• Posted by info 09 Aug


LoveLove Films are thrilled to announce that Chin Up has been accepted into Encounters Film Festival

Our animated documentary Chin Up has received an official selection from Encounters Film Festival 2019.  Chin Up’s screening at Encounters 2019 follows a highly successful festival run, including screenings at WorldFest Houston, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Annecy, the American Documentary Festival and the Athens International Film Festival. Encounters Film Festival 2019 takes place in Bristol from the 24th to the 29th of September – Chin Up will be screened on Thursday the 26th at 18:00 in Watershed – Cinema 1.

Encounters began in 1995 as ‘Brief Encounters’; this was a one-off event to mark the centenary of cinema, and it has continued to be an annual attraction. In 2001, ‘Animated Encounters’ was introduced to celebrate and showcase animation. Fast-forward to 2006 and the two festivals combined to make Encounters Film Festival. The festival is in collaboration with the Academy Awards Short Film Category, the BAFTAs and the European Film awards, so this is a very exciting opportunity for LoveLove and Chin Up!

Encounters Film Festival provides a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, hosting a unique meeting place for the film industry. The festival aims to celebrate the creativity, diversity, and impact of short film. Encounters is committed to “widening the lens across all our practices”, meaning all are welcome, no matter race, gender, ability, or sexuality.

Encounters Film Festival

Encounters Film Festival

Chin Up fits this remit well. Our animated documentary is a celebration of creativity and diversity; it follows LoveLove’s very own animator JoAnne Salmon, telling her story of being born with Treacher Collins Syndrome and achieving her dream of working in animation.

Commenting on the news of Chin Up’s nomination for Encounters Film Festival, producer Georgina Hurcombe said:

“I was born in Bristol, so am absolutely delighted that the film has been selected by Encounters Festival. This was one of the film festivals that we were really hoping to get in to; it’s such a fantastic event and is so well respected in the industry. It’s truly amazing to have a festival in the South West, especially in a city as amazing and creative as Bristol.”

Chin Up has been very well-received at festivals, and was described by Variety Magazine as one of “10 Shorts Not to Miss”, and an “Uplifting Story for Rebel Creatives” by Campaign.

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