Depict Short Film Competition for Filmmakers Worldwide 2023 (up to £2,500)

Last Updated on May 16, 2023

Depict Short Film Competition

Are you a filmmaker interested in making Action? Submit your films that are 90 seconds or less, that could be developed into web series or longer form content for the Depict Short Film Competition 2023.

Depict is a super-short film competition running since 1998 as part of Encounters Film Festival – a key destination for new and emerging talent. Encounters spotlights short film as a vital and exciting art form, offer validation at a critical crossroad in artists’ careers, equip new talent with the support needed to take their next steps, and create a space where lifelong collaborations can be made. Depict is about creative freedom and imagination – it doesn’t matter what your budget is or what genre you’re working in as long as you show originality and are able to connect with audiences.


Accept the Depict challenge and get creative in just a minute and a half to be in with a chance of winning:

  • up to £2,500 prize money
  • invaluable industry exposure
  • screening at BAFTA Qualifying Encounters Festival
  • a host of other exclusive prizes


  • Open to anyone from anywhere in the world, and entry is absolutely free.
  • Open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work. They do NOT accept advertisements.
  • Only films completed since January 2022 may be submitted. Whilst they do not have a premiere policy, they positively encourage entries made specifically for Depict.
  • Your film MUST be 90 seconds or less in duration.
  • The maximum number of entries per individual is THREE.

They are particularly looking out for submissions the following motifs:

  • Conflict between characters
  • Energy and Pace – is the storytelling or editing pacy and energetic?
  • Movement – is there dynamic camera movement (or performance i.e dance/fight sequences etc)
  • Character – Are there good guys and bad guys?
  • Adventure – Is there a sense of adventure in the story?

Submissions could also include action sequences such as fight scenes, chase scenes, explosions and other thrills.


Click here to apply

For more information, visit Depict Short Film Competition.

Deadline: June 12, 2023.

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