The BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival has teamed up with CtheFilm at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to screen a selection of outstanding films from its 2015 edition, many of which screened at the VIP Opening Night and went on to win awards at last year’s festival.
The line-up includes ASFF Best Documentary Across Still Water by Ruth Grimberg. After the sudden passing of his wife, Stan (Richard Kind) ignores his overwhelming grief, only to be faced with a punk marching band that floods his world with interminable. Also showing is Billy the Kid, directed by Sam Johnson (Creative England/BFI) which was nominated top film in the York Youth Vote.
Michael Slavens’ drama What Cheer? also screens, a film that was selected for the VIP Opening Night Screening at ASFF 2015. Losing his sight to an incurable disease, John considers his future and, guided by schoolboy Ben, casts his line for carp at the bottom of London’d mysterious hidden lakes. Tom Rowland’s dance film Primitive is also included in the line-up, and won Best Dance Film at ASFF 2015. Primitive follows the story of a dancer through bitter heartbreak and repressed rage to absolution in creativity, exploring the nature of creativity, violence and the loss of live.
Another film that was selected for the 2015 VIP Opening Night Screening is music video Daughters for We Were Evergreen, directed by Dominique Rocher. The film is a contemporary take on the myth of Danaids and is inspired by Zbigniew Rybczynski’s short Tango. The video plays on the progressive overlapping of characters performing in one room.
The ASFF Film Tour Screening takes place on 14 August, from 8.45pm to 11.15pm at C Nova, Fringe Venue 145. It takes place as part of CtheFilm’s 12th season. CtheFilm is a critically acclaimed curated programme showcasing silver screen shorts and contemporary filmmakers all day.
ASFF Film Tour, 8.45pm – 11.15pm, Edinburgh Fringe: C Nova, Fringe Venue 145 – 1 India Buildings, Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EN1 2EX.
For more information, visit www.edinburghfestival.list.co.uk
ASFF 2016 runs 3-6 November across 15 venues in York. For more details and tickets, visit www.asff.co.uk/asff2016
1. Micheal Slavens, What Cheer? Courtesy of the filmmaker.