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Lee Charlish
CREDIT: Lee Charlish

#Shortitout Encounters & BFI Network short film competition

Closes: 4 June

#shortitout was launched to encourage creative film responses, of 90 seconds or under, to the current challenging situation.

Many people now have access to basic filmmaking equipment in their mobile phones, so this could be the perfect time to have a go at DIY short filmmaking or perhaps reworking an existing film.

Anyone of any level can enter. Just create your short film and share it to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the #shortitout hashtag.

Some of the most innovative and original films will also be presented on the #shortitout online hub (and in the case of UK films on BFI Player and go on to be held in the BFI National Archive).

Those who enter are also encouraged to submit their creation for free via filmfreeway into Watershed’s annual Depict short film competition to be in for a chance of being showcased at the forthcoming edition of the Encounters festival and win some great cash prizes, exposure and mentoring.

Over the next few months, Encounters Film Festival and Watershed are teaming up with BFI NETWORK and partners such as BAFTA, Channel 4, Into Film and BBC Creative to bring you a whole range of opportunities. To learn more and discover free resources specifically aimed at DIY home filmmaking at