Depict Short Film Competition – Can you do it in 90 seconds

Deadline: 1 July 2019
Open to: anyone from anywhere in the world
Benefits:  up to GBP 2500 prize money; invaluable industry exposure; screening at BAFTA Qualifying Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival; a host of other exclusive prizes


They want to see great films – it doesn’t matter what your budget is or what genre you’re working in. 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.

If your films are longer than 90 seconds, you can still enter a film to Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival by June 6th 2019.


    • The deadline for entries is 1700hrs (BST) on Mon 1 July 2019
    • Only films submitted online will be accepted.
    • 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. We do not accept advertisements.
    • Only films completed since September 2018 may be submitted. Whilst we do not have a premiere policy, we positively encourage entries made specifically for Depict.
    • The maximum number of entries per individual is ten.
    • 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, please ensure that the film includes English subtitles.
    • If your film(s) is /are shortlisted, you will be asked to send in a higher resolution version*.
    • 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 organisers.
    • 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. To indicate your film’s eligibility for this award, please select “UK” as the country of production in the registration process.

    *Shortlisted film requirements

    If your film(s) is/are shortlisted, you will be asked to promptly send in a higher resolution version of your film for public screening on, Watershed social media channels and at the 24th Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (24-29 September 2019). You will also need to supply publicity stills, a synopsis and a bio.

    1. The film file should be supplied at its original resolution, frame rate and aspect ratio, with no letterboxing or pillar boxing.
    2. Audio should be normalised.
    3. The film file type should be one that can be opened in Apple QuickTime Player. Image sequences are also acceptable if supplied with synced audio and details of the frame rate.
    4. A DV-PAL format version of the film must also be supplied, at 4×3 or 4×3 widescreen anamorphic. If the film is not 4×3 or 16×9, letterboxing or pillarboxing is acceptable. Audio should be normalised on this version too, and there should also be one second of black before and after the film.
    5. Video DVDs are not accepted.


All shortlisted films get:

  • Film exposure and promotion through, at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival and through associated partners
  • An Encounters Festival Network Delegates pass with all the trimmings, including tickets to the popular Depict Showcase and the prestigious Encounters Awards Ceremony
  • Half price Shooting People membership for the shortlisted filmmakers


Main DepicT! 2019 Award

GBP 1500 cash + Lifetime membership to Shooting People
Supported by The Royal Photographic Society and Aardman Animations.

DepicT! Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award

GBP 1000 cash
Supported by The Royal Photographic Society

DepicT! 2019 British Special Mention Award

A special package of support which will both promote the winning 90-second film and further develop the filmmaker’s skills including:

  • A tailored package of industry support from BAFTA, including a mentoring session and 6 month’s free access to BAFTA’s Learning & Events programme
  • A place on a short course at the National Film and Television School in 2018, subject to availability
  • Exposure on the BFI NETWORK industry platform, a one to one with Head of BFI NETWORK Jessica Loveland and a discounted pass to the BFI London Film Festival
  • Lifetime membership to Shooting People
  • Note: It’s a great opportunity but be aware that it does require some commitment on your part. For teams of filmmakers, note that unfortunately, we can only offer the full package of support outlined above for one of the filmmakers involved in your film


DepicT! Random Acts Special Mention Award

A mentoring session with Channel 4 Random Acts commissioning editor Catherine Bray.
Supported by Channel 4

How to apply?

Entries for Depict 2019 are through Film Freeway – the international film submission platform used by over 7,000 of the world’s best film festivals and contests, including 70 Academy Award / BAFTA Award accredited festivals. Entries are free.

For more information, please visit the official web page