The 2016 Encounters short film and animation festival is just over a week away. The five-day long programme of events will kick-off on 20 September at Bristol’s Watershed cinema.

Now in its 22nd year, the Bristol-born film festival is the UK’s leading short film and animation festival. Encounters provides a podium for emerging and well-known filmmakers from the UK and beyond. The aim of the festival is to showcase, support and cultivate filmmakers whilst celebrating the creativity, influence and variety of short film and animation.

As well as screening this year’s productions to audiences in Bristol, the films spearheaded by the festival have the potential to receive global acclaim. Winners of the Encounters Festival Grand Prix automatically qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Oscars. It also an official route to the BAFTAs, European Film Awards and Cartoon d’Or.

The programme

This year’s wide and varied programme will include screenings, workshops, talks, panel discussions and masterclasses in locations all over the city, including the Watershed, the floating harbour, Hamilton House and At-Bristol Planetarium.

Some of the highlight for this festival include The Nose, an animation exploring the relationship between smell and memory, Breaking Boundaries, a discussion with legendary DJ, musician and filmmaker Don Letts and a series of documentaries from post-Soviet Lithuania.

This exciting line-up merely scratches the surface of what’s on offer this year and a full programme of events can be found on the Encounters website.

Encounters 2016 runs from 20-25 September at the Watershed, Bristol.

Tickets can be purchased for individual events, or, alternatively you can opt for a festival pass: encounters-festival.org.uk/festival-passes-now-on-sale