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Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival


Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (18 - 23 September 2012) is the umbrella title for two of the UK's leading film festivals Brief Encounters and Animated Encounters, with a host of cross-over attractions, at venues in and around the Harbourside area of Bristol, UK. 

The longest-running festival in the partnership began life in 1995 as Brief Encounters - originally envisioned as a ‘one-off' event, to mark the centenary of cinema. It proved so popular that it is now an annual attraction - expanding year on year and acknowledged internationally as one of the world's most respected celebrations of short film.

In 2001, the short film festival was joined by Animated Encounters - celebrating and showcasing the productions, talent, creativity, technology and skills that make animation such a popular and successful film form worldwide. It too, has enjoyed a rapid rise to global prominence, as is demonstrated by its status as the UK's representative for the prestigious European Cartoon D'Or.

Originally these two festivals were held at separate times of the year, however, in 2006 the two events united under the Encounters Short Film Festival banner to record-breaking effect. This trend continued for the next 3 years with the festival growing from strength to strength with each annual event.

Highlights from recent editions of the festival included interviews with directors such as Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank), Bruce Robinson (The Rum Diary), Carol Morley (Dreams of a Life), and John K (The Ren and Stimpy Show).

This year the festival moves into it's new dates between 18 - 23 September 2012.

Submissions are open between 1 March - 6 June 2012.

The films selected for competition will be divided into the three festival strands; Animated Encounters (animation), Brief Encounters (live action) and DepicT!, the competition for 90 second short films (submit directly to depict.org for free entry only to this competition).

Under 21s can also submit shorts under 5mins into Electric December (deadline 28 September) part of Fresh Flix, Encounters’ young people’s showcase. FFI: http://www.electricdecember.org/

Enter your film online via www.reelport.com.

Encounters accept short films from all over the world completed from 1 Jan 2011, under 30 minutes in length from every genre: animation, live action drama, documentary, experimental and music video, and does NOT have a premiere policy. 

Encounters Festivals Ltd is a limited company and registered charity, managed by a board of trustees.

For more information visit www.encounters-festival.org.uk 


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LAST FEW DAYS TO SUBMIT TO ENCOUNTERS

ENCOUNTERSBRISTOL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL(16 – 20 NOVEMBER)
DEADLINE 30 JUNE

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There are onlya few days left to submit your short film or animation to the 17th EncountersBristol International Film Festival (16-20 November).

Submit by 30thJune for a chance to win over 10,000UKP worth of prizes, or a prestigious shortfilm award nomination (Academy Awards®, European Film Awards, BAFTAs, CartoonD'Or).

The festivalis offering heavy reductions for multiple submissions, please contact info@encounters-festival.org.ukASAP if you are interested in submitting more than one film.

SUBMIT NOW AT WWW.ENCOUNTERS-FESTIVAL.ORG.UK

Here are thefollowing awards and prizes available this year for competition strandsAnimated Encounters and Brief Encounters:

- 2 Grand prixAwards. Prize: 2,000UKP* (& Academy Award® short-listing)
- 2 European New Talent Awards, eligible to European Graduating films or firsttime European director credits. Prize: 1,000euro*
- 2 Best of British Awards. Prize: 1,000UKP* (all films qualify for BAFTA liveaction & animation awards)
- 2 Best of the South West Awards. Prize: 500UKP*
- A Documentary Award. Prize: 1,000UKP*
- An Experimental Award. Prize: 1,000UKP*
- A Children’s Jury Award. Prize: 500UKP*
- DepicT! Awards (details at www.depict.org)

Short filmsand animations are eligible from all over the world, completed from 1 Jan 2010,under 30 minutes in length from every genre (animation, live action drama,documentary, experimental and music video). The submission fee for a digitalentry is 20UKP, and for a DVD entry it is 25UKP.

Be part of oneof the UK's most prestigiouscelebrations of short film, and emerging talent.

Depict! Canyou do it in 90 seconds?
Free submission, upload at depict.org. (Deadline
5Sept 2011)
A Watershed project www.depict.org

*All cashprizes are up to the value of the amounts stated.

 

About Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival

Warren Rich
(Encounters International Film Festival)

The UK`s largest short film festival. 5 days of screenings, masterclasses, workshops, networking and socialising in one of the UK`s most beautiful cities.

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