Encounters Festival (2018) - International Short Film, Animation and VR

FdA Film & Media Arts Production and BA Lens Based Media students will be attending Encounters Festival / Weds 26, Thurs 27th and Fri 28th SEPTEMBER 2018 / BRISTOL • UK


Encounters is the UK’s leading short film festival, bringing you the best in international short film, animation, and virtual reality. The festival takes place in Bristol on 25-30 September 2018, where you can enjoy screenings, special events, networking and lots, lots more.

FdA Film & Media Arts Production and BA Lens Based Media students will be attending Encounters Festival / Weds 26, Thurs 27th and Fri 28th SEPTEMBER 2018 / BRISTOL • UK

We are subsidising the trip so Costs will just be £20 for all screenings. You will need to make your own way to Bristol, we will meet outside Watershed Cinema each morning at 9.30am

WATERSHED : 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol BS1 5TX

You will need to pay for this trip via 'the shop

We have the following screenings / visits booked:

Wed 26th September

'Resourceful and resilient, these inspiring characters are seriously put to the test as they navigate day-to-day struggles, personal challenges and wider injustice.'

14:30  NAHEMI
'New graduate talent, NAHEMI screening & awards cermony. The National Associaiton of Higher Education in the Moving Image, presents a programme of some of the most exciting, dynamic and diverse films made in the UK this year by students studying at some of our member institutions. NAHEMI acts as a forum for debate on all matters pertaining to the teaching practice in the Moving Image in Higher Education across the UK.'

Thurs 27th September


'Family, it’s complicated. Mums, dads, brothers and sisters take centre stage in this programme of short films exposing those all-too precious, painful and always intricate strings attaching us to our family nest.'


'Different Voices is an ongoing Neurodiverse film talent development programme based in Bristol. The project combines group workshops and 1 to 1 mentoring with professional film makers and aims to foster a new generation of film makers working from a voice that is under represented in mainstream cinema. This screening will include 8 films from our most recent project. After each there will be the opportunity for an open and relaxed discussion with both film makers and audience. There will also be the chance to see the latest trailer/teaser from Dawn of the Dark Fox.'

FRIDAY 28th September


'Dealing with life crisis, personal struggles, difficult feelings and cries for help, these stories open up an honest and stirring insight into mental health and the beauty and complexity of the human mind.'


'The personal is political and in today’s highly charged and dangerous times you would think we haven’t learnt a thing from our past. Do challenging times require challenging minds?'

In addition: You might also be interested in going to additional screenings and events, you will need to book these yourself at:

These sound interesting:

Wed 26 September 19:30 Boiling Wells

Compass Presents: ARCADIA at Boiling Wells

'Join us for an expanded cinema screening of the BFI’s newly released folk-horror feature Arcadia , an experimental, visceral archive experience, scored by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).'



We Are Many

We Are Many tells for the first time the remarkable story of the biggest protest in history, and how it changed the world: Eight years in the making, filmed in seven countries, and including interviews with John Le Carre, Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Danny Glover, Mark Rylance, Richard Branson, Hans Blix and Ken Loach amongst others, it charts the birth and rise of the people power movements that are now sweeping the world, all through the prism of one extraordinary day.

Beyond Clueless, coming to The Cube


The preview screening of Beyond Clueless I came to see, became a huge sucess at The Cube, Bristol, due to the tickets been sold out and public interest. If you couldn't able to go to the screening or if you love teen films e.g. Mean Girls, 13 Going on 30 and American Pie, I would recommend you and everyone to watch this brillant essay film about analysis of teen film genre.

I am currently writing about my experience at the preview + Q&A with first-time director Charlie Lyne, and my review of the film as well.

Taken by Gruff Jones ( Twitter  and  Flickr )

Taken by Gruff Jones (Twitter and Flickr)

If you are interested, the film would be on the general release on 23rd January, and here is the chance to book tickets as soon as possible. It costs £5 for adults and £4 for students/concessions on Monday 26th January. Furthermore, the campaign made a special offer on Tuesday 27th January, which all of the tickets cost £3 each.

Beyond Clueless

There is a preview screening of Beyond Clueless at the Cube, Bristol on Friday 16th January. It starts at 8pm and after the screening, there is a Q&A with director Charlie Lyne. There will be an after-party more details will be anounced soon. If you are interested, book your ticket immediately as I have done it, there are 20 or less tickets avaliable. So hurry!!!

Narrated by cult teen star Fairuza Balk, Beyond Clueless is a dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics.

Fantastic information for Film Lovers and Makers

FilmMakerIQ is a fantastic website and youtube channel that gives small time film makers like us the information that we need in an informative but not overly boring way. They are essentially the Vsauce of Film making.

Recently they have done a couple of videos on the essentials of sound design and production, this will be very useful for me in working with the SQM mixer for Writers Block.