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24 September - 29 September 2019

Contact: Rich Warren


Phone: 0117 929 9188

Fax: -

Address: Encounters Festivals Ltd, Watershed Media Centre, 1 Canon's Road, Harbourside
United Kingdom - England

Festival website

  • About
  • Submission Info

Encounters is UK’s leading short film, animation, and virtual reality festival with a 6 day event that takes place during September in Bristol, UK. Alongside its own prestigious international competition and awards, it is also a recognised festival for the Oscars, BAFTAs and European Film Awards.

Encounters seeks to promote the importance of short animation as a means to develop the next generation of animators, and to provide a platform for new and emerging talent to exchange ideas, form collaborations and inspire audiences.

Year established: 1995

Is this festival exclusively animation?: No - this is a film festival but with a specific animation category

This festival is recognised by ASIFA

Submission deadline:
6 June 2019

Entry fee:


  • Animated Encounters Grand Prix (€2
  • 500)
  • European Animation Award (€1000)
  • Best of British Award - Animation (€1000)
  • Deaf Shorts Showcase Award (€500)
  • Children's Jury Award (€500)
  • Audience Award (€500)

Submission methods:

  • FilmFreeway

30 minutes maximum duration (including credits).

Films must have been completed on or after 1 January 2017.

Regular deadline entry fee is 25 GBP (discounts available for multiple entries).

Festival recognised by: (what does this mean?)

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars)
  • European Film Academy

Festival recognised by: (what does this mean?)

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • European Film Academy
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