The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is almost upon us and this year it carries with it the seal of approval from film and television giant, BAFTA. Despite being only in its fourth year, the dynamism of the festival has been recognised by BAFTA and they have given the accreditation ahead of the festival’s opening on November 6th. Already a powerful player in the UK’s film festival circuit, 2014’s ASFF is set to be an unmissable experience.
The festival will take place throughout York City Centre from November 6-9th and show short films from all over the world. With over ten different genres, viewers are bound to find something to their fancy, and more. Younger attendees just discovering the joys of cinema will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the film sector and its jobs with the new to 2014 Youth Engagement Day which takes place on the first day of the festival. The short films will be shown in various York venues, in the medieval halls, the gasto-bars, the museums, the art galleries, and, of course, the cinemas.
Screenshot from Out of Darkness, 2013. Directed by Manjinder Virk. Mango films. UK. Drama Winner in ASFF 2013. ©Mango Films
Not only does the festival act as host to emerging film talent it also inspires it in the audience by offering a number of masterclasses in important aspects of filmmaking. Representatives from Channel 4, BAFTA, and Ridley Scott Associates, among others, will be providing masterclasses on editing, funding, and producing film. Enough to whet your appetite? There’s more. There will also be talks from director and screenwriter Biyi Bandele of Half of a Yellow Sun fame; fashion filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson who has worked with Chloe, Selfridges and Lady Gaga; and professional film critic Anna Smith (BBC, Empire, Time Out, Sight&Sound, Guardian).
Cherie Federico, ASFF Director, has said the film festival’s aim is “to champion outstanding short films and to nurture today’s talented film professionals” and with 2014’s line up and the support of BAFTA now behind them, the aim will undoubtedly be fulfilled.
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