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Oct012019

Films from UK, Spain and Brazil amongst the awards in this year’s Depict

Films from UK, Spain and Brazil shared the glory in this year’s Depict – Watershed’s 90 second filmmaking competition – at the recent Encounters Short Film Festival from a shortlist selected from over 1200 entries from 61 different countries.

Following the packed big screen premiere of the shortlist last Thursday at Watershed as part Encounters Festival, the Awards Ceremony kicked off hosted by BFI NETWORK Talent Executive for the South West Alice Cabanas.

The Main Depict Award – which comes with £1,500 cash prize and a lifetime membership to Shooting People was presented by BAFTA nominated Producer, Try Hard Films founder and Depict Jury member Sorcha Bacon to the British film LIT by Emma Miranda Moore.

Sorcha remarked that the jury felt that it was: “Simple, brilliantly directed and economical, pinging a small arpeggio of emotional effects despite (or because of) its basic economy of means with some impressive performances from its young cast from a promising director that shows great potential.”

Winning filmmaker Emma Miranda Moore commented:
“Winning Depict ’19 from such a prestigious jury with a personal film that represents my tone of voice and aesthetic as a film maker is just lovely. I’d never made such a SHORT short story before, it freed me up both to play and to have control over all the elements. The prize money is wonderful and perfect timing as we are moving into production for my my next (longer) short project.”

The jury also gave  a special mention for After the Reign by director Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully highlighting: “The interplay between performer and place, allusion to unfreedom suggested by the freedom of the dance which gives the film an unexpected depth and poignancy.”

The Depict British Special Mention Award, which comes with a package of career development opportunities for a UK-based filmmaker from NFTSBAFTAShooting people and BFI NETWORK was presented by Head of BFI NETWORK and jury member Jess Loveland. The award went to ABSENCE by director Alex Goddard, with Jess describing the film as “a poetically playful animation that showed great originality and imagination.”

Next up was the The Royal Photographic Society Award, which carries a £1000 cash prize. Andy Golding FRPS, Principal Lecturer in Photography & Film presented the Award to Six Mothers by Spain based Canadian director Candice Vallantin. Cinematographer Rachel Morrison A.S.C. (Fruitvale Station, Black Panther) who sat on the Depict Jury on behalf of RPS sent this statement about the winner:

“This 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.”

The Depict Random Acts Special Mention Award was presented by Channel 4 Random Acts Commissioning Editor and Depict Jury member Catherine Bray to British film ZONE 2.0 by UK director Amitai Leopold. Catherine was delighted to be able to present this award to a filmmaker whose work she already admires and commented on the film’s “beautifully circular structure; enticing score and an ingenious self-reflexive use of vertical film frames within the (horizontally moving) carriage”

Upon winning the award Amitai commented:
‘Winning this prize meant so much to me. As an animator who’s working on passion projects, I can only hope that people would relate to my work and in this film, the aim was to deliver and portray a range of emotions and feeling with minimum resources. So, winning meant I’ve achieved my goal and even was praised for it, truly an amazing feeling!’

The final award was the newly introduced IMDbPro Audience Award and was presented by Watershed Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove, who reminded us that this is probably the most important accolade of all and thanked all of the 1500 audience members who casted their votes online. The award went to WALL by directors Leonardo Mizrahi and Michel Gomes who were present to pick up their Awards having travelled all the way from Brazil.

A huge thank you to all the filmmakers who entered this year, to our fantastic jury members including Jess Loveland Head of BFI Network; Catherine Bray, Channel 4’s Random Acts Editor; Sorcha Bacon, Producer and founder of Try Hard Films; Chris Auty, former film critic and producer, Head of Producing at NFTS; Molly Cowderoy – Communications Manager, Shooting People; David Sproxton, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman Animations; and cinematographer Rachel Morrison A.S.C on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society.

Thanks also to all the filmmakers that made it to the Festival for the Showcase and congratulations to everyone for making it into the shortlist which you can watch online. Finally thank you to all our sponsors and partners for making Depict possible, our showcase host Alice Cabanas, our drinks sponsor St Austells Brewery and the Watershed and Encounters teams for their amazing support.

