Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival

News: Submit your film, enter the challenge

Filmmakers! Here’s another festival and competition for you! Why not submit your film to the 19th Encounters Short Film & Animation festival? Or join the 0117 Hour Challenge? Or both!

Read their spiel below!

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival

17-22 September 2013

Hey, is that a short film in your pocket…?

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival is still accepting live action and animated shorts of all genres (fiction, documentary, experimental, music video) under 30 minutes. Be quick though, this is the last week to submit films completed in 2012!

Early Deadline Friday 29 March 2013* – for films completed in 2012
Final Deadline 3 June 2013 – for films completed in 2013

For full submission guidelines and to submit online visit

Why submit?

Encounters is one of the best-known showcases and meeting points for emerging talent, and is the leading UK gateway to the world’s most prestigious short film and animation awards: the BAFTAs, Cartoon d’Or, European Film Awards, and Oscars®. A hotbed of talent development, the festival presents a rare and excellent opportunity for industry and creatives alike to meet new people, benefit from peer-to-peer exchanges, and develop new collaborations. Now is your chance to get noticed on an international stage and compete for up to £12,000 in cash prizes.

This year Encounters has again teamed up with Reelport to provide an online submissions service. This means that even if your film doesn’t get selected it can still be seen by delegates during the festival via our online Digital Viewing Library.

Follow them at Twitter @EncountersSFF for all the latest short films and bold ideas.

0117 Hours Challenge

13-19 April 2013

Do you like a creative challenge? Would you like a chance to win £1,000?

We’re inviting filmmakers, animators, visual and sound artists from across the land to make digital shorts in just 117 hours, focused on the theme of ‘Journeys’ and exploring Bristol Temple Quarter.

Presented by Bristol Film Office, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival and M Shed, the 0117 Hour Challenge is now on its third edition (take a look at last year’s results here).

Join us from 13-19 April 2013 for a week of frantic, creative fun – register online before Thursday 11 April to participate.

This high-energy event is part of a series of Bristol Temple Quarter commissions coordinated by Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre and MAYK, with support from Bristol City Council and Arts Council England.

For all queries related to the Challenge please contact info@encounters-festival.org.uk.


Make a short digital piece of up to 3 minutes (either drama, documentary, experimental, live action, animation or soundscape) in 117 hours.

Work should aim to be of cinematic quality.

The pieces must be suitable for pre-watershed viewing and avoid any strobe lighting effects.

Theme: Journeys

Each piece must contain one selected location and another element, both of which will be given to teams during the briefing at M Shed on the 13 April.

Work should also draw on Bristol, (people, places or life) as themes and inspiration as part of the overall theme of journeys.

All teams must register online at http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk before Thursday 11 April.

One piece of work will be selected by a distinguished jury and awarded a prize of £1,000 cash.

Read the details here.


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