Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2017

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The 2017 Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival will feature more than 400 films and 60 events across six days, showcasing the very best of animation and short films from new and emerging talent.

Covering every film genre you can think of, including sci fi, horror, children’s animation, comedy and adult themes, the festival takes place mostly at the Watershed Cinema on the Harbourside.

The 2017 festival will kick off with a sold-out evening with comedian and broadcaster Adam Buxton, whose Best of BUG: The Evolution of Music Video promises to be a feast of comedy and some classic clips on Tuesday, September 19.

On Thursday September 21 at The Arnolfini there will be the chance to meet Pierre Coffin, creator and co-director of the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise. In this unique session he will be talking about how the lovable Minions were invented and how they got their crazy language.

On Friday VR and holographics will be combined to create an experience at the Arnolfini which is likely to live long in the memory.

AV pioneer Stuart Warren-Hill’s show Holotronica will be an evening unlike any Bristol has seen before.

Stuart invented Holo-Gauze, a patented technology developed specifically for Holotronica live shows. The screen is combined with a high-powered 3D video projection system and will be used at the Arnolfini to show music and visuals.

Anyone who watched Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute at The Grammys or Australia’s performance at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will have had a snapshot of what to expect from this evening of music and film wizadry.

In keeping with the futuristic theme, Screen 3 at The Watershed will be dedicated to showcasing the work of the best new talent producing virtual reality, augmented reality and 360degree work.

For the late-night VR screenings the work of guest curator Catherine Allen will take centre stage. Attempting to reclaim intimacy in VR from the world of pornography, the films – with adult films – will demonstrate what VR is capable of when it comes to the fine detail of human relationships, sexuality and sensuality.

On Saturday family screenings will feature highly. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, the bestselling book by Michael Rosen, follows the adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max and Rufus the dog on their expedition to track down a bear. Produced by Ruth Fielding and Camilla Deakin, the film version of the book will be shown at 9.30am.

Later that day (1pm) the Revolting Rhymes will be shown. Based on the much-loved children’s books by Roald Dahl, this series takes the classic fairytales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella and Jack & The Beanstalk and adds a mischevious twist.

On Sunday, as the festival draws to a close, there will be two chances to see a selection of films from the award winners – those chosen as the best from the 2017 entries – at 11.40am and 2.10pm.

As well as showing films, Encounters encourages new filmmaking talent by supplying a unique meeting place for the industry and holding masterclasses and workshops from key figures.

One of the pivotal parts of the festival is the Encounters Festival International Competition, one of the leading international contests for short film and animation and a gateway to the BAFTAs, European Film Awards and The Oscars.

For full ticket details and show times see the official Encounters website.

“A vibrant celebration of all things big screen and a firm fixture in every film buff’s calendar.”

The Bristol Post

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