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Animated Encounters returns with an inspiring programme featuring screenings of the best new short films from around the globe, special guests, debates, live performances and video installations.

Animated Encounters is part of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the UK’s leading international showcase of short format cinema.

View the full programme.

During a packed six days the festival invites you to discover over 100 short animated works battling it out in competition, of all styles and genres: from stop-motion puppets to CGI creations, from light-hearted comedy to moving drama.

Further highlights include showcases of contemporary Swiss and Estonian animation talent as well as special guests such as the legendary Richard Williams (The Pink Panther, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), Peter Lord (Aardman Animations, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists) and Shelley Page (DreamWorks Animation).  

As part of the festival’s focus on Switzerland, Franz Treichler of post-industrial rock band The Young Gods will be performing a live score of classic 20th century shorts influenced by the Dada movement and the Dark Studio will host an installation of visual artist Yves Netzhammer’s latest experimental short film trilogy.

Complete your festival experience with a visit to Brief Encounters, just across the harbourside at Watershed, for a taste of the very best live action short films. There will also be free events around the city, including an Outdoor Solar Cinema Tour.