An update from the DepicT! 2014 winner Daniel Chisholm.

DepicT!, the short film-making competition run in partnership with the Watershed as part of the Encounters Film Festival, challenges film-makers working on any budget with any level of experience to create a short-film within the space of a minute and a half. The team at DepicT! caught up with this year's winner Daniel Chisholm, who gives us an update two months subsequent to winning his award, and on his progress with the production of his first feature length film.

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Now over to you Daniel,

“It’s been over a month since winning the two DepicT! prizes (DepicT! Special Mention and DepicT! Shooting People Award) and I’m still buzzing from the festival – what an amazing experience! The festival was awash with great films, interesting and friendly people, and a brilliant pioneering spirit. I’ll definitely be back for more next year!

In the meantime of course, reality has kicked in again, with lots of low-budget corporates and teaching at film-school to pay the bills taking up most of my time.

I’m very excited that I am going to meet my hero and director of such great films as Warrior and Senna, Asif Kapadia, through BAFTA, as part of the DepicT! Special Mention prize. I will definitely report back on how that goes.

Also, winning at DepicT! will hopefully help me get accredited for the Berlinale, where I hope to make more contacts and do some more much-needed networking.

In the meantime, I continue to put any free time into the feature version of the film I submitted at DepicT!, Nati – it’s slow going, but great fun! The characters are unique and there are some brilliant moments in the footage we have shot so far. Now it’s all about condensing the footage I have so far and deciding what to shoot on the next trip to Italy. I feel really privileged that I can take my time over this project and really delve deep into the interesting stories of these people who live such hard, yet rich lives. I can’t wait to go back!

While editing the long version of the project, the idea is to do a series of portraits of the individual characters in the film, similar to that of Nati. Who knows, maybe one of them will make it into next year’s DepicT! or even the competition proper at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival…

One of the farmers I am interviewing in Liguria is Alessio. He loves to talk about his olive trees and nearly gave me a heart-attack when he climbed a really tall one without a harness or any other safety features! And this is an octogenarian! I think he will probably feature in one of the portraits in the run-up to releasing the feature-length film.

Right, time to get back to the edit – I will be back to give another report in a couple months!”

Interview courtesy of

Have a watch of Daniel’s winning short film


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