Call for Submissions 2011: ENCOUNTERS FILMFESTIVAL

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Calling all filmmakers, animators, artists and creators of short content from across the world, submissions are now open for the 17th Encounters Bristol International Film Festival. Submit your short film or animation by Thursday 30th June, for an opportunity to showcase your creative talent and for a chance to win a prestigious award.

‘Unpredictable, virtually unlimited entertainment and fertile spotting grounds’ The Guardian

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 powered by Vast Blue, available during the festival.

The 2011 festival will be held between Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 November in Bristol, one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the UK.

How to submit

Submit online via Encounters accept short films from all over the world completed from 1 Jan 2010, under 30 minutes in length from every genre: animation, live action drama, documentary, experimental and music video, and does NOT have a premiere policy.

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 both live action and animated short films, and DepicT!, the competition for 90 second short films (submit directly to for free entry only to this competition). Under 21s can also submit shorts under 5mins from June onwards into Electric December part of Fresh Flix, Encounters’ young people’s showcase.

To enhance the festival experience, and to encourage you to submit digitally, we have teamed up with Vast Blue to power this year’s submissions. With Vast Blue, the festival is now able to provide a streamline submission process, and offer an advanced, online experience to Delegates through the onsite and Online Digital Viewing Library.

All films submitted to the festival are entered into the Online Digital Viewing library in-situ at the festival, 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 in a video-on-demand short film service for a period of time after the festival.

All Competitions

Digital Entry: £20
Data DVD/DVD: £25

European Newcomer Award only
Digital Entry: £10
Data DVD/DVD: £10

The Individual costs equate to the administration time associated to each submission.

Upload your film online and save at least £5 off the submission fee. The festival is also offering reduced fees for multiple film entries for those entering more than three films please contact Programme Coordinator, Rich Warren [link to] or on +44 (0)117 929 9188.

Key Dates
4 Apr 2011 - Submission window opens
Mid June - Electric December submissions open via
30 Jun 2011 - Submission window closes
22 Aug 2011 - Filmmakers notified
5 Sept 2011 DepicT! Deadline- Free submission, upload at
23 Sep 2011 - Programme Announced
16-20 Nov 2011 - Encounters International Film Festival 2011

Visit to see the awards up for grabs, submission criteria and to enter your film. Sign up to the festival newsletter for the latest on Encounters events. Join our online community on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

For more information on Vast Blue who are powering this years submissions visit

DepicT!- Can you do it in 90 seconds?
DepicT! is our super-short filmmaking competition that challenges filmmakers on any budget from anywhere in the world to create tiny gems of under 90 seconds. Depict accepts films that are a minute and a half or under and are distinctive, imaginative and engaging.
A Watershed project. (Open 27th April – 5th September)

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