DepicT! Picks

Wondering what you can do with 90 seconds? – Get inspired with some of our favourite DepicT! Shorts.

28 June 2018

Watershed’s 90-second film competition, DepicT! closes in just under a week, so we’re sharing some of our recent favourites to give you some inspiration for submissions!

Here’s what South West Talent Executive Alice Cabanas chose as some of her top picks from UK filmmakers:

Walk by Edwin Mingard

Less can be more with super shorts – and this film is a simple observation of a young woman’s venture through the city late at night after leaving her group of friends. I found it intriguing & poetic - and as someone who enjoys night time city walking it really embodies how a city can feel like it comes alive after dark.

Watch Walk

If The Cuckoo Don’t Crow by Steve Kirby

Excellent & very amusing use of a BBC sound recording about the great storm of 1987, given new life through the animated interpretation. I enjoyed the layers of reveal and the unexpected twists and turns! The animation carried and enhanced the recording brilliantly, still makes me laugh every time.

Watch If The Cuckoo Don’t Crow

Carpark by Anthony Blades

Such a simple idea, brilliantly executed. Feels like a fully formed story just told in miniature.

Watch Carpark

Cool Unicorn Bruv by Ninian Doff

A BMX, a Unicorn, rainbows and a very funny script. This short is a really good example of what you can do in 90 seconds. A real confidence in delivery too.

Watch Cool Unicorn Bruv

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And here’s a few to check out from our BFI Talent Development Manager, Matimba Kabalika:

America I Think? By Matthew Armitage

I love this film, it’s heady, and visceral and the best 90-second deep dive into all things Americana. Matthew’s short is super sensory, and not a second or frame of animation is wasted. I dare you to watch it and not start daydreaming of a carefree trip to the land of gumbo and Lady Liberty.

Watch America I think?

Ojalá by Marie-Stéphane Catteneo

I guarantee that you didn’t see where this was going? And what I loved most was how complete it felt, whilst opening the door to so many possibilities at the end. Can we talk about the end?! To say any more would be a crime.

Watch Ojalá

Rubber Guillotine by Bryan M. Ferguson

A massive middle finger to everyone and all their expectations of you. This bold, ballsy short reminded me to push the F*ck It button because the only rules I need to play by are my own!

Watch Rubber Guillotine

The competition offers filmmakers an entry level route into one of the UK’s leading Short Film Festivals – Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (25 - 30 Sept 2018).

Submissions are FREE, selected films are screened at Encounters at a special dedicated showcase, plus there are cash prizes and industry development packages up for grabs.

So what are you waiting for?! To find out more and get your submission in go to

Submission deadline Mon 2 July.