Presented by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) incorporates creative programming and alternative venues. As the latest addition to the British film festival circuit, ASFF offers a unique experience within the festival landscape, bringing new and innovative cinema to visitors in one of Britain’s best-loved cities, using its iconic, public and hidden spaces as a backdrop.
ASFF is the first film festival ever to be hosted in the historic city of York. The festival is a celebration of independent film from across the world with 150 films being screened from 30 countries. Occupying the same territory as festivals such as Branchage and Encounters, the organisers of ASFF hope that visitors will leave with a greater awareness and appreciation both for independent film and the centuries of history in York.
The full festival programme includes a series of talks and classes from industry professionals such as: From Shorts to Features with Ivana MacKinnon (Associate Producer of Slumdog Millionaire), Academy Award nominee Mark Herman on Screenwriting, (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Little Voice) and pitching with Channel 4. The full festival programme can now be found online at www.asff.co.uk.
Taking place in 15 diverse locations, York’s medieval halls, historic buildings and contemporary art spaces will be transformed into one-off, site-specific venues that will allow visitors the opportunity to explore the city and experience film in an accessible and unique setting. The screenings will cover a wide variety of genres and filmic styles, including narrative films, documentary, animation, music video and artists’ film amongst others.
Cherie Federico, Director of Aesthetica Magazine and ASFF says: “It’s a very exciting time to bring ASFF to the cultural landscape of Britain. With an excellent programme of talks and screenings, ASFF offers a new type of festival experience. The historic city of York plays a backdrop to contemporary and cutting edge cinema. From a range of venues – Medieval Halls, City Walls, theatres, galleries and boutique cinemas, ASFF not only offers visitors a change to engage with new filmmakers from across the world, but also to enjoy one of Britain’s best loved cities.”
Sally Joynson, Chief Executive, Screen Yorkshire, comments: “Screen Yorkshire is very excited to be working with Aesthetica on such a great festival. In a time of uncertainty over future funding it is heartening to see fresh and energetic projects making good things happen, adding a new and vibrant experience to the Yorkshire and UK festival scene.”
ASFF 2011 – presented by Aesthetica Magazine – will be launched on the 3 November at City Screen, York’s only venue for independent cinema.
Weekend passes and day passes are available now.
See you there!