While I had to recuse myself from selecting it personally (although I would've without hesitation or the tiniest pang of guilt) I'm pleased to see that Laura-Beth's new film Crafty Witch will also be among the selection. I did the post-production on this one but it's the brilliant concept and process Laura-Beth came up with, along with some fantastic animation pre-vis from retro whizkid Sam Shaw, that really makes it.
This year's edition of Encounters will take place online through the entire month of September and you can grab your festival passes here. Fingers crossed there may be some physical events also, so watch this space.
Another event I'll be pitching in on is the British Animation Awards which has opened the Call for Entries for its next edition that will take place March 10th 2022. Be sure to get your new work submitted by October 29th if it falls into any of the following categories:
- Best Undergraduate Student
- Film Best Postgraduate Student Film
- Best Short Film
- Best Design
- Best Voice Performance
- Best Use of Sound
- Best Music Video
- Best Children’s Pre-school Series
- Best Long Form Animation
- Best Children’s Series
- Best Animation in a Commercial
- Writers Award
- Best Original Music
- Social Good Award
- Best Immersive Animation
- Lamb Award
- Cutting-Edge Award
- Factual Award
- Wildcard Award (new for 2022)
The BAAs will also present their Public Choice category – for which audiences can vote – in the lead-up to the ceremony.