400 films, 18 venues, 4 days: the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016 paid true homage to the art of short film. The event was more than a platform for screenings, it offered opportunities for established and emerging filmmakers alike. From masterclasses to networking events, panel discussions and Q&As, the festival worked to not only to inspire and inform its audiences but shine a light on all processes involved within the production of short films, creating a vast and interconnected web of industry professionals.
Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace returned by popular demand and the Videotheque was installed for the second time, providing members of the public and filmmakers alike to see any of their favourite films again More than 25 masterclasses ran during the festival, with speakers from the Association of Camera Operators, the BBC, RADA, and key figures in the film world such as Alice Lowe, Justin Chadwick, Howard Ella, Stephen Whelan and Grant Montgomery. These sessions offered advice and support to both new and established practitioners.
ASFF also highlighted the talent emerging from our UK film schools, with showcase screenings from a range of colleges and institutions across the country, such as London College of Fashion, Nahemi, Northern Film School and Plymouth College of Art.This element of the festival was a unique chance for new filmmakers to gain visibility and recognition..
Awards reflected the hard work and innovative ideas from our Official Selection, including selections from the The York Youth Award, Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay, People’s Choice Award, Best in Category and finally a Best of Fest.
All of this and more is at ASFF 2017, running for an extra day from 8-12 November, giving pass-holders and filmmakers five days to celebrate and support short film. Filmmakers are invited to enter our dynamic and diverse categories, including advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, dance, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller.
Entries open on 1 December. Visit www.asff.co.uk/submit for more information.
1. Jim Poyner (2016).
2. Still from Ravages (2015). Courtesy of Alan Lake (Studio Elément)
3. Still from Shift (2015). Courtesy of Rachael Lincoln & Amelia Rudolph (Bandaloop)
4. Still from Bound (2015). Courtesy of Monica Thomas (montom arts).