Highlights from ASFF 2011
ASFF 2011 brought a fresh, exciting event of unprecedented scope and scale to the city of York, with filmmakers and audiences attending from locations as diverse as South Africa, New Zealand, the USA and from across Europe, and key industry figures industry taking part. Among those delivering masterclasses were Mark Herman (Screenwriter, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Ivana Mackinnon (Executive Producer, Slumdog Millionaire) and the Senior Commissioner for Channel 4. Alongside screenings, there were panel discussions, special events and parties such as Meet the Filmmakers, which provided an opportunity for filmmakers to network with each other and audiences alike.
Spanning across 15 venues, ASFF 2011 created an event that saw audiences moving around the city together, resulting in many new collaborations between filmmakers. Uniting its audience in an appreciation of high calibre filmmaking talent, the festival established itself as a major player on the UK film festival circuit. A selection of 2011 highlights and audience feedback can be found below.
"ASFF has really helped put Yorkshire on the map and has added to the cultural offering of York and the county. It was a terrific celebration of films while using the unique and historic surroundings of our beautiful city of York."
David Shields - North Yorkshire Area Director at Welcome to Yorkshire
"It was great to be involved with ASFF. I thought you and the team had done a great job of organising things and that the attendees were enthusiastic and engaged with what was being discussed. I really enjoyed delivering my talk on Women and Film and am hoping to continue some conversations I started with people who attended, which is always exciting!"
Rebecca Brand, Women in Film and Television - the premier membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK
"I couldn't have asked for a more engaging festival and a better time …. Congratulations on a great festival."
Claudette Godfrey, Programmer, SXSW
"We really enjoyed exploring the beautiful city of York and all its fantastic places. The festival had a great atmosphere and we met some wonderful people from across the world."
Elsa and Jean-Claude - WeGo Productions, France
"Fantastic weekend! The festival achieved the delicate balance of catering for both audiences and filmmakers. ASFF is sure to become a highlight in the festival calendar."
Thomas Guerrier - Shortlisted Filmmaker
Best Documentary / Overall Festival Winner
James Muir / Daniel Hunter, New Zealand
Dr Knowgood: The Lion's Pride
Arnold Zwanenbur, The Netherlands / Indonesia
Frederic Casella, UK
Piers Thompson, UK / Bulgaria / Turkey
Hector Film Ltd
Thomas Guerrier, UK
Big Finish Productions/Dead Dog Films
Best Music Video
Maria de Gier, Belgium
Andrew Kavanagh, Ireland
Best Art Film
Michael Barwise, UK
University for Creative Arts, Farnham
Best Experimental Film
Jo Shaw, UK
Red Crow Films
ASFF 2011 in Pictures
ASFF 2011 in the News
York Press 09-Dec-11
The Leeds Guide 21-Nov-11
Belfast Telegraph 14-Nov-11
One & Other 04-Nov-11
York Press 02-Nov-11
York Press 29-Oct-11
The Guardian 29-Oct-11
The Yorkshire Post 28-Oct-11
Culture Vulture 23-Oct-11
The Leeds Guide 20-Oct-11
York Press 08-Oct-11
York Press 26-Aug-11
The Yorkshire Post 05-Aug-11