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Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2016

Please note: this season finished in Sept 2016
Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 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

Film Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2016

Sun 25 Sept 2016 17:00

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!

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Award Winners Screening 1 15

Film Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2016

Sun 25 Sept 2016 12:00

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!

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Nothing Compares to EU - Perpetual Cinema

Drop-in Perpetual Cinema (Contimental)

Sun 25 Sept 2016 10:30 - 17:30

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.

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Shorts 2 Features - The Hatching 15

Film Shorts 2 Features - The Hatching

Sat 24 Sept 2016 21:30

People have been disappearing in a Somerset village, and it all seems to be centred around the old Sabre Stone Quarry.

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European Film Awards - Screening 3 15

Film European Film Awards - Screening 3

Sat 24 Sept 2016 16:40

The European Film Academy and EFA Productions present the 2015 short film nominations in the last of three short film programmes.

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Lithuanian Shorts 15

Film Lithuanian Shorts

Sat 24 Sept 2016 16:30

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.

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Shorts 2 Features - Light Years 12A

Film Shorts 2 Features - Light Years

Sat 24 Sept 2016 15:30

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.

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Aardman Family Model Making Workshops - Build a Shaun the Sheep

Workshop Make Your Own Shaun The Sheep with Aardman

Sat 24 Sept 2016 15:00

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.

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European film Awards - Screening 2 15

Film European Film Awards - Screening 2

Sat 24 Sept 2016 14:30

The European Film Academy and EFA Productions present the 2015 short film nominations in the second of three short film programmes.

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Shorts 2 Features - Baden Baden 15

Film Shorts 2 Features - Baden Baden

Sat 24 Sept 2016 14:00

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.

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DepicT! Showcase 15

Film DepicT!

Sat 24 Sept 2016 13:00

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.

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Aardman Family Model Making Workshops - Build a Gromit

Workshop Aardman Family Model Making Workshops - Build a Gromit

Sat 24 Sept 2016 13:00

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.

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European Film Awards Screening 1 15

Film European Film Awards screening 1

Sat 24 Sept 2016 12:30

The European Film Academy and EFA Productions present the 2015 short film nominations in the first of three short film programmes.

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Shorts 2 Features - Norfolk 18 (CTBA)

Film Shorts 2 Features - Norfolk

Sat 24 Sept 2016 11:30

A disillusioned mercenary has his final target in sight - a gang of foreign revolutionaries who lay low in a nearby derelict compound.

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I Will Survive - Family Friendly Shorts 14 + PG

Film Family Friendly Shorts 14 +

Sat 24 Sept 2016 11:00

Our Family Friendly screenings have been created for kids by kids! This programme is for children aged 14+ and their families.

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Festival Highlights 15

Film Festival Highlights

Sat 24 - Mon 26 Sept

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.

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Family Friendly Shorts 7 + U

Film Family Friendly Shorts 7 +

Sat 24 Sept 2016 09:30

Our Family Friendly screenings have been created for kids by kids! This programme is for children aged 7+ and their families.

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Late Lounge XXXtra 18

Film Late Lounge XXXtra

Fri 23 Sept 2016 21:00

Behold the annual grungefest of outrageous sick and twisted shorts!

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Breaking Boundaries: In Conversation with Don Letts

Talk Breaking Boundaries: In Conversation with Don Letts

Fri 23 Sept 2016 20:30

DJ and Filmmaker Don Letts in conversation with Dr Edson Burton.

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The Bristol Sound on Screen 15 Sold Out

Film The Bristol Sound on Screen

Fri 23 Sept 2016 19:00

A retrospective programme of music videos and archive footage from Bristol’s underground music scene.

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Animation 6 - Art and Design 15

Film ANIMATION 6 - Art and Design

Fri 23 Sept 2016 18:00

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.

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Let's Dance - Music Videos & Dance Films 15

Film Let's Dance - Music Video & Dance Films

Fri 23 Sept 2016 17:00

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.

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Short Film 9 - Make me 15 Sold Out

Film SHORT FILM 9 - Make me.

Fri 23 Sept 2016 16:00

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.

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Breakthru Shorts 15

Film Breakthru Shorts

Fri 23 Sept 2016 15:00

A short animation programme from the Oscar®-winning BreakThru Films from Poland.

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Short Film 8 - Bloody Foreigners 15

Film SHORT FILM 8- Bloody Foreigners

Fri 23 Sept 2016 14:00

Post-Brexit Britain has seen hate crime soar - this programme explores the consequences.

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Animation 5 - A Look Inside 15

Film ANIMATION 5 - A Look Inside

Fri 23 Sept 2016 12:00

A programme that lifts the lid on aspects of medical, emotional and psychological conditions such as memory, ageing and perception.

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Cartoon D'or 15

Film Cartoon D'or

Fri 23 Sept 2016 10:30

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.

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Short Film 7 - Islands 15

Film SHORT FILM 7 - Islands

Fri 23 Sept 2016 10:00

This archipelago of shorts questions the notion that ‘No man is an island’ with examples of 21st century seclusion.

