Industry Activity 2017


Wednesday kicked off our industry activity, and showcased some of the best new and emerging talent.

The morning started with a WIDENING THE LENS (‘WTL’) screening; a selection of films made by alumni from both WTL schemes who have received mentoring from Encounters. Baby Gravy by Marley Morrison was the winner of the 2016 festival pitching competition.

In the afternoon there was a screening and panel discussion from PHILOMELA’S CHORUS, addressing the absence of a broad diversity of black female and female identified voices in the arena of artist moving image, bringing together the work of four rising artists from different disciplines.

There was also the first of a duo of PUPPETRY SHOWCASES which screened during festival week, providing audiences with a rare opportunity to see some of the most exceptional puppet shorts. ‘The Cabinet of Curiosities’ was the Wednesday programme.

Other industry screenings included a programme from OSKA BRIGHT, the UK’s leading film festival for disabled people and those with learning difficulties. NAHEMI (The National Association of Higher Education in the Moving Image) and UWE_FILM also showcased programmes of some of the most dynamic, exciting and diverse student work made in the UK in 2017.


Alongside Thursday’s competition screenings spanning live action and animation, the festival also screened a CHRIS SHEPHERD RETROSPECTIVE. One of the most prolific short filmmakers in the UK, Chris gave a unique insight into his tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of British playwright, Joe Orton, in EDNA WELTHORPE SHOW AND TELL.

A triple header of Shorts2Features began with Carol Salter’s documentary, ALMOST HEAVEN, Jennifer Reeders’ wrestling comedy romance, SIGNATURE MOVE, followed by Peter Mackie Burns’ drama DAPHNE.

Guest programmes included a collaboration with Krakow Film Festival that better acquainted audiences with the very best in POLISH SHORTS. KFF curated a range of activity with a double dose of screenings on Thursday, including archive Polish Documentaries and a Polish Close Ties shorts programme.


In the morning, filmmakers enjoyed a panel from YOGSCAST on how to get 7bn views on YouTube.

Award-winning animator YUICHI ITO presented his incredibly diverse short films and music videos alongside screenings of work from his students at Tokyo University of the Arts. This was followed by Yuichi presenting a masterclass – which proved a must for those interested in animation.

Talent scout Shelley Page presented her hand-picked selection of standout shorts from around the world in her EYE CANDY SHOW. Shelley has accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge in animation, from a career working with some of the most legendary animators and directors of all time.

Chief Staff Picker for VIMEO STAFF PICKS, Sam Morrill, gave an in-depth look at the process behind curating a daily showcase of the best short narratives, documentaries, animations and music videos on the internet from the tens of thousands of videos that are uploaded to Vimeo daily.

The evening screening was SHUBBAK PRESENTS IMAGINED FUTURES: SHORT FILMS BY ARAB ARTISTS presenting a unique opportunity to discover the Arab region’s most exciting new voices in a rich mix of sci-fi, animation and drama curated by Elhum Shakerifar.