Encounters 2013 has announced its winning short films after five days of competitive screenings, with British filmmakers Jamie Stone and Felix Massie taking the Grand Prix Awards, making 2013 the first year with a double British win.


Festival audiences have the chance to see a selection of the winning films screening today (Sunday 22nd September) at Watershed Cinema 3 at 11.00am and 5.00pm.


Director Jamie Stone took the Brief Encounters Grand Prix Award for his short film Orbit Ever After for its ‘creative ingenuity, inspired casting, humour, clarity of storytelling and poetic ending’. Felix Massie won the Animated Encounters Grand Prix Award for directing In the Air is Christopher Gray which the judges unanimously agreed had a special quality and witty script. These films now qualify for Oscar® nomination.


Best of British Awards


In the animated category, Anomalies by Ben Cady took the top spot, a film about the human compulsion to meddle, probe and fiddle with things that are better left alone, while the live action category Brief Encounters was won by Rosemary Jane, directed by Carolina Petro. Both of these films now qualify for BAFTA nomination.


Music Video Award


This year was the inaugural year for the Music Video Award supported by Rushes and in partnership with Soho Shorts. Presented by founder of Swiss rock band The Young Gods, Franz Treichler; the award went to Stardust directed by Mischa Rozema.


Cartoon d’Or Nomination


Cargo Cult, directed by Bastien Dubois was the winner of the Cartoon d’Or 2013 nomination for best European animated short film, with jury members praising its ‘use of rotoscoping, complemented by animated sequences which provide an element of strangeness and magic central to the story.’


DepicT! ’13 Award


Shining star of the 90-second film strand DepicT! this year was Cool Unicorn Bruv, directed by Ninian Doff which won both the DepicT!’13 Shooting People RPS Audience Award and the DepicT! ’13 Award, the first time that audience and jury have both chosen the same award winner.


Best of South West Awards


Two Bristol based filmmakers took the top spots in the South West categories this year. 0117 Hour Challenge winners Bristol Sprout took the Brief Encounters Best of South West Award, with Behind The Journey, a short film made in just 117 hours. Meanwhile festival alumni Karni and Saul took their first Encounters accolade, winning the Animated Encounters Best of South West Award for music video Winter Trees.


Encounters 2013 Award Winners:


Grand Prix


Animated Encounters Grand Prix Award: In the Air is Christopher Gray directed by Felix Massie (UK)

Special mention: The Hunter directed by Marieka Walsh (Australia)

Special mention: Tap to Retry directed by Neta Cohen (Israel)


Brief Encounters Grand Prix Award: Orbit Ever After directed by Jamie Stone (UK)


Best of British Awards


Animated Encounters Best of British Award: Anomalies directed by Ben Cady (UK)

Brief Encounters Best of British Award: Rosemary Jane directed by Carolina Petro (UK)


Cartoon d’Or nomination


Cartoon d’Or nomination: Cargo Cult by Bastien Dubois (France)

Special mention: The Maggot Feeder by Priit Tender (Estonia)

Special mention: Hollow Land directed by Michelle Kranot and Uri Kranot (Denmark, France, Canada)


European Film Awards 2013


Bristol Short Film nominee for the European Film Awards 2013: Orbit Ever After by Jamie Stone (UK)

Special Mention: Fear of Flying by Conor Finnegan (Ireland)


DepicT! ’13 Awards


DepicT!’13 British Special Mention Award: Return by James Young (UK)

DepicT! ’13 Shooting People RPS Audience Award: Cool Unicorn Bruv by Ninian Doff (UK)

DepicT! 13 Random Acts Special Mention: Sun by Paul Hill (UK)

DepicT! ’13 RPS Cinematography Award: A Thing by Chintan Gohil (India)

DepicT! ’13 Award: Cool Unicorn Bruv by Ninian Doff (UK)


Encounters 2013 Awards


Children’s Jury Award: Fear of Flying, Directed by Conor Finnegan (Ireland)

Encounters Audience Award: Home by Thomas Gleeson (New Zealand)

Music Video Award: Stardust by Mischa Rozema (Netherlands)


Documentary Award: Adrift by Frederik Jan Depickere (Belgium / Colombia)

Special mention: Feeding Five Hundred by Rafed Alharthi and Ray Hadded (UAE)


UWE European New Talent Awards


Animated Encounters: UWE European New Talent Award: Plug and Play directed by Michael Frei (Switzerland)

Brief Encounters: UWE European New Talent Award: Beat directed by Aneil Karia (UK)


Best of South West Awards


Animated Encounters Best of South West Award: Winter Trees by Karni and Saul (UK)

Brief Encounters Best of South West Award: Behind The Journey by Bristol Sprout (UK)