Illustration: Adeline Pericart
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the leading UK showcase of short film and animation, is now accepting entries for its 19th edition. 2013 will see the festival settling into its new September slot (from 17 – 22) at Bristol’s harbourside and across the city.
Works completed in 2012 must be entered by 29 March, whereas 2013 productions have until 3 June. Films of any genre with a maximum duration of 30 minutes, completed after January 2012, are eligible. Last year 1,889 film submissions were received from 79 countries, confirming the festival’s strong international profile.
The festival is an important UK gateway for upcoming talent, giving selected filmmakers the chance to qualify for major awards nominations – the Academy Awards®, the BAFTAs, the European Film Awards and the Cartoon d’Or. 2012 Encounters alumni are already making a mark, with Timothy Reckart’s animated short Head Over Heels up for an Oscar® and Irish animator Eamonn O’Neill BAFTA nominated for I’m Fine Thanks.
Encounters is celebrating awards season from 10 – 24 February at Watershed with its Nominated Shorts Season, a series of showcases of the live-action and animated short films nominated for the 2012/2013 Oscars® and European Film Awards.