Industry Activity at Encounters
Industry activity at the festival is focused between Wednesday - Friday, and combines high-level masterclasses, panel discussions and industry film screenings with networking opportunities designed to connect filmmakers to industry.
The Industry activity offers an informal, social and friendly environment for professional exchange, learning and conversation.
You can access all of the Industry activity alongside the international Competition with a Festival Pass.
2016 Festival Passes will go on sale in July 2016.
An overview of the Industry events that took place in 2015 is below.
DIGITAL VIEWING LIBRARY
Pass holders have access to the exclusive Digital Viewing Library space at Watershed during the festival week, and also the online digital viewing library for 6 months after the festival. By accessing the library viewers can not only watch the films participating in this year’s international competition programmes but also some of the other 2000+ films submitted for the festival. Log in instructions will be sent to registered Industry pass holders at the beginning of the festival week.
Industry Activity 2015
Wednesday’s Industry screenings included the first UK showcase of the 2014 Cartoon D’or Nominees, and also included the NAHEMI Award Winners screening showcasing outstanding recent work produced by film and animation students from around the country.
There were panel discussions led by the BBC and Rich Pickings. A panel session with BBC Three’s Max Gogarty, who discussed the future of short-form channels in the online world. The intriguing Rich Pickings panel discussion, led by Stephen Hinde from Bristol’s School of Experimental Psychology, looked at Attention, Immersion and Psychocinematics.
Meet the Future of filmmaking events included a talk from Nexus director Felix Massie (Grand Prix winner at Encounters 2013) who presented an exclusive preview of animated comedy Rain or Shine, a new interactive 360° short film for Google Spotlight Stories.
THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
The second day opened with a Creative Europe Desk Breakfast session for informal networking and information exchange. There was a Directing Actors Workshop with the London Film Academy as well as a guest screening programme from the ground-breaking animation studio Film Bilder.
The Widening the Lens Panel discussed stereotypes on screen bringing together new and established filmmakers and industry professionals to discuss the impact these stereotypes can have on audiences, and how underrepresented filmmakers are working together to address this issue.
NextGen presented a session about Careers in Animation with a panel of animation experts talking about their personal experiences and sharing their expertise about what qualifications, experience and skills employers are looking for.
There was a talk hosted by Jack Edwards giving an insight into smartphone filmmaking entitled Mobile Cinematography.
There was also another guest screening programme from the world of animation, in the form of the Astley Baker Retrospective.
FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
The third day of Industry Activity began with a Creative Europe Desk UK breakfast session. There was a look at Comedy Writing for Screen with the inaugural Aardman Panel Discussion, bringing together some of the finest screenwriters and (writing) Directors in the business to discuss how to write good comedy for animation. Panel members included Rob Sprackling and Johnny Smith (Gnomeo &Juliet, Mike Bassett: England Manager, Dennis and Gnasher…amongst others), Mark Burton (Chicken Run, Madagascar, Curse of the Were-rabbit, Shaun the Sheep) and Darren Walsh (Angry Kid, the Meerkat and Sony Bravia ads and many more).
A country focus on Romania presented two screenings, Encounters with Romanian Shorts Part 1 and Part 2, as well as two masterclasses throughout the course of the day. The first of these was a workshop with actor Adrian Titieni before a further workshop with director Adrian Sitaru.
Next Gen presented The Role of Animation in Games and VFX, looking at the transferable nature of animation skills.
The National Film and Television School Open Day gave young filmmakers the chance to find out more about this leading film school. This included a Q&A session with NFTS graduate and acclaimed director Lewis Arnold (Humans, Stained, Banana).
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