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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.

For more information visit 


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Sponsored by Yousendit Now in its 16th year, Encounters Short Film Festival (16 – 21 November 2009) has become known world-wide for the extraordinary community of filmmakers it attracts, and for the quality and scope of its programming. This celebrated event is the largest festival of its kind in the UK, showcasing over 300 international short films each year.  

Submissions for this year’s festival (16 – 21 November 2010) are now open and run until Wednesday 30 June 2010.  This year sees the return of Animated Encounters with the competition programmes being divided into Brief Encounters (all short film, including animation) and Animated Encounters (animation only). 

Encounters accept films completed from 1 Jan 2009 and less than 30 minutes in length of every genre: animation, live action drama, documentary, experimental and music video and does NOT have a premiere policy.  <br>In an attempt to go green and reduce the amount of DVD’s submitted, Encounters have once again teamed up with YouSendIt to offer the opportunity to upload your film and save at least £5 of the submission fee.  We are also offering reduced fees for early bird entries and multiple film entries.  


Entry Type
Digital Entry

19th April – 31st May

1st June – 30th June

1st July – 9th July

The Individual costs equate to the administration time behind the submission.


All films submitted to the festival are entered into the HP Digital Viewing library offering more than 1000 films for on demand viewing available to all delegates’, buyers, distributors, programmers and press throughout the festival.  

Key Dates

19 Apr 2010             -        Submission window opens (early bird prices apply)

1 Jun 2010              -        Standard entry fee now applicable

30 Jun 2010             -        Submission window closes

31 Aug 2010            -        Filmmakers notified of their selection

6 Sept 2010                      DepicT! Deadline- Free submission, upload at

30 Sep 2010            -        Programme Announced

16-21 Nov 2010        -        Encounters International Film Festival 2010

Visit to see the awards up for grabs, submission criteria and how to enter your film. Sign up to the Encounters newsletter for the latest on Encounters events.

For more information about the upload service 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

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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