Electric December 2011

About Electric December 2011

Now in its thirteenth year, Electric December is an annual short film competition for young people run by Watershed in Bristol, UK. 24 highly original short films have been selected to make up the online countdown calendar, which can be watched and enjoyed on this site. You could find yourself in an animated Bangladeshi folktale, a Bristol boxing gym, drifting in the clouds with a caterpillar or back at school in a detention with a difference.

Once again Watershed has co-curated Electric December with young people from Bristol. The enthusiasm and hardwork of BTEC media students from Fairfield High School and Redland Green has played a pivotal role in making this year’s showcase a success.

The students have been involved in shooting photographs for this year’s website with acclaimed photographer Kirsty Mackay (blog), designing promotional materials, organising and hosting a high profile launch night on the 1st December 2011 and taking part in the judging panel with the help of students from Henbury and Katharine Lady Berkeley's School.

You can read more about the student’s involvement on the Electric Ambassadors Blog.

Fairfield High School's Media Studies teacher, Andy Gove, says:
“It’s wonderful to see two diverse groups of students from different schools pull together to produce a creative project like this. They have really been inspired by working with Watershed – it’s incredible what can be achieved when working in partnership with media professionals. This invaluable experience generated by Fairfield’s ongoing partnership with Watershed has again allowed our young people to be involved with producing a real live industry event.”

Award Winners

Special Recognition Award

Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol.

Award for most imaginative film - Wallmation.

Made by young people from Fairbridge West with Suited and Booted. Funded by Mediabox. Award sponsored by BFI

Award for best film made by under 10s - Cloud Jumper

Made by Royd Infant School, Sheffield. Funded by First Light. Award sponsored by Film Club

Award for best live action film - Beloved

Made by young people from the South West including Bath College and Bristol College, who worked with Suited and Booted. Funded by First Light. Award sponsored by BFI and Clockwise Media

Award for best animation - Zero G

Made by Sam Renton and James Wilkinson Award sponsored by Aardman Animations

Award for best music - Tick Tock

Made by young people in Bristol with Fast Forward through the Short Cuts programme. Funded by First Light. Award sponsored by Watershed.


Established in 1999, Electric December sought to facilitate partnerships between local community and education groups in Bristol and professional media companies to produce new pieces of creative work for the web. You can see the past twelve years of Electric December offerings in the archive section of this site.


Watershed has a Statement of Commitments for its web sites, which sets out its commitments to and from contributors and users of this site.


The 2011 press page includes press images and press contact details.