Depict International Short Film Online Competition: Free Entry and £2,500 Cash Award

Depict is Watershed’s international short film online competition running since 1998 as part of Encounters Film Festival (Bristol, UK) – one of the world’s leading international festivals for short film, animation and virtual reality, and also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards: the Academy Awards®, BAFTAs and the European Film Awards.

The deadline is on 4 June 2020.

Prizes include

  • £2,500 (GBP) Cash Awards thanks to sponsors including The Royal Photographic Society and Aardman Animations
  • Career development support from NFTS, BFI NETWORK and Channel 4’s Random Acts.
  • Invaluable exposure and promotion through and at Encounters Film 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

Main criteria for International Short Film Online Competition

  • The competition is open to anyone from anywhere in the world, and entry is absolutely free – but there is ONE simple rule: your film MUST be 90 seconds or less in duration
  • Depict is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work. We do not accept advertisements
  • Only films completed since January 2019 may be submitted
  • The maximum number of entries per individual is five
  • If the original language is not English, please ensure that the film includes English subtitles

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