity of this film’s vision which had a rawness to it that really lingered in the mind.” Oliver’s ambition is to “bring wild and lucid Welsh stories to screen.” He certainly achieved that ambition with Tim The Bastard. “I’m absolutely over the moon to have picked up this award. The development package will help me grow and develop as a filmmaker” said Oliver upon receiving the Award.

The Jury also gave a special mention to I Come From by Kate Jessop “a beautiful & poetic film.” in that category.

The Depict Random Acts Award

The Depict Random Acts Award went to Here Comes The Wildfire! by Edd Carr, “a remarkable piece of work, experimental deeply ingrained in a sense of materiality touching on crucial themes around the environment.”

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Here Comes The Wildfire! by Edd Carr

Edd Carr, a photographer, filmmaker, and researcher from the North York Moors National Park (also the co-founder of the Northern Sustainable Darkroom) had this to say about picking up the Award: “I am honoured that the judges selected a piece so personal to my heritage, whilst also highlighting the themes of the climate and ecological crisis. I was also pleased that the judges factored in the handmade, analogue nature of the project – as I believe championing other methods of filmmaking to be important in the diversification of the art form.”

In that same category, a special mention was given to Sensory by Alicia Frøy Johnsen (UK/Norway), “a brilliant short film about the power of memory, a real accomplished film.”

Depict Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award

The Depict Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award, which carries a £1000 cash prize and invaluable exposure was presented by Jury member Ravi Deepres, an Award winning artist, photographer & filmmaker.

The winner of the award was Moein Rooholamini for his film LEO. The jury loved “the fact that this was done in one shot with a powerful message; very multi-layered with lots of slow reveals.”

A photo of two young boys behind a chain link fence
Leo by Moein Rooholamini

“I am very happy to receive this award from The Royal Photographic Society, especially as photography and cinematography has always been central to my work.” commented Moein Rooholamini.

Misha by Kateryna Pavlyuk (Ukraine/UK) was given a special mention in that category, “a powerful and cleverly shot short doc” that had the jury “really invested in the story.”

Depict 2021 Award

Jury member David Sproxton (Aardman Animations Co-Founder & Trustee) presented the main Depict 2021 Award; £1,500 in cash and a lifetime membership to Shooting People to Wake Up (Brazil/UK) by Tiago Teixeira.

Wake Up by Tiago Teixeira

The jury loved “the film’s apparent simplicity, its economy, yet how it packs a punch by blending horror, magical realism and social realism for real impact.”

A Special Mention was given to New Normal (France/Mexico) by Ivan Orizaga Villa-senor, “a non-covid, covid film, bringing a personal, positive spin to a globally ghastly situation”

Depict IMDbPro Audience Award

Stacy by Efim Bakaev

With over 1136 unique votes, the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award went to the fabulous Stacy by Efim Bakaev picking up a one year subscription to IMDbPro.

Animation success

The jury was also so impressed by three of the animations that they teamed up with Aardman Academy to offer FREE access to an upcoming Stop Motion Foundation course. The films are They Remain by Barnaby Duffy, Sensory by Alicia Froy Johnson and Cycling With Molly by Sara Jewell & Mulletman.

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: Shaminder Nahal, Ravi Deepres, David Sproxton, Chris Auty, to all  1,136 of you 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, IMDbPro, Independent Cinema Office and Encounters Festival.

We’ll see you all again next year!

You can catch up on the 2021 Watchalong and Awards and watch all the films shortlisted for this year’s competition online at depict.org/watch-films.

The Depict 2021 winning shorts will soon be made available for UK cinemas to show and the 2022 call for entries opens soon.

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Sep232021

Introducing the Depict 2021 Jury

Depict Jury 2021

We are delighted to announce the Depict 2021 jury includes Award winning Artist, Photographer and Film maker Ravi Deepres on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society, Head of BFI NETWORK (interim) James Weddup, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for Arts and Topical Specialist Factual Channel 4, Shaminder Nahal, Co-Founder and Trustee of Aardman Animations David Sproxton and National Film and Television School Head of Producing Chris Auty.

