Deadline: 5 September 2011
Open to: international
DepicT! challenges filmmakers on any budget from anywhere in the world to show their stuff in just a minute and a half. DepicT! ‘11 is now open for entries – start creating your super shorts and be in with a chance of winning priceless industry exposure and exclusive prizes.
This year’s competition
We want filmmakers worldwide to show their stuff in just a minute and a half. DepicT! is open to anyone, on any budget, from anywhere in the world working in any genre. Just make sure your super short is distinctive, imaginative and engaging to be in with a chance of winning some priceless industry exposure and exclusive prizes.
- Must be 90 seconds or under
- Must be completed after September 2010
- Open to all genres and production techniques
Enter your film for free online!
Winners of our British Special Mention Award get a package of career development opportunities from BAFTA. Read a blog written by Sam Firth, our 2009 winner, where she discusses the valuable support she has received since she picked up her prize.
- The deadline for entries is 1700hrs (BST) on Mon 5 Sept ‘11
- We no longer accept postal entries. Only films submitted via our online entry system 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 ‘10 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.
- When exporting, please make sure your compressed version is good enough quality for us to judge. As a rough guideline, it should not be smaller than 320×240 pixels, and not less than 15fps. If your film(s) is /are shortlisted, you will be asked to send in a higher resolution version* for screening on depict.org and at Encounters Festival.
- 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.
*If your film(s) is/are shortlisted, you will be asked to promptly send in a higher resolution version of your film to Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX for screening on depict.org and at the 17th Encounters Bristol International Film Festival (16 – 20 November 2011) as well as 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 pillarboxing.
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.
For further details on technical requirements refer to our Technical FAQ below or our Online Submission FAQ.
Frequently Asked Questions
No need to use snail mail any more, you can now submit your short film online – no technical knowledge required.
- What file formats do you accept for films?
- What about AVI files?
- What is the ‘frame rate’?
- Why does the text need to be 30 pixels in height?
- What is ‘title safe’?
What file formats do you accept for films?
We accept the following formats (in no particular order):
- Any QuickTime format (e.g. Sorenson, Motion JPEG, etc)
- MPEG-1,2 and 4
- DivX, xVid and 3ivX (all versions)
- AVI (but see below)
- Ogg Theora
- WMV (Windows Media)
- Real Player format
When exporting, please make sure your compressed version is good enough quality for us to judge it. As a rough guideline it should not be smaller than 320×240 pixels, and not less than 15fps.
Please also remember to keep any text reasonably large, and title safe. For instance, if you’re editing a film at normal PAL (720×576) resolution, then don’t use text that’s less than 30 pixels high, and leave a large border between your text and the edge of the film (see below).
What about AVI files?
Many PC programmes will export as a “.AVI” file. Please note that AVI itself is not a compression format, it is merely a “wrapper” for them. Whilst we can play .avi files that contain one of the formats listed above, AVI also supports some codecs that we cannot play (e.g. Indeo Video). Please make sure you’re exporting using a supported codec if you’re saving to an AVI file.
What is the ‘frame rate’?
Video is displayed as a sequence of still pictures or frames. The rate at which these are displayed is known as the ‘frame rate’. The standard frame rate for the UK is 25 frames per second (fps).
Why does the text need to be 30 pixels in height?
There are two reasons for this. Firstly, televisions cannot display text as clearly as computer monitors. This means that text must be of a minimum size for it to be clearly legible. Secondly, the films for the competition will be shown via the internet. The resolution of internet video is even worse than that of television as the compression used will blur the picture.
For this reason text should be at least 30 pixels in height (at broadcast resolution) to ensure that it is visible.
What is ‘title safe’?
Television screens do not display all of the picture that is available. There is usually a strip around the edge of the picture that is cut off. The size of this strip depends upon the make and model of television.
If the video picture contains elements that must be displayed, such as subtitles and credits, then these elements must be placed within the area known as ‘title safe’.
The ‘Title Safe’ area is a border which 10% the size of the screen. So for a broadcast resolution picture (720 x 576) the top/bottom border should be 57 pixels wide and the left/right border should be 72 pixels wide. Keeping any text within this area ensures that it will be displayed whatever the make and model of television used.
Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:
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