ASFF continues today, marking the seventh anniversary edition of the festival. Following yesterday’s innovative screenings, social events and community engagement programmes, Thursday marks the start of our full programme, with renowned industry sessions, panel discussions and guest programmes integrating the day’s schedule.
Starting today are our unique industry sessions, which have been crafted for the 21st century filmmaker, with informative, constructive and imaginative topics looking at how digital technology has affected production, how to be resourceful with budgets and establishing the role of director. Highlight speakers for today’s sessions include Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom, who provides an informative view into the world of screenwriting. With a wealth of experience in a department that welcomes a myriad of genres that range from drama to children’s television, Edyvean offers audiences advice about developing sources of initial inspiration into compelling dialogues. York St John (Fountains), 12:00-13:00.
Secondly, Howard Bargroff, a BAFTA-winning and Primetime Emmy-nominated re-recording mixer from Sonorouspost joins the festival. With a wealth of well-known credits that include The Night Manager, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, Sherlock, Broadchurch, Guerrilla and Luther, Bargroff discusses the synergistic role that sound plays in storytelling and will look at how it interacts with the visuals on screen. York St John (Fountains) 14:00-15:00.
Welcoming a dynamic array of organisations from across the UK, our panel discussions also begin today, providing audiences with an opportunity to view some of the best and brightest works being produced by emerging filmmakers. York St John, Hereford College of Art and London Film School are amongst the prestigious institutions welcomed to the 2017 festival, with topics that include Finding Your Creative Voice, Building a Career in Short Film and Production and the Camera. All taking place in York Theatre Royal Studio, 11:30-13:30; 14:15-16:15; 17:00-19:00 respectively.
Further to this, and as part of ASFF’s expansion into creating wider dialogues with universal narratives, cultures and experiences, we welcome British Urban Film Festival to screen some of their most innovative filmmakers. Each of the six films on show consider human nature in all its multiplicities, from the basic act of communication to individuals pushed to their limits. This is an invaluable opportunity to witness the best in contemporary filmmaking, spanning diverse locations and capturing 21st century life. Yorkshire Museum, 16:30-18:00.
This year, we also welcome the Iris Prize to debut a selection of LGBTQ+ inspired shorts. Each year, 35 films compete in Cardiff for the award, which offers £30,000 for the production of a new film. So far, eight films have been produced, four of which will screen as part of this exciting showcase. Each short evokes a variety of emotive and transient themes including love, loneliness and friendship, achieved through unique cinematic techniques. York Theatre Royal Studio, 19:30-20:45.
Closing the day is a new social event: the Aesthetica Motown Party. Join members of our team in City Screen basement and kick back to the sounds of Motown, Funk and Northern Soul. 20:00-23:00.
For more information about screenings, read our full programme online: www.issuu.com
Tickets are still available at the Festival Hub, based at Visit York. For more information: www.asff.co.uk/tickets
1. Still from Leidi. Courtesy of London Film School.