Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival

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1 Canon’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX




THE UK’s leading showcase for short film and animation, Encounters is a gateway to the Oscars, BAFTAs, European Film Awards and Cartoon d’Or for budding movie makers.

With hundreds of live action and animated shorts submitted from across the world, the judges whittle them down to the best, which are then screened in Bristol to eager audiences. To give you an idea of the quality, six films shortlisted for the 2016 Oscars were made by Encounters entrants.

As well as film screenings there are other events, parties but at the event’s heart is five days of the best short films around. It’s another free Bristol event and the Late Lounge features some great after dark content.

The full programme has now been released at it includes an evening with Aardman founders Dave Sproxton and Peter Lords to celebrate 40 years of making movies together, during which they will present a remastered version of their groundbreaking video for 1980’s Peter Gabriel single Sledgehammer.

On Friday 23rd September there will be the chance to delve back into Bristol’s rich musical history when The Bristol Sound on Screen will screen footage from the era when the city ruled the underground and the airwaves.

A retrospective of music videos and archive footage including rare shots of the Wild Bunch on the streets of St Paul’s and Montpelier in the 1980s to more contemporary Bristol acts, it will be an evening to celebrate the inspiring music of the city.

Festival favourite Late Lounge will return with a selection of dark, twisted and controversial short films submitted in this year’s competition. There will be guest appearances from the likes of filmmaker, musician and DJ Don Letts, author and screenwriter David Nicholls and former Channel 4 news reporter now filmmaker and author Paul Mason. The programme is packed with quality films, talks and events, including a chance to see the award winning films across the weekend of the festival.

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