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Shooting People, Revolver Entertainment and the Barbican present Encounters with Herzog – a film competition judged by Werner himself.

Taking inspiration from the director's filmmaking spirit - his fascination with the natural world and the obsessive, intrepid individuals who venture into it - we dared filmmakers to bring their vision of man's relationship with nature to the screen. The brief was open and we saw our Members explore this idea with originality and creativity - focuses includedthe emergence of nature in the urban environment, the story of misadventure in the countryside, or extreme encounters between man and beast.

The winning film, as chosen by Herzog, was screened prior to his documentary 'Encounters at the End of the World' at the Barbican on Sunday 27 September 2009, as part of the Werner Herzog Directorspective(12-27 September 2009). Revolver Entertainment released Encounters on DVD on 31 August 2009.

Emerging as a strong voice of the German new wave, Werner Herzog's singular and ambitious filmmaking has made him one of the most distinctive auteurs of his generation. His fascination with the natural world has brought some remarkable narratives and environments to the screen. Through 'Encounters with Herzog - a film competition' we saw Herzog's filmmaking spirit inspire a new generation of filmmakers.

The winning film was Peter and Ben by Pinny Grylls. Herzog wrote "Peter and Ben has a wonderful human touch to it".

There were six finalists, and you can watch them below




Shooting People runs lots of film competitions