Encounters Festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, and continues to be a unique meeting place for the industry.
From a one-off celebration to mark the centenary of cinema, to an international success story, Encounters provides an international platform for celebrating talent and innovation in short film, animation and virtual reality. Encounters is proud to be based in Bristol, UNESCO City of Film.
The jam-packed programme in September presents a diverse selection of short film screenings, features, special guests, Q&As and headline events, alongside an intensive industry event programme with high level masterclasses and workshops.
At the heart of the festival lies the Encounters international competition – one of the world’s leading international competitions for short film, animation and virtual reality, and also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards; the Academy Awards®, BAFTAs, BIFAs and the European Film Awards.
Connecting industry and audiences, the festival celebrates the creativity, diversity and the impact of short film.
So whether you are a filmmaker looking to launch or develop your career, an industry professional wanting to stay abreast of what’s new, or a film lover wanting to soak up the festival atmosphere by watching great films and special events, come along to the next festival for a truly inspiring week of short film celebration!
Encounters Film Festival is a member of the Alliance of British Animation Exhibitors. promoting UK talent through curated screenings at home and overseas to increase the visibility and recognition of UK animation talent.