It was fantastic to see so many of you at our Meet the Filmmakers event at ASFF last night! Tony Earnshaw, film critic for the Yorkshire Post and BBC Radio Leeds led the discussion and the evening was a sparkling display of talent, with filmmakers from all corners of the globe talking about their films and the process of creating a short. The directors included were Curt Apduhan of Anniversary, Saera Jin of Konnichiwa Brick Lane, Prano Bailey-Bond of Man Vs Sand and Fran Peterson of Laura Jean: Mechanical Friends.
Here is what Steve Rose of the Guardian Guide has to say about the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2013:
“It’s not just the ‘what’, it’s the ‘where’ with this festival, which is as much a treasure hunt as a chance to see some new short films. The screenings take place in 15 ‘hidden’ venues across the city, only one of which is an actual cinema. The others could be anything from a medieval hall to a high street shop. You’ll have taken a tour of the city by the end, but you’ll have seen shorts from key players like Warp and BAFTA. Plus the odd special event, such as Sightseers star Alice Lowe in conversation. Various venues, Thu to 10 Nov, asff.co.uk”
Now an established and dynamic player on the UK film festival circuit, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent film from across the world and an outlet for championing and supporting short filmmaking. Running 7-10 November across the city of York, the event also includes a series of masterclasses offering insights into the industry.
Art Cinema at The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) returns for a one-off special, showing another diverse selection of classic and contemporary artists’ films and videos. Previous events have included work by Salvador Dali, René Clair and Rachel Maclean. Curated by artist and filmmaker AJ Garrett, this year’s cinematic occasion guarantees its audiences an array of unusual sights and sounds. We share a run-down of what’s on at mima this autumn.
This year at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), running from 7 to 10 November in York, audiences will have the opportunity to engage not only with mainstream cinema, but also experience a programme of thought-provoking artists’ film. This year’s event will exhibit the festival’s strong links with the world of contemporary art, showcasing a line-up of outstanding artists’ films and related masterclasses.
Issue 55 of Aesthetica is in shops now. This issue concentrates on redefinitions as a way of constructing new meaning. The artists featured expand across decades of contemporary practice, and the works included test the resilience of the artist. Inside we start with a look at Elmgreen & Dragset’s latest installation Tomorrow, which takes over the former Textile Galleries at the V&A, London. The artists have created an apartment belonging to a fictional, elderly and disillusioned architect to comment on the loneliness and alienation ever-present in today’s society.
The Wapping Project’s smaller Bankside residence presents ten large-scale photographic prints from Dutch artist Jacqueline Hassink. View, Kyoto is the product of a ten-year exploration of Japanese gardens, and a visual study of the contrast between indoor and outdoor space, the juxtaposition of imperfect natural forms with sharp dynamic architecture – all set against a dramatic background of the changing of the seasons.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Warp Films, a deluxe limited edition WarpFilms10 Book & DVD Set will be released and is available to pre-order now from Bleep.com. The book features exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs and unreleased archive materials from Warp Films’ projects from the last 10 years, along with a 3-panel DVD book containing 10 DVDs of key Warp Films productions.
RECON is a series of pioneering music, art and film events culminating 22 – 29 September across Leeds and Bradford. Bringing together innovators, experimenters, risk-takers, mavericks and outsiders working creatively across the various genres, the event is a celebration of the expansion of boundaries in the artistic world. Including multiple sites and venues, activities will be held at The Brudenell Social Club, Howard Assembly Rooms, Hyde Park Picture House, The New Bradford Playhouse, Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, Wharf Chambers and also in the public domain.
From 26 until 29 September Unseen Photo Fair will take over the Westergasfabriek area in Amsterdam. With a campaign image shot by internationally acclaimed photographer Viviane Sassen, the second edition of the fair looks to promote work by emerging talents and otherwise unseen pieces. Sassen will also appear within the event too and her representing gallery, Stevenson, will exhibit a unique solo show of work never seen before.
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival opens on 25 September and this year includes an ambitious lineup, bringing a programme of film premieres, installations and special guests to transform the seaside town of Berwick-upon-Tweed into one big cinema screen for this year’s action packed Festival!
Europe’s leading independent film festival, Raindance returns to Piccadily Circus, London, this September. Running 25 September until 6 October the event aims to nurture, support and promote independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world. Over the 21 years Raindance has been running, the festival has hosted such guests and filmmakers as Christopher Nolan, Shane Meadows, Ken Loach, Marky Ramone, Iggy Pop, Anton Corbijn, Quentin Tarantino, Faye Dunaway and Lou Reed. Over the last few years our international Jury has included Lemmy, Charles Saatchi, Armando Iannucci and Tom Waits.