Every film that screens at ASFF is in competition for our awards, which are not only prestigious accolades in their own right, chosen by an experienced jury of industry figures, but also have a track record of launching films to even greater success. Benjamin Cleary’s Stutterer went on to an Oscar win and Daisy Jacobs’s The Bigger Picture took a BAFTA in 2015. ASFF is BAFTA-accredited so every film in the programme is already a potential BAFTA nominee. And the People’s Choice award allows our audience of film lovers and industry professionals to have their say. This year’s winners will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony and After Party held at the National Centre for Early Music, a stunning venue in a converted medieval church near Walmgate Bar within York’s city walls.
The awards for 2016 are:
Best in Category: There is one Best in Category award for each of the genre strands at ASFF.
Festival Winner: All the Best in Category winners are in contention to be named the best film of the festival. The overall winner will receive £750 in prize money.
York Youth Award: As part of its objective to engage young people in film and the creative arts, ASFF presents a specially curated series of screenings from the Official Selection to audiences of school pupils aged 11-14, who then vote for their favourite.
Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay: Sponsored by the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University, the winner will receive a £1,000 cash prize.
People’s Choice Award: ASFF’s audience takes control for this award, which is entirely chosen by public votes. Voting boxes and voting slips are available in every venue, simply cast your ballot for your favourite film of the festival.
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1. Jim Poyner (2015).