Encounters Film Festival

Encounters Film Festival Encounters Film Festival is the UK’s foremost short film and animation festival, providing a notable international platform for new and emerging talent in the film industry.

Encounters Festivals Ltd offers a unique chance for the brightest emerging filmmaking talent from around the world to showcase their work to international audiences.

Encounters Festivals Ltd offers a unique chance for the brightest emerging filmmaking talent from around the world to showcase their work to international audiences.

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As we celebrate another successful digital festival edition and launch plans for 2022, we are delighted to welcome our n...
12/11/2021

As we celebrate another successful digital festival edition and launch plans for 2022, we are delighted to welcome our new Head of Programming, Ren Scateni, and Marketing & Communications Manager, Lucy Barnes.

📢 Read the full announcement > https://www.encounters.film/news

As we celebrate another successful digital festival edition and launch plans for 2022, we are delighted to welcome our new Head of Programming, Ren Scateni, and Marketing & Communications Manager, Lucy Barnes.

📢 Read the full announcement > https://www.encounters.film/news

🥁 Introducing today's film from the DepicT! archive...Gaia // Brenda Ximena & Roldan RomeroGaia stands for 'Mother Earth...
02/11/2021

🥁 Introducing today's film from the DepicT! archive...

Gaia // Brenda Ximena & Roldan Romero

Gaia stands for 'Mother Earth'; a social tribute for those animals lost in the Australian bush fires 🐨💔

Watch > https://www.depict.org/2020/gaia/?category_request=2020

#COP26

🥁 Introducing today's film from the DepicT! archive...

Gaia // Brenda Ximena & Roldan Romero

Gaia stands for 'Mother Earth'; a social tribute for those animals lost in the Australian bush fires 🐨💔

Watch > https://www.depict.org/2020/gaia/?category_request=2020

#COP26

On 6th Nov, while the world meets at the #COP26 climate talks, we’ll be joining the Global Day of Action for Climate Jus...
01/11/2021

On 6th Nov, while the world meets at the #COP26 climate talks, we’ll be joining the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice. Bristol joins movements from across the world to build power for system change 🌍🌱

✊ Workers strike on Fri 5 Nov #FridaysForFuture
✊ March on Sat 6 Nov - https://fb.me/e/L7ykeH7k

Keep an eye on our socials every day this week as we'll be sharing a special selection of films from our DepicT! archive, all of which shine a unique light on the climate crisis.

On 6th Nov, while the world meets at the #COP26 climate talks, we’ll be joining the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice. Bristol joins movements from across the world to build power for system change 🌍🌱

✊ Workers strike on Fri 5 Nov #FridaysForFuture
✊ March on Sat 6 Nov - https://fb.me/e/L7ykeH7k

Keep an eye on our socials every day this week as we'll be sharing a special selection of films from our DepicT! archive, all of which shine a unique light on the climate crisis.

Congratulations to all of this year’s incredible DepicT! award winners! 👏🏆Filmmakers from Argentina, Brazil, Wales and E...
07/10/2021

Congratulations to all of this year’s incredible DepicT! award winners! 👏🏆

Filmmakers from Argentina, Brazil, Wales and England all picked up Awards at #Depict21 - an excellent finale to this year's festival.

Find out more > https://www.depict.org/2021/depict-2021-winners-announced/

Congratulations to all of this year’s incredible DepicT! award winners! 👏🏆

Filmmakers from Argentina, Brazil, Wales and England all picked up Awards at #Depict21 - an excellent finale to this year's festival.

Find out more > https://www.depict.org/2021/depict-2021-winners-announced/

🎬 WE'RE HIRING 🎬We’re looking for an organised and creative Assistant Producer to join our team!The role is available fo...
06/10/2021

🎬 WE'RE HIRING 🎬

We’re looking for an organised and creative Assistant Producer to join our team!

The role is available for young people who are aged 16-24 claiming Universal Credit and eligible for Kickstart.

Applications close Monday 18 October, 5PM.

Find out more and apply > https://www.encounters.film/opportunities

🎬 WE'RE HIRING 🎬

We’re looking for an organised and creative Assistant Producer to join our team!

The role is available for young people who are aged 16-24 claiming Universal Credit and eligible for Kickstart.

Applications close Monday 18 October, 5PM.

