Encounters is the UK’s leading short film and animation festival.
The festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, and a unique meeting place for the industry. Encounters Festival presents one of the world’s leading International Competitions for short film and animation, and is also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards; BAFTAs, European Film Awards and Cartoon d’Or and a qualifying festival for the The Academy Awards®.
Connecting industry and audiences, the festival celebrates the creativity, diversity and impact of short film. There will be unmissable evening and weekend screenings where audiences can watch the best new short films from the hottest new talent, and plenty of music, parties and opportunities to network with the industry.
So whether you are a filmmaker looking to launch or develop your career, an Industry professional wanting to stay abreast of what’s new or a film lover wanting to soak up the festival atmosphere by watching great films and special events, come along and feast your eyes.
Filmmakers in competition can become eligible for some of the world’s most prestigious short film and animation awards: the BAFTAs, the Oscars®, the European Film Awards and the Cartoon d’Or.