On 8 November Creative England presented its iShorts screening to ASFF audiences at Bootham School, followed by a panel discussion giving festival goers the opportunity to learn about the support Creative England can offer to new and emerging filmmakers. iShorts is Creative England’s entry level shorts initiative for new filmmakers outside London, delivered through the Sheffield and Brighton Talent Centres as part of the BFI NET.WORK.
The talk and film showing at ASFF was a huge success as the venue reached full capacity leading to a second showing later that day. Audiences were delighted by the films on show, which included Jim and Joe Dethick’s quirky and distinctively British comedy Crisps. This was followed by Chance, a film by Joe Carter which explores two men’s journey to find freedom.
Harry Sherriff’s Hits Like a Girl is a raw coming of age story that follows Kay McKenna, a fighter from Toxteth who has an anger problem and a fractured relationship with her agoraphobic mother. The screening was concluded with How to Disappear Completely by Phil Drinkwater and Tim Woodall a story about a thirteen year-old misfit magician who tries desperately to escape a cruel adolescence by perfecting the ultimate disappearing trick.
The Creative England backed project How to Disappear Completely won the York Youth Award – a new initiative to introduce young students to independent cinema in collaboration with Film Hub North. Students from schools across York were invited to participate in Youth Engagement Day on Thursday 6 November, the first day of the festival, and watch a programme of short films, followed by discussion and a voting opportunity.
See the ASFF 2014 Programme here.
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