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Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival is one of the world’s best-known showcases and meeting points for emerging film and animation talent. The longest running competitive platform of its kind in the UK, Encounters seeks to promote the importance of short film as a means to develop and progress the next generation of creatives. The 22nd edition will be held in Bristol between the 20th and 25th September 2016. Encounters is a qualifying festival for the Oscars®, BAFTAs, European Film Awards and Cartoon d’Or…

With the festival approaching, here are some updates!..

The Encounters Producers Course:

When: Friday 24th June 2016
At: Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2ED

Encounters Festival Launch 2016 Producers Course at Edinburgh International Film Festival.

To coincide with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Encounters Festival is now accepting bookings for a professional development training course aimed at established and aspiring film and animation producers on Friday 24th June 2016 to be held at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, the delegate centre of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The Encounters Producers Course offers an exceptional one day course that will explore traditional methods and practises whilst covering the most up to date issues related to animation and short film production, including the new UK tax break, financial incentives and distribution.

The course will focus on key areas of development, production and the recent changes in tax opportunities with an emphasis on exploring financial incentives. It will include seminars, case studies and discussions with leading experts in the industry.

The course is supported by Creative Skillset Skills Investment Fund and presented in partnership with Edinburgh International Film Festival. Sessions will be led by some of the most successful and acclaimed producers and experts in the UK, and participants will have the chance to engage with key animation industry professionals.

This intermediate to advanced course is designed for a maximum of 25 participants.

Date:  24 June 2016

Encounters Calls On Filmmakers To Submit To Major New Strand For 2016 Festival:

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival returns in on 20th to 25th September 2016 and has announced ‘Widening the Lens’ as a major new strand to the festival programme, presenting alternative stories, viewpoints and characters from minority groups.

The strand includes screenings and discussions examining Disability, LGBTQ, Gender and BAME representation on screen. Partners the festival is working with on developing the screenings and events as part of the strand include The Iris Prize, Film Fatales and B3 Media.

Widening the Lens will place minority groups centre stage at this major international film festival, with films that tackle stereotypes through unique stories and characters.

Alice Cabanas, Festival Director explains;

“As the conversation around Diversity within the film industry gains ground we know now is an important time to produce a selection of special guest programmes that explore and challenge the frequent contemporary stereotypes audiences still encounter on screen. We will look to continue this into our competitive programmes, and our curation team will be programming a strong selection to prompt reflection and discussion around diversity on screen and the film sector itself.”

Organisers are actively encouraging applications from filmmakers from under-represented groups, to submit films for the 2016 International Competition programme.

The festival is currently open for entries and will be shortlisting over 200 films into is programme, submitted from all over the world in both its live action and animation categories.

David Sproxton, Board member for Encounters explains;

“As the UK’s leading short film and animation festival screening brand new short form work from across the globe, Encounters Festival is perfectly placed to encourage discussion and debate amongst the next generation of filmmakers on the subject of Diversity on and off screen. The Women in Film strand introduced at the 2015 festival started a debate about under-represented groups on screen. The response demonstrated the need to open up this topic in a more expansive way, and the Festival is committed to representing a much greater variety of viewpoints in in its selection of films and to continue the debate. “

Encounters Festival is also working to help improve industry access and opportunities within the sector, working with the Independent Cinema Office to recruit n a new member of the festival team via a FEDS training scheme from under-represented groups. The team will provide a paid placement and mentoring scheme for this young person trying to break into the Film Industry.

 

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