The Jury select 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 and BAFTA and the Depict Random Acts Award, priceless exposure and mentoring c/o Channel 4 Random Acts.

You can vote towards the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award at depict.org open until Thu 30 Sept 18.30 (BST)

Save the date: On Thu 30 Sept 6pm, join Watershed Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove, members of the Depict Jury and some of the filmmakers involved for a special online Watchalong of this year’s shortlist followed by the Depict 2021 Awards presentation streaming on Watershed’s YouTube Channel. Get involved!

Ravi Deepres – Artist, Photographer and Film maker

On behalf of The Royal Photographic Society

Ravi Deepress is an Award winning Artist, Photographer and Film maker with an international reputation for focusing on the intersection of the still and moving image. His work is often a primal and sensory experience and embraces the potential of collaboration, pushing the boundaries of innovative technology in creating new artistic languages. He has collaborated with globally renowned choreographers, directors, musicians such as Wayne McGregor, Saburo Teshigawara, Phyllida Lloyd, Michael Clark, Zoviet France and Shobana Jeyasingh. His film design creations for stage, commissions, exhibitions, broadcast have been shown at institutions including Palais Garnier, Magnum photos, Tate Britain, Ikon Gallery, Royal Opera House, ICA, BBC and Channel 4. ravideepres.com

Shaminder Nahal – Commissioning Editor for Arts and Topical Specialist Factual Channel 4

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.

James Weddup – Head of BFI NETWORK (Interim)

James is the interim Head of BFI NETWORK, steering the project into 2022. He has been at the BFI for six years, managing NETWORK projects and partnerships and working with the Talent Executives across the UK. He also has a focus on the Film Fund’s documentary funding delivered through the BFI Doc Society Fund. James joined the BFI from the role of Grants Manager at the British Museum, and previously spent two years teaching English Literature at the University of Virginia and worked for the National Theatre’s fundraising team.

David Sproxton – Aardman Animations Co-Founder and Trustee

David Sproxton is the co-founder 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. He 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.

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Sep082021

The DepicT! 2021 shortlist is live!

Depict 2021 shortlist montage

Watch, vote and comment now

We are delighted to announce that 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 1,100 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. 

The twenty shorts selected are now up for 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 depict.org. There’s a massively varied selection to choose from and we’d love to hear your responses in the comments section of each film. 

Each year we enlist the expertise of a panel of prestigious industry professionals (more on this shortly) 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

For the wider Encounters Film Festival competition running until Thursday 30 September, make your way to the Encounters Film Festival website.

Festival Passes are on sale, giving you access to more than 150* new short films and animations from around the world including the Depict shortlist from 1st – 30 Sept for just £10. *Note – some films are only available in the UK. 

Look out for the Depict 2021 Watchalong and Awards taking place online on Thu 30 Sept 6pm (BST) the last official day of this year’s Encounters Film Festival. This is a chance to watch the films collectively and meet some of the talent behind the films and be the first to find out who has picked up an Award. The event will stream online on Watershed’s YouTube Channel

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Aug232021

Announcing the Depict 2021 shortlist

Depict 2021 shortlist montage

We are delighted to announce the 20 shorts selected for this year’s Depict – Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters Film Festival (online from Wed 1 – Thu 30 Sept.)

We’d like to start by thanking all the filmmakers for submitting their films to Depict! With over 1,100 submissions from over 88 different countries, this year’s competition has had an incredibly exciting and diverse pool of films to whittle down from.  

Here is this year’s Official selection including films from Iran, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Argentina, Poland, France, Norway, Mexico, Ukraine and the UK:  

A safe place while it’s raining – Dir: Gabriele Camilli (Italy 2021) 

A Walk Home – Dir: Louise C Galizia (UK 2021) 

Blue Monday – Dir: Katarzyna Orłowska (Poland 2020) 

Cycling with Molly – Dirs: Sara Chia-Jewell, Mulletman (UK 2020) 

Dragons – Dir: Alfie Dale (UK 2021) 

Headspace – Dir: Murphee Thompson (UK 2021) 

Here Comes the Wildfire! – Dir: Edd Carr (UK 2021 )  

