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Encounters Film Festival stages one of the world’s leading international competitions for short film, animation and immersive moving image work. The international competition is an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards; the Academy Awards®, BAFTAs and the European Film Awards.
Our mission is to provide an international platform for new and emerging talent in filmmaking. For over a quarter of a century Encounters Film Festival has welcomed guests from all around the world, connecting filmmakers with the wider industry, our wonderful audiences and, of course, each other.
2020 Festival Coverage
Coronavirus response: Festival Statement
After a great deal of consideration, and in consultation with our partners, sponsors and funders, we have come to the decision that this year’s festival cannot take its usual physical form. Instead we have an opportunity to put all our energy into crafting an alternative vision of the festival, one that places its complete focus on the films and filmmakers in competition, with the International Competition taking place online.
Our mission is to provide an international platform for new and emerging talent in filmmaking. For over a quarter of a century Encounters Film Festival has welcomed guests from all around the world, connecting filmmakers with the wider industry, our wonderful audiences and, of course, each other. “The new virtual format of Encounters will continue to provide a platform for new and emerging talent and will deliver the same exceptional programme of international short films, animation, masterclasses, panel discussions as well as the networking opportunities that has historically been one of Encounters main attractions” Encounters’ Festival Director, Rich Warren.
The festival would like to reassure filmmakers that all films selected to screen in competition at Encounters online this September, will still be eligible to be nominated for the European Film Awards, and the BAFTAs and the Animated and Brief Encounters Grand Prix winners will still qualify for The Academy Awards. The films will still be judged by a jury of film industry professionals who we will announce in due course.
The closure of UK cultural venues will impact on the creative sector and Encounters is keen to support their recovery once the current restrictions are lifted, by helping to rebuild audiences with a host of reactive Encounters events across the year in collaboration with our regular venues, partners and peers.
We believe that we can create an important platform for the films and filmmakers selected in competition this year, and we look forward to our international audiences continuing this journey with us.
Take care & stay safe.
Rich Warren, Festival Director and the Encounters team.
2020 Call for Entries
Encounters Festivals Ltd is a not for profit registered charity that delivers the annual festival and all other yearly activity under the Encounters banner. The 2020 festival takes place in Bristol, UK, between 19 – 26 September.
The festival is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work from low to high budgets.
We invite you to submit your Live Action and Animation shorts into our International Competitions, we accept films across all genres including – horror, drama, comedy, experimental and all submissions must be under 30 minutes long.
Films must have been completed after 1st January 2019 with a maximum duration of 30 minutes including credits.
Awards & Prizes
International Grand Prix:
- Brief Encounters Grand Prix for live action shorts
- Animated Encounters Grand Prix for animated shorts
- Immersive Encounters Grand Prix
The Grand Prix winners are considered to be the best in their category by our international jury.
The winning Brief Encounters and Animated Encounters films are both eligible for Academy Awards® nominations and each receive a £2000 cash prize.
The Immersive Encounters Grand Prix has a cash prize of £2000.
Best of British Awards:
- Best of British Live Action Award
- Best of British Animation Award
These awards are offered to the British films judged to be the best in all areas of production, direction and story: £1,000 cash prize.
Further prizes include:
UK AUDIENCE AWARD, INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE AWARD, UK STUDENT AWARD, DEAF SHORTS AWARD, CHILDREN’S JURY AWARD, YOUTH JURY AWARD, UNCHOSEN AWARD : Each of which receive a £500 cash prize.
2019 Festival Coverage
2018 Festival News (25-30/9/18)