Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2016

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2016

Season

Please note: this season finished in Sept 2016

Catch the best new short and animated films from across the globe, right here in Bristol. Encounters is the UK’s leading short film festival combining film screenings, special events, industry masterclasses and workshops in a jam packed programme of activity.

The Encounters programme is bursting at the seams with a glorious selection of things to do, see, watch and experience. This year’s highlights include an Aardman Retrospective, celebrating their 40th year; a country focus on Ukraine, an exceptional programme of European shorts featuring films from each of the 28 EU member states; and a retrospective programme through Bristol’s musical history. Special guests include author and screenwriter David Nicholls, filmmaker, musician and DJ Don Letts, and writer, broadcaster and filmmaker Paul Mason.

The 22nd Festival will present over 400 films and 40 events, and the International Competition is a gateway to some of the biggest awards out there – filmmakers who screen their shorts at Encounters can go on to win the Academy Awards® the BAFTAs, Cartoon d’Or and the European Film Awards. See them here first.

Find out more about the festival, see the full programme and sign up to the Encounters newsletter at encounters-festival.org.uk.

Ticket price range: free drop in sessions - £8.00.


Previous screenings & events in this season

Award Winners Screening 2  15   Encounters 2016

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2016
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Want to see the best of the best from the 2016 competition? Catch a selection of the award winning short and animated films in this unmissable showcase – a regular sell out, make sure you get your tickets quick!

Award Winners Screening 1  15   Encounters 2016

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2016
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Want to see the best of the best from the 2016 competition? Catch a selection of the award winning short and animated films in this unmissable showcase – a regular sell out, make sure you get your tickets quick!

Nothing Compares to EU - Perpetual Cinema Encounters 2016

Perpetual Cinema (Contimental)
Please note: This event took place in Sept 2016
Drop-in
Celebrate our European-ness with this unique rolling programme featuring a film from each of the 28 EU member states screened back to back in this free drop-in screening.

Shorts 2 Features - The Hatching  15   Encounters 2016

Shorts 2 Features - The Hatching
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
People have been disappearing in a Somerset village, and it all seems to be centred around the old Sabre Stone Quarry.

European Film Awards - Screening 3  15   Encounters 2016

European Film Awards - Screening 3
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
The European Film Academy and EFA Productions present the 2015 short film nominations in the last of three short film programmes.

Lithuanian Shorts  15   Encounters 2016

Lithuanian Shorts
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
This selection of six Lithuanian short films – fiction, animation and documentary, released in the last three years, is well representative of the direction of contemporary filmmaking in Lithuania.

Shorts 2 Features - Light Years  12A   Encounters 2016

Shorts 2 Features - Light Years
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
This debut feature from BAFTA-award winning director and photographer Esther May Campbell is a poetic and startling story of loss, hope and the deepest of human connections.

Aardman Family Model Making Workshops - Build a Shaun the Sheep Encounters 2016

Make Your Own Shaun The Sheep with Aardman
Please note: This event took place in Sept 2016
Workshop
We’ve teamed up with Aardman, the creators behind Shaun the Sheep, Wallace & Gromit and Morph, to offer some ewe-nique workshops and the opportunity to learn how to make your own Shaun the Sheep.

European film Awards - Screening 2  15   Encounters 2016

European Film Awards - Screening 2
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
The European Film Academy and EFA Productions present the 2015 short film nominations in the second of three short film programmes.

Shorts 2 Features - Baden Baden  15   Encounters 2016

Shorts 2 Features - Baden Baden
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
After a failed attempt at working on a foreign film set, 26 year-old Ana returns to her hometown of Strasbourg and tries to get her life together.

DepicT! Showcase  15   Encounters 2016

DepicT!
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
The big screen premiere of the tiny shorts (90 seconds or less) in the running for the DepicT! awards - plus a chance to meet the talent behind the films.

Aardman Family Model Making Workshops - Build a Gromit Encounters 2016

Aardman Family Model Making Workshops - Build a Gromit
Please note: This event took place in Sept 2016
Workshop
Aardman, the creators behind Shaun the Sheep, Wallace & Gromit and Morph, offer some ewe-nique workshops and the opportunity to learn how to make your own Gromit clay model.

European Film Awards Screening 1  15   Encounters 2016

European Film Awards screening 1
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
The European Film Academy and EFA Productions present the 2015 short film nominations in the first of three short film programmes.