Find out more and apply > https://www.encounters.film/opportunities

Where do we begin? WHAT A MONTH. It's been a crazy, beautiful ride and we couldn't be more grateful. Special thanks go t...
01/10/2021

Where do we begin? WHAT A MONTH. It's been a crazy, beautiful ride and we couldn't be more grateful. Special thanks go to;

BFI, Bristol City Council, ScreenSkills, all members of the Jury, the team behind this year's online event (we did it!) and, of course, to the filmmakers. You blew our minds, yet again.

And, thanks to YOU. We may not have been able to gather in person (missed you Watershed 😘) but the sense of community from this little bunch of film-lovers was still very much there. Thank you! 😊 😊 😊

Where do we begin? WHAT A MONTH. It's been a crazy, beautiful ride and we couldn't be more grateful. Special thanks go to;

BFI, Bristol City Council, ScreenSkills, all members of the Jury, the team behind this year's online event (we did it!) and, of course, to the filmmakers. You blew our minds, yet again.

And, thanks to YOU. We may not have been able to gather in person (missed you Watershed 😘) but the sense of community from this little bunch of film-lovers was still very much there. Thank you! 😊 😊 😊

👏SPECIAL MENTION👏Drum roll please...the most special of mentions go to: Animated Encounters Grand Prix: Granny's Sexual ...
30/09/2021

👏SPECIAL MENTION👏

Drum roll please...the most special of mentions go to:

Animated Encounters Grand Prix: Granny's Sexual Life // Urska Djukic & Emilie Pigeard

Animated Encounters Grand Prix: Mad in Xpain // Coke Rioboo

Brief Encounters Grand Prix: Squish // Xavier Seron

Brief Encounters Best of British Award: Staying (Aros Mae) // Zillah Bowes

UK Student Award: Culling // Matty Crawford

UK Student Award: The Dragon Head Tree // Jiaqi Wang

UK Student Award: Silvering // Eilidh Nicoll

'When the programme is as good as this, it almost didn’t matter if we were watching them in-person or at home.'Thanks to...
29/09/2021

'When the programme is as good as this, it almost didn’t matter if we were watching them in-person or at home.'

Thanks to @BFINetwork for the deep dive into all things Encounters Fim Festival 2021. One more day to go folks! Plenty of time to delve into many, many new worlds (via your telly).

https://network.bfi.org.uk/news-and-features/industry-insights/festival-report-encounters-film-festival-2021

'When the programme is as good as this, it almost didn’t matter if we were watching them in-person or at home.'

Thanks to @BFINetwork for the deep dive into all things Encounters Fim Festival 2021. One more day to go folks! Plenty of time to delve into many, many new worlds (via your telly).

https://network.bfi.org.uk/news-and-features/industry-insights/festival-report-encounters-film-festival-2021

BFI Film Academy LABS: Break Into Film: Find Your Route into the Screen Industries in the South West 👉The Film & TV Indu...
29/09/2021

BFI Film Academy LABS: Break Into Film:
Find Your Route into the Screen Industries in the South West

👉The Film & TV Industry is a complicated place; it’s difficult to know where to start, especially when you live outside of London or see few people like yourself in those dream job roles.

👉In this the first of our South West LABS sessions we will explore the routes into the Film & TV industry, with a focus on opportunities in the South West and Bristol that are up for grabs right now.

Hosted by Miky King – Assistant Producer at @FiveMilesFilms

Special Guests:
Stacey Olika - Creative Diversity Coordinator at Channel 4
Natalie Moore - Senior Film Officer at @BristolUNESCOCity of Film / @BristolFilmOffice
Mel Rodrigues - Founder & Creative Director at @GrittyTalent

https://www.encounters.film/break-into-film

BFI Film Academy LABS: Break Into Film:
Find Your Route into the Screen Industries in the South West

👉The Film & TV Industry is a complicated place; it’s difficult to know where to start, especially when you live outside of London or see few people like yourself in those dream job roles.

👉In this the first of our South West LABS sessions we will explore the routes into the Film & TV industry, with a focus on opportunities in the South West and Bristol that are up for grabs right now.

