The seventh edition of the BAFTA Recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) returns this November, running for an unprecedented five-day period. From 8 to 12 November, this unique event brings together filmmakers, delegates and aficionados alike, transforming York into a cultural landscape. As a hotbed for fresh ideas and talent discovery, the festival provides an innovative platform through which to experience the power and craft of independent film.
Selected by renowned programmers from the BFI, Sheffield Doc / Fest and Aesthetica Magazine, this year’s bold and imaginative programme includes 300 films that span 12 genres including Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Family Friendly, Music Video and Thriller. Telling global stories through personal perspectives, this year’s selection pushes the boundaries of the short form, and provides viewers with a chance to discover something new. Further to the Official Selection, ASFF is more broadly representative than ever, offering special guest programmes including the Iris Prize series of LGBTQ+ inspired shorts, as well as a strand of Polish films with English subtitles, and a focus on urban culture and cultural pioneers from British Urban Film Festival.
There are also more opportunities for filmmakers to learn from the industry canon. Masterclasses have been crafted for the 21st century practitioner, with informative, constructive and imaginative topics looking at how digital technology has affected production, how to be resourceful with budgets and establishing the role of the director. With representatives from the BBC, RADA, BFI, i-D and Vice, the festival unites the creative minds behind the contemporary filmic landscape.
Returning events include Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace, a lively tradeshow with UK and international festivals where filmmakers can find out exactly what programmers are looking for. The Meet the Filmmakers event is also back with a new set of Official Selection filmmakers, providing the chance to meet those whose work is at the heart of ASFF and gain a unique insight into their practice. Offering dynamic shorts from some of the UK’s brightest visionaries, the Special Showcase Screenings return for another year, welcoming leading organisations and universities that are paving the way for the future of film. London Film School, Random Acts and Creative England are amongst those involved in our 2017 line-up, providing audiences with fresh and deeply original shorts from a selection of emerging filmmakers.
As Cherie Federico, Director, notes: “The festival is renowned for its innovative programming and its dedication to championing and nurturing filmmakers from across the world; by hosting networking sessions and industry-led masterclasses we aim to create a destination for everyone to experience and celebrate new cinema.”
ASFF runs 8-12 November 2017 at various venues around York. Tickets are now available for One Day, Two Day or Unlimited Screening Passes.Book now