Filmmakers worldwide: we need you! DepicT! ’12 challenges you to get creative in just one little minute and a half. Whatever your budget or genre, we want your super shorts – you can enter for free online and be in with a chance of winning £1500 prize money, invaluable industry exposure, and other exclusive prizes.
Every year, the shortlisted DepicT! Filmmakers are given the opportunity to network at the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (18-23 Sept 2012) where they get to meet distributors, producers, funders, exhibitors, other filmmakers and, of course, enthusiastic short film fans. The role of Encounters for the development of short-film careers is paramount - ‘The cinematic Trojan horse returns, smuggling short film-makers into the big league, even more so now it’s a qualifying festival for the Oscars and Baftas.’( The Guardian on the Encounters Festival 2011)
DepicT! is now in its thirteenth year and we pride ourselves on the quality of our little gems. Just make sure your tiny film is hugely distinctive, imaginative and engaging.
Previous DepicT! winners have regularly gone on to be screened at other international film festivals and been picked up by commercial distributors, and some have carved themselves successful careers in the film industry – even being recognised as Stars of Tomorrow by industry magazine Screen International. Sarah Cooper from the magazine and a member of the International DepicT! Jury in 2011 says about the festival: ‘With a host of talented UK and international short film-makers mingling with buyers, producers and industry bigwigs, it felt like a great place to make contacts, talk business and spot potential stars of tomorrow…
The 2011 DepicT! winner Nick Fogg shares her take on the competition:
“It’s brilliant, and very exciting! There’s been such a positive response to the film so far. And hopefully it will now be screened in lots more places. DepicT! is a very accessible competition with a fantastic set of prizes. The DepicT! Award is an amazing prize to win, and the prize money will be a huge help towards the budget of my next project. Thank you DepicT!”
You have until Mon 9 July to upload your short film which gives you plenty of time to read the rules and also get a little inspiration by checking out our archive of over ten years of snappy shorts. If you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org
PLUS: Our friends at Shooting People, the international networking organisation dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking, are offering every filmmaker who submits a film into DepicT! a discounted membership!
Now time to put that thinking cap on, go out and make those films!
A huge thank you to the sponsors, partners and supporters of DepicT! who enable us to run the competition, and also to all the filmmakers who submit their 90 second films without which we wouldn’t have a competition!
Do you have a film that’s longer than 90 seconds? Filmmakers and animators from around the world are invited to submit to the 18th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival competition between 1 March – 6 June 2012 for a chance to win a major prize or a prestigious award nomination including BAFTAs, Cartoon d’Or, European Film Awards & Oscars® for which Encounters is a qualifying festival. For more info, visit: encounters