The Encounters Festival team spent last week in chilly Clermont Ferrand, here's a quick round up of our week away...

Three hours south of Paris lies Clermont Ferrand -one of the oldest cities of France which sits within the Auvergne region.

Every year this town hosts  one of the world’s leading international festivals for short films, and short film Marketplace.

It’s a great opportunity for us to meet up with our festival partners and friends, and start planning for the next year’s festival.  We were lucky enough to be on the British Council We Are UK film stand with a great bunch of other UK festivals and organisations.  Also on the stand were Aesthetica Short Film festival, Edinburgh International Film FestivalCreative EnglandFilm LondonLondon Film School, Northern Ireland Screen and Shorts TV.

We caught up with São Paulo film festival and began planning the second part of our two year partnership supported by British Council’s TRANSFORM programme, an initiative that aims to develop the artistic dialogue between the UK and Brazil.  This will see Encounters Festival contributing to the Sau Paulo Short Film Festival 2015 programme of events in August in Brazil.







On Wednesday night, the Hamburg collective A Wall is A Screen took us on a walk through the old town, where they screened a selection of short films on various walls throughout the town.  Watching films outside in below freezing temperatures as the snow started to fall was an interesting (if chilly…) way to see the host town by night, and experience some great shorts, new and archive,  in a unique way. On our last night we watched a programme in the main Jean Cocteau hall, a 1300 seater hall used during the festival – the scale of the space was really impressive – and nearly 3 times as large as our festival’s largest cinema!  We also met up with Vienna Independent Shorts who have produced these really nice postcards for their next festival…

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There was a stellar line up of UK films being screened at the festival and represented at the stand.   The UK was the second most represented country at Clermont with 9 shorts playing in the festival across live action, animation, documentary and experimental genres..  Crocodile and The Bigger picture were both screened at Encounters 2014, and The Bigger Picture has also just won a BAFTA for best animated short film.  The UK films which screened at Clermont Ferrand 2015 are below:

One Year. One Film. One Second a Day. One second of animation every day for the 365 days of the year 2013. No storyline, script or storyboard. The ideas come from things read, seen or experienced on the day, with a little artistic license for good measure.

Year: 2013 Running Time: 7 mins Director: The Brothers McLeod (Greg and Myles McLeod)

‘You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!’ hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won’t go, and their own lives quickly unravel as she clings to life. Director Daisy Jacobs uses two-metre-high painted characters in full-size sets to tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly relative.

Year: 2014 Running Time: 8 mins Director: Daisy Jacobs

Crocodile, Gaelle Denis


A bereaved headmaster fights a crocodile.
Year: 2014 Running Time: 15 mins Director: Gaelle Denis

Loop Ring Chop Drink
The mundane story of a heartbroken man, an online gambling addict, an alcoholic kleptomaniac and an anxious loner living in the same apartment building.
Year: 2014 Running Time: 9 mins 46 secs Director: Nicolas Ménard

My Dad
Inherited opinions. Inherited isolation. A short film depicting a Dad’s influence on a young boy’s life. His judgmental character mixed with the boys fondness for his dad prove to be a toxic mix that tears away at a world of opportunity and experiences.
Year: 2014 Running Time: 5 mins 50 secs Director: Marcus Armitage

The Nostalgist
A father and son live in an idyllic future, but reality is not quite what it seems.
Year: 2014 Running Time: 17 mins 40 secs Director: Giacomo Cimini

The Obvious Child
Somebody broke the girl’s parents. The rabbit was there when it happened. It was an awful mess.
Year: 2014 Running Time: 12 mins Director: Stephen Irwin

Port Nasty
At the edge of the world, death lies between every crack of ice and sheet of snow. Despite this, a small, forgotten port-town fights through the darkness to survive. In the midst of this, where every person, every action must be held accountable, a young man must prove his worth.
Year: 2014 Running Time: 10 mins Director: Rob Zywietz

Next stop Berlin!  Round up coming soon…