Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is soon to hit venues all over York and will feature over 300 films from 39 countries worldwide. The festival has recently been recognised by BAFTA – see previous ASFF article – and has just announced their exciting programme for 2014.
The festival will exhibit a dynamic range of genres and filmic styles, spanning advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, dance, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller. The fashion and advertising films will offer the chance to experience today’s top creative campaigns from brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Swarovski, Louis Vuitton, Trager Delaney, and Karen Millen. Sponsored by London College of Fashion, the fashion strand establishes a place for serious discussion about fashion film, its impact upon society and visual culture, and will feature stars such as model and actor Lily Cole in Lorna Tucker’s Red Shoes, inspired by Vivienne Westwood’s Climate Revolution.
ASFF will have performances from some of Britain’s best loved film and television stars: including BAFTA nominated Maxine Peake as Ruth Platt in The Heart Fails Without Warning; The Bourne Ultimatum actor Mark Bazeley as Dan Clifton in Patient 39; TV personality Anne Reid in Mark Davenport’s comedy Tea Time in Haworth; and Adeel Akhtar, known for The Dictator and Four Lions, and War Horse‘s Geoff Bell in Michael Pearce’s Keeping Up With The Joneses. Richard Wilson and Hugo Weaving will also be present, lending their voices to Alex Horsfall’s comedy Making Ends Meat and to Graeme Robertson’s drama Manny Gets Censored, respectively.
In addition to the short films, there will be events taking place throughout the day and evening: masterclasses from industry leaders; networking sessions; a Meet the Film Festivals event; an awards ceremony; Creative England iShorts; guest countries Iraq, Japan and Lebanon; and special programmes from Yorkshire Film Archive on the afternoon of Remembrance Sunday.
ASFF 2014 runs 6 – 9 November across the city of York