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Encounters expands its 2016 line-up

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Bristol’s Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival has expanded the line-up for its 22nd edition to include even more exciting industry events for animation and film fans to get excited about.

On top of a variety of supplemental events ranging from panel discussions, drop in screenings and networking opportunities, new events that have recently been published online include several masterclasses you won’t want to miss:

Look Around You – Nexus VR and AR Show and Tell, (1:30pm, 22/09)

These last two years have seen an explosion in the creation of augmented reality (AR, handheld and mobile) and virtual reality (VR, headset) experiences. From its application in games, to interactive films, disturbing documentaries to spacewalks and even surgery, VR has captured the public imagination. So how does a filmmaker tell stories in this space? Nexus talks us through the differences between VR and AR, the personal versus social aspects of it’s application and how to continue to tell entertaining, immersive stories in this new, exciting and sometimes complex medium.

Loving Loving Vincent (1:30pm, 23/09)

Loving Vincent is the hugely anticipated 90 minute feature film about the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh. Each of the 62,450 frames in this film are hand-painted by 100 artists in the style of Van Gogh.
In this masterclass the film’s co-writer and co-director, Hugh Welchman, will talk you through some of the production processes and challenges involved with creating a feature length masterpiece!

From the NFTS to Hollywood and Back (5pm, 23/09)

Join the National Film and Television School for a one-off masterclass. Multi award-winning cinematographers Oliver Stapleton and Stuart Harris (co-heads of Cinematography at NFTS) will be joining us for a Q&A where they’ll discuss their careers and give advice on getting into the industry

Shorts 2 Features Panel

This panel invites the featured filmmakers to discuss their experiences with new models of distribution, and alternative routes to market.

Also among the recent additions are several guest film programmes added including:

Highlights from the Ukraine’s Molodist Festival, featuring animation by Anatoliy Lavrenishin (11:30am, 22/09)

BreakThru Shorts, a collection of animated short film from Oscar-winning studio BreakThru Films featuring work by directors Magda Osinska, Martin Clapp, Anne Kristin Berge and Dorota Kobiela among others (3pm, 23/09)

The 22nd Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival takes place in Bristol September 20th-25th. Tickets can be purchased for individual events or alternatively full festival/day passes are available. For the full line-up you can take a look at the Festival Programme online.

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