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Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (18 - 23 September 2012) is the umbrella title for two of the
The longest-running festival in the partnership began life in 1995 as Brief Encounters - originally envisioned as a ‘one-off' event, to mark the centenary of cinema. It proved so popular that it is now an annual attraction - expanding year on year and acknowledged internationally as one of the world's most respected celebrations of short film.
In 2001, the short film festival was joined by Animated Encounters - celebrating and showcasing the productions, talent, creativity, technology and skills that make animation such a popular and successful film form worldwide. It too, has enjoyed a rapid rise to global prominence, as is demonstrated by its status as the
Highlights from recent editions of the festival included interviews with directors such as Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank), Bruce Robinson (The Rum Diary), Carol Morley (Dreams of a Life), and John K (The Ren and Stimpy Show).
This year the festival moves into it's new dates between 18 - 23 September 2012.
Submissions are open between 1 March - 6 June 2012.
The films selected for competition will be divided into the three festival strands; Animated Encounters (animation), Brief Encounters (live action) and DepicT!, the competition for 90 second short films (submit directly to depict.org for free entry only to this competition).
Under 21s can also submit shorts under 5mins into Electric December (deadline 28 September) part of Fresh Flix, Encounters’ young people’s showcase. FFI: http://www.electricdecember.org/
Enter your film online via www.reelport.com.
Encounters accept short films from all over the world completed from 1 Jan 2011, under 30 minutes in length from every genre: animation, live action drama, documentary, experimental and music video, and does NOT have a premiere policy.
Encounters Festivals Ltd is a limited company and registered charity, managed by a board of trustees.
For more information visit www.encounters-festival.org.uk
ENCOUNTERS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
ENCOUNTERS SHORT FILM AND ANIMATION FESTIVAL (18 – 23 SEPTEMBER)
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2012
Calling all filmmakers and animators from across the world, submissions are now open for the Encounters 18th Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol UK. Submit your short film or animation by Wednesday 6th June, for a chance to win a prestigious award and an opportunity to showcase your talent on an international stage.
‘The cinematic Trojan horse…smuggling short film-makers into the big league’
Why submit to Encounters?
1) It is the leading UK gateway to the world’s most prestigious short film and animation awards (Academy Awards®, BAFTAs, Cartoon D’Or and European Film Awards)
2) It is one of the best-known international competitive showcases of its kind, and is a unique meeting point for emerging talent, industry and audiences alike to engage with the short form.
3) It is springboard for you to share work and ideas with industry and peers, to develop your skills and networks and progress within the fast evolving global industry.
4) If your film doesn’t get selected, it can still be seen by Delegates via the Online Digital Viewing Library, available during and after the festival.
The 2012 festival will be held between 18 – 23 September 2012 in Bristol, one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the UK.
How to submit
Enter your film online via www.reelport.com. Encounters accept short films from all over the world completed from 1 Jan 2011, under 30 minutes in length from every genre: animation, live action drama, documentary, experimental and music video, and does NOT have a premiere policy.
To submit, you can upload your film digitally via www.reelport.com, or send a DVD to reelport headquarters to be digitized and uploaded for a small additional fee.
The films selected for competition will be divided into the three festival strands; Animated Encounters, dedicated to showcasing short animated films, Brief Encounters which provides a platform for live action short films, and DepicT!, the competition for 90 second short films (submit directly to depict.org for free entry only to this competition). Under 21s can also submit shorts under 5mins into Electric December (deadline 28 September) part of Fresh Flix, Encounters’ young people’s showcase. FFI: http://www.electricdecember.org/
The festival is also offering reduced fees for multiple film entries. For those entering more than three films please contact Programme Coordinator, Rich Warren at email@example.com or contact the festival office on +44 (0)117 929 9188.
All films submitted to the festival are entered into the Online Digital Viewing library, offering more than 1000 films to all delegates’, buyers, distributors, programmers and press during the festival. Additionally, all films programmed within the competitive screenings will be available to delegates online for six months after the festival via a video-on-demand short film service.
Entry Fee (Digital Submission): €25 (approx. £20.80)
The Individual costs equate to the administration time associated to each submission.
Sterling figure calculated from 1 March 2012 and may be subject to change in accordance
with the exchange rate.
Upload your film online via www.reelport.com or visit www.encounters-festival.org.uk for more information.
1 Mar 2012 - Submission window opens
6 Jun 2012 - Submission window closes
9 July 2012 DepicT! Deadline- Free submission, upload at Depict.org
End of July 2012 - Filmmakers notified
18-23 Sep 2012 - Encounters 18th Short Film & Animation Festival 2012
28 Sep 2012 - Electric December submissions deadline via electricdecember.org
Visit www.encounters-festival.org.uk to see the awards up for grabs, submission criteria and for further information. Submit your film directly via www.reelport.com.
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DepicT! - Can you do it in 90 seconds?
DepicT! is challenging creatives across the globe to show their stuff in just a minute and a half. Whatever your budget or genre, we want your short shorts. Just come up with something distinctive, imaginative and engaging and enter for free online to be in with a chance of winning £1500, some priceless industry exposure at the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (18 - 23 Sep 2012) and beyond as well other exclusive prizes. The deadline is 9 July 2012.
Enter for free via www.depict.org or submit at www.encounters-festival.org.uk to be eligible for all competitions. A Watershed project part of Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival.
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