Shorts to Features
Image: Fish Tank, dir. Andrea Arnold

Encounters in Retrospective


Sun 1 - Sun 22 Sept

Encounters, the UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival, takes place between Tue 24 – Sun 29 Sept. Since its inception in 1995 a key aspect of the festival has been discovering, supporting and developing new filmmaking talent, providing a platform for emerging filmmakers from around the world, many of whom have gone on to become established filmmakers of international repute.

In the lead up to this year’s festival join us for a season showcasing feature films by some of cinema’s most renowned directors whose early career short films were championed and introduced to audiences here in Bristol at previous editions of Encounters.

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Upcoming screenings in this season

Children of Men  15   Encounters in Retrospective

Children of Men
Today at 12:00
One of the 21st Century’s most acclaimed films, Alfonso Cuarón’s dystopian chase thriller depicts a world plunged into chaos, its future blighted by mass infertility as the human race finds itself one generation from extinction.

Blade Runner 2049  15   Encounters in Retrospective

Blade Runner 2049
Sun 22 Sept 12:00
Visually immaculate and swirling with themes as heart-rending as they are mind-twisting, Denis Villenueve’s stunning follow up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic appeals to our intellect as well as our sense of adventure.

Previous screenings in this season

Spirited Away  PG  S  Encounters in Retrospective

Spirited Away
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2019
Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar®-winning masterpiece was the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan and a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for audiences and a generation of new filmmakers.

Fish Tank  15   Encounters in Retrospective

Fish Tank
Please note: This was screened in Sept 2019
A highly intelligent and involving film from one of the most powerful voices in British cinema, Andrea Arnold’s second feature breathed new life back into British realism with this powerful drama of a female on the margins, featuring a remarkable lead performance from newcomer Katie Jarvis.