I Come From – Dir: Kate Jessop (UK 2020) 

It’s Nothing – Dirs: Rebecca King, Lian Meng Rose (UK 2021) 

Leo – Dir: Moein Rooholamini (Iran 2021) 

Misha – Dir: Kateryna Pavlyuk (Ukraine/UK 2020) 

New Normal – Dir: Iván Orizaga Villaseñor (Mexico/France 2021) 

Sensory – Dir: Alicia Frøy D A Johnsen (UK/Norway, 2021) 

Stacy – Dir: Efim Bakaev (Russia, 2020) 

Super Blood – Dir: Sally Cancello (UK,2021) 

They Remain – Dir: Barnaby Duffy (UK, 2021)

Tim The Bastard – Dir: Oliver Gabe (Wales, 2021)

Twins– Dir: Diego Mandelman (Argentina, 2021)

Wake Up –  Dir: Tiago Teixeira (UK, 2020)

Windows – Dir: Katy Welsh (UK, 2021)

Visit the wider Encounters Film Festival competition

Encounters Festival Passes are now on sale, giving you access to more than 150* new short films and animations from around the world including the Depict shortlist from 1st – 30 Sept for just £10. *Note – some films are only available in the UK.

There are multiple awards and prizes to be won by the twenty Depict filmmakers shortlisted.

A panel of prestigious industry professionals 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.

Once the shortlist goes live on depict.org on Wed 8th September, we’d also like you to get you involved in the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award chosen entirely by the public through voting online. The winner will receive a 1-year subscription to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals.

Save the dates!

Look out for the Depict Awards which will take place online on Thu 30 Sept 6pm (BST) as part of this year’s Encounters Film Festival. This is a chance to get to know some of the talent behind the films and be the first to find out who has picked up an Award.

Team DepicT!

Mar012021

Submissions are now open for DepicT! ’21

Submissions are now open for DepicT! ’21 – Watershed’s ultra-short film competition, part of Encounters Short Film Festival

We’re calling for creatives from around the world to submit your shorts of 90 seconds or under to be considered for this year’s shortlist and awards.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a big budget or a tiny one; whether you specialise in documentaries, animation or live-action – as long as your film is less than a minute and a half in length, you can submit your short to this year’s competition for free!

We’re on the look out for imaginative, original and engaging shorts, and in return the best of these, and the talent involved in making them, will receive support and exposure. Films which make it into the DepicT! ‘21 shortlist will be showcased online at depict.org and at the upcoming Encounters Film Festival (Sept 2021), the UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival. Encounters Film Festival is also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards including; the Academy Awards®, BAFTAsBIFAs and the European Film Awards and connects industry and audiences to celebrate the creativity, diversity and the impact of short film.

Shortlisted filmmakers will receive an Encounters Festival Pass, and will be in with a chance of winning up to £2,500 prize money thanks to sponsors including: The Royal Photographic Society and Aardman Animations as well as other exclusive prizes and opportunities to help you get to the next stage of your career courtesy of partners such as Channel 4’s Random ActsBFI NETWORK, Aardman Animations, BAFTANFTS and Shooting People.

The award winners will be selected by a jury of distinguished industry professionals that meet during Encounters Film Festival. Previous jury members have included cinematographers such as Robbie Ryan BSC, Rachel Morrison A.S.C and Annemarie Lean-Vercoe FRPS, directors Peter Jackson and Roystan Tan and industry practitioners such as Sorcha Bacon (Producer and Try Hard Films founder)Catherine Bray (Channel 4’s Random Acts), Tabitha Jackson (Channel 4, Sundance), Chris Auty (National Film and Television School) and David Sproxton (Aardman Animations). All short-listed entries are also eligible to win the Audience Award.

Watch this year’s trailer below!

Previous DepicT! winners have gone on to have their work screened at international film festivals, been picked up by commercial distributors and carved themselves successful careers in the film industry and beyond.

