Student Group Bookings

Attending Encounters Festival gives film and media students access to invaluable workshops, talks with high profile industry guests and networking sessions at the festival. The Festival will help outline career road maps for upcoming filmmakers and animators, including masterclasses, panel discussions and networking opportunities.

Every year the film and media student groups attending the film festival in Bristol access screenings, workshops, masterclasses, talks and networking sessions giving them top-notch opportunities to develop core skills, participate in discussions, discover emerging trends and technologies and rub shoulders with future employers and commissioners. Not only does the festival represent a renowned space of leading short film and animation, it also fosters an inclusive environment which can aid film student development.

We are now taking bookings for student groups to attend our 23rd Annual Festival, which will take place between 19 – 24 September 2017 at Watershed in Bristol, UK. If you are interested in bringing a group of students studying film, animation, media or a relative discipline, or if you are a film or media student and want some more information about available passes please contact us on for further details.

The festival will screen over 300 films, and present more than 40 events across the festival week.  The International competition lies at the heart of the festival and allows your students to see the best and most exciting new short form work from around the world.  Alongside this they can access our guest screenings, Shorts2Features, and a whole host of Industry activity with leading figures and organisations working in the Industry today.

You can download our student bookings PDF, which contains a comprehensive explanation of the student booking pass, including what benefits holders are entitled to.

How much does it cost?

Full passes are priced at £80.  For every 10 students booked, the tutor goes free. An early-bird discount of £65 is available if booked and paid for by 31st May.

What does the pass include?

The student pass is a Full Festival Pass, and covers all screenings and events at Watershed between 19 – 24 September* (*excluding main gala headline events). This means your students can access every screening, event, workshop, masterclass and panel discussion taking place between Wednesday – Sunday of the festival week**.

How do I book?

Contact to book your student group today.

Download our Student Booking PDF here.

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(** Tickets must be booked for individual events, and availability for all screenings / events is limited)