ASFF 2014 Film Library

in 2014, ASFF curated films that contained memorable images, retaining an unprecedented visual and emotive impact in an age of digital media, video circulation and accessible platforms. Attracting thousands of entries, the festival connected filmmakers and attendees through the collective power of cinema.


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Hine

Dir. Damien elroy Vignaux
Tane creates the world by giving the impulse of movement, and inhabits this world with a beautiful woman, Hine, the living link between the gods and the people. Movement is life.

Le Sirenuse

Dir. Poppy De Villenueve
A film documenting a couple’s stay at the sea-perched Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano, Italy, which was shot on the proviso that the place itself should inspire the narrative.

Shadow Dancer

Dir. James Copeman
Noya, navigating her way through her teenage years gets inevitably lost in the wrong crowd. One day, by accident, she meets Nadiv, who represents everything her friends aren’t.


Animation

Coda

Dir. Alan Holly
A lost soul stumbles drunkenly through the city, where Death finds him and shows him many things. A hand-drawn film voiced by Brian Gleeson and Orla Fitzgerald.

Le Gouffre

Dir. Carl Beauchemin, David Forest and Thomas Chretien
Two travellers undertake the construction of a gigantic bridge in order to cross a gulf blocking their way, inspiring with their courage and determination a rural community living nearby.

Lost Property

Dir. Åsa Lucander
When you lose something dear to your heart, there is only one place it can be found. The Lost Property office. The film looks into the idea of memory loss and the aging process.

Tears of Inge

Dir. Alisi Telengut
A profound human-animal and human-nature relationship is represented by a painted world filled with a camel’s emotions, based on a real Mongolian nomadic story.

The Bigger Picture

Dir. Daisy Jacobs
Using seven-foot-tall characters performing on life- size sets, The Bigger Picture tells a stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.

The Missing Scarf

Dir. Eoin Duffy
A black comedy exploring some of life’s common fears: fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection and finally the fear of death. Narrated by George Takei


Artists’ Film

Anatomy of a Poem

Dir. Rebecca Ruige Xu
Utilising computer graphics and sound synthesising, this work depicts a the poem Drinking Alone by Moonlight from the ancient East by translating its rhyme and tonal prosody.

Dust

Dir. Thanasis Tsimpinis
A girl, locked in a room, creates a magical portal to escape reality. Meanwhile, her domineering mother makes a birthday cake for her. Their worlds are about to be crushed.

Hatched

Dir. Disa Krosness
To be a woman; eggs inside and outside. To be locked in a shell with beauty, innocence and vulnerability painted on the surface. Let’s smash it open and let the insides out.

Monsters

Dir. Toby Tatum
A monstrous garden, where stone dinosaurs are
enlivened by rampant foliage and gargantuan flowers
invites you into a new and uncharted world.

The Column

Dir. Adrian Paci
The Column was born from the frustrations at an economic strategy whereby time must be condensed to the point at which delivery coincides with production.

Vampire Times

Dir. Irene Reiserer
Who is the villain and who the prey? Human skin, glasses of blood and beasts in the forest. A hypnotic piece, shot on 8mm and archaic as humans.


Comedy

Bad Day At The Office

Dir. Nick Scott
Wallace D. Popple’s working day delivers a series of painful mishaps. Yet, within this off-kilter tale about happiness, there lies a twist for the twisted.

Command-Option-Dump

Dir. Jonathan Flint
An elaborate plot to break up with his girlfriend has dire consequences for Mark in this dark comedy which highlights everyone’s reluctance to be the bearer of bad news.

Happy Birthday Cindy Wei

Dir. Tsveta Lozanova
Happy Birthday Cindy Wei follows school underdog Cindy Wei as she builds up confidence through discovering the flamboyant world of her cross-dressing cousin.

Mark & Alan

Dir. Rob Reed
Mark likes Karen, a lot. He met in her in a cafe on a random afternoon. So while out in the car with Alan he tries to give her a call… but things don’t always go as planned.