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Late Lounge 18 Sold Out

Film Late Lounge

Thu 22 Sept 2016 21:00

Bring a bucket, sit back and try to make yourself comfortable for one helluva rollercoaster ride of sick and twisted shorts.

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Preview: Under the Shadow 15 (S) Sold Out

Film Preview: Under the Shadow

Thu 22 Sept 2016 20:30

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.

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Fear and Loathing - Thriller Shorts 15 Sold Out

Film Fear and Loathing - Thriller Shorts

Thu 22 Sept 2016 19:00

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.

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Animation 4 - It's Only Natural 15

Film ANIMATION 4 - It's Only Natural

Thu 22 Sept 2016 18:00

Stories of flora and fauna sit next to cold concrete in this poignant collection of films.

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Ukraine Female Focus 15

Film Ukraine Female Focus

Thu 22 Sept 2016 17:00

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.

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Tales of the Unexpected - Widening the Lens 15 Sold Out

Film Tales of the Unexpected - Widening the Lens

Thu 22 Sept 2016 16:30

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.

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Short Film 5 - Those Left Behind 15 Sold Out

Film SHORT FILM 5 - Those Left Behind

Thu 22 Sept 2016 14:00

Depicting the ranges of emotions felt, from sadness to nonchalance, this presentation is nothing less than Good Grief.

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Voices from the Margins 18 Sold Out

Film Voices from the Margins

Thu 22 Sept 2016 12:30

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.

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Animation 3 - Top of the Class 15

Film ANIMATION 3 - Top of the Class

Thu 22 Sept 2016 12:00

An eclectic range of outstanding films selected for their powerful emotional impact.

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Filmakademie 25th Anniversary Screening 15 Sold Out

Film Filmakademie 25th Anniversary Screening

Thu 22 Sept 2016 10:30

The prestigious Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg celebrates its 25th anniversary with this hand-picked selection of outstanding student projects from the last 25 years.

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Short Film 4 - My Space 15

Film SHORT FILM 4 - My Space

Thu 22 Sept 2016 10:00

Exploring cities to farms, highlighting the people who dwell there and the choices they have to make.

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Close Encounters of the Short Kind - Sci Fi Shorts 15 Sold Out

Film Close Encounters of the Short Kind

Wed 21 Sept 2016 21:00

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.

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Desert Island Flicks with Paul Mason

Talk Desert Island Flicks with Paul Mason

Wed 21 Sept 2016 20:30

Writer, broadcaster and economics expert Paul Mason joins us to share his top film picks.

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Funny Looking Shorts 15 Sold Out

Film Funny Looking Shorts

Wed 21 Sept 2016 19:00

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!

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Animation 2 - Moving Pictures 15

Film ANIMATION 2 - Moving Pictures

Wed 21 Sept 2016 18:00

Mixed emotions are thrown into relief in these tales of love, loss, friendship and sacrifice.

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Deaf Shorts - Sign of the Times 15 Sold Out

Film Deaf Shorts - Sign of the Times

Wed 21 Sept 2016 16:30

A programme of short films which celebrate deafness and the Deaf community through positive onscreen representation.

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Short Film 3 - Daddy Dearest 15

Film SHORT FILM 3 -Daddy Dearest

Wed 21 Sept 2016 16:00

This programme explores what happens when things don’t go right for the patriarchs of the house and how they attempt to redeem themselves.

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Lithuanian Programme (Post) Soviet Documentary 15

Film Lithuanian Programme (Post) Soviet Documentary

Wed 21 Sept 2016 14:30

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.

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Nahemi Screening 15

Film Nahemi Screening

Wed 21 Sept 2016 14:00

This programme showcases some of the most exciting, dynamic and diverse student work made in the UK this year.

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Short Film 2 - Mother’s Milk 15

Film SHORT FILM 2 - Mother’s Milk

Wed 21 Sept 2016 14:00

This series of shorts explores the maternal relationship from both sides and ultimately celebrates Mums, the most important women on the planet.

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Animation 1 - The Weight of Humanity 15

Film ANIMATION 1 - The Weight of Humanity

Wed 21 Sept 2016 12:00

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.

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Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi Retrospective 18

Film Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2016

Wed 21 Sept 2016 11:30

A retrospective of the shorts of Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (The Tribe).

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Ode to Lesvos 18

Film Ode to Lesvos

Wed 21 - Sat 24 Sept

Ode to Lesvos, tells the positive stories of people who are making a difference on the front lines of the refugee crisis.

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Short Film 1 - Sux2Bme 15

Film SHORT FILM 1 - Sux2Bme

Wed 21 Sept 2016 10:00

This programme proves that being young is tough in that continuous cycle of success and failure called ‘growing up’.

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The Aardman 40th Anniversary Special Sold Out

Event The Aardman 40th Anniversary Special

Tue 20 Sept 2016 20:30

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.

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Festival Highlights - Opening Night 15

Film Festival Highlights

Tue 20 Sept 2016 18:00

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.

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