Boost your programme with some free short films

DepicT film competition poster

Screening a short film alongside a main feature is an appealing added extra that could make all the difference between someone choosing your screening or heading to a rival cinema.

Watershed, Bristol, invites you to take advantage of the option to screen ‘DepicT! 2016’ – free of charge shorts available on DCP (or DVD). DepicT! is Watershed’s international short film competition as part of Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (19 – 24 Sept 2017), challenging filmmakers from all over the globe to create tiny shorts of 90 secs or less.

The shorts in the DepicT! 2016 bundle are now BBFC certificated; screen them either in front of a feature film run or as you see fit. Watershed just asks that you report back with how many people attend, and let audiences know that the 2017 DepicT! call for entries is now officially open on  (entry deadline 3rd July).

  • LIVING U Dir: Ben Mankin | UK | 2016 1min 44 seconds Winner of The RPS Cinematography Award | WATCH the film
    In a run-down doctor’s waiting room… What lies beneath?
  • IMPACTS U Dir: Petra Balekic | Croatia | 2016 | 1 min 44 seconds Winner of Main DepicT! Award & Random Acts Special Mention |  WATCH the film
    What happens norms are broken by individuals?
  • PIG DREAM 15 Dir: Lee Charlish | UK | 2016 | 1 min 45 seconds DepicT! British Special Mention | WATCH the film
    Monsters don’t live under your bed; they live inside your head.
  • RUN BOY PG Dir: Meg Bagadion | Philippines | 2016 | 1 min 44 seconds  Winner of The DepicT! Audience Award | WATCH the film
    A missing toy throws a boy into a tantrum that changes his life.

How to book the free short films

To book the films, fill in this (very) short online form. For those of you that organise short film nights, note that the full 2016 shortlist and Best of DepicT! is available for bookings on DVD.

Dig into the archive and contact Clare Leczycki at Watershed if you’d like a specific selection of short films to screen.