About the Festival Awards

Encounters Festival presents a prestigious annual International Competition, featuring the best new short and animated films from around the world.

Filmmakers in competition are eligible for some of the world’s most prestigious short film and animation awards: the Oscars®, the BAFTAs, the European Film Awards and the Cartoon d’Or.

Over 2,300 films are submitted each year, and our programmers select around 200 to screen in competition during the festival. Our short film and animation Juries are comprised of international film and industry professionals who select the award winning films.

Encounters Festival takes great pride in the impressive selection of short films being screened in competition during the festival.

The festival presents the Award Winners Film Screening at Watershed on the closing day of the festival at 12 noon and 17:00.

Encounters Festival Awards 2016


  • Brief Grand Prix
  • Animated Grand prix

The Grand Prix winners are considered to be the best in their category by our international jury – and they are names to watch out for.

The winning film is eligible for Academy Award Nomination; €2,500 cash prize.

  •  European Live Action Award 
  • European Animation Award 

This award celebrates European films produced within an EU member state  €1,000 cash prize

  • Chris Collins Best of British Award – Live Action
  • YellowDog Best of British Award – Animation

These awards are offered to the British film judged to be the best in all areas of production, direction and story; £1,000 cash prize

Winner of the Chris Collins Best of British Award is eligible for the Critics’ Circle British Short Film of the Year*.


    €500 Cash prize
    €500 Cash prize
    €500 Cash prize


Alongside eligibility for Academy Award Nomination for Grand Prix Winners, other festival nominations awarded at the festival include the EFA (European Film Award) nomination, the Cartoon D’or Nomination, and the Critics Circle Nomination*.

*Critics Circle Award for British Short Film of the Year

In 2015 the Film Section of the Critics’ Circle inaugurated a new award for British Short Film of the Year. The nominees were provided by five partner festivals (London Short Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Encounters, Leeds International Film Festival and Aesthetica). Members of the Film Section will vote for the best film from the nominees provided by these festivals.

The winner of the BEST OF BRITISH award at Encounters will also receive a nomination for the Critics’ Circle British Short Film of the Year.

The Critics’ Circle is composed of six sections: Drama, Music, Film, Dance, Visual Arts and Literary criticism. The Circle’s aims are to promote the art of criticism, to uphold its integrity in practice, to foster and safeguard members’ professional interests, to provide opportunities to meet, and to support the advancement of the arts. Find out more at www.criticscircle.org.uk