depictWatershed are back for the 20th year of DepicT!, challenging filmmakers around the world to create an original short film under 90 seconds long.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a big budget or a teeny tiny one; whether you specialise in live action, animation or documentary; whether you live for horror, comedy or romance; or hail from Japan, Brazil or Holland – as long as your film is less than a minute and a half long, you can submit your short film to this year’s competition for free!

If your film makes our DepicT! 2016 shortlist, you’ll be invited to showcase your film at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (20 – 25 Sept), the UK’s longest running competitive short film and animation festival. Distributors, producers, funders, exhibitors, other filmmakers, and enthusiastic fans of the short film format – not to mention the stellar judges – will all be there, so it’s the perfect opportunity to get some priceless exposure and industry experience. Not to mention that you also be in with a chance of winning up to £2500 prize money, and other exclusive prizes, such as invaluable talent development courses to help you get to the next stage of your career.

Previous DepicT! winners have had their work screened at international film festivals, been picked up by commercial distributors, carved themselves successful careers in the film industry and beyond.

The Main DepicT! 2015 Award of £1,500 and a lifetime membership to our friends at Shooting People went to Hand Maid from Morocco, made by Karim Souissi, Robin Wijnhold and Reda Zniber.

Submissions close on Mon 4 July 2016 so there is plenty of time to read the rules and get some more inspiration by checking out the archive of 19 years of teeny, tiny shorts.

Read submission guidelines: http://www.depict.org/competition/entry-requirements/

Get double the exposure for your short film! This year any films under 90 seconds or less submitted to Encounters get automatically entered into this year’s DepicT! competition. So if you fancy double the chance of winning, enter your shorts via the Encounters website here: http://encounters-festival.org.uk/call-to-submit/