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Encounters Film Festival Bristol

Encounters Film Festival
The Station
Silver Street
BS1 2AG Bristol
United Kingdom
phone +44 117 929 9188
email: submissions@encounters.film

Rich Warren, Alice Cabanas

Animation Programmer
Kieran Argo

Year of Foundation 1996

Event Date from 18 September 2021 till 26 September 2021

Event Date

in Bristol, United Kingdom

International Competition

Sections International Short Film Competition, Animation Short Film Competition, Artists' Programs, Comedy Programs, Children's Films, Music Videos, Retrospectives, Special Events and Industry Events (opportunities for filmmakers and industry professionals to get together)

Category Short, Student Film

Terms of Entry Films must have been completed after 1st January 2019 with a maximum duration of 30 minutes including credits

Genre Drama, Comedy, Children & Youth, Animation, Documentary Films, Experimental

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format DCP

Registration Deadline Regular: 29 March 2021
Late: 31 May 2021
Final: 14 June 2021

Fees Regular: Euro 22,50; Late: Euro 28,-; Final: Euro 45,-

Attendance Figures 5,000

Participants of the Film Industry impressive selection of UK film industry from the world of shorts and animation, including Aardman (based in Bristol), as well as distributors, exhibitors, filmmakers and producers

Prizes/Awards Animated Encounters Grand Prix (Euro 2,000)
Animated Encounters European New Talent Award (Euro 1,000)
Animated Encounters British Award (GBP 1,000)
Brief Encounters Grand Prix (Euro 2,000)
Brief Encounters New Talent Award (Euro 1,000)
Brief Encounters British Award (GBP 1,000)
Audience Award (Euro 500)
Documentary Award (Euro 500)
Music Video Award (Euro 500)
Children's Jury Award (GBP 500)
Nomination Cartoon d'Or
EFA Award (Nomination for the European Film Award)

German Films


International Animation Film Competition
ALTÖTTING by Andreas Hykade
THE BIG APPLE by Igor Bastidas (US/DE)
FRIENDS by Florian Grolig
FROM OVER HERE by Patrick Buhr
GRAVEDAD by Matisse Gonzalez

International Live Action Competition
BATTLEFIELD by Jannis Lenz (AT/DE)
FRAGMANTS by Neozoon

Youth Jury

DepicT! Competition
SUPER (8) SKATE by Jonas Erler, Marian Röder

Queer Vision Presents: Best of Iris Prize 2019
ZEBRA by Julia Ocker

Shades of Protest – New Short Films from Palestine
MARADONA’S LEGS by Firas Khoury (DE/PS)

European Short Films Audience Award
REVOLVO by Francy Fabritz

European Film Academy Shorts on Tour
BLACK SUN by Arda Çiltepe (DE/TR)
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT by Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani (DE/IT)
OSLO by Shady Srour (DE/IL)2019

Number of Films Shown about 190 films from 30 different countries

Media Coverage good media coverage in the national and regional press

Specific Characteristics The winner of the short film competition automatically qualifies for the OSCAR competition for the Best Short Film. The jury nominates a short film from the international competition for the European Film Awards.

Evaluation The leading competitive short film festival in the UK; strong film industry focus, good prizes for international shorts. It combines extensive film exhibition, including a range of premieres and new talent from all over the globe, with education and training from respected industry professionals and an array of special events and parties. The Encounters Short Film Festival is also the place to discover talented new filmmakers and meet key people from the film industry.

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