Watershed announce shortlist for Depict ’20


Depict is Watershed’s brilliant ultra-short film competition. Free to enter and open to anyone from anywhere in the world, there is just one rule - all films must be 90 seconds or less!

This year's shortlist has just been announced and Watershed are asking for your votes to decide the winner of the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award.

See the full shortlist here

With over 1,360 submissions from over 80 different countries, this year’s Depict – part of Encounters Film Festival Digital Edition (Fri 18 Sept – Sun 11 Oct) - received such an incredibly exciting and diverse pool of films that they have decided to create a special Lockdown Selection in addition to the main 2020 selection, demonstrating how filmmakers have responded to lockdown and the pandemic with imagination and creativity.

See the Lockdown Depict selection here

Many of the films were made in response to Watershed's #shortitout call to action earlier this year, a collaboration with Encounters and BFI NETWORK as well as industry partners including Channel 4, BAFTA and Aardman Animations.

There are a number of awards and prizes to be won but the outcome of the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award is entirely in your hands! Go to depict.org to watch the hugely diverse range of shortlisted films, rate them out of 5 stars and leave your thoughts, feelings and critical analysis in the comments section of each.

Each year Watershed enlist the expertise of a panel of prestigious industry professionals who 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.

The 2020 jury includes Cinematographer Annemarie Lean-Vercoe FRPS on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society, Head of BFI NETWORK Jess Loveland, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for Arts and Topical Shaminder Nahal, Co-Founder and Trustee of Aardman Animations David Sproxton, National Film and Television School Head of Producing Chris Auty and Shooting People Communications Manager Molly Cowderoy.

Find out more about the jury here

Voting for the Depict IMDbPro Audience Award is open now and will close 14:30 (BST) on Sat 3 Oct 2020.

Some dates to look out for - the Depict Watchalong and Awards, streamed online on Sat 3 Oct at 14:00 (BST) and the Lockdown Depict Watchalong on Sat 26 Sept at 14:00 (BST) as part of this year's Encounters Film Festival. This is a chance to watch the films collectively, get to know some of the talent behind the films and be the first to find out who has picked up an Award. 

Encounters Digital Festival Passes are now on sale, unlocking a world of international short film - including 250 short films and animations from around the world, directed by some of the world's best new and emerging filmmakers, guest programmes and access to various networking opportunities from industry talks and panels to masterclasses to name a few - don't miss out!

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