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October 2017 | Georgie McGahey

Winner Richard took full advantage of his prize passes to Encounters festival.

The Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival is one of the largest short film festivals in the UK and a gateway to the Academy awards and BAFTA nominations. Films are submitted from first time filmmakers and experienced members of the industry, keen to break into drama or feature films. 

For a filmmaker, the festival is a unique opportunity to network with peers and engage with members of the industry who pack out the Watershed venue each year. 

For a spectator, you have access to panel discussions, Q and A's, workshops and a fantastic array of short film and animation programmes. We had the chance to sit in on the Calling the Shots, 2 minute short films which proved to be a powerful and inspiring selection, from filmmakers aged 16 to 24.

In July My First Job in Film ran a competition with Encounters for the best 90 second film. The winner, Richard Addelsee, has been making is own work for many years. Since leaving university he volunteered on short films and once he gained enough knowledge, set out with a group of friends to Edinburgh to shoot Believe

The Encounters team judges Believe to be the best of the bunch and Richard won two full festival passes to the festival. When we caught up with him, he had a large handful of tickets for the days events and was taking full advantage of the weeks programme. 

If you would like to know how your talent can win you prizes, check out our competition page, for more information click here.

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