Hosted by Miky King – Assistant Producer at @FiveMilesFilms

Special Guests:
Stacey Olika - Creative Diversity Coordinator at Channel 4
Natalie Moore - Senior Film Officer at @BristolUNESCOCity of Film / @BristolFilmOffice
Mel Rodrigues - Founder & Creative Director at @GrittyTalent

https://www.encounters.film/break-into-film

Animated Encounters Grand Prix Winner 2021Farce Directed by Robin JensenWe said: 'This animated curiosity beckons the vi...
28/09/2021
Encounters Film Festival - Animated Encounters Grand Prix 2021

Animated Encounters Grand Prix Winner 2021

Farce Directed by Robin Jensen

We said: 'This animated curiosity beckons the viewer with cutout eyes blankly looking down the camera lens. A farm, animals, a gentle, meek man who watches over his herd of reindeer - so far so family-friendly. Soon though, director Robin Jensen undercuts cuteness with gore.'

A Sami man ends up in greedy and decadent claws as he tries to save both his reindeer herd and the woman he desires. An awful fable about fatal passion.

https://vimeo.com/613622502

Animated Encounters Grand Prix // Farce // Directed by Robin Jensen

27/09/2021
Winner of Best of British Live Action and Audience Award: Hanging On by Alfie Barker

*DOUBLE-WIN*
Best of British Live Action & Audience Award

~ Hanging On // Directed by Alfie Barker ~

"Set in Oulton, Leeds, an old coal-mining community of over 60 houses still stand. Originally made as temporary council housing, but sold onto private investors, they now sit with the threat of demolition, displacing a large number of residents."

Catch this, and a whole load of jaw-dropping short films: https://www.encounters.film/film-festival-2021

🥁Drum roll please! Introducing the winners of Encounters Film Festival 2021...Best of British Live Action Award: Hanging...
25/09/2021

🥁Drum roll please! Introducing the winners of Encounters Film Festival 2021...

Best of British Live Action Award: Hanging on ~ Alfie Barker
Best of British Animation Award: Eating in the Dark ~ Inari Sirola
Children's Jury Award: A Tiny Tale ~ Sylvain Cuvillier, Chloe Bourdic, Theophile Coursimault, Noemie Halberstam, Maylis Mosny, Zijing Ye
UK Audience Award: Hanging On ~ Alfie Barker
International Audience Award: Store Policy ~ Sarah Arnold
UK Student Award: Precious Bundle ~ Kim Angelica Head
Animated Encounters Grand Prix: Farce ~ Robin Jensen
Brief Encounters Grand Prix: Zonder Meer ~ Meltse Van Coillie

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR FILMMAKERS, YOU'RE THE BEST!

https://www.encounters.film/award-winners-2021

The winner of Brief Encounters Grand Prix is...Zonder Meer ~ Meltse Van Coillie"Through its square frame, Zonder Meer in...
24/09/2021

The winner of Brief Encounters Grand Prix is...

Zonder Meer ~ Meltse Van Coillie

"Through its square frame, Zonder Meer invites us to delve deep in a world of sensations, where the underwater sounds immediately place us in a summer-y mood. But despite this soft bucolic atmosphere, but from the very beginning we can sense that something deeper is hiding."

https://www.encounters.film/zonder-meer

The winner of Brief Encounters Grand Prix is...

Zonder Meer ~ Meltse Van Coillie

"Through its square frame, Zonder Meer invites us to delve deep in a world of sensations, where the underwater sounds immediately place us in a summer-y mood. But despite this soft bucolic atmosphere, but from the very beginning we can sense that something deeper is hiding."

https://www.encounters.film/zonder-meer

The winner of the Animated Encounters Grand Prix is...Farce ~ Robin Jensen"A Sami man ends up in greedy and decadent cla...
24/09/2021

The winner of the Animated Encounters Grand Prix is...

Farce ~ Robin Jensen

"A Sami man ends up in greedy and decadent claws as he tries to save both his reindeer herd and the woman he desires. An awful fable about fatal passion."

https://www.encounters.film/farce

The winner of the Animated Encounters Grand Prix is...

Farce ~ Robin Jensen

"A Sami man ends up in greedy and decadent claws as he tries to save both his reindeer herd and the woman he desires. An awful fable about fatal passion."

https://www.encounters.film/farce

🚨DOUBLE WIN🚨Best of British Live Action Award & Audience AwardHanging on ~ Alfie BarkerSet in Oulton, Leeds, an old coal...
24/09/2021

🚨DOUBLE WIN🚨

Best of British Live Action Award & Audience Award

Hanging on ~ Alfie Barker

Set in Oulton, Leeds, an old coal-mining community of over 60 houses still stand. Originally made as temporary council housing, but sold onto private investors, they now sit with the threat of demolition, displacing a large number of residents.

