Encounters Film Festival stages one of the world’s leading international competitions for short film, animation and immersive moving image work. The international competition is an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards: The Academy Awards®, BAFTAs and the European Film Awards.
Our mission is to provide an international platform for new and emerging talent in filmmaking. For over a quarter of a century Encounters Film Festival has welcomed guests from all around the world, connecting filmmakers with the wider industry, our wonderful audiences and, of course, each other.
INTERNATIONAL GRAND PRIX:
- Brief Encounters Grand Prix for live action shorts
- Animated Encounters Grand Prix for animated shorts
- Immersive Encounters Grand Prix for XR/VR/AR experiences
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 Awards® nominations and each receive a £2000 cash prize.
The Immersive Encounters Grand Prix has a cash prize of £2000.
UK STUDENT AWARD:
The UK Student Award winner is considered to the best film created within a UK educational institution by our jury of industry experts. Films selected for the UK Student Award may be eligible for the Student Academy Awards® and the award carries a cash prize of £500.
Further prizes may include:
UK & International Audience Awards
Deaf Shorts Award