Magazine article Screen International

Encounters Attracts Record Numbers

Magazine article Screen International

Encounters Attracts Record Numbers

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Managing director Liz Harkman is stepping down on a high, after 6 years heading up Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol.

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival has attracted record numbers of both audience and industry to its 2013 edition which wrapped last weekend.

700 industry delegates attended the 5 day festival, which ran September 17-22. Total audiences, including for free screenings, added up to 8,000. The festival also received a record number of submissions - 2,300, up from 1789 in 2012.

Encounters moved from its November slot to September in 2012, which resulted in a dip in admissions in 2012.

"Last year everyone was a bit out of sync, but this year, people have come back. And there has been a huge number of filmmakers. There are so many people making short films, but the quality is still fantastic," said artistic director Mark Cosgrove.

The festival attracted 198 film-makers, partly thanks to an initiative to help British film-makers, financially, with their accommodation. …

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