Mémorable Moi

Dir. Jean-François Asselin
Mathieu seeks all ways to attract attention to himself. It is a matter of extreme endurance: you think of me so I exist. A dark and sinister look into one man’s quest for survival.

Valentine

Dir. Kate Herron
On Valentine’s Day, a hopeless romantic and a cynic realise that love is right in front of them. Co-written by filmmaker Kate Herron with the comedy troupe Birthday Girls, who also star.


Dance

Keeping Time

Dir. Steve Woods
Keeping Time is a statement that the past is part of the present. Our primal need to dance in this “sophisticated” age is as vital to us as it was to our “unsophisticated” ancestors.

Vanishing Points

Dir. Marites Carino
Sucked into a choreographic time warp, conceptual hip-hop dancers share fleeting moments of intimate synchronicity as viewers slowly realise things are not always as they seem…

Viviente

Dir. Ivalo Frank
Viviente is a music video that explores the issue of identity through modern dance, lyrics and music. It highlights how body language and music can overcome all cultural barriers.


Documentary

Dissonance

Dir. Theis Mølstrøm Christensen
Søren and Malene fell in love playing music together. They had a child, but then were both diagnosed with cancer. This film allows them to once again find their common tune.

Here We’m Be Together

Dir. Rob Curry
A field-recorded encounter with some of the more eccentric folk rituals of the Norfolk Broads – as witnessed through the eyes of one homegrown fabulist.

Next Stop: Reset

Dir. Alexandra Wedenig
In 1954 Franz Wedenig travels by train through Switzerland, France and Spain. In 2013 his granddaughters Alexandra and Elisabeth retrace and follow his route.

Powder Rooms of the Female Kind

Dir. Tash Horton
A colourful exploration into the landscape of the female face and into the minds of 12 young women living in a society that obsesses over physical appearance.

Somewhere Else

Dir. Tom German
Somewhere Else is an observational film portrait of the life of John Eldridge. Exploring the crossover of surfing with motorbike customisation, it is a celebration of subcultures.

Viva

Dir. Amanda Bluglass
A heart-warming portrait of rebellion, spirit and joie- de-vivre. Britain’s oldest punk, great-grandmother Viva Hamnell reflects on her life in Cornwall’s first punk band.


Drama

Crazy Like Me

Dir. Leah McKissock
After college, a depressed young woman has a quarter-life crisis. Between her degrading job at a restaurant and her failed relationships with family and men, she starts seeing a therapist.

For His Sake

Dir. Louis Lagayette
Jennifer is a teenage mother living in Liverpool with her son Tommy. They struggle to survive, but receive the help a social worker, who realises that Jennifer is hiding something.

Koumiko

Dir. Nic Wassell
A metaphysical time-travel mystery: a Japanese woman comes home to a discovery that turns her world upside-down and catapults her into her own past.

Last Call

Dir. Camille Delamarre
He hears the ‘click’. Lowers his head. Damn. He is standing on a mine. If he moves, it will explode. How will he get through this? He doesn’t have much time left… It’s time for the last call.

Our Lad

Dir. Rachna Suri
Ali is one of the few British Muslims in the Army. Returning home from Afghanistan unexpectedly, he faces renewed tensions from his family and community.

The Ringer

Dir. Chris Shepherd
After a life time apart a son finally meets his father. The son wants to know about his history, where he came from and how he came to be, but his dad gives him a surprise.


Experimental

Alma

Dir. Andre? Braz
A young man has lost himself. Life has led him through paths making him become someone he doesn’t identify with – until his father’s death leads him to unbury a box.

Blink

Dir. Diego Latorre
Lucio is an introverted teenager who spends his nights dreaming of Greta. Little by little, the people who inhabit his world start to prefer dreaming more than living.

Night Before The Morning Sun

Dir. Marc Grey
Suzanne is waking up. In those fleeting moments before she forgets her dreams, she searches her subconscious for answers – but can she learn to break free?

