Encounters Festival announces call for entries


Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival has opened its call for entries for the 2017 event

Returning to Bristol between the 19 – 24 September the established short film festival showcases the best international short filmmaking talent with a diverse programme of screenings and special events.

Acknowledging and responding to developments in the industry, the festival has introduced a new award category for 2017 and is accepting submissions from filmmakers making VR/AR and 360 degree filmmaking.

The festival is highly regarded in the industry and recognised as a gateway to the Academy Awards® and leading film prizes in Europe, such as the BAFTAs and awards made by the European Film Academy and Cartoon D’Or.  After the 2016 festival, Encounters Alumni went on to gain prestigious nominations at several of these.  Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege and Floor Van Der Meulen collected the European Film Academy Award for Short Film for 9 Days From Aleppo while three Encounters winners, Daniel Mulloy for Home, Andrea Harkin for The Party and Jennifer Zheng for Tough, each went on to be nominated for a 2017 BAFTA.

Encounters Grand Prix winner Sweet Maddie Stone by Brady Hood also won the 2017 Critics Circle Award.  

The festival has announced a new chair for the 2017 event, Simon Perry.  Simon is president of ACE Producers, which provides advanced training for film producers around the world.  He has headed two national film funds, the Irish Film Board and the UK’s national film agency, British Screen.

Simon Perry commented: “I’m very happy to be taking over the chair of Encounters in this particular year.  The festival already has a high reputation in the industry for its innovative and strong curatorial vision, and can be counted upon to showcase new trends and cutting-edge filmmakers. 

“In 2017 the festival will introduce an entirely new category among its awards – for work in Augmented and Virtual Reality, genres that are still relatively unexplored in short filmmaking and exhibition.  In addition to our normally strong line-up of live action and animation, we expect the festival to reach new and wider audiences this year with AR and VR contributions from the best new talent in those disciplines.”

Encounters’ and Watershed’s popular short film competition DepicT! will also open for entries at the end of February with a submission deadline of Monday 3rd July.

Encounters Festival is launching submissions on Withoutabox (http://www.withoutabox.com), the premier submission service for film festivals and filmmakers for the first time in 2017.  With a streamlined application process and user friendly interface Encounters is delighted to collaborate with Withoutabox for the 2017 Festival.

Filmmakers looking to enter the 2017 competition should apply by visiting the website for details on film submission. Entries are now being accepted for live action, animation and the best of VR/AR.

The early bird deadline for applications with a reduced entry fee of £20 is March 31st.  Regular deadline is 23 May (£25) and the late extended deadline (£40) is June 2. 

For further information visit www.encounters-festival.org.uk or follow @encountersff or Encounters Short Film Festival on Facebook.


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