Invest in New Talent - Support Encounters



Every year the success of the festival depends upon the efforts and involvement of our sponsors and supporters, and we are forever thankful for their generous contribution - without which the festival would not be possible.

Join our global community to champion the development of new talent and advocate the importance of short film as a means to progress the next generation of filmmakers and animators.

We offer a range of of bespoke opportunities which every year allow our sponsors and supporters to reach public audiences of over 11,000, several thousand emerging creatives and around 700 film and animation industry attendees from across the world.



BFI is the British Film Institute. Its world-renowned archive, cinemas, festivals, films, publications and learning resources are there to inspire you.

National Lottery Fund

Dedicated to the public good and making a positive impact on communities, Camelot’s aim is to maximise returns to society in the most efficient and responsible way.

Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council is happy to support Encounters International Film Festival.

MEDIA programme

MEDIA is the EU support programme for the European audiovisual industry.



Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts.


Watershed is at the heart of Bristol UK; promoting creativity, innovation and talent.

Major Sponsors


Aardman has a deserved reputation as a world leader in model animation. Their award-winning work leads the field producing a unique brand of independent film.

Big Bang

Big Bang deals with all areas of post production, offering a comprehensive service under one roof, whilst preserving a personal approach.

films at 59

Films@59 aims to make your pre and post production path as smooth and enjoyable an experience as possible.


Bristol is a great place to study film, home to an array of cinemas and film festivals; UWE has strong links with Encounters Film Festival.



The ARRI Group is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of motion picture cameras, digital intermediate systems and lighting equipment.


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) supports, promotes and develops the art forms of the moving image - film, television and video games.


NAHEMI acts as a forum for debate on all matters pertaining to the teaching of practice in the Moving Image in Higher Education.

Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society promotes the highest standards in image making via its distinctions, workshops, lectures, exhibitions and funding opportunities.

Smith and Williamson

Smith & Williamson are one of the top ten largest firm of accountants* in the UK.

VI Rental

Europe’s leading supplier of broadcast equipment to the production community.

Media Partners


Aesthetica is a leading visual art and contemporary culture publication which hosts the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York from 8 – 11 November.

Crack Magazine

Crack Magazine is a monthly arts and music magazine based in Bristol and distributing in Cardiff and London and The South West.

Fade to Black

Fade To Black is a quarterly, international magazine for the iPad dedicated to a new generation of image-makers.

Little White Lies

LWLies is a bi-monthly, independent movie magazine that features cutting edge writing, illustration and photography to get under the skin of cinema.


From Pre-Production to Distribution and Exhibition, movieScope covers the process and business of international movie making from an insider's P.O.V.

Shooting People

Shooting People started in the belief that the best way to get independent films made and out into the world was to learn from others doing it themselves.

Shorts TV

ShortsTV is the global home to short film, where short stories come to life in stunning high definition.

Sight & Sound

The international film magazine. Discover the best world cinema with informed and independent film news and comment and reviews of every new cinema release.


Skwigly brings you the latest up-to-date news and views on all aspects of animation.


Travel Support for Attending Filmmakers

Restaurant supporters

Event Partners

Fringe Event Partners