Shorts 2 Features - Norfolk  18 (CTBA)   Encounters 2016

Shorts 2 Features - Norfolk
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
A disillusioned mercenary has his final target in sight - a gang of foreign revolutionaries who lay low in a nearby derelict compound.

I Will Survive - Family Friendly Shorts 14 +  PG   Encounters 2016

Family Friendly Shorts 14 +
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Our Family Friendly screenings have been created for kids by kids! This programme is for children aged 14+ and their families.

Festival Highlights  15   Encounters 2016

Festival Highlights
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
A programme bringing together some of the titles from the short and animated films in competition and to give you a snap shot of what's coming up in the Festival week.

Family Friendly Shorts 7 +  U   Encounters 2016

Family Friendly Shorts 7 +
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Our Family Friendly screenings have been created for kids by kids! This programme is for children aged 7+ and their families.

Late Lounge XXXtra  18   Encounters 2016

Late Lounge XXXtra
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Behold the annual grungefest of outrageous sick and twisted shorts!

Breaking Boundaries: In Conversation with Don Letts Encounters 2016

Breaking Boundaries: In Conversation with Don Letts
Please note: This event took place in Sept 2016
Talk
DJ and Filmmaker Don Letts in conversation with Dr Edson Burton.

The Bristol Sound on Screen  15   Encounters 2016

The Bristol Sound on Screen
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
A retrospective programme of music videos and archive footage from Bristol’s underground music scene.

Animation 6 - Art and Design  15   Encounters 2016

ANIMATION 6 - Art and Design
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
A selection of films that dare to be different - through experimentation and often non-narrative approaches these films excel in their design and novel ways of expression.

Let's Dance - Music Videos & Dance Films  15   Encounters 2016

Let's Dance - Music Video & Dance Films
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Back by popular demand... this collection of music videos and dance short films offers you dazzling visual art, wild stories and animated adventures in sound, music and image.

Short Film 9 - Make me  15   Encounters 2016

SHORT FILM 9 - Make me.
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Defiance is the corner stone of every great on-screen protagonist. These films continue that tradition by showcasing new on-screen rebels and their revolutions both big and small.

Breakthru Shorts  15   Encounters 2016

Breakthru Shorts
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
A short animation programme from the Oscar®-winning BreakThru Films from Poland.

Short Film 8 - Bloody Foreigners  15   Encounters 2016

SHORT FILM 8- Bloody Foreigners
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Post-Brexit Britain has seen hate crime soar - this programme explores the consequences.

Animation 5 - A Look Inside  15   Encounters 2016

ANIMATION 5 - A Look Inside
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
A programme that lifts the lid on aspects of medical, emotional and psychological conditions such as memory, ageing and perception.

Cartoon D'or  15   Encounters 2016

Cartoon D'or
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
The Cartoon d’Or is the award for the best European animated short film of the year showcasing the best of the best prize-winning films from major European festivals.

Short Film 7 - Islands  15   Encounters 2016

SHORT FILM 7 - Islands
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
This archipelago of shorts questions the notion that ‘No man is an island’ with examples of 21st century seclusion.

Late Lounge  18   Encounters 2016

Late Lounge
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Bring a bucket, sit back and try to make yourself comfortable for one helluva rollercoaster ride of sick and twisted shorts.

Preview: Under the Shadow  15  S Encounters 2016

Preview: Under the Shadow
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
This politically charged, spine-chilling debut from Iranian director Babak Anvari (who joins us for a Director's Q&A after the Mon 3 Oct 18:00 screening) is a tense and atmospheric thriller set in a haunted Tehran apartment during the terrifying final days of the Iran-Iraq War.

Fear and Loathing - Thriller Shorts  15   Encounters 2016

Fear and Loathing - Thriller Shorts
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
From Celtic Mythology to shipwrecked sailors, dark memories to murder mystery, join us for an evening of tension and suspense with these heart stopping thrilling shorts.

Animation 4 - It's Only Natural  15   Encounters 2016

ANIMATION 4 - It's Only Natural
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Stories of flora and fauna sit next to cold concrete in this poignant collection of films.

Ukraine Female Focus  15   Encounters 2016

Ukraine Female Focus
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
For some, a first film, for others a step on their way to a first feature – this collection presents a young generation of female Ukrainian filmmakers to watch.

Tales of the Unexpected - Widening the Lens  15   Encounters 2016

Tales of the Unexpected - Widening the Lens
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
People aren’t always what you think, and friendships can often be found where you least expect them. In these films some characters open their eyes past first impressions, and some go on journeys to discover who they really are.

