Encounters Film Festival 2019

Encounters is the UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival.

The festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, and continues to be a unique meeting place for the industry.

We will be attending Encounters Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th and Friday 27th September.

A 5 film pass is £25 to be paid for via Weston College shop.

Go to Encounters website to see full programme.

We recommend the following:


Live Action 1: Group Dynamics

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:00 AM - Watershed - Cinema 1

Live Action 2: Pressure Points

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 2:00 PM - Watershed - Cinema 1


Single-shot films presented by Directors UK & ARRI

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 3:30 PM - Watershed - Cinema 3


Animation 3: Herstory

Thursday, September 26, 2019 12:00 PM - Watershed - Cinema 1

Youth Jury: I'll Do Me

Thursday, September 26, 2019 4:30 PM - Watershed - Cinema 3


Live Action 8: High Stakes

Friday, September 27, 2019 2:00 PM - Watershed - Cinema 1

NAHEMI Showcase Screening

Friday, September 27, 2019 4:00 PM - Arnolfini

NAHEMI stands for the National Association of Higher Education in the Moving Image, and represents all of the major film schools and film production courses from around the UK and Ireland. Each year we present a selection of the best films made by film students from both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and present awards for Creative Filmmaking, Cinematography and best Undergraduate Film. This programme presents the latest wave of new filmmaking talent from all over the country. There will also be a short Q&A panel with some of the student filmmakers present.

Tales of a New Age Traveller- Directed by Ellie Morgan - graduate of BA Lens Based Media, UCW, is part of this screening.

Immersive Encounters exhibition - Colston Hall

Wednesday/ Thursday/ Friday 10am

This year sees an expansion to the Immersive Encounters programme with additional depth and emphasis placed on the moving image outside of its traditional habitat of the cinema, presented with the support of Arts Council England.

Head to the Colston Hall to explore works mixing artist moving image and creative technology to inspire innovation and provoke discussion on new pathways for storytelling.

CLIMATE - Documentary Film screenings, Photography Exhibition and discussion



How Photography Can Make a Difference

A talk and discussion led by Sam Brooks, Lecturer on FdA Photography in Practice.

11.00 AM Costa Cafe, Loxton Campus, Friday 20th September 2019

Image Credit: Edward Burtynsky

Friday September 20th 2019 UK, UK Student Climate Network are starting a week of action about Climate Change. In Weston super Mare - students are gathering at Town Hall from 9.

Our Exhibition - Climate - will discuss the role some Film makers and Photographers are having in this struggle, we are continuing to show Ellie Morgan’s ‘The Iron Lung’ Exhibition in the Gallery space (aka Costa Café) at University Centre Weston, Loxton Campus alongside screenings of Documentary films and videos related to Climate Change.

Exhibitions and Screenings will run from September 20th, 2019 though to October. 2019

TALK - Climate Change - How Photography can make a difference.
Sam Brooks - Programme Coordinator FdA Photography in Practice
11 am - Friday 20th September 2019. Loxton Gallery (Costa) - UCW - Loxton Campus

Screening - Monday 30th September 13.30 - we will have a screening of ‘Age of Stupid’ in TV Studio at Loxton Campus, with introduction and discussion.

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Entry to the exhibition, talk and screenings is free

Address: Weston College, Loxton Campus, Loxton Rd, Weston-super-Mare BS23 4QU

Additional reading materials and films will be available through our libraries and HELP resources.

The Iron Lung - Photography Exhibition

Ellie Morgan, graduate of BA Lens Based Media is presenting a selection of my images, as large format prints, mounted on biodegradable cardboard at University Centre Weston – Loxton Campus in Weston-Super-Mare. The work will be displayed in the Gallery space, aka Costa Café, next to the main reception.

Entry to the exhibition is free

Address: Weston College, Loxton Campus, Loxton Rd, Weston-super-Mare BS23 4QU

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UCW Creative Arts Summer Show


Please join us for:
Creative Arts Festival Opening Night – Tuesday 11th June from 6pm to 9pm at Loxton Campus

Art, Graphic Design, Film and Photography Exhibition – Wednesday 12th June to Thursday 20th June at Loxton Campus

Music Showcase – Wednesday 12th June from 2pm to midnight at the Tropicana

Performing Arts Show -  Friday 14th June at Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre and Wednesday 19th June at Playhouse Weston

Weston filmmaker tells the story of his grandparents meeting in Bristol on D-Day

A University Centre Weston (UCW) student has made a moving documentary about his grandparents meeting on June 6th 1944.

Scott Morgan’s film, called ‘The D-Day We Met’, tells the story of Raymond and Edie Wheeler meeting on the historic day and the beginning of their relationship during the final days of World War 2.

The pair, who were both in their early twenties at the time, hit it off straight away after a chance meeting outside a shop in Horfield, and arranged to go dancing at St. Gregory The Great Church the next day.

The film sees Raymond, who is originally from Essex, discussing how they continued their relationship despite him being deployed in France to build and maintain Allied airfields and guard prisoners of war for the RAF in the aftermath of D-Day.

Raymond, aged 96, and Edie, 97, spent the majority of their married life in Bristol and have four children, and now live in a care home in Worle.

Scott, who studies the degree in Film and Media Arts Production at UCW, was originally planning to make a film about Raymond’s work during the war, which led to him being in Germany on VE Day and on a ship in the Mediterranean on his way to the Far East on VJ Day.

He switched the focus when his grandfather started telling him about his grandparents’ courtship.

The 45-year-old said: “I knew my grandfather was involved in D-Day and I wanted to find out more about it, but it was only when I was doing the research for the film that he said ‘oh, that was the day that I met your nan’.

“I grew up in the area of the Bristol where they met and I felt that his personal story of his time in the War and meeting my nan could mean a lot to other people too.”

Scott had his own photography studio in Torquay before enrolling at UCW, and also runs the successful Explorer Buddies YouTube channel with his wife Ellie, who studies Lens-based Media at UCW.

He added: “I’ve enjoyed my whole experience of studying at UCW and, as a mature student who has been away from education, the big thing for me has been getting all the additional learning support I need.”

Watch ‘The D-Day We Met’ on the UCWeston YouTube channel.