The Watershed in Bristol is currently hosting the 20th anniversary annual short film festival. This year, the event is a combination of short films, short animations, industry workshops, film art exhibitions, and political debate with an overall theme of retrospectives and reflection on film culture. Three cinema screens and three workshop rooms are host to hundreds of films, discussions and masterclasses.
The programme is too rich and diverse to summarise (obviously), and there are a huge amount of intriguing short films but there are also a number of interactive sessions over the next few days on the schedule that are worth highlighting:
NFTS Keynote – Looking back to look forward
Thursday 12:00-13:30 Cinema 1
National Film and Television School (NFTS) director Nik Powell is giving a speech about the role of film festivals in the past and into the future and the impact of digital technology on short films.
Meet the programmers: Raiders of the new ark
Thursday 13:30-14:30 Waterside 3
A panel of programmers from across Europe host a discussion about what filmmakers should hope for when attending a film festival and what influence this can have on their roles.
Sound Masterclass with Dean Humphries
Friday 12:00-13:30 Cinema 1
Award winning Film & TV sound designer Dean Humphries (Taken 2, The Pianist, Donnie Brasco) leads a workshop on how dialogue, music and sound effects have an impact on the final soundtrack
BAFTA crew Masterclass
Friday 19:30-21:00 Cinema 3 (£8/£7 conc.)
Specialist sound effects and sound editor Steve Browell talks about his craft and his career – including his work on Under The Skin, On The Road, and My Week With Marilyn.
All these and much more are taking place this weekend so if you’re nearby then get involved!