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Opportunity to Win £2,500 at Depict Short Film Competition

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Depict Watershed’s International Short Film online competition announce the opening of the 20th season of the short film competition. The competition is open to anyone from anywhere in the world, and entry is free – but there is ONE simple rule: any film MUST be 90 seconds or less in duration.

About The Competition: 

An applicant has to produce a great film. It doesn’t matter what the applicant's budget is or what genre he is working in as long as he shows originality, imagination and is able to connect with audiences. All this in a duration that doesn't exceed the 90 seconds. 

Terms And Conditions: 

  • The duration of the film(s) must not exceed 90 seconds including titles and credits.
  • Depict is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work. Contest does not accept advertisements.
  • Only films completed since January 2018 may be submitted. Whilst contest does not have a premiere policy, it positively encourage entries made specifically for Depict.
  • The maximum number of entries per individual is five.
  • The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film(s) and must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films.
  •  If the original language is not English, the applicant must ensure that the film includes English subtitles.
  •  If the applicant's film(s) is /are shortlisted, he will be asked to promptly send in a higher resolution version of his film for online use on, connected social media channels and screening at Encounters Festival (September 2019). The applicant will also need to supply publicity stills, a synopsis and a bio.
  • Applicant must note that only the director(s) will be credited on the website and any other promotional material. In the case of shortlisted and/or winning co-directors, multiple prizes may be granted at the discretion of the organisers.


Prizes include:

  •  £2,500 (GBP) Cash Awards given by the sponsors including The Royal Photographic Society and Aardman Animations. 
  • Career development support from NFTS, BAFTA, BFI NETWORK and Channel 4’s Random Acts. 
  • Invaluable exposure and promotion through and at Encounters Festival – including a Festival pass with all the trimmings, tickets to the popular Depict Showcase and the prestigious Awards Ceremony. 
  • Winning shorts get complimentary BBFC certification and are made available for theatrical screenings to exhibitors across the UK.

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United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Any Country
Both gender

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Anyone Interested
Opportunity Coverage
Opportunity will take place in
United Kingdom
Required Documents

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
Media and Journalism
Educational Level
No Education Level is Required
Required Languages
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Depict is Watershed’s international short film online competition running since 1998 as part of Encounters Festival (Bristol, UK) – one... More details