Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival is the umbrella festival for Animated Encounters and Brief Encounters which together presents one of the world’s best-known showcases and meeting points for new and established international short and animated film talent.

The longest running competitive short film and animation festival in the UK, and one of Bristol’s leading cultural events, Encounters seeks to promote the importance of short film as a means to develop and progress the next generation of creative talent. The 19th edition will be held in Bristol, UK, from 17th to 22nd September 2013. Encounters is a qualifying UK festival for the Oscars®, BAFTAs, European Film Awards and Cartoon d’Or, and is funded by the British Film Institute, Bristol City Council and the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Encounters Festivals Ltd operates as an independent company and is a registered charity.