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Encounters Festival Unveils 20th Anniversary Retrospective

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With less than a month left until Bristol’s Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival launches its 20th edition, the full line-up of a specially-curated, free-to-the-public retrospective screening which will play throughout the fest has been released. As described on the festival website:

Individually each [film] shines as a beacon for championing the form of the short film, while united they show the full breadth of diversity and freedom which the festival has had the pleasure to showcase over the last twenty years. Setting an international standard for the public and industry, the Encounters Retrospective points us in the direction of what is next, augmenting a new era for the festival.

The retrospective incorporates selections from the live action, experimental and animation strands of Encounters, with the first two represented by standout shorts Blight (John Smith, UK, 1996), Hong Kong (Gerard Holthius, Netherlands, 1999), Zyklon Portrait (Elida Schogt, Canada, 1999), Jomeo & Ruliet (Alnoor Dewish, UK, 1999), Helgoland (Karin Westerlund, Denmark, 2000), Everyday Something (Carol Morley, UK, 2001), El Cerco (Ricardo Íscar/Nacho Martín, Spain, 2006), Soft (Simon Ellis, UK, 2006), September (Esther May Campbell, UK, 2008), Christmas With Dad (Connor McCormack, UK, 2008), I Hear You Scream (Pablo Lamar, Paraguay, 2008) and Hanoi Warsaw (Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, Poland, 2009). The animated films to be screened alongside these are:

Reci, Reci, Reci
(Michaela Pavlátová, Czech Republic, 1991)

Bob’s Birthday
(David Fine/Alison Snowden, Canada/UK, 1993)

(Adam Elliot, Australia, 1996)

(Suzie Templeton, UK, 2000)

Father & Daughter
(Michael Dudok de Wit, Netherlands/UK, 2000)

Dreams & Desires – Family Ties
(Joanna Quinn, UK, 2006)

The Pearce Sisters
(Luis Cook, UK, 2006)

The 20 Films From 20 Years screening will run on a loop every day of the festival (17th-21st) from as part of Perpetual Cinema and will be free to the general public to drop in. For more info including running hours you can visit the festival website.

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