Close encounters of the animated kind

Now in its 18th year, the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival is an annual showcase of movie-making talent, focusing on two of the most exacting disciplines in the medium.

For the 2012 Festival, 1,900 submissions have been whittled down to just 188 short films and animations representing 36 different countries - the very best of which will receive prestigious Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival awards, which are seen by many in the industry as a gateway to Academy Awards, BAFTAs and Cartoon d'or prizes.

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