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Inaugural Best Screenplay Award

Inaugural Best Screenplay Award

This year at ASFF, a new award was introduced for Best Screenplay. Sponsored by The Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University, it went to Daina O.Pusic with her comedy Rhonna & Donna.

Aesthetica is the Ideal Gift for Art & Culture Lovers

Aesthetica is the Ideal Gift for Art & Culture Lovers

Treat someone this Christmas to an Aesthetica subscription, giving them 12 months of art and culture news. The Dec/Jan issue also features a chance to watch short films from ASFF 2016.

ASFF 2017: Opens for Entries

ASFF 2017 opens for entries tomorrow, 1 December. This year’s event sparked an international conversation about short film, find out about the various ways you can get involved for next year.

Edge of Frame, Whitechapel Gallery and Close-Up Cinema

Edge of Frame, Whitechapel Gallery and Close-Up Cinema

The Edge of Frame Weekend is an expansive programme of screenings and discussion, celebrating the vibrancy of experimental animation at Whitechapel Gallery and Close-Up Cinema.

Talent Development and Conversation

Talent Development and Conversation

As an inaugural part of the ASFF 2016, we hosted a range of Special Showcase Screenings to provide audiences with an opportunity to view some of the newest and brightest works from filmmakers.

Inspiring Narratives

Inspiring Narratives

As the winners of the ASFF 2016 York Youth Award, we speak to Peter Stanley-Ward and Nicole Carmen-Davis about the production and intent for their charming comedy, Litterbugs.

Interview with ASFF Filmmaker Simon Trevorrow

Interview with ASFF Filmmaker Simon Trevorrow

Simon Trevorrow’s film There’s a Bluebird in my Heart follows a lone man, diagnosed with a life-changing condition, who returns to his home town looking to make amends with people from his past.

York Youth Programme Ignites a Lifelong Relationship with Cinema

York Youth Programme Ignites a Lifelong Relationship with Cinema

In this unique outreach programme, young festivalgoers chose their favourite film for the York Youth Award, encouraging the study of cinema as a narrative tool and one for social development.

London Film School: The Role of Documentary

London Film School: The Role of Documentary

London Film School almnus Øyvind Vondoren Asbjørnsen is a Norwegian film producer, director entrepreneur, and cinematographer for MAGNUS which premiered at Tribecca Film Festival in 2016.

Round-Up of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival returned to its beautiful home-town of York on 3 November, turning the historic city into a cinematic treasure trail, with an exciting programme of events.

The Lovers and the Despot: Archive Documentary

The Lovers and the Despot: Archive Documentary

Woven together from interviews, archive footage and films, Cannan and Adam’s documentary charts the story of the kidnapping and reunification of two luminaries of the South Korean film industry.

Winners Announced: Aesthetica Short Film Festival Awards Ceremony 2016

Winners Announced: Aesthetica Short Film Festival Awards Ceremony 2016

Last night at the Awards Ceremony of the sixth annual Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), 15 awards were presented to recognise outstanding filmmaking talent. See the winners here.

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