The 2020 call for entries opens soon so watch this space for updates…

Sep092019

Presenting the Depict ’19 Jury…

Including Oscar® nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison and Head of BFI NETWORK Jess Loveland.

With the shortlisted films now confirmed for this year’s Depict – Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition that challenges filmmakers from across the globe to create an imaginative and original short film of 90 seconds or less – we are delighted to also announce this year’s Jury.

With a record number of 1,200 submissions from 61 different countries, we’ve had an especially exciting and diverse pool of shorts to whittle down to a final shortlist. You can view the selected films online at depict.org and vote for your favourite ahead of the Depict Showcase & Awards at Watershed on Thu 26 Sept, 19:00 during this year’s Encounters Festival (24 – 29 Sept).

Each year we enlist the expertise of a panel of prestigious industry professionals to select which of our shortlisted filmmakers deserve a taste of Depict glory. We’re proud to confirm the seven judges who will be joining us at Encounters, the UK’s leading short film and animation festival and annual meeting place for new, emerging and established filmmakers and industry professionals:

Rachel Morrison A.S.C – Cinematographer

Heading up the jury on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society, Rachel Morrison’s path to cinematography fittingly began in childhood with a still camera but she soon realised moving image allowed her tell a more complete narrative. She is best known for her work on Mudbound, for which she earned a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography and her collaboration with director Ryan Coogler, first on Fruitvale Station then on Black Panther. She has lensed numerous independent productions, many premiered at Sundance and garnered several other awards for her imagery, including two Outstanding Cinematography Emmy Nominations for her work on Netflix’s What Happened, Miss Simone? and Showtime’s Riker’s High.

Jess Loveland – Head of BFI NETWORK

Jess 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.

Catherine Bray – Channel 4 Random Acts Editor

Catherine is an award-winning producer, critic and broadcaster. She also works as a commissioner in the arts, having been appointed Commissioning Editor for 4Talent Central by Channel 4 in 2008 and currently runs Channel 4’s Random Acts strand, commissioning and acquiring some 80 short films a year. Her work as a producer includes feature documentaries Beyond Clueless.

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 Cowderoy – Communications Manager, Shooting People

Molly 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.

David Sproxton – Co-Founder and Executive Chairman 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.

Sorcha Bacon – Producer and Try Hard Films founder

Sorcha is a BAFTA and BIFA nominated producer and founder of Try Hard Films. She is behind shorts such as Wren Boys, If You Knew and Pompeii. She’s in development for her debut feature, Maria, with BBC Films, BFI and Creative England as part of iFeatures 2019 and has upcoming projects with BBC Films, Film4, The Uncertain Kingdom, Doc Society and Lush Film Fund. In 2018, Sorcha was announced as one of six emerging LGBT filmmakers with BAFTA and BFI Flare and in 2019, she was named one of 25 Lodestars by Film London.

The Jury will have the tough job of deciding who will be awarded this year’s much coveted Depict prizes – The Main Award of £1,500, the Royal Photographic Society Award of £1,000, the British Special Mention Award, a talent development package supported by BAFTA and NFTS, and the Random Acts Special Mention Award, a mentoring session with Channel 4 Random Acts commissioning editor Catherine Bray.

Remember though the judging for the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award is handed over to YOU. Vote and comment on your favourite films in the shortlist from now until 20:00 on Thu 26 Sept. Make sure you head to depict.org and have your say…

Sep032019

Depict ’19 Shortlist is live

Watch, vote and comment now…

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

Depict is Watershed’s ultra-short film competition. It’s been going for over twenty years and features as part of Encounters Film Festival (24 – 29 Sept) held here in Bristol. The premise? Create shorts that are 90 seconds or less in length, which challenge how and what we think of super short filmmaking.

With over 1200 submissions from 61 different countries, we’ve had an especially exciting and diverse pool of mini movies to whittle down. The twenty shortlisted films are now live on depict.org and awaiting your votes and comments.

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.

