Rich began working for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (Bristol, UK) in 2008. Looking after all aspects of the programme from submission to screen, his role requires him to travel to various other short film festivals across Europe in search of the latest emerging talent. He has also recently taken on the role of Talent Scout for the National Film and Television School in the UK which gives him more opportunity to seek out and meet new filmmakers. Now in its 19th year, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the UK, showcasing over 300 international short films from 60 different countries each year. Encounters is a qualifying festival for the BAFTA’s, the Cartoon d’Or, the European Film Academy Awards and the Academy Awards.
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