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Encounters Festivals Ltd
1 Unity Street
Bristol, BS1 5HH. UK


Tel: +44 (0)117 929 9188
Email: info[at]

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Festival Office

Joe Wiliams

Festival Assistant & Submissions Coordinator
T: +44 (0) 117 929 9188


Mark Cosgrove

Film Consultant

Kieran Argo

Animation Programme Manager

Gaia Meucci

Short Film Programme Manager

Pre-selection Team

Joe Bateman

Joe is a director, producer, script editor and consultant.

Dylan Cave

Dylan Cave is a curator at the BFI National Archive.

Tommy Curtis

Tommy is part of the Watershed team and programmer of Cyclescreen, Bristol’s Bike Film Festival.

Nigel Davies

Nigel is an animation director at Aardman Animations.

Sam Groves

Sam is founder of KINO 10 and Programme Co-ordinator for the Flatpack Festival.

Tim Hayes

Tim is a freelance writer, journalist, publicist, and copy editor.

Jude Lister

Formerly Encounters Marketing and Development Coordinator, Jude currently works at Creative England.

Marit Oprins

Rich Warren

Formerly Encounters Operations Manager, Rich now works for Metro Screen in Sydney.

Jane Davies

Jane Davies is an Animation Director at A Productions and has been in the industry for over 18 years.

The Board

Paul Appleby

Paul is the director of VID, a media consultancy working with BBC, Bristol University, ARKive, Creative Skillset and Bristol City Council...

Lynn Barlow

Journalist and producer Lynn’s career spans newspapers, radio and television...

Peter Carlton

Peter was Senior Commissioning Executive at Film4 for six years...

Patrick Collerton

Patrick has previously co-founded the Northern Lights Film Festival...

Rosa Corbishley

Rosa is currently Head of Development at Bristol Music Trust/Colston Hall...

Steven Coombe

Steven is a Director and joint-owner of Burnside, Chartered Accountants, based in Queen Square in Bristol...

Alex Gilkison

Alex is Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England, Bristol...

Lisa Howe

Lisa heads up Creative England’s skills delivery strategy, defining and shaping professional development support for creative businesses, talent and crew...

Ed Hayes

Ed is a lawyer based in the Bristol office of national firm TLT LLP...

James Mullighan

James is Chief Executive Officer of Transmedia Next, and Chief Operating Officer of VODO...

Simon Perry

Simon Perry CBE was an independent film producer during the 1980s, working in the UK and France...

David Sproxton

David is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman Animations...

Mark Taylor

Mark is a highly experienced animation director & producer at A Productions...

Alison Stirling

Alison Sterling is a film producer with Ignition Films: her most recent film was Flying Blind.