Join us at Watershed on Thu 26 Sept at 19:00 as part of Encounters Festival for the Depict ’19 showcase and awards – the big screen premiere of the Depict shortlist, a chance to meet some of the talent behind the films followed by a discussion on the ultra short film format hosted by BFI Talent Executive Alice Cabanas. After the screening all ticket holders are welcome to join the Depict drinks, thanks to St Austell Brewery’s generous sponsorship.

Our panel of judges will also meet during the Festival to select the winners of the other Depict prizes which will all be announced at the showcase. The 2019 jury is headed up by twice Oscar® nominated Cinematographer Rachel Morrison ASC (Mudbound, Fruitvale Station and Black Panther) on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society.

Rachel is joined by leading industry practitioners; Catherine Bray, Channel 4 Random Acts Editor; Jess Loveland, Head of BFI Network; David Sproxton, Co-Founder of Aardman Animations; Molly Cowderoy, Communications Manager, Shooting People; and Chris Auty, former film critic and producer, currently Head of Producing at NFTS.

The jury 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 Cinematography Award of £1,000, the British Special Mention Award, a talent development package supported by BAFTA and NFTS, and the Random Acts Special Mention Award, that gives priceless exposure via Channel 4’s short form content platform and a mentoring session with Random Acts commissioning editor Catherine Bray.

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 20:00 on Thu 26 Sept. 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. Happy watching!

May242019

Depict ’18 Winner Aimie Willemse talks about her film Echo and the magic of Depict

We’re getting excited here at Depict HQ as there is just over a month left until this year’s submission deadline (Mon 1 July – 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.

UK director Aimie Willemse won the Depict British Special Mention Award last year with her stylish horror short Echo, impressing our Jury with the way it “reimagines a Hans Christian Andersen story in a really exciting way, and achieves what it set out to do with minimal means and wonderful attention to details.” Aimie’s prize included a package of career development opportunities from NFTSBAFTAShooting People and BFI NETWORK.

We caught up with Aimie to chat to 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?

Echo focuses on a girl who goes off exploring an abandoned tunnel only to learn that there is something else down there with her. This is a dark take on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale “The Little Mermaid” about the horrors of having your voice stolen by a malicious force.

What drew you to the Depict 90 second format?

The ability to tell a simple yet compelling story in 90 seconds is a fun challenge that we managed to achieve with a fantastic cast and crew.

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

We filmed in the dead of winter, in an authentically abandoned location which was challenging to keep spirits up. Then when it came to the edit we had to make some tough decisions on what to cut and what to keep to streamline the narrative for 90 seconds. I recommend keeping it interesting yet simple and visual.

What was your level of experience before submitting to Depict?

I had been writing and directing short films for over 7 years but it’s a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers of any level to make something.

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

I’ve been studying for a masters in film at Screen Academy but also enjoying the career development award as I’ve been receiving mentoring from BAFTA and BFI which has been massively beneficial to me. I’m currently a part of a female filmmaker group who are making another Scottish horror short called “Doppelparents” and the Indiegogo page is now live so please check it out. It’s a tale is about a frustrated graduate struggling to adapt to living back home, who learns the consequences of impulsively wishing her parents away over the course of a gory family dinner.

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

In my experience, no other film competition offers such a variety of awards for emerging filmmakers. Without Depict, Echo wouldn’t have a BBFC rating or screenings in some independent cinemas across the UK – a greater prize than just winning cash.

Check out Aimie’s winning Depict film here

Depict ’19 is open for entries until Mon 1 July 2019. 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 Short Film and Animation Festival. Good luck!

Mar062019

Can you do it in 90 seconds?

Submissions are now open for Depict ’19 – our ultra-short film competition that asks filmmakers from around the world to create an original short film under 90 seconds long. Committed to uncovering emerging filmmaking talent, we’re looking for your mini-masterpieces to be in with a chance of being selected for this year’s shortlist.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a big budget or a minuscule one; whether you specialise in documentaries, animation or live-action; whether you live for sci-fi, horror or rom-coms; or hail from Russia, China or Brazil – as long as your film is less than a minute and a half in length, you can submit your short film to this year’s competition for free!

