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Depict Short Film Competition 2020

Depict Short Film Competition 2020

Country: UK
City: Bristol
Sep 20 - Sep 26, 2020
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Applications call for Depict Short Film Competition 2020


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 organizer calls for every great film despite the budget or genre as long as the movies show originality, imagination and are able to connect with audiences The competition is open to anyone from anywhere in the world, and entry is absolutely free.


The best winning film will get the cash prize as well as other lots of opportunities. The 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 depict.org and at Encounters Film Festival – including a Festival pass with all the trimmings, tickets to the popular Depict Showcase and the prestigious Awards Ceremony.
  • Furthermore, winning shorts get complimentary BBFC certification and are made available for theatrical screenings to exhibitors across the UK.

Rules and Regulations 

  • The duration of your 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.
  • Advertisements are not eligible for Depict Short Film Competition.
  • Only films completed since January 2019 may be submitted. Whilst the organizers do not have a premiere policy, we 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 authorized to submit the film(s); must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films.
  • If the original language is not English, please ensure that the film includes English subtitles.
  • Similarly, if the film is shortlisted, the owner will be asked to promptly send in a high-resolution version of the film for online use on depict.org, connected social media channels and screening at Encounters Film Festival (September 2020). The film owner will also need to supply publicity stills, a synopsis, and a bio.

Additional Conditions 

  • Please 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 organizers.
  • The Depict British Special Mention Award is open to UK productions only. Films are only eligible if they have a substantial British contribution in the following areas: director, producer, writer, principal cast and crew, production company, finance. However, to indicate the film’s eligibility for this award, candidates must select “UK” as the country of production in the submission process.

The last date to submit a film is June 4, 2020.

Submit your film now


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Event Date20 September,2020 to 26 September,2020
Deadline04 June,2020
Open toAll



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