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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 


Call for Submissions 2012 - NEW DEADLINE 8 JUNE



The Encounters team couldn't help getting a little
distracted by the
Jubilee bank holiday celebrations which took place in the
UK during the last few days. As we wouldn't want
anyone to miss out, we've decided to give a few extra days for you to submit
your films to us. Y
ou can now submit until 5pm on
Friday 8 June.



Encounters is one of the best-known showcases and
networking events for emerging film talent
. The festival's international juries discern a whole host of
awards, and we are also the leading
UK gateway to the world’s most prestigious short
film and animation accolades: the
Cartoon D’Or, European Film Awards
, and Oscars®!

To complete the submissions
process, you must first register your film on the Reelport platform and then
submit it to the Encounters call for entries. If you experience any problems
submitting your film you may find the
Submission Guide
within the FAQ's useful.

Short films and animations are eligible from
all over the world, completed from
1 Jan 2011, under 30 minutes in length from every genre. There
are discounts for multiple submissions (please contact
All entries will be made
available for festival delegates at the festival and online via our
Digital Viewing Library.


The 2012 festival will be held between Tuesday 18
– 23 September 2012 in


your film via
and visit the website to find out the awards up for grabs and submission
criteria. 2012 submissions are powered by Reelport.


DepicT! – Can you do it in 90 seconds?

Enter for free via
submit at
to be eligible for all competitions.
(Deadline 9th July). A Watershed project
part of Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival.



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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