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Rich Warren is the Festival Director for Encounters Film Festival, the UK's leading short film and animation festival based in Bristol, UK. The festival prioritises the showcasing, supporting and progression of new and emerging talent in film and animation. The 24th edition of the festival takes place between 25-30 September 2018.


Rich began working for the festival in 2008 however during this time he has also had the opportunity to continue his support of new and emerging talent with roles such as the Talent Scout for the National Film and Television School, UK and a sabbatical year in Sydney working with indigenous talent.


His role requires him to attend festivals across Europe and he spends hours of his life embedded in the short form searching for new talent and emerging trends.

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