Encounters Film Festival

United Kingdom


Encounters is the UK’s leading short film, animation and VR festival. 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. Encounters Festival presents one of the world’s leading International Competitions for short film and animation, and is also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards; BAFTAs, European Film Awards and Cartoon d’Or and a qualifying festival for The Academy Awards®. Each year the Encounters Festival Grand Prix winners qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards®. Connecting industry and audiences, the festival celebrates the creativity, diversity and impact of short film. So whether you are a filmmaker looking to launch or develop your career, an Industry professional wanting to stay abreast of what’s new or a film lover wanting to soak up the festival atmosphere by watching great films and special events, come along to the next festival for a truly inspiring week of short film celebration!

Event date

27.09.2022 ⟶ 02.10.2022

– 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.

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 Children’s Jury

Admin Adress

1 Unity Street
United Kingdom

Entry fee: £20-£40

Lucy Barnes

(Marketing Manager) lucy@encounters.film