Call for entries for Encounters Film Festival

Mar 9, 2021

The 27th edition of Encounters Film Festival will take place in September 2021 and are now accepting short films of any genre, under 30 minutes in length to be considered for this year’s competition programme.

Encounters Film Festival is a qualifying festival for some of the world’s most prestigious awards including; The Academy Awards, The BAFTAs, BIFA and The European Film Awards.

Due to the interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Encounters is extending the window of eligibility by 12 months, meaning that films completed after 1 January 2019 will be eligible for the 2021 festival. The usual maximum duration of 30 minutes (including credits) continues to apply. Encounters Festival does not require any premiere status, including online.


  • Monday 29 March 2021 – Regular Deadline £20
  • Monday 31 May 2021 – Late Deadline £25
  • Monday 14 June 2021 – Final Deadline £40

Submissions are now open on FilmFreeway and Shortfilmdepot, please follow the links below to submit your film.

Submit on Shortfilmdepot here.

Submit on FilmFreeway here.

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