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Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival Call for Entries

Wednesday, May 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Meyer
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Bristol - United Kingdom
September 19 to 24, 2017

In the Spotlight today is the 23rd Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, delivering one of the world's leading international competitions for short films and animation and now VR/360 degree filmmaking. Additionally, 2017 marks the first time that filmmakers have the opportunity to submit to this extraordinary event through Withoutabox. Encounters proves to be a critical event on the festival circuit as it's 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.

During the six-day event audiences are introduced to new and emerging talent from across the globe through in excess of ninety events including screenings, masterclasses, panel discussions and workshops. Encounters also provides an opportunity for creatives to share their work, develop their practice and network with one another and members of the industry.

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. Cash awards will be presented across multiple categories ranging from £500 GBP to €2,000 Euro including the DepicT! Awards (€1,500 Euro) for a winning film completed after September 2016 and is under 90 seconds. Highlights from 2016 included Meet the Film Festivals Breakfast with the British Council, Widening the Lens Pitching Competition, animation workshops, and the closing party with Business Fish.

May 23, 2017 - Regular Deadline
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Encounters is the home for new and emerging talent. Providing opportunities for filmmakers, animators and moving image creatives through exhibiting brave, new and innovative work.

Encounters Audience Award Winner, Toma Waszrow shares, "I thought I made a very, very local Balkan style film that most probably nobody will understand besides the East Europeans. I was terribly wrong - the film was selected and awarded at many festivals around the world. But I'm absolutely sure that what happened at Encounters, won't happen anywhere else. You guys have the best audience ever! I'll never forget how people talked to me even on the streets of Bristol; everywhere someone was shaking my hand. It was a turning point in my career."

Short films, Animation, UK Student Films, and VR/360 Degree Projects are now being considered - qualify your work today!