On Loop

Dir. Christine Hooper
Four in the morning, crapped out, yawning. Experience a comic portrayal of the tedious insanity of insomnia. With an aesthetic inspired by David Hockney’s photomontages.

Stay The Same

Dir. Sam Firth
Recorded every day for a year at exactly the same time, in the same place, Stay the Same is about our relationship with time and the desire to capture experience.

The Rinsing

Dir. Simone Smith
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Fashion

Arcade

Dir. Clive Will
A commercialised depiction of Kirsten Goss’ jewellery collection Arcade, the film mixes high speed videography, with colourful props for an onslaught of arresting images.

Concrete Love

Dir. Joseph Ghaleb
Concrete Love observes a woman dreaming under the pillars and shapes of a romance that she misses, but perhaps never had.

Red Shoes

Dir. Lorna Tucker
Inspired by Vivienne Westwood’s Climate Revolution, Red Shoes is a journey through a dark, enchanted space where decay and opulence sit side by side.

River Island X Joseph Turvey

Dir. Alex Turvey
Inspired by Joseph Turvey’s streetwear aesthetic and documentary photographer Jamel Shabazz, Alex Turvey’s short film centres around the model collective Justanorm.

Sharp Reality?

Dir. Amanda Wong
The reality of a creature and a landscape is both distorted and revealed through the filmmaker’s use of reflection, refraction and perspective.

Split

Dir. Zinka Bejtic
The film questions the relationship between elements that are associated with positive and negative, light and dark, good and evil, ugly and beautiful.


Music Video

Apple Jelly: //Control//

Dir. Jeremi Durand
Don’t we all have our own way to say “stop”? In this promo for the French electro band, Petru keeps control over his daily life through his own kind of dancing ritual.

Ghost Culture: Giudecca

Dir. Lewis Lloyd
A longing vision of past summer romance, seen through a kaleidoscope of faded celluloid memories. An inner journey into the intangible nature of love.

Kaja Gunnufsen: Faen Ta

Dir. Thea Hvistendahl
The music video Faen Ta is put together from the visual personal ads of six people, who all introduce us to their environment amid lonely everyday scenes.

London Grammar: Hey Now

Dir. Chris Ullens
A forest comes alive at night courtesy of enigmatic stop-frame animation, with mysterious characters meeting and a stunning display of animated strings, in a hand-crafted, playful ballet.

Marbert Rocel: The Temple

Dir. Dirk Rauscher
The Temple is a story about a metaphorical temple, built by
“her”, in which she is waiting for “him”, brought to life in an artificial construct of symbolic memories and fragments.

The Last Skeptik: Pick Your Battles

Dir. Jeff Metal
Taken from his album Thanks For Trying, Skeptik stars in this epic, beautifully shot, Peak District-based tale of a “bear”, friendship, and a frightening twist.


Thriller

Black and White

Dir. Richard Williamson
Surviving a surprise sex party with your soul intact is tough in this wickedly dark psychological short. Welcome to the Black and White midnight party.

Fibs

Dir. James Sharpe
Fibs is the subtle and nuanced tale of Naomi, a teenage girl who is lost in a fantasy, and who will say anything as she attempts to win back her older ex-boyfriend.

Former Things

Dir. Adam R. Brown
Alex, a travel-worn survivor in a desolate world, returns to his childhood home to find not only artefacts of his youth, but also the plague-ridden body of his recently deceased father.

Infringe

Dir. Martin Åhlin
Naomi accidentally collides with the blind Laura on the street. But she finds an impulse has been awakened inside of her – an impulse to do something bad.

Naïve

Dir. Marie Enthoven
Emma discovers her life is a lie and her mother holds the strings. Her lover, her friends, all seem to be paid to surround her, as she struggles to distinguish truth from paranoia.

Woodwoo

Dir. Jonny Phillips
Sometimes you can’t see the woods for the trees… An ancient oak tree awakens a jaded tree surgeon to the intensity of life, when a routine job suddenly turns out to be anything but.