The programme for the 21st Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival has been announced.

Creative Europe Desk UK at Encounters

The programme for the 21st Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival has been announced. The festival takes place from 15 - 20 September 2015 in Bristol, and is supported by Creative Europe's Film Festivals scheme.

The Creative Europe Desk UK team will be on hand at the festival to provide advice on the funding and opportunities available through Creative Europe's MEDIA sub-programme. We will also be hosting two networking breakfasts, on 17 and 18 September as part of the Industry Forum. While Creative Europe does not offer development or production grants for short films, it does support a range of industry events through which short filmmakers can network with professionals from other countries and pitch their project ideas. At the two breakfasts delegates can find out about these opportunities and meet with film festival programmers, broadcasters and distributors from across Europe who specialise in short film and animation.

Register now for your chance to attend the three-day Industry Forum and selected screenings.

How does Creative Europe support shorts?

In addition to Encounters, Creative Europe supports initiatives such as:

  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market, with its large exhibition hall, digital video library and market screenings
  • European Short Pitch, a residential script-writing workshop with an online training session and a co-production pitching forum. which aims to promote the European co-production of short films

It also co-finances two distribution projects that aim to share and celebrate short films and increase their circulation both in Europe and internationally: 

  • Daazo is a free online platform that allows users to upload their shorts and create their own personalised portfolio, acting like a business card for short filmmakers
  • Short Film Pool consists of a catalogue of European short films promoted by Short Circuit – a network of short film and video art distributors currently operating in 12 countries. 

Read through the online MEDIA European Film Festivals guide for more information on the 60 or so festivals funded by Creative Europe, many of which specialise in short film or include a short film element within their programme.