"We think of Encounters as a mirror of the 21st century."

An introduction to the section with Carlo Chatrian (Artistic Director), Eva Trobisch (jury) and the directors Victor Kossakovsky, Sandra Wollner and Camilo Restrepo.

Encounters is a platform aiming to foster aesthetically and structurally daring works from independent, innovative filmmakers. Its goal is to support new perspectives in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms in the official selection.

Conceived as a counterpoint and a complement to Competition, Encounters is a competitive section devoted to new cinematic visions. The films selected will challenge traditional forms and ask viewers to reconsider their positions in relation to them. Being a mirror of the different ways of production that have developed in the 21st century and reflecting this vibrant energy, Encounters will become a meeting point for filmmakers and producers, programmers and film critics, cinephiles and festival lovers.

Not distinguishing between genres, Encounters comprises usually around 15 works - world or international premieres of fiction or documentary films of at least 60 minutes in length. A three-member jury will choose winners for best film, best director and a special jury award

A selection of Encounters works

The three-person Jury Encounters awards the following prizes:

  • Best Film
  • Special Jury Award
  • Best Director

Cross-section awards respectively awards of the Independent Juries:


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