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Encounters Digital Festival underway

September 19, 2020

Encounters Short Film Festival, the UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival based here in Bristol, is back with its Digital edition for 2020 (18 September – 11 October).

The jam-packed programme, available online to holders of a Festival Pass costing just £10, includes a diverse selection of short film screenings, features, special guests, Q&As and headline events, alongside an intensive industry event programme with masterclasses and workshops.

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 Academy Awards®, BAFTAs, BIFAs and the European Film Awards.

Guest Programmes for this year’s festival explore queer identities, uncertain realities, animation, filmmakers with dementia, shorts from Europe, and much more. 

Selected competition films are eligible to win awards including: Animated Encounters Grand Prix, Brief Encounters Grand Prix, Best of British: Animation, Best of British: Live Action, UK Student Award, Children’s Jury Award, IMDbPRO UK Audience Award and IMDbPRO International Audience Award.

Purchase your Festival Pass here for full access to the programme from 18th September to 11 October 2020.