The Encounters Producers Course – Bristol

Monday 19th September 2016 9.30am – 5pm
Aardman, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol BS1 6UN

"The Encounters Producers course was a very worthwhile and informative day. The speakers all had brilliant insight into the various areas of production and shared a lot of their knowledge and experience with us."

We are taking bookings for a second professional development training course following the success of the course held recently at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  Aimed at established and aspiring film and animation producers it will be held at Aardman in Bristol.

The Encounters Producers Course offers an exceptional one-day course that will explore traditional methods and practices whilst covering the most up to date issues related to animation and short film production, including the new UK tax break, financial incentives and distribution.

The course will focus on key areas of development and production and will include seminars, case studies and discussions. Sessions will be led by five of the most successful and acclaimed producers and industry experts in the UK: Ken Anderson, Founder, CEO & Creative Director of Red Kite Animation; Andy Wright, HETV & Animation Certification Analyst at BFI and Christopher Halliday, Senior Certification Analyst at BFI; Sarah Fell, Cartoon Network; and Annika Bluhm, Creative Executive, DreamWorks TV.

This intermediate to advanced course is designed for a maximum of 25 participants.

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Including lunch and refreshments

To book or for more information email:
Early booking is highly recommended in order to ensure a place on a first come, first served basis.

What previous attendees have to say:

“The four speakers were incredibly informative and varied. I liked the way that questions didn’t have to be held off until the end.”

“It was a very insightful day full of precious information, tips, advice and guidance.”

“My work load has increased as a direct result of the course due to contacts I made there.”


Ken Anderson Profile Picture 2013

Ken Anderson has worked in the International Film and TV Industry for 20 years, establishing and running various businesses with particular experience in childrens’ television and animation. As Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Red Kite he has most recently been Executive Producer on the ‘Dennis and Gnasher’ series 3 and 4. He is an external advisor for the Irish Film Board, Welsh Lottery Fund, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International and Scottish Screen.


Andy WrightAt the BFI Andy Wright works closely with key stakeholders in government and industry and is the analyst in the team for high-end television and animation cultural tests and co-production.  He provides advice and guidance on the application process for all of the cultural tests and criteria for the creative industry tax reliefs (Film, Animation, HETV, Children’s Television and Video Games).  Prior to this he has worked sourcing locations and as a freelance production assistant.


Christopher Halliday PhotoChristopher Halliday works closely with key stakeholders in government and industry to provide advice and guidance on the application processes for the cultural test, co-production and policy. Since the children’s television tax relief was announced Chris has been working closely with government and industry to put procedures in place.  Previously, Chris worked at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport within the Creative Industry team as a Film and Media Policy adviser working closely with industry and the British Film Institute.


Sarah Fell

Sarah Fell is the Executive producer of The Amazing World of Gumball, Cartoon Network’s UK animation hit show. Sarah works in the Original Programming department covering series and shorts production.  Sarah has worked in the animation industry for 18 years, and has produced 2-D / 3-D / Cel-Action / Stop Fame and Mixed Media shows. She has worked on co-productions in Canada, Korea and Europe, set up studios for in-house productions and worked for both independent production companies and broadcasters.


Annika Bluhm

With over 15 years experience in Kids TV, Annika started her career as the script editor for BBC Education.  Moving over to the indie sector to join Entertainment Rights, she has creatively led a wide range of shows, both animated and live action, including Tinga Tinga Tales, Basil Brush, Rupert Bear and Postman Pat.  Joining Dreamworks Animation in 2012, she is the creative exec on Noddy Toyland Detective.  She is currently serving as creative exec on Raa Raa the Noisy Lion as well as prepping season 2 of Noddy and developing a raft of other preschool properties.

To book or for more information email:

Early booking is highly recommended in order to ensure a place on a first come, first served basis.

Funded by Creative Skillset Skills Investment Fund.