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Encounters Fest Unveils 2016 Program

Twenty-second edition of the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival to be held in Bristol September 20-25.

‘Of Shadows and Wings,’ from directors Elice Meng and Eleonora Marinori, will screen in ‘The Weight of Humanity’ strand at the 22nd edition of the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival.

BRISTOL, U.K. -- The Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival has announced the program of events for its 22nd edition set to take place in Bristol this September. The 22nd Encounters Festival in 2016 will present the annual International Competition showcasing the best new short films from around the world, alongside an intensive industry program featuring masterclasses, panel discussions, talks and workshops with leading figures from the film and animation industries. As ever the festival boasts a wide variety of events, screenings, experiences and celebrations, with the full line-up available on the Encounters website.

The 2016 international competition has been broken into six strands -- The Weight of Humanity, Moving Pictures, Top of the Class, It’s Only Natural, A Look Inside and Art and Design -- featuring the best new short and animated films from around the world. Animated films are also a strong component of screenings such as Close Encounters of the Short Kind, Funny Looking Shorts, Family Friendly Shorts and the festivals legendary adults-only Late Lounge, this year supplemented by Late Lounge XXXtra.

Animation enthusiasts will also not want to miss Aardman’s 40th Anniversary Special, in which studio co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton will be presenting a Desert Island Flicks-style selection of studio highlights, including the recently remastered multi-artist collaborative music video for Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer.

Also in the spotlight this year will be the talents of London-based studio Nexus, which will be presenting its latest developments in augmented and virtual reality animation. Oscar-winning BreakThru Films founder and creative director Hugh Welchman will present a behind-the-scenes look from his Polish studio at the long-awaited and much anticipated feature Loving Vincent.

Encounters 2016 takes place in Bristol September 20-25th. For the full line-up and updates visit Single tickets for film screenings and events, as well as Festival Passes that grant festivalgoers access to all festival activity, can be purchased now on the festival website.

Source: The Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.