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Bristol Puppetry Fest Features Quays, Purves

The Bristol Festival of Puppetry Film has unveiled the program for its 2015 edition, which will run in the U.K. city August 27-31. This year’s event will showcase the works of world-renowned filmmakers like The Quay Brothers and Barry Purves, as well as the best talent from the new generation of puppet animation.

BFPF kicks off with The Quay Brothers Retrospective and In Conversation — the fraternal filmmakers have also created a unique installation for the Redcliffe Bascule Bridge Control Room, which can be viewed through September 30.

On Aug. 29, BFPF hosts a Barry Purves Retrospective and In Conversation, with the veteran stop-motion animator leading a masterclass in directing puppetry on film and in animation the following day.

The screenings and events, curated by film and theater director Joseph Wallace, include:

For Adults

8/27     Quay Bros. Retrospective & Conversation 6pm

Paper Cinema presents The Night Flyer, King Pest, Rock Charmer 8:30pm

(encore 8/28 at 6pm)

8/28     Puppets on Screen: Lightness 3pm

8/29     Barry Purves Retrospective & Conversation 6pm

8/30     Handmade Puppet Dreams vol VI 6pm

Masterclass with Barry Purves Instruction, 10am-5pm

8/31     Puppetvision: The Movie 3pm

Puppets on Screen 2: Darkness 6pm

Stop-Motion on a Shoestring with Mary Murphy Workshop, 10am-5pm

For Families

8/29     Ivor Wood: An Animated Celebration 1:30pm (encore 8/30 at 11am)

Continental Kids 11am (encore 8/30 1:30pm)

Punch & Judy 12:30pm and 2:30 (encore 8/30)

Animation with Claire Evans from Small World Animations  Workshops, 10am-1pm

and 2pm-5pm

Ticketing information can be found on venue websites: and

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