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Encounters Film Festival presents highlights from this year’s competition programme, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

At the heart of Encounters lies the international competition – one of the world’s leading competitions for short film, animation and virtual reality, and an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards: the Academy Awards®, BAFTAs, BIFAs and the European Film Awards.

Connecting industry and audiences, the festival celebrates the creativity, diversity and impact of short film.

Bend // Directed by Georgia Goggin

Cities of Ladies // Directed by Kim Noce

Don vs Lightning // Directed by Big Red Button

Know the Grass // Directed by Sophie Littman

RUN // Directed by Ruth Greenberg

Seeds of Love // Directed by Rosco 5 (Behnam Taheri, Gideon Beresford)

Umbilical // Directed by Elpida Stathatou

Soft Animals // Directed by Renee Zhan