ASFF Top Ten Films by Female Filmmakers

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) opens in just over a week, and is a celebration of excellence in short film right across the board. As the festival is the brainchild of our fabulous editor, Cherie, we’re extremely proud of how many great female filmmakers will be screening at the festival, and as a tribute to them, here’s our top ten for this year’s festival. Take a look at the stunning stills from some of the films and be sure to look out for all the following films next week from 9 – 11 November across the City of York.

Nelli Palomäki: Sons of Nakhimov, The Wapping Project Bankside, London

The Wapping Project Bankside latest exhibition features Finnish artist Nelli Palomäki’s latest series Sons of Nakhimov for the first time in the UK, following recent exhibitions at Les Rencontres d’Arles and KulturhusetSons of Nakhimov is a series of large scale, black & white portraits of young pupils from the Nakhimov Naval Academy, a Russian military school in St Petersburg and opens on 9 November.

ASFF Preview: Drama Screening 13

There are still tickets available for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), and out of the 200 short films lined up to be screened across the City of York, Screening 13 is set to be on the more experimental side of the Drama genre. Along with masterclasses from members of Raindance, BAFTA, Warp Film and Channel 4, Screening 13 will make up an inspiring weekend of film in York. Running from the 9 – 11 November, Screening 13 will be shown at St William’s College. Aesthetica takes a look at what visitors can expect.

BFI’s Film Costume Archive at the V&A, London

Hollywood Costume, the V&A’s autumn exhibition explores the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling. In collaboration with the BFI, the collection brings together over 500 of the most iconic movie costumes from across a century of filmmaking.

Arte Povera: The Great Awakening, Kunstmuseum, Basel

Arte Povera, formed in Italy with famous artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz and Michelangelo Pistoletto. Characterised by the use of simple means and poorer materials such as earth, glass, branches, fluorescent or wax, it contrasts to the increasingly technological and environmental controls on the production mechanisms of mass culture. The Goetz Collection is one of the most comprehensive collections of this most innovative and effective arts movement and is exhibiting at Kunstmuseum Basel until 3 February 2013.


The ASFF Top Ten Highlights

It’s just 10 days to go until the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) opens. The City of York is gearing up to present a celebration of short film and the genius filmmakers behind them. Including masterclasses, the four day festival is one of a kind within the UK and the Aesthetica team have chosen their highlights, see the top ten here.

Art Toronto Opens Today

Starting today and running for the next three days until 29 October, Toronto will be submerged in art as it opens it’s premiere art fair. Art Toronto is Canada’s only contemporary and modern international art fair and will exhibit work from more than a 100 leading and emerging galleries from 23 countries. With over 20,000 collectors, curators, and art enthusiasts expected to arrive, this weekend is set to be an exciting moment for art in Toronto. Based on the theme, Focus ASIA, this is Art Toronto’s biggest fair yet.


ASFF Interview: Mark Davenport, Photoshopping

Featuring in the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012, Mark Davenport’s Photoshopping is a film about fame, obession and cynicism. From 9 - 11 November Photoshopping will be screened with 22 other comedies at 1331 in the centre of York. The total number of films being screened at ASFF will be over 200 and will cover several genres, including music video, animation, documentary, artist films, experimental, drama and thriller. On 9 November York will also be home to eleven masterclasses from experts in the film field, including a discussion of art on film with Ed Atkins. We catch up with, Mark Davenport, to get the inside story on Photoshopping.


Interview with visionary filmmaker Ben Charles Edwards and his leading lady, Sadie Frost in his new film The Actress.

The Smallsa renowned short film community which supports and advocates independent filmmaking, and visionary filmmaker, Ben Charles Edwards have teamed up to collaborate on a short film starring Sadie Frost, Sally Phillips, Perry Benson and Morgana Robinson. The Actress is a story of a shooting star who refuses to fade away or go gently into that good night, tumbling from genre to genre in scenes taking in the silent era, film noir, ’70s sci-fi sexploitation and ’90s sitcom land, depicting the desperate attempt to outsmart and outrun the apparition of death itself. An intensely poignant short film, The Actress beautifully highlights the transient nature of the film industry from an actresses perspective. Aesthetica spoke to Ben and Sadie about the film and their plans for the future.

William Klein: Paintings Etc, Review, HackelBury Fine Art, London

William Klein, an American who has spent most of his life in Paris, can be compared to the Lost Generation expatriate artists and writers such as Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Man Ray who flocked to the city in search of creative fulfilment and the bohemian lifestyle infused throughout its bars, cafes, and studios. He found a second home in the city, and it was here where he embarked on his artistic journey as a painter, film-maker, and photographer. Klein’s early paintings hint at an influence of the abstracted figural and still life works of Picasso, and by the graphics and designs of Bauhaus and Mondrian that later led to his mural paintings; while his fashion photography encapsulates the raw energy exuded by the streets of Paris.

ASFF New Trailer Out Now

With less than a month to go the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) has just launched it’s new trailer. Featuring clips from a selection of the 200 films set to be screened, the trailer provides an insight into the innovative collection of short thrillers, comedies, documentaries, dramas, experimental pieces and artistic films. Running 8 until 11 November, Friday 9 will play host to several masterclasses across the city of York. One of these will be the Panel Discussion, an industry masterclass discussing the subject of Film Criticism, with Jason Wood, contributor to Sight & Sound Magazine, Matt Bochenski, Editor of Little White Lies, and Professor Ginette Vincendeau of King’s College London. Those with an interest in journalism, academic criticism or writing more generally will benefit from the expertise of these highly respected figures as they engage in discussion with likeminded writers and filmmakers.

ASFF, 8 – 11 November, across the city of York.

Film courtesy of Aesthetica Short Film Festival.


Review of The What-ifs: Fiona Ni Mhaoilir, Platform Arts Belfast

The What-Ifs exhibition at Platform Arts in Belfast examines the interconnectivity of art in society and it’s relationship with the built environment. In addition the artist Fiona Ni Mhaoilir employs humour to parody the preconceptions associated with the reverence accorded to academic theory. The exhibition runs until 27 October.