Encounters Festival, Bristol
Jon Craig


The UK’s leading festival for short film, animation and virtual reality

  • Cinema
  • Festivals

Connecting industry and audiences, Encounters discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world.

The jam-packed programme in September presents a diverse selection of screenings, features, special guests, Q&As and headline events, alongside an intensive industry event programme with high-level masterclasses and workshops.

At the heart of the festival lies the Encounters international competition – one of the world’s leading international competitions for short film, animation and virtual reality, and also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards: the Academy AwardsBAFTAs and the European Film Awards.

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