Short Film 6 - Modern Love  15   Encounters 2016

SHORT FILM 6 - Modern Love
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Don't believe in Modern Love - Bowie was right!

Short Film 5 - Those Left Behind  15   Encounters 2016

SHORT FILM 5 - Those Left Behind
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Depicting the ranges of emotions felt, from sadness to nonchalance, this presentation is nothing less than Good Grief.

Voices from the Margins  18   Encounters 2016

Voices from the Margins
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Four films from Gavin Scott Whitfield, a brave new filmmaking voice who seeks to empower the powerless and peer into dark corners that society would rather gloss over.

Animation 3 - Top of the Class  15   Encounters 2016

ANIMATION 3 - Top of the Class
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
An eclectic range of outstanding films selected for their powerful emotional impact.

Filmakademie 25th Anniversary Screening  15   Encounters 2016

Filmakademie 25th Anniversary Screening
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
The prestigious Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg celebrates its 25th anniversary with this hand-picked selection of outstanding student projects from the last 25 years.

Short Film 4 - My Space  15   Encounters 2016

SHORT FILM 4 - My Space
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Exploring cities to farms, highlighting the people who dwell there and the choices they have to make.

Close Encounters of the Short Kind - Sci Fi Shorts  15   Encounters 2016

Close Encounters of the Short Kind
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Join us on a short orbit around this planet (and others) to see what the latest new and emerging talent are doing with the wonderful world of Sci-Fi.

Desert Island Flicks with Paul Mason Encounters 2016

Desert Island Flicks with Paul Mason
Please note: This event took place in Sept 2016
Talk
Writer, broadcaster and economics expert Paul Mason joins us to share his top film picks.

Funny Looking Shorts  15   Encounters 2016

Funny Looking Shorts
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Presented here for your delight is a fantastic mix of films, each with a funny take on life - be ready to smile and to cringe!

Animation 2 - Moving Pictures  15   Encounters 2016

ANIMATION 2 - Moving Pictures
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Mixed emotions are thrown into relief in these tales of love, loss, friendship and sacrifice.

Deaf Shorts - Sign of the Times  15   Encounters 2016

Deaf Shorts - Sign of the Times
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
A programme of short films which celebrate deafness and the Deaf community through positive onscreen representation.

Short Film 3 - Daddy Dearest  15   Encounters 2016

SHORT FILM 3 -Daddy Dearest
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
This programme explores what happens when things don’t go right for the patriarchs of the house and how they attempt to redeem themselves.

Lithuanian Programme (Post) Soviet Documentary  15   Encounters 2016

Lithuanian Programme (Post) Soviet Documentary
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Newly digitised and restored these four documentary films accurately represent the turning point in Lithuanian documentary cinema and establish a dialogue between filmmakers from two different generations.

Nahemi Screening  15   Encounters 2016

Nahemi Screening
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
This programme showcases some of the most exciting, dynamic and diverse student work made in the UK this year.

Short Film 2 - Mother’s Milk  15   Encounters 2016

SHORT FILM 2 - Mother’s Milk
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
This series of shorts explores the maternal relationship from both sides and ultimately celebrates Mums, the most important women on the planet.

Animation 1 - The Weight of Humanity  15   Encounters 2016

ANIMATION 1 - The Weight of Humanity
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
In this programme some of the most ambitious animation dares to tackle weighty subject matter each with something to say about humanity or the lack of.

Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi Retrospective  18   Encounters 2016

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2016
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
A retrospective of the shorts of Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (The Tribe).

Ode to Lesvos  18   Encounters 2016

Ode to Lesvos
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
Ode to Lesvos, tells the positive stories of people who are making a difference on the front lines of the refugee crisis.

Short Film 1 - Sux2Bme  15   Encounters 2016

SHORT FILM 1 - Sux2Bme
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
This programme proves that being young is tough in that continuous cycle of success and failure called ‘growing up’.

The Aardman 40th Anniversary Special Encounters 2016

The Aardman 40th Anniversary Special
Please note: This event took place in Sept 2016
Event
In this special 40th anniversary event we are delighted to welcome Aardman co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton to look back at the key milestones along their incredible journey.

Festival Highlights - Opening Night  15   Encounters 2016

Festival Highlights
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2016
Film
A programme bringing together some of the titles from the short and animated films in competition and to give you a snap shot of what's coming up in the Festival week.