DepicT! proves it’s a genuine springboard to success with the news that previous winner Tim Bassford has won the top prize in The Pitch: a £25,000 budget to turn his film idea into a 20 minute short, and a once in a lifetime chance to go to Hollywood.
Last year Tim’s enchanting 90 second short The Launderette won the Shooting People DepicT! Audience Award at the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival. DepicT! is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, on any budget, and in any genre. There is only one caveat: the film must have a maximum running time of 90 seconds. That’s it – we really are looking for the shortest of the short.
Each year the shortlisted DepicT! films get priceless exposure at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival. One of the fantastic things about Encounters are the incredible opportunities to network and speak to real industry professionals: it was this experience that proved crucial when Tim began working on his ideas for The Pitch.
The Pitch challenges up and coming filmmakers to pitch their film ideas: Tim made it to the last 10 finalists and was invited to the legendary Pinewood Studios where judges editor-at-Large of Empire Film Magazine, Nev Pierce, Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park, and screenwriter Stuart Hazeldine declared Tim the winner.
Tim will now receive mentoring from filmmaking professionals who will help develop his idea, Samson, into a 20 minute short film due to be recorded during the summer. Once filming has wrapped he will fly to Tinseltown where he’ll have a private meeting with Producer Ralph Winter (X-Men, Fantastic Four) for yet more invaluable industry tips and advice.
Winning an award last year at DepicT! gave me such a boost of confidence and self-belief: it certainly encouraged me to dream big and has increased my ambition to want to go on and do bigger and better films. DepicT! and Encounters in general provided such a great opportunity for me to meet other filmmakers who are at a similar stage or a few stages further on – that is invaluable when you’re looking to progress as a filmmaker.
If you want a brilliant, credible place to start your career in film, I’d wholeheartedly recommend entering a film into DepicT! – it did wonders for me, and I’m sure it’ll do wonders for you too!
You too could be jetting off to Los Angeles some day: DepicT! is open for submissions now – enter your film for free online before Mon 9 July and keep those fingers crossed!
Following a fantastic buzz at the DepicT! Showcase in the afternoon, filmmakers and guests gathered on the evening of Sat 19 Nov for the 17th Bristol Encounters International Film Festival Awards Ceremony hosted by Peter Carlton to learn who’d scooped this year’s DepicT! competition prizes.
Out of a dizzying 500 films from 30 countries, 14 tiny films were shortlisted for their distinctive, imaginative and engaging qualities.
DepicT! is a brilliant opportunity for filmmakers to challenge themselves to come up with a strong, imaginative idea to engage audiences in less than 90 seconds. It’s the original ultra-short film competition in this country offering a space for quality and ambition, giving short-listed filmmakers priceless exposure, through networking and development opportunities at Encounters, the UK’s leading short film festival.
With Remembrance Day on Sunday 13 November Michelle Arbon’s moving short about a young solider is timely, poignant and thought-provoking. Read below for an insight into the director’s choice of topic and what inspired her to make this film.
If filmmaking is something you’re new to, or have thought about trying out, this interview with Dutch illustrator Sjaak Rood shows that you can enter the industry without necessarily having a filmmaking background and that with a bit of creativity you can produce something engaging and imaginative.
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Experiments in Parahypnosis is about experiments conducted on patients with sleep disorders at the Schlaf Institute in East Berlin, c. 1973. As the result of a tragic fire, Dr Wolfgang Schlaf stumbled upon a theory about his participants’ ability to foresee the future in their dreams.
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We’re super excited to announce that after receiving a record number of entries (over 500 from more than 30 countries!), the shortlisted films for DepicT! ’11 are now all available for your viewing pleasure right here at depict.org.
We’re very excited to announce that DepicT! is once again challenging filmmakers across the globe to show their stuff in just a minute and a half. Whatever your budget or genre, we want your super shorts – enter for free online and be in with a chance of winning £1500, priceless industry exposure, and other exclusive prizes. Read more »