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Encounters Film Festival

Where the sto­ry of film begins. Inter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tion shorts from new & emerg­ing tal­ent, guest films & networking

Encounters Film Festival is a key destination for new and emerging talent.

Rooted in Bristol, a UNESCO City of Film, each September the festival supports and nurtures new talent in filmmaking by providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. Our purpose is to spotlight short film as a vital and exciting art form, offer validation at a critical crossroad in artists’ careers, equip new talent with the support needed to take their next steps, and create a space where lifelong collaborations can be made.

Connecting industry and audiences, Encounters celebrates the creativity, diversity, and the impact of short form moving image.
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