Award Winners 2017

We are thrilled to announce the Award Winners of the Encounters 23rd Short Film and Animation Festival 2017.


Brief Encounters Grand Prix Award 2017


Dir: Kei Chikaura
Japan 2017
12 mins 44 secs

An innocent young man from China is anxiously memorising “his hope” in the middle of the noisy crowd in Shibuya (Tokyo, Japan). Something that might change his destiny awaits him.

Animated Encounters Grand Prix Award 2017


Dirs: Redbear Easterman, Nikita Diakur
Germany 2017
11 mins 54 secs

An ugly cat struggles to make friends in an evil neighbourhood, but finds a soulmate in a Native American chief who helps it on its journey to restore balance within the world.

Special Mention: Negative Space by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata

Immersive Encounters Grand Prix 2017

Nairobi Berries

Dir: Ng’endo Mukii
Kenya 2017
7 mins 50 secs
Virtual Reality

Two women and a man wrangle. Each must hollow out the other’s core for fruits promised but only ever borne in dreams. A poetic symphony on Nairobi.

Special Mention: Blind Vaysha by Theodore Ushev.

European Live Action Award

ten_meter_tower_axel_danielson_maximilien_van_aertryck_1Ten Meter Tower (Hopptornet)

Dir: Maximilien Van Aertryck
Sweden 2016
16 mins

A 10 meter diving tower. People who have never been up there before have to chose whether to jump or climb down. The situation in itself highlights a dilemma: to weigh the instinctive fear of taking the step out against the humiliation of having to climb down. Ten Meter Tower is an entertaining study of the human in a vulnerable position.

European Animation Award 


Dir: Jonatan Schwenk
Germany 2017
10 mins 14 secs

After a flood, some fishes got stuck in old trees. In danger of drying-out they scream sharply. Woken up by the noise, the inhabitants of a nearby cave don’t feel happy about the unintended gathering…

Chris Collins Best of British Award – Live Action

we_love_moses_dionne_edwards_1We Love Moses

Dir: Dionne Edwards
United Kingdom 2016
15 mins

When Ella was twelve, she had her first fight. And when she was twelve, she discovered sex. Now eighteen, Ella reflects on how her obsession with her older brother Michael’s best friend Moses left her with a secret she still carries.

Best of British Award – Animation

films_to_break projectors_tim_grabham_1Films To Break Projectors

Dir: Iloobia
United Kingdom 2016
5 mins 7 secs

Films to Break Projectors’ glues, scrapes and splices 35mm, 16mm and 8mm film to create unprojectable celluloid sculptures. Reanimating the material reveals the colour music within and traces of ambiguous narratives that emerge from the complex loops.


Deaf Shorts Showcase Award

The Silent Child

Dir: Chris Overton
UK 2017
19 mins 54 secs

Set in rural England and inspired by real life events. The Silent Child centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

Children’s Jury Award


Dir: Valle Comba Canales
Spain 2016
3 mins

Uka is a little girl who lives in a grey abandoned factory. While she’s painting her canvas, she finds a way of changing how she sees the world.

Audience Award

The Good Mother

Dir: Sarah Clift
Mexico/United Kingdom 2016
5 mins 36 secs

A Mexican mother, with her only child’s birthday looming, embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics, to find the right piñata for her son…


Main DepicT! 2017 Award


Dir: Alejandra M. Perrusquía
Mexico 2017
1 min 29 secs
Live Action

In 1970, a mother and her children gather in their living room to practise an ancient ritual.

DepicT! Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award 2017


Dir: George Lewis
United Kingdom 2017
1 min 29 secs
Live Action / Animation

A man from the city is intoxicated by the power of an ancient tree.

DepicT! British Special Mention Award 2017


Dir: Edwin Mingard
United Kingdom 2017
1 min 30 secs
Live Action

A young woman leaves her friends and heads into the city at night.

DepicT! Random Acts Special Mention Award 2017


Dir: George Lewis
United Kingdom 2017
1 min 29 secs
Live Action / Animation

A man from the city is intoxicated by the power of an ancient tree.

DepicT! Shooting People Audience Award 2017


Dir: Marie-Stéphane Cattaneo
France 2017
1 min
Live Action

The story of an ordinary day in the life of an ordinary man in a corner of the world which is anything but…

Encounters / Anijam Award 2017


Dirs: Jake Harvey, Sophie Dutton