It's that time of year again, when the award season warms up and the Academy Award® nominations are released. Encounters Festival is a UK qualifying festival for some of the top awards in the business including the Academy Awards®, so we're always very keen to see if any Encounters Filmmakers have made the nominations....

Each year the Encounters Festival Grand Prix winners qualify for consideration in the Short Film categories of the Annual Academy Awards®.

The 2015 shortlist features three animations and two live action shorts that were screened in competition at Encounters Festival 2015, details of these are below:


Prologue, Richard Williams
We screened the latest animation from legendary director and animator Richard Willimas in our ‘Rise and Fall’ programme in 2015.

Dir: Richard Williams
United Kingdom 2014
5 mins 30 secs

Greece – 2400 years ago. Spartan and Athenian warriors battle to the death, observed by a little girl.

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit

This touching animated short screened in the ‘Friends and Family’ programme at the 2015 festival

Dir: Konstantin Bronzit
Russian Federation 2014
15 mins 20 secs

Two cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only about the dream.  You can watch a trailer of the short here.

World of Tomorrow,Don Hertzfeldt

We were delighted to screen this profound and thought provoking animation in the 2015 programme ‘The March of Time’.

Dir: Don Hertzfeldt
United States 2015
17 mins 00 secs

A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.


Ave Maria, Basil Khali
A charming, funny short screened as part of our Comedy Short programme ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’.

Ave Maria
Dir: Basil Khalil
Palestine 2015
14 mins 44 secs

The Nuns of the ‘Sisters of Mercy’ Convent, in the middle of the West Bank, have their daily routine of silence and prayer disrupted when a family of Jewish settlers come knocking at their door for help after crashing into the convent’s wall.

AVE MARIA – Trailer from Ouat Media on Vimeo.

Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary
A warm hearted short film, full of hope.  This love themed film screened in our ‘Pillow Talk’ programme.

Dir: Benjamin Cleary
United Kingdom 2015
12 mins 56 secs

A man with a cruel speech impediment must face his ultimate fear.warm hearted and full of hope

Big congratulations to all shortlisted and Good Luck from Encounters Festival.