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Oct032022

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.

Sep152022

The Depict 2022 Shortlist is Live!

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 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 (27 Sept – 2 Oct) as had an incredibly diverse range of films to choose from.

The eighteen shorts selected are now up for multiple awards and prizes which will be chosen by the Depict 2022 Jury during Encounters Festival. We need your help to decide the outcome of the Depict Audience Award. In partnership with Encounters, the winner will receive a full festival pass to Encounters Festival 2023 and a lifetime membership to Shooting People. This prize is chosen entirely by the public through voting on depict.org open until Thu 29 Sept 20:00 BST. There’s a massively varied selection to choose from and we’d love to hear your responses in the comments section of each film.

The Depict 2022 Jury will gather at Encounters Festival to award 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 NETWORKNFTSBAFTA 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: https://www.encounters.film/

Festival Passes are on sale here: https://www.encounters.film/festival-passes

Look out for the Depict Showcase & Awards Ceremony taking place at Watershed on Thu 29 Sept 19:30 as part of Encounters Festival.

This is a chance to experience the films collectively on the big screen and meet the Depict team and some of the talent behind the films. You will also be the first to find out who has picked up an Award and can join in the Depict Networking Drinks sponsored by Korev after the showcase.

Sep122022

Introducing the Depict 2022 Jury

The Depict 2022 jury includes Artist and Filmmaker Mitra Tabrizian, Head of BFI NETWORK Alice Cabañas, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 Emily Shields, Co-Founder and Trustee of Aardman Animations David Sproxton, National Film and Television School’s Rob Watson and Shooting People Film Programmer Jim Read.

The Jury selects 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.

The Depict shortlist goes live on Thu 15 Sept on depict.org where you will be able to vote towards the Depict Audience Award until Thu 29 Sept 7.30pm.

Save the date for the Depict Showcase & Awards which takes place at Watershed as part of Encounters Festival on Thu 29 Sept 7pm followed by a networking event sponsored by Korev.

Find out more about this year’s Jury members:

Mitra Tabrizian – Artist & Filmmaker – (On behalf of The Royal Photographic Society)

Mitra Tabrizian is an Iranian‐British artist and filmmaker. Her photographic work has been exhibited widely including Tate Britain (2008) and Venice Biennale.

Alice Cabañas – Head of BFI NETWORK

Alice Cabañas recently became Head of BFI NETWORK after four years as a Talent Executive in Film Hub South West. Previously, Alice worked with the British Council’s Film Team, where she has been the Film Programme Manager, managing the short film and new talent support.

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.

Joe Churchill Channel 4 Digital Commissioner 

Joe has had a diverse career that took him from regional soap opera, Emmerdale through a variety of production and development roles around the world. He has made everything from feature films to TV formats to commercials and branded content and worked with some of the biggest indies and broadcasters in the world, including BBC, Sony Pictures, RDF Television, Endemol and Japan’s Nippon TV.

Jim Read – Film Programmer at Shooting People

Jim Read is the New Shoots film programmer for the UK independent film network Shooting People and oversees community development services. They’re also currently the Community Manager for Future of Film and are a directory member of Trans On Screen; the directory for trans and non-binary film crew & creatives.

Rob Watson – Producer & National Film and Television School Visiting Lecturer

Rob produced Corinna Faith’s BAFTA-longlisted debut feature The Power in 2021 and recently completed The Strays, Nathaniel Martello-White’s debut feature with Netflix and The Bureau.

Mar082022

Depict 2022 Call for entries is open!

Submissions are now open for Depict ’22 – Watershed’s ultra-short film competition part of Encounters Film Festival committed to uncovering emerging filmmaking talent since 1998.  

We’re calling for creatives from around the world to submit their shorts in 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 looking for imaginative, original, and engaging shorts, and offer the best of these works and the talent involved support and exposure. If you make it into this year’s Depict shortlist, your film will be showcased online at depict.org and at the upcoming edition of Encounters Film Festival (27 Sept – 2 Oct 2022 Bristol, UK), the UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival, also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards including the Academy Awards®, BAFTAs, BIFAs and the European Film Awards.  

Connecting industry and audiences, the festival celebrates the creativity, diversity and the impact of short film. So whether you are a filmmaker looking to launch or develop your career, an industry professional wanting to stay abreast of what’s new, or a film lover wanting to soak up the festival atmosphere by watching great films and special events, Encounters offers priceless industry exposure.  

Shortlisted filmmakers get a festival pass, are 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 Acts, BFI NETWORK, BAFTA and NFTS. 

The Award winners are chosen by a jury of distinguished industry professionals that meet during the 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 open to the Audience Award. 

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

Wake Up film set c/o director Tiago Teixeira

Last year, the Main Depict 2021 Award of £1,500 and a lifetime Shooting People membership went to Wake Up by director Tiago Teixeira, who had the following to say about his experience: “Winning the Depict award was a fantastic surprise and a great honor. It helped me to fund a new short film and gave me the confidence to keep pursuing my filmmaking career. My main tip for anyone entering this year is to shoot a film that means something to you, and not to try adapting your idea to what you think would be more palatable for the festival. You might be surprised.”

Some of the shortlisted animations were also awarded a special mention and given access to an Aardman Academy Stop Motion Foundation course and here’s more on their experience and their top tips:

“For filmmakers entering this year, we’d say create something that you want to see and have fun with it!  Making ‘Cycling with Molly’ has been a surprise at every turn, we created it during lockdown for fun and we’ve really enjoyed seeing how it’s been received.” Sara Chia-Jewell and Mulletman (Cycling With Molly)

“It has been so helpful. It’s a competition that has really interacted with the films and filmmakers beyond screening and introduced us both to peers and to potential work in the future. The number one tip I have for filmmakers entering this year, at least once they’re in the competition, is watch every film you can. There is so much interesting work and sources of inspiration for future work.“ Alicia Froy Johnson (Sensory )

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 Monday 13 June 2022 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! 

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.”

A picture containing text, grass, transport, mammal
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

Team DepicT!

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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