The 3rd instalment of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) presented a rich selection of outstanding films, showcasing 300 shorts from 36 countries spanning all genres from Drama and Documentary, Music Video and Animation, to Experimental, Artist Film and more. A judging panel selected the winning films for Category Awards and Best of Fest. Across the weekend, festival-goers nominated their favourite film for the People’s Choice award. The winners of ASFF 2013 were announced on the closing night of the festival and were presented with prizes while the audience enjoyed clips from their films. Here we provide an overview of the winners.
Out Of Darkness
(Best Drama / Overall Festival Winner)
Manjinder Virk, UK
A unique story, told by nine different voices, which explores the haunting of a conscience by lost souls that won’t let go. With Tom Hiddleston and Riz Ahmed.
But Milk Is Important
Anna Mantzaris / Eirik Grønmo Bjørnsen (Norway)
Volda University College
A man with social anxiety disorder finds his routine life changed drastically when a naïve and clumsy creature appears and starts to follow him. Terrified, he tries to escape.
Karim Ouaret, France
Come On Productions
Beneath the whirr of a desolate laundromat, a woman enters to wash her clothes. Beside her, a man’s memory plays tricks on him as he tries to read his comic book.
Call Me In The Afternoon
(Best Music Video)
Czlowiek Kamera, Poland
Surreal, split screen music video for Canadian trio Half Moon Run. Deep in the woods, just out of sight, curious things happen and not everything is as it seems.
Emma De Swaef / Marc James Roels (Belgium / France / Netherlands / Luxemberg)
Willy returns to the naturist community where he spent his youth to visit his dying mother. In confused sadness, he flees to the forest, finding motherly protection in a big, gentle beast.
Man vs Sand
(Best Experimental Film)
Prano Bailey-Bond, UK
Post-apocalyptic short film inspired by Theatre of the Absurd, offering a satirised view of the live-to-work ethic. Originally based on a letter about the economic crisis.
Danger Overhead Powerlines
Mia Mullarkey, Ireland
A modern-day David and Goliath tale, Danger Overhead Powerlines follows a 65-year-old woman who is imprisoned when she tries to protect thousands of trees she planted by hand.
This Way Out
Staten Cousins-Roe, UK
Forward Motion Pictures
An oddball manager and her hapless assistant have 10 days to increase client numbers at their assisted suicide centre or face closure by the Euthanasia Licensing Board.
(Best Art Film)
Imran Perretta, UK
Ma, Bengali for mother, is a work exploring the subject of loss. The film follows my grandmother as she reflects on the recent death of her daughter, my mother.
For more information on ASFF 2013 visit www.asff.co.uk/asff2013