So we're back from the Encounters International Film Festival 2010. The event - held at the Watershed Media Center in Bristol - was a fantastic weekend of film, animation and networking.
Myself and the other students behind 'TAP' set off for Bristol early Saturday morning and made our way to the venue. We were all made to feel very welcome and given a schedule of events. It wasn't long before the DepicT! shortlist was screened to a large audience. All the films seemed to be well received and a short Q&A session was held afterwards. It was great to talk to the other film makers who had been shortlisted, who included professional animators and students.
After the screening, we were invited to the DepicT! Happy Hour... and with free Orchard Pig cider on offer, I was very happy! After a few drinks and chatting with those who had enjoyed our film, we were interviewed on camera about our film. It was a great feeling to be chatting with like minded people about our work.
A personal highlight of the weekend was meeting Nick Park of Aardman Animation. Having loved his work since I was a child, this was a great and surreal experience! He kindly chatted with us and had a photo with us.
Although we didn't win any of the DepicT! prizes, we were very happy with being shortlisted and given the opportunity of attending a well known and exciting festival.
Thank you to everyone at Encounters and Depict!