From hand-drawn and stop-motion to computer-generated, the Animation Film category at ASFF showcases a vast array of creative filmmaking talent. These films are wonderful explorations into our world and beyond and deliver fresh perspectives on historic moments and everyday themes of love, life and mortality. In the run up to the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, which takes place 5 to 8 November 2015 in York, we highlight a few of the outstanding works that feature in this year’s Official Selection.
At the National Railway Museum, audiences will be able to watch Animation Screening 1 on Thursday 5 November from 10am, featuring Daniel Gray and Tom Brown’s Teeth voiced by Richard E Grant. Things of worth are often neglected in favour of that which is more immediately gratifying. This film portrays the life of a misguided and intensely focused man, chronicled through his oral obsessions.
This morning’s screening also showcases 43 Forty Three by Jonathan Mortimer. On the 6th of August 1945, the citizens of Hiroshima carried on with life unaware of their part to play in history. An eight year old Japanese school boy watches as Little Boy takes 43 seconds to drop.
On Friday, festival attendees visiting City Screen can catch Animation Screening 2 from 12.45pm and expeirence Julien Regnard’s Somewhere Down the Line. In this short, a man’s life, loves and losses are shown through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car. The work is produced by the Frameworks short film scheme, dedicated to animation.
Middletons Hotel, also the venue for the Meet the Film Festivals event at ASFF, plays host to Animation Screening 3 from 4pm. This selection of animated shorts includes Lure by Wunna Winter & Linda Luitz, who are based in Germany. A stop-motion animation, this work is about the chance meeting of a short, fat boy and a wheel-chair bound old woman, both isolated in their own way. It is a touching story about how a small dog brings the two of them together.
To see the full list of animations along with complete screening times, view the ASFF 2015 Programme.
ASFF 2015 will run 5-8 November in various venues across York. Tickets are available at www.asff.co.uk/tickets
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1. Wunna Winter & Linda Luitz, Lure. Germany, 2014.