Encounters Film Festival
Encounters Film Festival is the UK’s leading short film and animation festival.
At the heart of the festival lies the Encounters international competition – one of the world’s leading international competitions for short film, animation and virtual reality and also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards; the Academy Awards®, BAFTAs, BIFAs and the European Film Awards. The festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, and continues to be a unique meeting place for the industry. From a one-off celebration to mark the centenary of cinema, to an international success story, Encounters provides an international platform for celebrating talent and innovation in short film, animation and virtual reality. 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, Encounters is an ideal festival for a truly inspiring celebration of short film.
This year, Encounters are presenting their internationally recognised festival online, and extending the programme to run from September 18th to October 11th 2020. Your £10 pass will give you access to the entirety of the Digital Festival. As ever, this year’s selection explores a vast array of subjects and contexts. You might find yourself immersed in Linghan Zang’s quiet exploration of an aged assassin in The Last Ferry of Grass Island, considering the subtleties of loss with Isaac Knight-Washbourn’s The Two Tales, or re-considering the stereotypes which inform constructions of femininity with Natalia Durszewicz’s Portrait of a Woman. There’s unsettling offspring in Paul Holbrook’s Hungry Joe, unfortunate dog sitters in Joseph Roberts’ Kelly, and accidental introductions in Tommy Robin’s My First Anime.
Though it may look a little different from previous years, Encounters 2020 will still be jam packed with over 250 short films, guest programmes from festival partners including Accra Animation Film Festival, the European Film Academy, Afrika Eye, Oska Bright, Queer Visions and more, as well as Q&As with filmmakers, and masterclasses and workshops with key members of the industry.
For more information about the programme and to buy your £10 pass, please visit