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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 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:

Enter your film online via

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.

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Celebrating its 17th
year, Encounters Bristol International Film Festival is now the leading
UK gateway to the world’s most prestigious short
film and animation awards including the Academy Awards®, the BAFTAs, the
European Film Awards and the Cartoon d’Or. One of the best-known showcases and
meeting points for emerging talent, the festival seeks to promote the short
form as a means to develop and progress the next generation of filmmakers and


The 2011 festival will be held between Wednesday
16 – Sunday 20 November in
Bristol, UK.


Submissions for this year’s festival are now open
and run until
Thursday 30 June 2011. The
final, selected films for competition will be divided into the three festival strands;
Animated Encounters, dedicated to
showcasing short animated films, Brief
which provides a platform for both live action and animated
short films, and DepicT!, the
competition for 90 second short films.
Under 21s are also invited to submit shorts under 5mins into Electric
December part of Fresh Flix,
Encounters’ young people’s showcase from June onwards.


accept short films 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, and does NOT have a premiere policy.


enhance the festival experience, and to encourage you to submit digitally, we
have teamed up with Vast Blue to
power this year’s submissions. With Vast Blue, the festival is now able to
provide a streamline submission process, and offer an advanced, online
experience to Delegates through the onsite and Online Digital Viewing Library.


films submitted to the festival are entered into the Online Digital Viewing
library in-situ at the festival, offering more than 1000 films to all
delegates’, buyers, distributors, programmers and press during the festival.
Additionally, all films programmed within the competitive screenings will be
available to delegates online in a video-on-demand short film service for a
period of time after the festival.


Award Entry Type


Digital Entry


All Competitions

April 4 – 30 June



European Newcomer Award

April 4 – 30 June



Individual costs equate to the administration time associated to each

Upload your film online and save at least £5 off
the submission fee. The festival is also offering reduced fees for multiple
film entries for those entering more than three films please contact Programme
Coordinator, Rich Warren [link to].


Key Dates

4 Apr 2011              -        Submission
window opens

June                 -        Electric December submissions open via

30 Jun 2011             -        Submission
window closes

22 Aug 2011            -        Filmmakers

5 Sept 2011                      DepicT! Deadline- Free
submission, upload at

23 Sep 2011            -        Programme

Nov 2011        -        Encounters International Film Festival 2011


to see the awards up for grabs, submission criteria and how to enter your film.
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For more information on Vast Blue who are powering
this years submissions visit


DepicT!- Can you do it in 90 seconds?

DepicT! is our super-short filmmaking
competition that challenges filmmakers on any budget from anywhere in the world
to create tiny gems of under 90 seconds. Depict accepts films that are a minute
and a half or under and are distinctive, imaginative and engaging.

A Watershed project (Open 27th
April – 5th September)


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About Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival

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(Encounters International Film Festival)

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