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The DepicT! 2013 Shortlist is announced

We’re pleased to announce that the 12 films shortlisted for this year’s competition are now available online! Watch the films now, vote and comment on your favourites.

We received over 640 entries from 45 countries, from India to Germany, and of course the UK. We were astounded by the standard of the films we received. It’s been a tough decision process, but we’ve whittled the entries down to the 12 films you’ll find on this year’s shortlist.

These films stood out for their originality, imagination and ability to engage, and are now in the running for the main DepicT! Award of £1500, the British Special Mention Award and the DepicT! Random Acts Special Mention presented by Channel 4.

For 2013, we are also delighted to team up with The Royal Photographic Society to introduce the DepicT! RPS Cinematography Award, also selected by the Jury. As a result of this new partnership with the Royal Photographic Society, the cash prizes have doubled to a mighty £3,000 including £500 up for grabs for the winner of the Shooting People RPS Audience Award – vote for the winner at!

At Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival we’ll be hosting a big screen premiere and Q&A with the filmmakers, followed by a panel on the possibilities of the ultra-short film format. Catch the DepicT! 2013 Showcase here at Watershed on Saturday 21 September, 3.30pm, followed by a reception in the café/bar link area sponsored by Bath Ales.

If you are a young filmmaker aged 21 or under, there is still time to submit your short film to Electric December, Watershed’s annual countdown calendar showcasing the very best shorts made by young filmmakers from across Europe.

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Catching up with a 2012 winner

Image of Mole Hill with Dave Sproxton

Mole Hill receives the main DepicT! 2012 award from Dave Sproxton of Aardman Animations

Mole Hill won DepicT! 2012 with Fat Cat, his fantastic animated commentary on the desire to make excessive amounts of money.

We caught up with Mole Hill recently to gain some insight, for those of you who are thinking of applying…

What drew you to the 90 second format?

I really like the 90 second format, shorter than a short but longer than a commercial it gives enough time to tell a fairly complex story, whilst forcing the film-maker to be succinct.

What was your level of experience before submitting to DepicT?

I’ve been knocking around for ages, I started out making shorts for C4 back in the 80s and have worked on children’s series, commercials, stings – anything that comes along really.  Over the last few years I’ve started making shorts again, taking advantage of the new technologies that have made film-making so accessible lately.

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

Winning at Depict was fantastic – It’s particularly good that the films get a bit of distribution after the event itself.  I used the prize money to buy a camera and have started on a new short – I’ve completed the first shot, so at this rate it should be finished sometime in 2020!

In 9 words can you sum up why DepicT! is so important to emerging filmmakers?

A great showcase, a firm deadline, a creative opportunity.

Watch Fat Cat now →

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DepicT! partners with The Royal Photographic Society for new cinematography award

DepicT! is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Royal Photographic Society which doubles the prize money for its awards and introduce a brand new award celebrating the art of cinematography.

RPS Education Manager Liz Williams says of the new partnership:

“The RPS is delighted to be working with Watershed and DepicT! in offering an award for the best cinematography amongst the shortlisted films. The Society has always been a strong supporter of the moving image giving RPS Awards to the likes of Roger Deakins, John Mathieson and Sir Ridley Scott. We feel it’s important to recognise this swiftly changing and influential medium by helping and supporting up and coming film makers; this new award seems a perfect way of doing it and it’s the ideal time: Encounters are planning a major focus on cinematography this year.”

DepicT! producer Maddy Probst said:

“The partnership with the RPS is a very exciting development for DepicT! We share a passion for image making, innovative practice and an ambition to uncover and progress distinctive creative talent. We’re also both based in the South West of the UK but place no boundaries on our desire to connect with filmmakers, artists and audiences across the globe.”

Now in its fifteenth year, DepicT! is challenging the worldwide creative community to once again create distinctive, imaginative and engaging short films under 90 seconds long. As a result of the new partnership, the cash prizes have now doubled to a mighty £3,000 including £500 up for grabs for the winner of the Shooting People RPS Audience Award, the first time this gong has ever had a cash prize.

The DepicT! RPS Cinematography Award will be selected by the DepicT! Jury alongside the main DepicT! Award of £1500 at the 19th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (17 – 22 September, Bristol).

So why 90 seconds? Because it challenges filmmakers to think creatively and edit ruthlessly. More importantly, it gets talented filmmakers and their work noticed. As Mole Hill, who scooped the top prize for The Fat Cat at DepicT! 2012, said:

“There’s something about the 90 second format – longer than a commercial, but shorter than a short – that seems to bring out a really high level of invention and experimentation in all the filmmakers.”

The deadline for entries is Mon 8 July at 17:00 so it’s not too late to submit your super short film!

Looking for some inspiration? For the 5th year running, the DepicT! 2012 winning shorts are screening at cinemas and film societies across the UK over the next few months. Venues include London’s Curzon Soho and Renoir, Sheffield Showroom, Glasgow Film Theatre, the Irish Film Institute, Plymouth Arts Centre, the National Media Museum in Bradford, Yeovil Cinemateque, The Ultimate Picture Palace in Oxford and of course Watershed in Bristol.

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DepicT! 2013 Call for Entries

We’re delighted to announce that DepicT! – Watershed’s super short film competition – is once again challenging filmmakers across the world to create a masterpiece in just a minute-and-a-half! Whatever your budget, whatever your genre, we want your shorts: simply enter for free online and be in with a chance of winning £1500 prize money, a slot on Channel 4, invaluable industry exposure, and other exclusive prizes.

Every year, the shortlisted DepicT! filmmakers are given the opportunity to network at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (17-22 Sept 2013), the UK’s longest running competitive short film and animation festival held right here in Bristol. While at the festival they get priceless exposure to distributors, producers, funder, exhibitors, other filmmakers, and enthusiastic fans of the short film format.

DepicT! is now in its fourteenth year and prides itself on the quality of its little gems, not to mention the quality of the filmmakers who submit them. Previous DepicT! winners have had their work screened at international film festivals, been picked up by commercial distributors, and carved themselves strong and successful careers in the film industry – even being recognised as Stars of Tomorrow by industry magazine Screen International.

Why 90 seconds? Because it will challenge you to think creatively and to cut ruthlessly. More importantly, it will get you and your work noticed. As Anna Ginsberg, one of the DepicT! winners from last year, said: “DepicT! is a great format in which the time constraint is in many ways liberating”. Some of the other DepicT! filmmakers and judges shared their thoughts on the 90 second format in this short film we made last year at the DepicT! showcase during Encounters:

Mole Hill, who scooped the top £1,500 cash prize for their film The Fat Cat at DepicT! 2012, said:

“The competition was incredibly strong and varied in both style and content. There’s something about the 90 second format – longer than a commercial, but shorter than a short – that seems to bring out a really high level of invention and experimentation in all the filmmakers.”

DepicT! accepts films from anywhere in the world, from any genre, and it’s totally free to enter. The one and only caveat is that your short film must be 90 seconds or less. That’s it! So what’s stopping you? Pack your tiny film with masses of creativity and send it to us.

You have until Mon 8 July 2013 to upload your little gem to us, giving you plenty of time to read the rules and get a short bit of inspiration by checking out our archive of 13 years of teeny, tiny shorts. Who knows – maybe next year we’ll be telling everyone to watch your creation for inspiration?

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