Last year, the Main DepicT! 2020 Award of £1,500 and a lifetime Shooting People membership went to Fabulous by director James Skinner, who had the following to say about his experience: 

“Winning the DepicT! Main Award with Fabulous last year really gave me and the team a huge boost and we are now building on this success. We are using the prize money for our next project, so that we can take our filmmaking to the next level. My advice to anyone entering DepicT! is to have a lot of fun but also use it to hone your skills and challenge yourself.”


Still from Fabulous

Bristol-based, self-shooting filmmaker Ryan Francis picked up the DepicT! British Special Mention Award for his powerful short B.I.AB. (Black In a Box). Upon winning this package of career development opportunities from NFTS,  BAFTA, Shooting People  and BFI  NETWORK, Ryan said: 

“Winning this award at DepicT! is great because my film explores the struggles of being black and I hope that by winning this award, my film will raise awareness about these issues. I hope it also encourages other young black filmmakers to get into the film industry.”


Still from B.I.A.B Black in a Box.

Sound like your kind of challenge? As long as your film is under 90 seconds or less, you can enter your film to Depict – it is the most accessible competitive strand of Encounters Festival with no submission fee. Submit your short(s) via FilmFreeway

Submissions close on Mon 14 June 2021 so  there is plenty of time to  read the rules  and get some more inspiration by checking out our archive of over 20 years of teeny, tiny shorts. Pack your short with masses of creativity and send it to us  – good luck!

Best wishes, 
Team DepicT! 

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Oct062020

Depict ’20 Winners Announced…

We’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Depict  90-second filmmaking competition, as part of  Encounters Film Festival .

Each year, Depict challenges filmmakers from around the world to create an original and imaginative micro short film. The 23 films that made our main Depict 2020 selection were selected from over 1360 entries from 80 different countries.

The Main Depict Award of a £1,500 cash prize and a  lifetime membership to Shooting People went to the British filmmaker James Skinner for Fabulous which the described as: “a wonderful cheeky and inventive piece of work that fits perfectly in the 90 second format.  “

James had this to say about winning the Award: “I am absolutely thrilled that our little film Fabulous has won at DepicT! this year – this award means so much to me! The film’s journey actually started at Encounters in 2016 when I got chatting to the stranger sat next to me at the DepicT! Awards Event. That stranger was Ben Marshall, a screenwriter, and we have now made six films together! To have one of them selected as the winner of DepicT! this year is absolutely amazing! Thanks so much to the judges and the DepicT! and Encounters team for everything you do to support indie filmmakers. I would recommend the competition to anyone. It’s a fantastic way to hone your storytelling skills or to experiment, a brilliant challenge!”

Bristol-based, self-shooting filmmaker Ryan Francis picked up the Depict British Special Mention Award for his powerful short B.I.AB. (Black In a Box). The Jury stated that “Ryan is a bold and exciting new voice and we look forward to seeing more work from him and working with him over the coming year.” He wins a package of career development opportunities for a UK-based filmmaker from NFTS,  BAFTAShooting People  and BFI  NETWORK.

Ryan said: “Winning this award at Depict is great because my film explores the struggles of being black and I hope that by winning this award, my film will raise awareness about these issues. I hope it also encourages other young black filmmakers to get into the film industry.”

The Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award, which carries a £1000 cash prize and invaluable exposure went to The Wall (Iran) by director Farideh Naderi with cinematography by Hamid Ghavami which the Jury described as “visually striking; with each shot using light and framing to drive the narrative forward to create a poignant portrait of a society divided.”

The Random Acts Award, went to British animator Sundeep Toor for her animation Dilemma which the Jury found “charming, fun and fresh. They win a unique opportunity to be featured on Channel 4’s Random Acts platformand receive mentoring

“It means so much to be recognised as talent that is worth investing in. It gives me confidence in my abilities to do better.” said Teeside based animator Sundeep about winning the Award.

Last but not least, the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award chosen by you the audience from this year’s special  Lockdown Depict selection – 19 shorts inspired by the sensational range of work created by filmmakers during lockdown went to Gaia by Spanish animator Brenda Ximena Roldan Romero who is currently studying at Bournemouth University. The short is a collaboration between a number of Bournemouth University Masters’ students from across the world.

