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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 - Industry Highlight

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The Big Thinking Short Film Festival - Industry Highlight




The Bristol Encounters International Film Festival
returns this November to showcase the best short
film and animation talent around. The festival
will showcase 180 new films from emerging and established talent from 31
countries in competition across strands Animated and Brief Encounters. The
festival will feature special guests including artist and director Sam
Taylor-Wood (Nowhere Boy), Director Bruce
Robinson (Withnail & I, The Rum Diary)
and animator John K (The Ren & Stimpy
) plus more.

With over 600 delegates attending from all over the
world, the festival hosts a series of industry focused activities throughout
the week, from panels to masterclasses, workshops and networking opportunities.

for the full festival programme, Delegate Passes, tickets and more.

New to 2011, Encounters introduces Brief Exchange (Wed 16 – Fri 18 Nov), an opportunity for industry delegates to
discuss the latest debates and future trends across subjects ranging from
Future of Short Film (Wed 16 Nov), Future of Cinema (Thu 17 Nov) and Future Encounters (Fri 18 Nov). Each event
will start with a networking breakfast, followed by a key note speech led by the
chair of the day including
(British Council Film department), Paul Appleby (Director
of VID) and
Films). (Free for delegates on a first
come first served basis.)


in cinematography this year include; Red
Cam Workshop
(£40, Wed 16 Nov & Thus 17 Nov) with esteemed Director of
Terry Flaxton who
will give an insight into
cinematography through the red one camera; 3D
Introductory Workshop
, an introduction to stereo vision and 3D filmmaking
(£40, Sat 19 Nov); NFTS Presents: A
Cinematography Masterclass
with Brian Tufano (Trainspotting) and Stuart Harris (Wetherby) (included in Delegate Pass or £6 full / £5 conc, Wed 16


London Film Academy presents: Acting for
Directors Workshops,
two practical introductory workshops in
acting for directors and directors in training (included in Delegate Pass or
£10, Fri 18 Nov).


Animation workshops include; Aardman, Model-Making and Rapid-Prototyping (Included in Delegate
Pass or £10, Thu 17 Nov) which will
focus on model
production techniques including the use of the latest modelling technology
Rapid Prototyping (RP).


case study studio profiles include;
Cartoon Saloon
(included in Delegate Pass or £6 full / £5 conc, Fri 18 Nov) where Tomm Moore, Creative Director will presents an insight into one of
Ireland’s leading animation companies; Creative Director Philip Hunt presents
an insight into the prestigious work from Studio AKA famous for
advertising campaigns such as the popular Lloyds TSB commercials to Orange and
BMW plus a number of BAFTA award winning short films (
included in
Delegate Pass or
£6 full / £5 conc, Thu 17 Nov).

UKTI presents two
events with expert industry panellists from the international animation sector
discussing Creativity & Technique - How to Bridge the European Gap (Wed 16
Nov) and the Building Blocks of Pre-School Animation (Fri 18 Nov) with speakers
such as
 Dimitri Granovskyi, (L'Ecole Georges Méliès) , Eric Riewer, (Gobelins,
l’école de l’image) ,
 Dave Ingham (Writer: Charlie & Lola, Shaun the Sheep), David Hodgson (Owner of Pesky) plus more (included
in Delegate Pass or £6 full, £5 conc).





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