Encounters: New Award Category

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival is now open for entries for the 2017 event. Returning to Bristol from 19 to 24 September, the short film festival celebrates the best international short filmmaking talent with a diverse programme of screenings and special events.

For 2017 the festival has introduced a new award category, accepting submissions from filmmakers making VR/AR and 360 degree filmmaking. The new category amongst its awards for work in Augmented and Virtual Reality provides a place to champion and support genres that are still relatively unexplored in short filmmaking and exhibition.

2017 also sees a new chair for the event, Simon Perry who is the president of ACE Producers, which provides advanced training for film producers around the world.  He has headed two national film funds, the Irish Film Board and the UK’s national film agency, British Screen.

Previously selected filmmakers have achieved further recognition, including Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege and Floor Van Der Meulen who collected the European Film Academy Award for Short Film with 9 Days From Aleppo. Three Encounters winners, Daniel Mulloy for Home, Andrea Harkin for The Party and Jennifer Zheng for Tough, each went on to be nominated for a 2017 BAFTA.

The early bird deadline for applications is 31 March.  Regular deadline is 23 May and the late extended deadline is 2 June.

For further information visit www.encounters-festival.org.uk

1. Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival. Photo: Jon Craig, Bristol.