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: Annemarie Lean–Vercoe  FRPS, Jess Loveland, Shaminder Nahal, David Sproxton, Chris Auty and Molly Cowderoy, to all 2,500 of you who voted and supported the competition, and of course, to our sponsors: Royal Photographic Society, Channel 4Aardman Animations, Films@59, BAFTA, NFTS, Shooting People, British Council, IMDbPro, Independent Cinema Officeand Encounters Festival. We’ll see you all again next year!

You can catch up on the Watchalong and livestreamed Awards here and watch all the films shortlisted for this year’s competition online at depict.org/watch-films.

The 2021 call for entries opens soon so watch this space for updates…

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Sep142020

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 depict.org. 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 depict.org 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.

Sep082020

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 depict.org and encounters.film. 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 depict.org and have your say…

You will be able to vote towards the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award at depict.org  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!

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Apr152020

Calling on filmmakers to get creative in 90 secs or less amidst lockdown

#shortitout launches today inviting filmmakers from all over the world to get creative and come together amidst the global pandemic; offering unique filmmaker-led resources, light relief and inspiration.

BFI NETWORK, Encounters Film Festival and Watershed have joined forces with a wealth of industry partners to set up #shortitout which calls on filmmakers of every age and experience level to get involved in making 90 second films; encouraging creativity, storytelling, as well as giving opportunities for them to connect their peers and hone their filmmaking skills.

As we’re all experiencing the unprecedented; and dealing with various challenging situations in different ways, we believe that film can play an important role in getting us through this and bringing us together. Whilst some of us are struggling with isolation, stress or even grief, and others are just at a loose end looking for something to do and for people to connect with, we all have stories to share.

 “Working with Encounters, Watershed and other industry partners to present #shortitout enables us to collectively create an important cultural legacy of this unique period of time, as well as a valuable outlet for us to continue our work in supporting and developing great filmmaking talent.” Jessica Loveland, Head of BFI NETWORK

Encouraging people to capture and share their view of this unique moment, the ambition is to build a creative community as well as create a cultural legacy through film.

Everyone is encouraged to make a short film in 90 secs or less and to share their creations on socials (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) using the #shortitout hashtag. It doesn’t matter what genre you’re working in or what you are filming on, just give it a go (obviously strictly adhering to current social distancing guidance.)

Other industry partners include BAFTA, BBC and Channel 4, who are working together to ensure #shortitout is offering a wide range of engaging, expert-led resources for short filmmakers, and the message is reaching as many filmmakers or aspiring filmmakers as possible.

Connect with the wider community by joining in watchalongs and Q&As with celebrated filmmakers such as writer/directors Desiree Akhavan (The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Appropriate Behavior), Jim Cummings (Thunder Road) and Depict alumnus Rachel Tillotson (Last Man Out.)

Here’s our first playlist The Room curated from the Depict back catalogue. As we’re all stuck inside, we may think that we have limited options for where and how we can film. However, this list of short films all shot in one room prove that there’s a wold of opportunities within your four walls.

There will be new blogs and short films on DIY filmmaking from emerging talent, the first of which is from Manchester based writer-director-actor Harry Sherriff with his short Just Because it’s Cinema Doesn’t Mean it’s Not Real. Also take a look at his top tips and recommendations.

#shortitout launches today, Thursday 16 April, and closes on Thursday 4 June. In June a selection of films from the UK will be hosted on BFI Player and that selection will be held in the BFI National Archive. This is part of the archive’s vital work ensuring it protects the nations screen heritage, and allows future generations to access these creative responses to this exceptional time.

Some of the most innovative and original films will also be presented on the #shortitout online space. Those that manage to create a short by 4 June 2020 are encouraged to submit their creation for free into Watershed’s annual Depict short film competition as part of Encounters Film Festival to be in for a chance of being showcased at the forthcoming edition of the festival and win some great cash prizes and things money can’t buy such as exposure and mentoring.

Over the next few months, look out for #shortitout updates on socials and for more info, head to depict.org/shortitout and encounters.film/shortitout

Mar192020

Depict ’19 Winner Candice Vallantin talks about her film Six Mothers and the challenge of Depict

We’re getting excited here at Depict HQ as submissions have started rolling in for this year’s Depict competition. Submission deadline is Thu 4 June – but you knew that already, right?.

