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Electric December is a European-wide celebration and exchange of young peoples' filmmaking potential that takes the form of Watershed's online advent calendar, and has evolved from its beginnings in 1999 as a creative showcase of Bristol's media talent. Take your pick from thirteen years of digital delights.
Dec 1999 - present
Watershed has been producing Electric December, its annual online countdown calendar, aimed at filmmakers aged 21 and under, since 1999. Back then broadband was still in its infancy but Watershed recognised that the web had huge potential to be harnessed as a creative medium. Electric December was born and hasn’t looked back since.
It works just like a traditional countdown calendar – every day in the run-up to Christmas you open a virtual window, and behind it you discover a digital delight. Electric December started life as a festive pick 'n' mix, incorporating games, animations, films, and more. Now, the calendar focuses exclusively on films, showcasing drama, comedy, documentary, animation, experimental filmmaking, and just about everything else in-between!
Visitors to electricdecember.org aren’t the only people who have enjoyed this creative energy. Over the years Electric December has brokered many partnerships between digital artists and filmmakers with schools and community groups to produce the virtual gifts.
These partnerships have honed the skills of countless professionals and fostered an interest in the wonders of the web for the hundreds of people who have been involved in the making of Electric December. Connections have been made in both the real and the virtual worlds.
In 2008, its tenth year, Electric December showcased content from across Europe for the first time ever. Young people from Spain, Germany, Poland, France, the Netherlands, Lithuania and other regions of the UK made the 24 virtual treats.
Electric December has gone from being a showcase of talent from Bristol and the South West to a truly European celebration and exchange of young peoples’ ideas and filmmaking potential.
Electric December 2012 Celebrate the lead up to Christmas with a selection box of 24 cinematic treats made by young filmmakers.
Electric December 2011 Enjoy this delightful pick 'n' mix of filmic goodies, which includes animation, drama, comedy, documentary, fable, and the downright surreal!
Electric December 2010 Young people from across Bristol bid farewell the first decade of the 21st century with a brilliant selection of short films.
Electric December 2009 Electric December 2009 features an inspired selection of short films from young people across Europe.
Electric December 2008 In 2008 Electric December included for the first time films made by young people from across Europe.
Electric December 2007 In 2007, Electric December began its focus on films and animations made by young people from around the UK.
Electric December 2006 In 2006 makers took the theme of ‘wishing’ as inspiration to create a huge range of films, animations, games, and interactive pieces.
Electric December 2005 Contributors interpreted the theme of Connecting Bristol in response to the Government's Digital Challenge
Electric December 2004 In 2004, Electric December again spanned the South West reflecting the digital creativity and talent resident in the region.
Electric December 2003 Creatives, schools, artists and groups from Cornwall & Plymouth join with Bristol & Bath contributors to double the fun.
Electric December 2002 A diverse group who have joined together to produce 24 digital delights.
Electric December 2001 This year's contributors have each interpreted life in the city at a particular hour of the clock.
Electric December 2000 The 2000 calendar looks to 2001 and offers a taste of the future, anticipating the creative potential of broadband.
Electric December 1999 Electric December was launched in 1999 as a 31-day selection box of festive fun and 'virtual chocolates' - take a byte!