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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

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!

Read More - Award Winners Screening 2

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!

Read More - Award Winners Screening 1

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.

Read More - Nothing Compares to EU - Perpetual Cinema

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

Read More - Shorts 2 Features - The Hatching

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

Read More - European Film Awards - Screening 3

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.

Read More - Lithuanian Shorts

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.

Read More - Shorts 2 Features - Light Years

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.

Read More - Aardman Family Model Making Workshops - Build a Shaun the Sheep

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

Read More - European film Awards - Screening 2

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.

Read More - Shorts 2 Features - Baden Baden

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.

Read More - DepicT! Showcase

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.

Read More - Aardman Family Model Making Workshops - Build a Gromit

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

Read More - European Film Awards Screening 1

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

Read More - Shorts 2 Features - Norfolk

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

Read More - I Will Survive - Family Friendly Shorts 14 +

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.

Read More - Festival Highlights

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

Read More - Family Friendly Shorts 7 +

Behold the annual grungefest of outrageous sick and twisted shorts!

Read More - Late Lounge XXXtra

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

Read More - Breaking Boundaries: In Conversation with Don Letts

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

Read More - The Bristol Sound on Screen

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.

Read More - Animation 6 - Art and Design

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.

Read More - Let's Dance - Music Videos & Dance Films

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.

Read More - Short Film 9 - Make me

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

Read More - Breakthru Shorts

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

Read More - Short Film 8 - Bloody Foreigners

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

Read More - Animation 5 - A Look Inside

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.

Read More - Cartoon D'or

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

Read More - Short Film 7 - Islands

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

Read More - Late Lounge

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.

Read More - Preview: Under the Shadow

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.

Read More - Fear and Loathing - Thriller Shorts

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

Read More - Animation 4 - It's Only Natural

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.

Read More - Ukraine Female Focus

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.

Read More - Tales of the Unexpected - Widening the Lens

Don't believe in Modern Love - Bowie was right!

Read More - Short Film 6 - Modern Love

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

Read More - Short Film 5 - Those Left Behind

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.

Read More - Voices from the Margins

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

Read More - Animation 3 - Top of the Class

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

Read More - Filmakademie 25th Anniversary Screening

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

Read More - Short Film 4 - My Space

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.

Read More - Close Encounters of the Short Kind - Sci Fi Shorts

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

Read More - Desert Island Flicks with Paul Mason

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!

Read More - Funny Looking Shorts

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

Read More - Animation 2 - Moving Pictures

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

Read More - Deaf Shorts - Sign of the Times

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

Read More - Short Film 3 - Daddy Dearest

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.

Read More - Lithuanian Programme (Post) Soviet Documentary

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

Read More - Nahemi Screening

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

Read More - Short Film 2 - Mother’s Milk

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.

Read More - Animation 1 - The Weight of Humanity

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

Read More - Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi Retrospective

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

Read More - Ode to Lesvos

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

Read More - Short Film 1 - Sux2Bme

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.

Read More - The Aardman 40th Anniversary Special

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.

Read More - Festival Highlights - Opening Night