Award Winners 2016

We are thrilled to announce the Award Winners of the Encounters 22nd Short Film and Animation Festival 2016.


Brief Grand Prix Award 2016

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Dir: Brady Hood
United Kingdom 2016
23 mins 41 secs

After discovering her father has been arrested, Maddie has to make his bail. As she fights, her world spirals out of control – and she becomes the man she’s trying to save.

Animated Grand Prix Award 2016

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Dir: Anete Melece
Switzerland 2016
9 mins 04 secs

Anton is lost in his own head until one day a yellow boot brings him to an exit.

Two Special Mentions for this Award go to:

Here There
Dir: Alexander Stewart

OS Love
Dir: Luc Gut

Brief European Award 2016

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Dir: GiGi Ben Artzi
Ukraine 2016
7 mins 00 secs

EWA is a teenage girl who is suffering from a condition of a constant nose bleed while exploring different aspects of her life and the people around her.

An Honourable Mention for this Award goes to:
Red Light
Dir: Toma Waszarow

Animated European Award 2016

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Dir: Karolina Specht
Poland 2015
4 mins 00 secs

A visual story about how easy it is to lose one’s head.  A white head rolls slowly towards the centre of a black screen. One event triggers an avalanche of others.

Chris Collins Best of British Live Action Award 2016

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Dir: Isabelle Sieb
United Kingdom 2015
15 mins 45 secs

Miranda and her adult daughters are crammed in a little caravan to be near their irascible Gramps in his final days. They love him but his care bills are mounting and then they discover that he’s hidden his savings and doesn’t remember where.

An Honourable Mention for this Award goes to:
From Nursery to Misery
Dir: Matthew Reed

YellowDog Best of British Animation Award 2016

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Dir: Ainslie Henderson
United Kingdom 2015
2 mins 30 secs

Making puppet making make music.


Music Video Award 2016

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Dir: Geej Ower
United Kingdom 2016
4 mins 46 secs
Music Clip

The narrative follows one man’s psychological torment battling with the memory of a past relationship. It’s an emotional and physical story as our character attempts to rid himself of his past. Music video for Jono McCleery.

Children’s Award 2016

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Dir: Jesús Peréz & Gerd Gockell
Germany / Switzerland 2015
6 mins 09 secs

An animated short film for children about friendship. One can’t force a friendship,  but an emergency can build a friendship.

Audience Award 2016

Red light

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Dir: Toma Waszarow
Bulgaria/Croatia 2016
21 mins 11 secs

In a provincial town, the traffic light is stuck on red. A bus driver refuses to continue until it turns green. Everyone is in a hurry.

EFA (European Film Awards) Nominee 2016

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Dir: Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege, Floor van der Meulen
Netherlands 2015
12 mins 36 secs

A portrayal of the first nine days of the rapidly changing uprising in Aleppo, observations recorded by the renowned Syrian photographer Issa Touma from his window in the old city.

Cartoon d’Or Nominee 2016

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Dir: David Dell’Edera
Hungary 2015
6 mins 18 secs

Everyone does what they want to. The people from this movie are not sure what they want to do yet.


Main DepicT! 2016 Award


Dir: Petra Balekic
Croatia 2016
1 min 30 secs

What happens when perceived group norms are broken by individuals?  It’s not always easy to go against the grain.

DepicT! Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award 2016


Dir: Ben Mankin
UK 2016
1 min 30 secs

In a run-down doctor’s waiting room… what lies beneath?

Live action

DepicT! British Special Mention Award 2016

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Dir: Lee Charlish
UK 2016
1 min 30 secs
Monsters don’t live under your bed; they live inside your head. an oneiric animation showing the descent into mental illness.


DepicT! Random Acts Special Mention Award 2016


Dir: Petra Balekic
Croatia 2016
1 min 30 secs

What happens when perceived group norms are broken by individuals?  It’s not always easy to go against the grain.


DepicT! Shooting People Audience Award 2016

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Dir: Meg Bagadion
Philippines 2016
1 min 3 secs

A boy pesters his constantly flustered mom about a missing toy and throws a tantrum that changes his life.
Mixed live action/ animation

Encounters / Show Me the Animation Anijam Award 2016

Tiny Encounters

Dani Abram, Lauren Orme, Michael Ostrolenk, Christopher Wright, Cardiff Animation Nights

Widening The Lens Pitching Award 2016

1st Prize

Marley Morisson

Widening The Lens Pitching Award 2016

2nd Prize

Candice Onyeama

Widening The Lens Pitching Award 2016

3rd Prize

Ako Mitchell and Jen Nkiru


VRlet Awards Grand Jury Prize 2016

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Dir: Erfan Saadati, Toby Coffey, Rufus Norris

VRlet Awards Best Director 2016


Dir: James Louis Hedley

VRlet Awards Best Feature Film 2016


Dong Aihui

VRlet Awards Best Documentary 2016

Drift Miss Love

Dir: Cheng Yiyi

VRlet Awards Best Visual Effects 2016

Four-Ye Fan

Dir: Song Huayang