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Encounters 2017

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Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival will return to Bristol on 19th-24th September 2017.

The event, running for its 23rd year next year, will once again bring the best in short films from across the world to the city.

Encounters is the leading showcase for short film and animation in the UK and is a qualifier for the Oscars®, BAFTAs, European Film Awards and Cartoon d’Or.

2016 festival featured great variety

The Encounters programme for 2016 featured a huge variety of films. From children’s animation up to the late lounge thrillers, there was something for all tastes and ages.

There was also a well-deserved tribute to Bristol’s own Aardman Animations, as part of the company’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

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Aardman’s Pete Lord and Dave Sproxton with Bristol 24-7’s Martin Booth at Encounters 2016

Guest speakers Paul Mason and David Nicholls took part in well-attended Q&A sessions. There was also a tribute to the Bristol music of the past and present.

There was a strong European theme to the 2016 festival with films from each of the European Union states shown.

One of the highlights was a compelling evening with guest speaker and legendary music film maker Don Letts.

The festival website will update throughout the year with news about which films and events will take place at Encounters 2017.

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