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Animation Consultant, Programmer – Encounters Festival


Kieran is a freelance animation consultant and co-founder of the Encounters Festival in Bristol. He served as a Board Director at Encounters for twelve years and has been the Animation Programmer since 2010.

For fifteen years Kieran worked at Aardman Animations where he established and ran their Events and Exhibitions Department. During this time he travelled extensively promoting Aardman and producing large-scale exhibitions. He also served on international film festival and award juries including BAFTA.


Kieran was responsible for delivering the Encounters Producers Course funded by Creative Skillset.
The course examines many of the key creative skills involved in producing short form, series and animated feature films and involves a number of the most successful animation producers and production companies in the UK.

For the last year Kieran worked with the Bristol based studio Calling the Shots producing a number of training and professional development courses along with distribution for young film-makers from the Channel 4 and Arts Council of England Random Acts series.
With extensive knowledge and experience of animation Kieran is proud to help new and established talent and offer advice on awards, festival strategies and professional development.

His consultancy work includes advising companies and individuals such as:
Aardman, BFI Film Academy, British Council, Calling the Shots, DirectorsUK, Studio Ghibli, Invest Bristol+Bath, Magic Light Pictures, Passion Pictures, Richard Williams, Rovio, Tulipop, University of the West of England, West of England Local Enterprise Partnerships and Zoom Cymru.

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