We’re interested in seeing as many original, imaginative and engaging films as possible and giving the best of these works and the talent involved the support and exposure they deserve via the Depict competition, which provides a platform to showcase and valuable industry networks. If your film makes the Depict 2019 shortlist, you’ll be invited to showcase your film at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (24 – 29 Sept 2019), the UK’s longest running competitive short film and animation festival.

Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol, where a good short can often make a bigger splash. – The Guardian

Distributors, producers, funders, exhibitors, fellow filmmakers, and enthusiastic fans of the short film format – not to mention our stellar judging panel, which last year included twice Oscar® and BAFTA nominated Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey – will all be there, so it’s the perfect opportunity to get some priceless exposure and industry experience. You’ll be in with a chance of winning up to £2500 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 Acts, BFI NETWORK, BAFTA, NFTS and Shooting People.

Previous Depict winners have had their work screened at international film festivals, been picked up by commercial distributors, carved themselves successful careers in the film industry and beyond.

Image: Head over Heels, 2019 

The Main Depict 2018 Award of £1,500 and a lifetime membership to our friends at Shooting People went to Head Over Heels from Russia, made by Leonid Grigurko, who had the following to say about his experience:

“It’s the first time I have attended a foreign film festival and I had a unique and incredible experience. I have overcome the geographical and language barriers between our countries and as a result I realise that there are no barriers… A Big thank you to all of you at Depict and Encounters for appreciating my film. You are all in my heart.”

Previous Depict filmmakers Director Brett Harvey (Obbin Up The Brea, 2015) and cinematographer Adam Laity (The Peace of the Wild Things, 2014) collaborated in 2016 on the release of their first feature Brown Willy, whilst Depict ’18 British Special Mention Award winner Aimie Wiiemse (Echo, 2018) has benefited from mentoring c/o BAFTA as well as access to a Short Course at the National Film & Television School. Reflecting on her win Aimee said:

“Being shortlisted for Depict was a delight but winning the British Special Mention Award was just the most amazing surprise ever! I never dreamed that a 90 sec short made on an impulse like mine could take me so far and open doors to exciting, new opportunities.”

Image: Echo, 2019

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 always totally free to enter your movie and you can submit your movie this year via FilmFreeway, making it easy to get your work to us!

Submissions close on Mon 1 July 2019 so there is plenty of time to read the rules and get some more inspiration by checking out our archive of nearly 20 years of teeny, tiny shorts. So pack your tiny film with masses of creativity and send it to us – good luck!

 

Oct032018

Filmmakers from UK, Italy and Russia shared the glory in this year’s Depict

Filmmakers from UK, Italy and Russia shared the glory in this year’s Depict – Watershed’s 90 second filmmaking competition – at the recent Encounters Short Film Festival from a shortlist selected from over 500 entries from 59 different countries.

The Main DepicT! Award presented by Jury member David Sproxton, Aardman Animations Co-Founder and Executive Chairman went to Head Over Heals by director Leonid Grigurko, who travelled all the way from Russia to pick up his award – a £1,500 cash prize and a lifetime membership to our friends at Shooting People.

David explained that the jury felt that this film was “beautifully choreographed, making imaginative and physical use of the camera within a set frame”

In reaction to winning the award Leonid commented:

“For a whole year, my film has travelled through festivals, receiving awards, but it all happened without me. This time, I played a little part in its life. It’s the first time I have attended a foreign festival and I had a unique and incredible experience. I have overcome the geographical and language barriers between our countries, and as a result I realise that there are no barriers. We can communicate in the language of cinema and perfectly understand each other. I want to say a big thank you to all of you at Depict and Encounters for appreciating my film. You are all in my heart. With big love from Russia!”

The jury also gave a commendation to another Russian film – Escape by Anton Dushkin “for its playful sound design and joyous attention to detail.”

The Depict British Special Mention Award, which comes with a package of career development opportunities for a UK-based filmmaker from NFTSBAFTAShooting People and BFI NETWORK went to Echo by Aimie Willemse. The award was presented by Producer and Founder of Try Hard films Sorcha Bacon who stated:

“Echo reimagines a Hans Christian Andersen story in a really exciting way, and achieves what it set out to do with minimal means and wonderful attention to details.”

