UWE at Encounters Short Film Festival

Issue date: 13 November 2009

Visual from 'Bear at the Cliff' Watershed, Bristol 17 to 21 November

The University of the West of England is one of the main sponsors of the Encounters International Short Film Festival. The Festival takes place at the Watershed Media Centre from 17 to 21 November 2009.

UWE is putting on one of the events and students are taking the opportunity to screen films at this international festival located right on their doorstep.

Gill Sandford, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Creative Arts at UWE has been working with the Encounters organisers on the partnership, she said, “We have an established relationship with the Encounters Festival which is one of the most important events showcasing films in this specialist genre. This year we are putting on an event called 'The Need for Novelty: Is the Future of Cinema Actually its Past?' and many of our students and graduates have entered films in different award catagories.

“We always encourage students to participate in the festival by submitting their work and also to attend the event. Networking and showing opportunities are excellent and in the past UWE students have won prizes and received invitations to show at other international events.”

As part of our partnership agreement Encounters have given work placements to a number of students and free tickets to screenings.

'The Need for Novelty: Is the Future of Cinema Actually its Past?' event is taking place in cinema 3 on Wednesday 18 November at 10.30am.

Chris Webster, Deputy Head of the Bristol School of Animation, from UWE explains, “The re-emergence of 3D cinema exhibition in recent years highlights the relationship between art and commerce. This panel will explore the implications of breaking the wall between audience and artifact, production and process, and asks how the 3D experience, amongst other apparently novel features, fits into a broader hierarchy of consumption and participation.”

UWE Media Practice graduates are showing work in the National Association for Higher Education and the Moving Image (NAHEMI) award section. These include Footsteps directed by Yolanda Iseley and Conversation by Laure Fernandez.

Illustration with Animation graduate George Sander-Jackson will show his film 'Plot' entered for the Depict Award.

Students showing in the Emerging Talent section include Woon Bin Chang (MA Animation) who will show 'Bear at the cliff', Thomas Malins and Sara Barbas (both BA (Hons) Animation) who will show their films 'The Creep' and 'Onde Quer Que Vas La Estatas' (Wherever you Go There You Are).

For more information please see www.encounters.org.uk.


Editors notes:

The NAHEMI award, supported by Kodak, presents two awards in recognition of exceptional work produced by undergraduate and postgraduate students from film schools around the UK and Ireland. www.nahemi.org.

The DepicT! '09 films will be in the running for the DepicT! Award, a cash prize of £2000, and the DepicT! Shooting People Audience Award.

New this year: the DepicT! British Special Mention Award - a package of career development opportunities from ShortCourses@NFTS, BAFTA, British Council and Shooting People for a UK-based filmmaker. All three winning films will also be digitised by Arts Alliance media and made available for theatrical screenings at cinemas across the UK through the Digital Screen Network.

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