Kieran Argo is a co-founder of the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol, UK and served as a Board Director for twelve years. He 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. For the last five years Kieran has been responsible for delivering the Encounters Producers Course funded by Creative Skillset. Throughout 2017 Kieran will be working with the Bristol-based production studio Calling the Shots delivering a number of development courses and events in the South West of England for young film-makers from the Channel 4 and Arts Council of England ‘Random Acts’ series. With extensive knowledge and experience of UK animation professionals and organisations Kieran is proud to help new and established talent and offer advice on awards, festival strategies and professional development.