In response to winning the award Aimie commented:

“Being shortlisted for Depict was a delight but winning the Special Mention award is just the most amazing surprise ever! I never dreamed that a 90 sec short made on an impulse like Echo could take me so far and open doors to exciting, new opportunities.”

Next up was the Depict The Royal Photographic Society Award, which carries a £1000 cash prize. Andy Golding FRPS, Principal Lecturer in Photography & Film read out a short statement from twice Oscar® and BAFTA nominated Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey ASC BSC about the winning film Traum(a) Novelle by Italian director Francesco Faralli, describing it as “beautifully made, with such a distinct photographic signature”

Reacting to his award Francesco said:

“WOW! I’m so amazed, happy and proud to have won the Depict Royal Photographic Society Award. It’s such a honour – all together with the endorsement of the jury and particularly Mr. McGarvey – that I’m speechless. It means a lot to me, it gives me hope for the future, if even a small short shot with a mobile and no crew can reach and win an international festival like this”.

Channel 4 Random Acts commissioning editor Catherine Bray then presented the Random Acts Award, which gives one lucky winner the unique opportunity to be featured on Channel 4’s Random Acts platform and receive mentoring. The Award went to British film Portrait of a Painter by director Euan Gilmour. Catherine remarked that she rarely comes across shorts that “manages to pack a three act structure in such a short film.”

Last but not least the Depict 2018 Shooting People Audience Award selected by you went to Escape by Anton Dushkin. who also picks up a Lifetime Membership to Shooting People.

A big thank you to all the filmmakers who entered this year, to our fantastic jury members including Alexzandra Jackson BFI Network Talent Executive; Catherine Bray, Channel 4’s Random Acts Editor; Sorcha Bacon, Producer and founder of Try Hard Films; Chris Auty, former film critic and producer, Head of Producing at NFTS; Colm McAuliffe, Shooting People Event Producer; David Sproxton, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman Animations; and BAFTA winning Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey ASC BSC on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society.

Thanks everyone for voting, all our partners and sponsors for their support and all the filmmakers that entered a film into Depict this year… And congratulations to all the shortlisted filmmakers. If you missed the Depict showcase at #Encounters2018, you can catch up with all the shortlisted and winning films here: depict.org/watch-films

The 2019 call for entries opens soon so watch this space for updates…

Sep042018

Depict ’18 Shortlist is live

Watch, vote and comment now

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

Depict is Watershed’s ultra-short film competition. It’s been going for over twenty years and features as part of  Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (25 – 30 Sept) held here in Bristol. The premise? Create shorts that are 90 seconds or less in length, which challenge how and what we think of super short filmmaking.

Receiving over 500 submissions from 59 different countries means we’ve had an especially exciting and diverse pool of mini movies to whittle down. The twenty shortlisted films are now live on depict.org and awaiting your votes and comments.

There are multiple awards and prizes to be won but we specifically need your help to decide the outcome of the Shooting People Audience Award. With a lifetime membership to Shooting People up for grabs (a global network of filmmakers and industry professionals), the winner of 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.

Join us on Sat 29 Sept at 15:30 during the Festival for the Depict Showcase – the big screen premiere of the Depict shortlist, a chance to meet some of the talent behind the films followed by a discussion on the ultra short film format hosted by Watershed’s Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove. At the showcase we will also screen the winner of a super-short film competition #UKGermany2018 which was part of British Council Germany’s year-long cultural Season ‘UK/Germany 2018’. After the screening all ticket holders are welcome to join the Depict drinks, thanks to  St Austell Brewery’s generous sponsorship.

Our panel of judges will also meet during the Festival to select the winners of the other Depict prizes which will all be announced at the Award Ceremony. The 2018 jury is headed up by twice Oscar® and BAFTA nominated Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey ASC BSC (The Greatest Showman and Nocturnal Animals) on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society.

Seamus is joined by leading industry practitioners; Catherine Bray, Channel 4 Random Acts Editor; Alexzandra Jackson, BFI Talent Executive; Colm McAuliffe, Shooting People Event Producer; David Sproxton, Co-Founder of Aardman Animations; Sorcha Bacon, producer and founder of Try Harder films; and Chris Auty, former film critic and producer, currently Head of Producing at NFTS.

