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Women In Puppetry & Puppet Animation
+ Filmmaker Q&A
- Tue 12 Jun: 7.30pm
Various directors, 90mins, 2017
This showcase celebrates the talent of female directors, animators, puppeteers and other filmmaking creatives, in front and behind the camera. From alternative leading ladies to female views on sexuality, conflict and relationships – this recent short film collection reflects the expertise and experiences of women working in puppetry and puppet animation today.
Don’t Think Of A Pink Elephant
Suraya Raja, UK, 2017, 7 mins
A girl fights against compulsions brought on by anxiety.
Evelyn Ross, US, 2016, 2 mins
In the beginning of them She created us.
Belle & Bamber
Alex Forbes, UK, 2016, 15 mins
A twisted comedy-drama about a little girl named Belle and her imaginary friend, Bamber.
Punch’s Letters To His Son
Jenny Dee, UK, 2017, 15 mins
Devised from the 1848 novel Punch’s Letter’s to his Son. Punch’s son is searching for answers, about his father, about himself.
A Love Story
Anushka Kashani Naanayakkara, UK, 2016, 7 mins
A powerful tale about love faced with darkness conveyed through stop motion animation.
Alicia Eisen, CAN, 2016, 4 mins
A man who confronts his greatest fear.
The Owl and the Lemming
Roselynn Akulukjuk, CAN, 2016, 3 mins
A traditional story – a young owl catches a lemming to eat, or does he?
Izabela Plucinska, GER, 2016, 2 mins
A man and a woman have run out of words to say to each other – so they take action.
Under the Same Sky
Sylvia Ziemann, CAN, 2016, 3 mins
Two rabbits contemplate the night sky on the Saskatchewan prairies.
Katherine Boyer, CAN, 2016, 3 mins
Puppetry music video for Candian band, Rah Rah.
Laura Beth Cowley, UK, 2017, 4 mins
A short stop-motion film about NOT sharing.
Chrystene Ells, CAN, 2017, 6 mins
Explores many lost stories based actual diary entries made by Mrs Kathleen Clews.
Now You See It
Rebecca Manley, UK, 2017, 2 mins
A short film about environmental damage featuring the voice of Ewan McGregor.
The short film screening will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A with Laura Beth Cowley & Emma Windsor.
Laura Beth Cowley: Animated Filmmaker, Boris Noris
Laura Beth is a Bristol-based stop-motion film maker originally from the isle of Portland in Dorset. She previously studied illustration and animation at the Cambridge School of Art before moving to Bristol for her Master’s in Animation at UWE.
Her films have been screened internationally and often centre on outcasts, with dark or comic overtones. She has previously worked for Aardman and BBC World Service as well as her own collective Weird Eye, which produce smaller commercial films as well as independent films.
She is currently working as a freelance animator, model maker and writer, whilst undertaking a PhD in emerging technologies and their potential use in stop motion animation. Her most recent film ‘Boris Noris’ is based on real life twins who lived in her home town, and is set on the Jurassic coast.
Emma Windsor: Bristol Festival of Puppetry Film Curator
Emma is an animator and artist based in Bristol. Her independent films have been screened worldwide and she has produced commercial animation with her company ‘White Rabbit Animation’ for a wide range of organisations including; charities, local businesses and well-known brands.
She also works with the Bristol-based arts development organisation, ‘Puppet Place’ as News Editor and 2017 Film Programme Curator for their biennial celebration of ‘all things animated’ on stage and screen, Bristol Festival of Puppetry. The BFP film programme caters for adults, families and children with short film showcases and feature-length screenings, also accessible for audiences with disabilities.
Puppet Place is the UK hub for puppetry and animation. We believe puppets can open up worlds, start conversations, capture a notion, take risks, and tap into something in absolutely everyone. From sock puppets to huge carnival creations, we champion it all, and every two years, we go all out and celebrate our love of all things animated at Bristol Festival of Puppetry.
However, we do so much more, and throughout the year we run a programme of workshops, talks and classes for everyone from the absolute beginner to the experienced professional. Our building is home to a community of over 50 artists working in puppetry, animation and robotics and we are always ready on the end of a phone to answer your questions.