Watch Hanging On and a whole load of jaw-dropping shorts: https://www.encounters.film/hanging-on

🚨DOUBLE WIN🚨

Best of British Live Action Award & Audience Award

Hanging on ~ Alfie Barker

Set in Oulton, Leeds, an old coal-mining community of over 60 houses still stand. Originally made as temporary council housing, but sold onto private investors, they now sit with the threat of demolition, displacing a large number of residents.

Watch Hanging On and a whole load of jaw-dropping shorts: https://www.encounters.film/hanging-on

The winner of UK Student Award is....Precious Bundle ~ Kim Angelica Head"The film beautifully combines stop-motion anima...
24/09/2021

The winner of UK Student Award is....

Precious Bundle ~ Kim Angelica Head

"The film beautifully combines stop-motion animation with live-action, visualising the tension Kim feels with her father through powerful metaphors."

https://www.encounters.film/precious-bundle

The winner of UK Student Award is....

Precious Bundle ~ Kim Angelica Head

"The film beautifully combines stop-motion animation with live-action, visualising the tension Kim feels with her father through powerful metaphors."

https://www.encounters.film/precious-bundle

The winner of the International Audience award is... Store Policy ~ Sarah Arnold"Store Policy’s rendering of the world o...
24/09/2021

The winner of the International Audience award is...

Store Policy ~ Sarah Arnold

"Store Policy’s rendering of the world of work in the 21st century is an austere, minimalist supermarket of white walls, white machines, seemingly white everything, save for the faces of the multi-ethnic women of colour stationed at the tills, and for the splashes of red which will make an arrival towards the film’s climax"

https://www.encounters.film/store-policy

The winner of the International Audience award is...

Store Policy ~ Sarah Arnold

"Store Policy’s rendering of the world of work in the 21st century is an austere, minimalist supermarket of white walls, white machines, seemingly white everything, save for the faces of the multi-ethnic women of colour stationed at the tills, and for the splashes of red which will make an arrival towards the film’s climax"

https://www.encounters.film/store-policy

The winner of the UK Audience Award is...Hanging On ~ Alfie Barker"Alfie Barker’s polemical docu-fantasia about a commun...
24/09/2021

The winner of the UK Audience Award is...

Hanging On ~ Alfie Barker

"Alfie Barker’s polemical docu-fantasia about a community in Oulton, Leeds, facing unwanted eviction might at first seem to be in the realms of the conventional...It is not long, however, before the narrators are brought into full view revealing the film’s coup de cinema, a magical-realist rendering of the plight evoked by the title."

https://www.encounters.film/hanging-on

The winner of the UK Audience Award is...

Hanging On ~ Alfie Barker

"Alfie Barker’s polemical docu-fantasia about a community in Oulton, Leeds, facing unwanted eviction might at first seem to be in the realms of the conventional...It is not long, however, before the narrators are brought into full view revealing the film’s coup de cinema, a magical-realist rendering of the plight evoked by the title."

https://www.encounters.film/hanging-on

The winner of Children's Jury Award is...A Tiny Tale ~ Sylvain Cuvillier, Chloe Bourdic, Theophile Coursimault, Noemie H...
24/09/2021

The winner of Children's Jury Award is...

A Tiny Tale ~ Sylvain Cuvillier, Chloe Bourdic, Theophile Coursimault, Noemie Halberstam, Maylis Mosny, Zijing Ye

"A dog gets abandoned on the side of the road. Attached to a street light, he stays alone until the day he meets a young astronaut wannabe and a professional cyclist who keeps on trying to beat her highest score."

https://www.encounters.film/a-tiny-tale

The winner of Children's Jury Award is...

A Tiny Tale ~ Sylvain Cuvillier, Chloe Bourdic, Theophile Coursimault, Noemie Halberstam, Maylis Mosny, Zijing Ye

"A dog gets abandoned on the side of the road. Attached to a street light, he stays alone until the day he meets a young astronaut wannabe and a professional cyclist who keeps on trying to beat her highest score."

https://www.encounters.film/a-tiny-tale

The winner of Best of British Animation Award is...Eating in the Dark ~ Inari Sirola"Eating In The Dark is a free-flowin...
24/09/2021

The winner of Best of British Animation Award is...

Eating in the Dark ~ Inari Sirola

"Eating In The Dark is a free-flowing trip into the subconscious, but one where good humour presides above dream logic to satisfying, thought-provoking ends.”

https://www.encounters.film/eating-in-the-dark

The winner of Best of British Animation Award is...

