Encounters Festival, 25-30/9/18

Deadline | Festival/Award Dates (period)
30 March 2018
Bristol, UK
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Call for entries:

Filmmakers in competition are eligible for some of the world’s most prestigious short film and animation awards: the Oscars®, BAFTAs and European Film Awards. Over 3,000 films are submitted each year, and our programmers select around 200 films to screen in competition during the festival. Our short film, animation and virtual reality juries are comprised of international film and media professionals who select the award-winning films.

animation, documentary, drama, experimental, music or artist film.

Films must have been completed after 1st January 2017, and must be no longer  than 30 minutes including credits. Encounters Festival does not require any premiere status.

Animation and VR Prizes:

Animated Encounters Grand Prix
The Grand Prix winners are considered to be the best in their category by our international jury. The winning Brief Encounters and Animated Encounters films are both eligible for Academy Award nominations and receive a €2,500 cash prize.
Cash Award Value: 2,500 Euro

Animated Encounters Best of British Award
(£1,000, All films screened in this category qualify for BAFTA animation award) All animations either produced in Britain or by British directors.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 British Pound

European Animated Encounters Award
(€1,000) All animations must be European films 
Cash Award Value: 1,000 Euro

Children's Jury Award
(£500) All entries under 15 minutes deemed suitable for young audiences, over 7 years old.
Cash Award Value: 500 British Pound
This prize is shared with other categories.

DepicT! Awards
Must be 90 seconds or under Must be completed after September 2011 Open to all genres and production techniques Prizes: £1500 cash and UK distribution of the winning film through the Digital Screen Network. More information and to enter for free

Immersive Encounters Grand Prix  (VR - 360-degree films)
The Immersive Encounters Grand Prix is awarded to the outstanding entry, chosen by an independent jury of experts.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 Euro

 View the full regulations and submit via withoutabox

  • Early-bird deadline (fee 20 GBP): 30 March
  • Regular deadline (fee 25 GBP): 18 May
  • Final deadline (fee 40 GBP) : 1 June



Event Dates

  • From 25 September 2018 to 30 September 2018