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: https://encounters-festival.org.uk/programme/

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).'



Encounters Film Festival 2014 - Bristol Sept 16-21st

We will be attending the excellent Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival again this year, in Bristol, 16-21st September 2014.

FdA Film & Media Arts Production students will be there Weds - Fri as part of the Industry Forum attending a range of industry focussed workshops, presentations, debates and screenings. We Encourage you to also look at the excellent events/ screenings taking part over the weekend too. Take a look at the programme and decide what events you would like to attend at:


We have booked Industry Forum passes for all FdA Film & Media Arts Production students (£45), please let us know ASAP if you are unable to attend. (Payment can be done instalments if needed). We have reserved seats at the following events (click for full details):

Wed 17 September

10:30- 12:00 SHORT FILM 1: THICKER THAN WATER (15)

12:00 – 13:00 - Forum: Nexus: From Idea To Execution Masterclasses 

14.30 - 16.00 SHORT FILM 3: MEMORY LANE

16.30 Forum: SHORTS 2 FEATURES 1: Hyena (UK)

 Thursday 18th September

 10.30 - 12.00  SHORT FILM 4: FORCE OF NATURE (15)

 13:00- Oberhausen Presents: Artist Film and Videos from 1994 to 2014. Arnolfini


16.30 Forum: SHORTS 2 FEATURES : A WOLF AT THE DOOR (Brazil) (18) 

Or you may wish to attend this:
16.30 - 18.30 Forum: Meet the Filmmakers with Q&A

Friday 19th September

10.30 - 11.30 Forum: Fernando Coimbra masterclass. Watershed 

12.30-13.30 FORUM: NFTS Masterclass with Dean Humphreys: Sound Masterclass



16.30 - 18.30 Forum: ISHORTS SHOWCASE

Alternatively you might be interested in:

10.00 - 16:00  Aesthetics/Politics/Activism/Art: What is Radical Now? (£4.50c)

10.30 - 12: 00 SHORT FILM 7: DREAMLIKE STATES (15) (£4.50 c)

There's loads more happening! Take a good look at the Programme here. Night time/ Weekend events that could be worth checking out (although most extra cost) inc.

Friday 20.00 - 1.00 Cinema LIVE! – Cine-Seizure £10/ 9

11:00 Sat 20th Arnolfini. HDR Laboratory & Workshop – New Horizon(FREE)

12:00, Sat 20 September. Cube Microplex. Know Your Enemy – A Journey into Radical Filmmaking + Q&A (15)

20:30 - Sun 21 September. CUBE.  Super 8 celebration: Reels From Life 2 (£8/ £7)

Also on:

Perpetual Cinema (Free) showing 20 outstanding short films specially selected from 20 years of Encounters Festival is running: WED 17      17:00 – 20:00, THUR 18    17:00 – 20:00, FRI 19       10:00 – 20:00, SUN 21       10:00 – 20:00

 Jeremy Deller: English Magic. 12 April—21 September 2014. Exhibition at Bristol City Museum.


Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' at The Watershed, Bristol, Fri 11 - Thu 24 July 2014.

Richard Linklater's latest film 'Boyhood' is showing at The Watershed, Bristol, Fri 11 - Thu 24 July 2014.

'Filmed with the same group of actors over a 12 year period from 2002 to 2013, the latest film from Richard Linklater is an engrossing one-of-a-kind epic about the ordinary: growing up, the banality of family life, and forging an identity. The film tracks 6 year old Mason (Ellar Coltrane) over life's most radically fluctuating decade, through a familiar whirl of family moves, controversies, faltering marriages, re-marriages, new schools, first loves, lost loves, good times, scary times and a constantly unfolding mix of heartbreak and wonder.

Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play Mason's parents struggling to help Mason navigate life's non-stop flux, and watching as he emerges to head down his own road. A critical smash at this year's Sundance, Boyhood is totally unprecedented in its intimacy and quietly radical in its own unique way. What an astonishing achievement, and what an impressive feat of filmmaking from all involved - this is a film to celebrate and savour, and one that will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.' *Watershed