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
The festival has selected over 250 titles, from a huge 3000+ submissions, to be part of this year’s digital festival.
Your £10 Digital Festival Pass will give you access to our festival programme for the entire 3-week duration of the festival (18th September - 11th October 2020), unlocking a world of international short film, and much more.
The majority of the competition films are available to view internationally, with the exception of a handful of films which are not available to view outside of the UK due to distributions rights.
2019 Festival Coverage
2018 Festival News (25-30/9/18)
2020 Call for Entries (Archive)
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.