The Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival launches this week, featuring more than 400 films and 60 events across six days.
As ever, the programme brings together the best in animation and short films, and covers genres from sci fi to documentaries.
There will also be some exciting guest appearances. This year’s Desert Island Flicks will feature Michael Dudok de Wit, Academy Award® winning animator of The Red Turtle, taking over the stage on Thursday 21st September to talk to audiences about the key influences for his animation career.
Pierre Coffin of Illumination, co-director of the Despicable Me films and voice of the Minions will talk to festival audiences in an exclusive masterclass. Another key event in the week will be featuring short films from the Tate’s Art in the Age of Black Power exhibition, with work of filmmakers including Zawe Ashton.
This year more than ever, the festival is shining a spotlight on female talent including a Polish female focus, together with ‘Final Girls: Female Body-Shock Horror’ and ‘Females in Puppetry’, as well as the festival’s two guest VR programmes curated by Catherine Allen from the female gaze.
From over 3,000 submissions this year, 247 films have been selected for the competition, programmed into themes including ‘Sci-Fi – Other Worlds’ to ‘Flights of Fancy’, ‘Talk to Me’, ‘Happy Together’ and ‘Horror – Thrilling and Chilling’.
Brand new to the festival this year is Immersive Encounters. Audiences can enjoy 4 days of collaborative viewing experiences from the best new filmmakers making VR/AR and 360 degree work.
In a huge coup for the festival, Stuart Warren-Hill will be showing his futuristic music/VR crossover piece, Holotronica 3D. The electronic musician, AV producer and visual artist will be taking over the Arnolfini on Friday 22nd September with a 3D experience like you’ve never seen before.
This year, the festival’s focus on accessibility continues the success of its ‘Widening the Lens’ initiative, with a workshop for emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds. The festival will take a family friendly turn on Saturday morning featuring an extended interactive version of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, a screening of the Children’s Jury selections from local children and a screening of Revolting Rhymes, two half hour screenings based on Roald Dahl’s delightful book.
See the official website for full programme and ticket details.