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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:

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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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The big thinking short film festival (The Guardian)

 Bristol’s big celebration of short film returns this November, showcasing the best animation and live action talent from around the world. This year the five day festival will feature special programmes from Bristol to Brazil; a series of focused symposiums on future ideas and future trends with industry specialists; an animation profile with Studio AKA, the creators behind the Loyds TSB campaigns; 3D and RED Camera workshops plus much more. With free events and stellar guests including Francine Stock, presenter of Radio Four’s The Film Programme presented by The Festival of Ideas, there’s something for everyone this year at Encounters Film Festival. The full festival programme, delegate registration and online ticket sales will be available from 4 October. For more information visit Find us on Facebook and Twitter @EncountersSFF #ENC2011


Encounters Bristol International Film Festival is the umbrella festival for Animated Encounters and Brief Encounters which together presents one of the world’s best-known showcases and meeting points for new and established international short and animation film talent. Encounters is the longest running competitive short film festival in the country, and is now the leading UK gateway to the world’s most prestigious short film awards including Academy Awards®, BAFTAs, Cartoon d’Or and the European Film Awards. Encounters seeks to promote the importance of short film as a means to develop and progress the next generation of UK film and animation talent. The 2011 festival takes place in Bristol, UK, between 16 – 20 November. The festival is funded by the BFI, Bristol City Council and South West Screen.Encounters Festivals Ltd operates as an independent company and is a registered charity.


General Prices (unless otherwise stated). Tickets will be available on sale from 4 October 2011.Screenings before 16:00 £5/£4 conc.Screenings after 16:00 £7/5.50 conc.Panels & Masterclasses £6/5 conc.Delegate Passes are also available from


To book tickets in person, or by phone, contact the venue:Brief Encounters: Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX. Tel: 0117 929 7501Animated Encounters: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA. Tel: 0117 917 2300. All venues are fully accessible.

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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