Widening the Lens – Developing New Talent 2019

Encounters Festival are excited to announce that we will be running our Widening the Lens scheme again in 2019! This year the scheme will be supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions.

Applications are sought from filmmakers at the entry stages of their career, looking for guidance on how to progress their ambitions.

Application deadline - Monday 21 January 2019

DATES - 20th - 22nd February 2019, Bristol


Designed to remove barriers and increase opportunities for under-represented filmmakers, Widening the Lens 2019 will be delivered across three days in Bristol and will consist of masterclasses, round table discussions, workshops and film screenings.

DATES – 20th – 22nd February 2019, Bristol

Who is the scheme for?

UK based filmmakers who self-identify themselves as from an underrepresented group, as outlined by the BFI Diversity Guidelines, these are –

  • Filmmakers from a BAME background
  • Filmmakers with disabilities
  • LGBTQI+ Filmmakers
  • Female Filmmakers

Participants will take part in round table discussions, masterclasses, workshops and screenings as part of this scheme.


Please submit your applications for Widening the Lens 2019 via this online form.

Bursaries for travel and accommodation are available, please let us know on your application form if you require a bursary.

Application deadline – Monday 21 January 2019


For all enquiries please email: wtl@encounters-festival.org.uk