Encounters Short Film Festival 2010: preview
Hot on the heels of onedotzero comes Encounters 2010, another essential festival for those interested in short film and British filmmaking. Based in Bristol, Encounters is arguably the most significant film festival that almost exclusively programs short films.
Colin Kennedy's I Love Luci
An amalgamation of what was once two distinct festivals - Brief Encounters and Animated Encounters, the festival organisers have to assess literally thousands of short film submissions from around the globe before compiling its extensive international selection.
Therefore, there's too much of a wide variety of material for us to do justice to in this preview. But we'll briefly flag up some of the interesting British shorts on show in the major strands like Best of British and Best of the Southwest.
Lab Ky Mo's My Dad the Communist
Firstly we should mention that as well as those strands, Film Network will be presenting its own dedicated screening of four BBC-funded short films. This includes Turning, the final BBC Drama Short 2009 which isn't yet on Film Network. Plus a new production from Chris Shepherd called Bad Night For The Blues and two new shorts from BBC Films, An Act of Love and The Lost Explorer. Obviously we highly recommend your attendance at this screening of accomplished shorts!
Elsewhere, some short films that have been selected at various high-profile festivals (usually a good sign of quality) include Colin Kennedy's I Love Luci, Lab Ky Mo's My Dad the Communist, Joseph Pierce's Family Portrait and Deborah Haywood's Sis.
Deborah Haywood's Sis
And directors with a good track record with new works in the festival include Sam Donovan with Half Term, Tor Kristoffersen with Soul Flowers, Richard Penfold's Conviction, The Worm Inside by Sam Firth, David O'Neill's Grace, This Time of Year from David Schofield, Regan Hall's gripping Iraq drama 3 Hours, Andrew Brand's Things We Left Behind, Tom Marshall's latest, Happy Clappers and Michael Davies' Love At First Sight, which stars John Hurt.
The animation side of the festival also includes some excellent shorts that we can vouch for, such as The Brothers McLeod's The Moon Bird, Peter Baynton's Save Our Bacon, Stewart Comrie's Battenberg and Alasdair Brotherston's Bottom of the River.
Peter Baynton's Save Our Bacon, from the Animated Encounters section
In terms of other events, the schedule is stacked full of workshops, discussions and events, so we suggest a trawl through the extensive guide for a clearer picture. One event we would recommend is the Shorts 2 Features discussion with Alicia Duffy. This looks specifically at a director who has recently crossed over into features and this year looks at the director of The Most Beautiful Man in the World, whose forthcoming film All Good Children has been picking up good advance notices.
As ever, for more information on the wide array of exciting events at the festival, please visit the Encounters website.
The festival runs from Tues 16th - Sunday 21st November 2010.