Depict is Watershed’s free competition for tiny films and each year we’re inundated with fantastic entries from around the world, all 90 seconds long or less. Submissions span every genre and style of filmmaking and come from people at all levels in their careers (or hobbies) and from all over the world. We remain immensely proud of the filmmakers who have entered and found their way onto every year’s shortlist, and subsequently go on to do amazing things – we also love staying in touch with them and finding out what they’re getting up to now.

Spain based Canadian director Candice Vallantin won the Royal Photographic Society Award last year with her multi-national, experimental documentary and dance film Six Mothers. Cinematographer Rachel Morrison A.S.C. (Fruitvale Station, Black Panther) who sat on the Depict Jury on behalf of RPS was impressed by how:

“the film explores a range of flesh tones, experimental imaging, and unique and exciting compositions to highlight the vast range of emotion associated with Motherhood. From a figure short sided and minimized in the frame, to an exploding balloon turned inside out, to an image reversed, duplicated and mirrored, the cinematography in this short film supports the idea that motherhood means different things to every mother, but is always intense and profound in meaning.”

Candice’s £1000 cash prize was courtesy of Depict sponsor the Royal Photographic Society. We caught up with Candice to chat to her about her experience making her winning film and to hear her advice for anyone applying for this year’s competition.

Can you describe your winning Depict film for us and how you came up with the idea?

Six Mothers features six different women trying to describe the ineffable – the process of creating and nurturing a new life. I’m in my mid-30s and I’m at this point where I need to make a decision about whether or not I want to have children. All of my friends are having kids so it’s a topic that’s always on my mind. Making this short film helped me work through some of the thoughts I was having about motherhood.

What drew you to the Depict 90 second format?

I spent about a month doing interviews with women and then two days shooting. I had an idea of what I wanted to make, but I didn’t know how to shape it or structure it, so I put off editing for months. The 90-second format gave me something to work towards – a structure and a goal that was easy to work towards once I had all of the material.

 What challenges did you encounter making your Depict film and what advice would you give to aspiring depict filmmakers?

The hardest part is taking an abstract idea and making something happen. You need to have faith in your own creative process and just commit to seeing things through no matter what.

What was your level of experience before submitting to Depict?

My first short film is called MONDAY, it’s 8 minutes long. Around the time I started working on Six Mothers, I was finishing a feature documentary for Al Jazeera, called Holy Cow. I finished it the summer of 2019.

You can view some of Candice’s other work at: candicevallantin.com/film

What have you been up to since your Depict success? Where did the competition take you?

I have another short film I’m working on with Cecilia, the same dancer who appeared in Six Mothers. I hope to finish it this spring.

Can you sum up why Depict is important to emerging filmmakers?

Filmmaking is so challenging – whether you’re making a 90 second film or a 90 minute one. It takes a lot of courage to create something from scratch – as well as lots of resources and support from family, friends and crew. For those starting out, it can be really challenging to get any validation, recognition and encouragement. Depict helped me realize that I was on the right track and that I should keep at it. The prize money also helped me recover my initial investment, pay my collaborators, and invest in my next project. Competitions like Depict are just so important for emerging filmmakers’ success and perseverance. Thank you to all the organizers and funders of this competition!

What would be your top three tips for this year’s Depict entrants? 

Make something- anything! Don’t forget to have fun.

Check out Candice’s winning Depict film here

Depict ’20 is open for entries until Thu 4 June 2020. We accept films from people at any level in their career or education, from anywhere around the world, and in any genre. Our only rule is that it has to be 90 seconds long or less. There’s up to £2,500 in prize money to be won plus loads of development opportunities, including mentoring from industry professionals and invaluable exposure at Encounters Film Festival.

Get inspired and be entertained and watch previous competition’s Depict Films here.

PS:
With the current global situation around Covid19 we obviously recommend you stay home and safe above all in the making of any films! There are plenty of great shorts from the back catalogue that have been made “safely”. What matters the most is a great idea! Here’s our top 5:

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