Industry Activity 2016


Creative England iShorts STICKYWednesday had Industry screenings including a Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy retrospective, a programme of Lithuanian (post) soviet documentary and International Competition screenings followed by a funding panel and a chance to meet and hear from the Creative England ishorts Alumni about their development and production journeys.

There was also a premiere of Creative England and Film London’s Alumni Short Films.

Other industry screenings included a programme of Deaf Shorts, and NAHEMI (The National Association of Higher Education in the Moving Image) showcased a programme of some of the most dynamic, exciting and diverse student work made in the UK this year.


Guinness, Kibwe Tavares, This Is NexusAlongside Thursday’s competition screenings spanning Live Action and Animation, the festival hosted a breakfast with Bristol Media, where the city’s top media professionals came together for a networking session with attending delegates, and showcased an exiting showreel of work from the city.

Guest programmes included a 25th anniversary screening from Filmakademie, and the best of Molodist Film Festival.

Panel discussions included Grrls on Film, where we invited Award winning filmmaker Jennifer Reeder to talk with Integrate Bristol – a charity working towards equality and integration, to talk about representation on film and short film as a means of empowering young girls and women.

We also screened Voices from the Margins, by Gavin Scott Whitfield, a programme from Random Acts, and iShorts Funny Girls.

Nexus returned with a show and tell of recent VR/AR work, and a diversity panel looked at the importance of storytelling and good character development, whatever the subject matter.

Thursday also welcomed the first of our 360 degree showcase – with Nexus at a new venue for the festival in 2016 – @Bristol’s Planetarium.


Lithuanian (Post) Soviet Ten Minutes Before the Flight of IcarusFriday kicked off with a Meet the Film Festivals breakfast session, hosted by the British Council.

Oscar winning Breakthru Films presented their work in progress –  at a sell out event examining the masterpiece Loving Vincent, which took us behind the making of this film.  A discussion of female archetypes was based around Day after Day by Anthony Ing.

The second in our Diversity panels looked at The Ethical Approach to Diversity, exploring how we tackle diversity ethics in film and filmmaking practice.

Guest programmes included a Lithuanian programme with Deimantas Narkevicius and Breakthru Shorts.

The day concluded with a one-off masterclass with the NFTS featuring multi award-winning cinematographers Oliver Stapleton and Stuart Harris.