Magazine article Screen International

Jury Service

Magazine article Screen International

Jury Service

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Bristol Encounters not only provides an increasingly important platform for short films, it also puts on a great party.

I've just come back from Bristol Encounters short film festival where I was sitting on the jury for its 90 second film competition DepicT!

As a jury virgin, I didn't know quite what to expect. It turned out to be a fascinating process, aided by my illustrious fellow jurors David Sproxton (co-founder and executive chairman of Aardman Animations), Christine Bardsley (head of film at the British Council), director Patrick Collerton (who is working on his first feature with writer Peter Straughan), Gina Fucci (Films at 59) and NFTS head Nik Powell who joined in the judging process via Skype.

Our jury discussion started out ever so amicably although things got slightly more heated when it came to picking a winner - a sign of the quality of the films in the competition, which ranged from an animation about magpies, to a contemporary drama set in a launderette to a ironic take on gun crime.

It was a tough job, but we got there in the end - our winning film was Nick Fogg's mini documentary Wake, which perfectly captured the spirit of its inspirational and feisty central character - an 87-year-old self confessed chain smoking adrenaline junkie called Liz who very sensibly decides to put on her own wake while she is still alive, so as not to miss out on the party.

The film was the first documentary to win the £1500 worth DepicT! …

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