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.