Eating in the Dark ~ Inari Sirola

"Eating In The Dark is a free-flowing trip into the subconscious, but one where good humour presides above dream logic to satisfying, thought-provoking ends.”

https://www.encounters.film/eating-in-the-dark

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Encounters is the UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival, operating out of Bristol. A highlight of its 6 day festival in September is the highly-regarded international film competition, delivering prestigious awards and cash prizes. Encounters is also a qualifying festival for the Oscars®, BAFTAs and European Film Awards.

While providing a unique platform for emerging and established filmmaking talent, Encounters also offers year-round support, bespoke training courses and touring programmes.

The festival is funded by BFI, the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, and Bristol City Council. Main sponsors include University of the West of England, Aardman Animations and IMDbPro.

Encounters Festivals Ltd operates as an independent company and is a registered charity, no. 1058603.

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As we celebrate another successful digital festival edition and launch plans for 2022, we are delighted to welcome our new Head of Programming, Ren Scateni, and Marketing & Communications Manager, Lucy Barnes. 📢 Read the full announcement > https://www.encounters.film/news
Our final pick from the DepicT! archive to mark #COP26 is a powerful one WASTE // Hannah Oliver Where does it come from? Where does it go, when it’s gone? Watch > https://www.depict.org/2019/waste/?category_request=2019https://
🌳 THE FATHER OF TREES tells the story of a man collects plastic bottles in nature to water trees, a short documentary by Teymour Ghaderi Watch > https://www.depict.org/2020/the-father-of-trees/?category_request=2020 #COP26 DepicT!
☄️ Throwback to last year's DepicT! selection Water // Cesar Diaz Melendez 💧 A journey to discover the importance of water in our lives. Watch > https://depict.org/2020/water/?category_request=2020 #COP26
🥁 Introducing today's film from the DepicT! archive... Gaia // Brenda Ximena & Roldan Romero Gaia stands for 'Mother Earth'; a social tribute for those animals lost in the Australian bush fires 🐨💔 Watch > https://www.depict.org/2020/gaia/?category_request=2020 #COP26
FIRST UP Here Comes the Wildfire! // Ed Carr An experimental animation exploring climate crisis, wildfires, and trauma. Watch here > https://depict.org/2021/here-comes-the-wildfire/?category_request=2021 #COP26
On 6th Nov, while the world meets at the #COP26 climate talks, we’ll be joining the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice. Bristol joins movements from across the world to build power for system change 🌍🌱 ✊ Workers strike on Fri 5 Nov #FridaysForFuture ✊ March on Sat 6 Nov - https://fb.me/e/L7ykeH7k Keep an eye on our socials every day this week as we'll be sharing a special selection of films from our DepicT! archive, all of which shine a unique light on the climate crisis.
Congratulations to all of this year’s incredible DepicT! award winners! 👏🏆 Filmmakers from Argentina, Brazil, Wales and England all picked up Awards at #Depict21 - an excellent finale to this year's festival. Find out more > https://www.depict.org/2021/depict-2021-winners-announced/
🎬 WE'RE HIRING 🎬 We’re looking for an organised and creative Assistant Producer to join our team! The role is available for young people who are aged 16-24 claiming Universal Credit and eligible for Kickstart. Applications close Monday 18 October, 5PM. Find out more and apply > https://www.encounters.film/opportunities
Where do we begin? WHAT A MONTH. It's been a crazy, beautiful ride and we couldn't be more grateful. Special thanks go to; BFI, Bristol City Council, ScreenSkills, all members of the Jury, the team behind this year's online event (we did it!) and, of course, to the filmmakers. You blew our minds, yet again. And, thanks to YOU. We may not have been able to gather in person (missed you Watershed 😘) but the sense of community from this little bunch of film-lovers was still very much there. Thank you! 😊 😊 😊
👏SPECIAL MENTION👏 Drum roll please...the most special of mentions go to: Animated Encounters Grand Prix: Granny's Sexual Life // Urska Djukic & Emilie Pigeard Animated Encounters Grand Prix: Mad in Xpain // Coke Rioboo Brief Encounters Grand Prix: Squish // Xavier Seron Brief Encounters Best of British Award: Staying (Aros Mae) // Zillah Bowes UK Student Award: Culling // Matty Crawford UK Student Award: The Dragon Head Tree // Jiaqi Wang UK Student Award: Silvering // Eilidh Nicoll