Encounters Film Festival comes to Watershed and Arnolfini from 20 – 25 September, so here’s our pick of five events not to be missed…

1. Deaf Shorts – Sign of the Times


Wednesday 21 Sept // 4.30pm // Tickets £6, £5.50, £4.50 // Watershed Cinema 2

Deafness is often represented on screen as a disability, and characters who struggle with hearing loss often form the conflict within the narrative of a film. Programmed in partnership with David Ellington from Watershed’s Deaf Conversations about Cinema strand, this programme celebrates deafness and the deaf community through positive on-screen representation. Films include The Kiss, The Honeymoon and Deafness.

encounters honeymoonThe Honeymoon

2. The Aardman 40th Anniversary Special


Tuesday 20 Sept // 8.30pm // Tickets £8, £7.50 // Watershed Cinema 1

Bristol-based animators Peter Lord and David Sproxton celebrate 40 years of entertainment and innovation, by looking back at the highlights of their career. From Morph and A Grand Day Out to Creature Comforts and Chicken Run, Aardman Animations has become a pillar of film and television. This event will include the premier screening of  the remastered version of Peter Gabriel’s ground-breaking ‘Sledgehammer’ music video, which Aardman created back in 1986.

wallace and gromitWallace and Gromit, image © Aardman Animations

3. Norfolk


Saturday 24 Sept // All Day // Tickets £6, £5.50, £4.50 for one screening //

Amidst an idyllic, brooding Norfolk landscape, an innocent teenage boy and his battle-weary father live a simple life in this hard-hitting piece starring Denis Ménochet. Then out of nowhere, the father, a mercenary, is given a final deadly mission, one that threatens to destroy not just the target, but the love between a father and his son. Part of the Shorts 2 Features series.

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4. The Bristol Sound on Screen


Friday 23 Sept // 7.00pm //  Tickets £6, £5.50, £4.50 // Watershed Cinema 3

Bristol’s underground music scene is brought to light in this programme of archive and contemporary music videos, which explores the ways in which the city’s myriad musicians utilised film as a way to enhance their sound. Featured artists include Roni Size, Smith and Mighty, Mark Stewart amongst others.

encounters roniRoni Size, image © Samantha Milligan

5. In Conversation with Don Letts


Friday 23 Sept // 8.30pm //  Tickets £8, £7.50 // Watershed Cinema 1

Last but by no means least, legendary filmmaker, musician and DJ Don Letts speaks to Dr Edson Burton about his career, from Roxy Club to the BBC. Starting out as a punk-reggae DJ, Don went on to create his first film, ‘The Punk Rock Movie’, using a Super-8mm camera. Since then, his film work has been exhibited at The Kitchen N.Y.C, The Institute of Contemporary Art and The N.F.T in London, whilst his musical career has thrived across a number of albums and collaborations. Don will be reading excerpts from his autobiography, Culture Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers, and screening clips of his films at this unmissable event.

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Don Letts

Encounters Film Festival runs from 20 – 25 September, tickets available on their website