The jury 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 Cinematography Award of £1,000, the British Special Mention Award, a talent development package supported by BAFTA and NFTS, and the Random Acts Special Mention Award, that gives priceless exposure via Channel 4’s short form content platform and a mentoring session with Random Acts commissioning editor Catherine Bray.

Remember though, the winner of the Shooting People Audience Award is down to you, so don’t miss your chance to have your say. Voting is now open on depict.org until 17:00 on Sat 29 Sept. 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. Happy watching!

Aug242018

Presenting the Depict ’18 Jury…

Including Oscar® nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey and Channel 4’s Random Acts Editor Catherine Bray.

With submissions now closed, shortlisting is underway for this year’s Depict – Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition – that challenges filmmakers from across the globe to create an imaginative and original short film of 90 seconds or less.

With over 500 submissions from 59 different countries, we’ve had an especially exciting and diverse pool of mini movies to whittle down to a final shortlist. We’ll be announcing that shortlist on Tue 4 Sept after which you’ll be able to view the selected films online at depict.org and vote for your favorite ahead of the Depict showcase during this year’s Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (25 – 30 Sept).

Each year we enlist the expertise of a panel of prestigious industry professionals to select which of our shortlisted filmmakers deserve a taste of Depict glory. We’re proud to confirm the seven judges who will be joining us at Encounters, the UK’s leading short film and animation festival and annual meeting place for new, emerging and established filmmakers and industry professionals:

Seamus McGarvey ASC BSC – Cinematographer

The Jury is headed up by Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey ASC BSC on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society; twice Oscar® and BAFTA nominated for ‘Atonement’ and ‘Anna Karenina’ and acclaimed for his work on films including ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Nocturnal Animals’, ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Hours’ as well as music videos for the likes of U2 and The Rolling Stones and shorts including Sam Taylor-Wood’s Turner Prize nominated ‘Atlantic’.

Alexzandra Jackson – BFI NETWORK Talent Executive, Midlands

Before taking on her current role as BFI NETWORK Talent Executive for the Midlands, Alexzandra managed Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre’s learning and talent programme and led on national projects, including Access Cinema and Reel India. She also serves as Festival Director of Leicester’s International Short Film Festival. 

Catherine Bray – Channel 4’s Random Acts Editor

Catherine is an award-winning producer, critic and broadcaster. She also works as a commissioner in the arts, having been appointed Commissioning Editor for 4Talent Central by Channel 4 in 2008 and currently runs Channel 4’s Random Acts strand, commissioning and acquiring some 80 short films a year. Her work as a producer includes feature documentaries ‘Beyond Clueless’.

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.

Colm McAuliffe – Shooting People Event Producer & Partnerships

Colm works for Shooting People, the UK’s largest community for independent filmmakers. For SP, he curates and produces the Short Cuts competition and manages partnerships and collaborations. He is also live cinema curator/producer and academic while his writing has appeared in The Guardian, frieze, Sight and Sound and many more.

David Sproxton – Co-Founder and Executive Chairman 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.

Sorcha Bacon – Producer and Try Hard Films founder

Sorcha is a BAFTA nominated producer and founder of Try Hard Films, a company that champions marginalised voices which aren’t often seen on screen. Her latest short ‘Wren Boys’ (2017 Film London Slate) has been both BAFTA & BIFA nominated, won the Oscar qualifying Galway Film Festival and screened in competition at several festivals including Sundance. In 2018 Sorcha was named as one of six LGBT filmmakers to be given mentorship in partnership with BAFTA.

The Jury will have the tough job of deciding who will be awarded this year’s much coveted Depict prizes – The Main Award of £1,500, the Royal Photographic Society Award of £1,000, the British Special Mention Award, a talent development package supported by BAFTA and NFTS, and the Random Acts Special Mention Award, a mentoring session with Channel 4 Random Acts commissioning editor Catherine Bray.

