In Tribute to Martin Hammond

Last week, Encounters was saddened to hear of the passing of our long-time friend, Martin Hammond.

Martin’s history with the festival can be plotted all the way back to the setting up of the festival when he supplied 100 disposable Kodak cameras as prizes, since then he has helped produce numerous Cinematography events and even in retirement he remained a staunch advocate, acting as our VIP Guest Liaison.

His passion for supporting new talent through advice and encouragement means that his loss will be felt by emerging filmmakers of the past and future alike.

David Sproxton, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman, and Encounters Board Member since 1998 remembers him fondly:

“The board and staff of Encounters were very saddened to hear of the death of Martin Hammond recently, who contributed a great deal to the festival over the years. In its formative years Martin was the festival’s man at Kodak, where he was the company’s support and liaison for emerging cinematographers and directors.

Martin encouraged Kodak to sponsor the festival which they did for many years, building a strong and enduring relationship. Martin remained involved with Encounters and many other festivals during his retirement, being keen to keep in touch with the industry and talent that had been so much part of his life at Kodak. He was much loved and appreciated by staff, volunteers and guests of the festival and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts go out to his family and his many friends around the world.”