For the first time in seven years, ASFF runs across five days, both to meet audience demand and to help us showcase an even greater diversity of the amazing talent that is constantly reinventing and bringing fresh perspectives to the art of filmmaking. Once again, we received thousands of entries, and our Official Selection sees a remarkable breadth of themes and styles, telling deeply human stories through innovative techniques.
This year we are more broadly representative than ever, with special guest programmes including the Iris Prize series of LGBTQ+ inspired shorts, as well as a strand of Polish films with English subtitles, and a focus on urban culture and cultural pioneers. Making film accessible to all has always been at the heart of ASFF, and for the 2017 edition, we offer screenings that truly represent the breadth of culture, alongside more wheelchair-accessible venues and baby-friendly screenings than ever before.
We also look back to the events of WWI with a special commemorative screening of The Battle of the Ancre – a powerful cinematic experience that shows how film can communicate universal narratives that resonate across generations. As well as a record number of masterclasses and industry sessions, this year the UK Screen Agencies for England, Scotland and Wales come together for a special drinks reception; a unique chance for filmmakers to discover more about funding and other opportunities. We hope you enjoy the festival as much as we have enjoyed putting together such an inspiring and inventive programme that truly demonstrates the craft of cinema.
ASFF runs 8-12 November. For more information or to book tickets: www.asff.co.uk/tickets
To view the full programme online, click HERE.
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1. ASFF 2017 Official Selection Trailer.