We want to see great films – it doesn’t matter what your budget is or what genre you’re working in. The competition is open to anyone from anywhere in the world, and entry is absolutely free – but there is ONE simple rule:
Your film MUST be 90 seconds or less in duration.
If your films are longer than 90 seconds, you can still enter a film to Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival by June 2nd 2017.
Deadline for entries: Mon 3 July 2017, 5.00pm BST
… because it will challenge you to think creatively and to cut ruthlessly. More importantly, it will get you and your work noticed.
“Constraint is a very useful tool for creativity. Forcing yourself to tell a story in 90 seconds makes you lose all extraneous or self indulgent elements. I think a big problem with short films is they are often not very short! I love the 90 second format.”
Ninian Doff of DepicT! 2013 fame – he scooped both the Main DepicT! Award and The Shooting People RPS Audience Award with comedic gem Cool Unicorn Bruv
“There’s something about the 90 second format – longer than a commercial, but shorter than [most] shorts – that seems to bring out a really high level of invention and experimentation.”
2012 winner Mole Hill (The Fat Cat)
“DepicT! is special – I’ve always felt that if I can’t do it in 90 seconds, what makes me think I can do it 90 minutes!”
DepicT! Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award winner in 2014 Adam DJ Laity (The Peace of Wild Things)
All shortlisted films get:
DepicT! Showcase 2015 at Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival
£1500 cash + Lifetime membership to Shooting People
Supported by The Royal Photographic Society, Watershed, Aardman, Films@59 and Shooting People.
Supported by The Royal Photographic Society
A special package of support which will both promote the winning 90-second film and further develop the filmmaker’s skills including:
Supported by BAFTA & NFTS in partnership with Shooting People
A unique chance to be featured on Channel 4’s Random Acts website and pitch for a new Random Acts commission
Supported by Channel 4
Lifetime membership to Shooting People
Supported by Shooting People
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (Bristol, UK) is the UK’s longest running competitive short film and animation festival. It presents one of the world’s best-known showcases and meeting points for emerging talent, and seeks to promote the importance of short film as a means to develop the next generation of filmmakers and animators. Encounters is also a gateway to the world’s most prestigious short film and animation awards: the BAFTAs, the Oscars®, the European Film Awards and the Cartoon d’Or.
“Much has changed in the worlds of short and animated film-making in the past 20 years – digital has transformed the industry, short-film debutants have become major directors – but this festival has remained Britain’s premier destination for both.”
Steve Rose, The Guardian on Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2014