We’ll be announcing the shortlist on Thu 4 Sept and that’s when the judging for the Shooting People Audience Award is handed over to YOU. Vote and comment on your favourite films in the shortlist from Thu 4 – Sat 29 Sept. Make sure you head to depict.org and have your say…

Jun252018

Depict ’17 Winner Alejandra M. Perrusquía talks about her film Vudú and the magic of Depict

We’re getting excited here at Depict HQ as there are only one week left until this year’s submission deadline (Mon 2 July – 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.

Mexican director Alejandra M. Perrusquía won the Main Depict Award last year with her stylish, 1970’s-set World Cup comedy Vudú. All we can say is the black magic finally seems to be working given the Mexican football team’s impressive performances so far in this year’s World Cup in Russia! As well as the main award Alejandra received £1,500 cash prize and a lifetime membership to our friends at Shooting People after our Jury judged Vudú to be “the most complete film” of last year’s entrants, “with its seductive colour palette and stylised mise-en-scene.”

Last week we caught up with Alejandra to chat to her about making her winning film and 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?

My film Vudú is about a mother and her three young children, who gather to practise voodoo, in order to make their national football team win a World Cup match. It’s actually very funny because it is a true story. My grandmother did that once with my mother and uncles, as a fun game, (with no witchcraft involved, of course) and it obviously didn’t work. But after all these years, they still remember fondly that story and laugh at it. When I heard it, I thought it would be a wonderful idea for a short film, and thought it would be funny, if done properly.

What drew you to the Depict 90 second format?

Because of the story I wanted to tell, and its structure and pace, I knew it had to be very short. Originally it was going to be a two-minutes short, but then, while browsing online, I stumbled onto DepicT!, and decided to cut my script short, so I could participate. Since it was such a short time to tell a story, the first challenge I encountered was knowing how to get the audience’s attention. I decided that, in order to make it memorable, the film had to be visually attractive, and it had to have a plot twist at the ending. So I started out from there.

How did you find the making of your Depict film?

It was very fun. I had a fantastic crew, and we filmed it in about 5 hours. I was very nervous, as I hadn’t worked with children before, but I found out that by talking to them as a friend, and not as a director, it was easier to work with them.

What was your level of experience before submitting to Depict?

The film was my graduation film. I had no professional experience, but some practise, and a couple of shorts I did for different classes.

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

I’ve been working on a couple of films in the art department, which is one of my passions, and I’ve been writing another short, which I hope I can film next year. I have recently received emails from a couple of film festivals who are interested Vudú, which is fantastic, as it means it’s being watched and it’s getting attention.

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

Depict is a wonderful way to get your work seen. It’s a great opportunity for new filmmakers to get their films seen by people who work in the industry, and in some cases, like mine, by people from another country. As a Mexican, it was amazing to realise that my film was not only understood, but also appreciated in the UK. The jury is also one of the reasons I loved being in Depict, as the special guest was the cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, who shot one of my favourite scenes, the tracking shot in Atonement, which was also one of the main reasons I decided to study filmmaking, so it was great and exciting to know that he was part of the jury.

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

1) Think of a simple story; you only have 90 seconds to tell it, so it has to be straightforward.

2) Be creative. It’s not what you tell, but how you tell it, what will make your film different.

3) Finding a great crew is important. Filmmaking is teamwork and having people who like each other is crucial for a good workflow.

Check out Alejandra’s winning Depict film here….

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Depict ’18 is open for entries until Mon 2 July 2017. 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 Short Film and Animation Festival. Good luck!

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Can you do it in 90 seconds?

Submissions are now open for Depict 2018 – our ultra-short film competition that asks filmmakers from around the world to create an original short film under 90 seconds long. Committed to uncovering emerging filmmaking talent, we’re looking for your mini-masterpieces to be in with a chance of being selected for this year’s shortlist.

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

We’re interested in seeing as many original, imaginative and engaging films as possible and giving the best of these works and the talent involved the support and exposure they deserve via the Depict competition, which provides a platform to showcase and valuable industry networks. If your film makes the Depict 2018 shortlist, you’ll be invited to showcase your film at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (25 – 30 Sept 2018), the UK’s longest running competitive short film and animation festival.

Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol, where a good short can often make a bigger splash. – The Guardian

Distributors, producers, funders, exhibitors, fellow filmmakers, and enthusiastic fans of the short film format – not to mention our stellar judging panel, which last year included twice Oscar® and BAFTA nominated Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey – will all be there, so it’s the perfect opportunity to get some priceless exposure and industry experience. You’ll be in with a chance of winning up to £2500 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 Acts.

New this year, we are delighted to partner up with BFI NETWORK, a UK wide initiative with a mission to discover and support talented writers, directors, producers and artists at the start of their filmmaking careers. They join long-standing industry partners BAFTA, NFTS and Shooting People to provide the Depict 2018 British Special Mention Award, a tailored package of industry support which will both promote the winning 90-second film and further develop the filmmaker’s skills including exposure on the BFI NETWORK industry platform, a one to one with BFI NETWORK’s Talent Development Manager Matimba Kabalika and a discounted pass to the BFI London Film Festival.

It’s an exciting moment to build on the momentum of the BFI NETWORK’s plans to support talent from across the UK in collaboration with film organisations and leading cultural venues including Watershed in the South West to provide funding for shorts, support for the development of first features, as well as a range of professional and creative development programmes.

“We’re really excited to be collaborating with Depict in our shared mission of uncovering and supporting British talent at the start of their filmmaking careers. As the most accessible strand of Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, the competition reflects our commitment to opening doors and connecting with brilliant creative talent, and fresh voices experimenting with form in their filmmaking.” – Matimba Kabalika, Talent Development Manager, BFI NETWORK

Previous Depict winners have had their work screened at international film festivals, been picked up by commercial distributors, carved themselves successful careers in the film industry and beyond.

 Vudù, 2017

The Main Depict 2017 Award of £1,500 and a lifetime membership to our friends at Shooting People went to Vudù from Mexico, made by Alejandra M. Perrusquía, who had the following to say about her experience:

“It was wonderful to be part to be part of Encounters and Depict I felt very lucky to be there for the showcase screening. Theres nothing likeshowing your film in a foreign country and getting the reaction you expected from the audience, even when it is in a different language. It reminded me that film is a language that all of us can speak.”

 Previous Depict filmmakers Director Brett Harvey (Obbin Up The Brea, 2015) and cinematographer Adam Laity (The Peace of the Wild Things, 2014) collaborated last year on the release of their first feature Brown Willy, whilst Depict ’17 British Special Mention Award winner Edwin Mingard (Walk, 2017) has benefited from mentoring c/o BAFTA by British filmmaker, opera director, and screenwriter Penny Woolcock as well as access to a Short Course at the National Film & Television School. Reflecting on his Award Edwin said:

 Walk, 2017

“I was so thrilled to have won the Depict Special Mention Award. It was a real vote of confidence in my film and my film making, and a fantastic opportunity to see all of the other films on a cinema screen and meet filmmakers from across the globe who’d been shortlisted. For a film as short as mine, the award was incredible – I think Depict is one of the easiest to access development opportunities out there and I couldn’t recommend entering highly enough.”

Ninian Doff of Depict 2013 fame – who scooped both the Main Depict Award and The Shooting People RPS Audience Award with comedic gem Cool Unicorn Bruv – has gone on to make impressive music videos for the likes of Kasabian.

Ninian said of Depict:

“Depict is the perfect creative challenge. 90 seconds to do your best means its not some daunting shoot but a manageable task that forces your screen writing and editing skills to be super sharp. Depict is also a really good platform – a lot of people pay attention to it and just making the final screening at Encounters is a prestigious achievement. The fact that Depict is a competition which genuinely anyone can win, whilst also being a serious, professional filmmaking award, means it is pretty unique and well worth entering.”

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 always totally free to enter your movie and you can submit your movie using either Vimeo or YouTube, making it easy to get your work to us!

Submissions close on Mon 2 July 2018 so there is plenty of time to read the rules and get some more inspiration by checking out our archive of nearly 20 years of teeny, tiny shorts. So pack your tiny film with masses of creativity and send it to us – good luck!

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