BFI NETWORK South West presents a series of talks and screenings to inspire and celebrate regional filmmakers as part of this year’s Encounters Film Festival.
Encounters Film Festival is the UK’s leading short film, animation, and virtual reality festival and is back for it’s 28th edition in 2022. The festival discovers, supports, and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, and a unique meeting place for the industry.
Read below to discover industry events and public screenings supported by BFI NETWORK.
Happening in-person for the first time since 2019, Bristol’s largest international film festival returns this September (Tue 27 Sep – Sun 2 Oct) with a packed programme of short film, animation, virtual reality, talks, and networking opportunities.
BFI NETWORK South West’s pioneering career-development scheme Shorts2Features also launches at the festival with three events aimed at ambitious producers and directors. Shorts2Features is a scheme led by BFI NETWORK in partnership with Encounters Film Festival, Bristol UNESCO City of Film and NFTS Cymru Wales. Following an open call this summer, the scheme will see the cohort of producing and directing talent invited to attend Encounters Film Festival to begin expanding their knowledge and networks.
Hosted by BFI NETWORK Talent Executive, Nicole Davis, the session will provide an insight into the panel’s journey to date and the key decision points that lead to them defining their role.
BAFTA-winning producer Kate Byers from Early Day Films presents this masterclass on navigating the UK and international film markets with your debut feature project.
Referencing BAIT (Mark Jenkin, 2019) as a case study, Kate will talk through her team’s experience and crucial learnings along the way.
Screen Star of Tomorrow producer Chi Thai presents this masterclass on setting up your own independent production company, using Last Conker (her own production company) as a case study to talk through the dos and don’ts.
She’ll be joined by accountant Nigel Harris in this session that offers practical advice on how to keep your production company viable in the long term after making your first short.
The BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund opens for applications this March. Join us for a discussion and Q&A with a special guest.
This month, we will be featuring two guests to talk about new opportunities for our membership.
The UKCA have opened registration for their 2024 conference, titled Growing Audiences for the Big Screen Experience, taking place at BFI Southbank from 5-6 March.