ASFF 2015 Masterclasses

Join Masterclasses with industry leaders from across the film sector. Hear directly from representatives of Channel 4, Association of Camera Operators, Rankin Film, Oscar and BAFTA-winning VFX giant Framestore and more. Topics range from funding, producing and editing to cinematography, special effects and animation. Gain top advice directly from those shaping the film world today, expanding your network and exploring current industry developments.


Directing, Writing & Producing

Warp Films – Crossing Creative Platforms

Friday 6 November, 11:30 – 12:30
York St John University

With distinctive films such as ’71, Berberian Sound Studio and Four Lions, Head of Production Barry Ryan will talk about how This is England has progressed from feature film to a TV phenomenon with its cast of characters becoming part of a generation’s consciousness. This masterclass looks at what it took to make the leap from film to TV.

White Lodge – Fashion Film, From Concept to Completion

Friday 6 November, 13:00 – 14:00
York St John University

White Lodge creates original creative film content for companies such as Vogue, Karen Millen and Louis Vuitton that develops a consistent brand voice through visual imagery and video. Executive Producer and founder, Stephen Whelan, explains their creative drive, some of their recent projects and the rise of fashion film in today’s visual culture.

Making an Impact – The World of Advertising

Friday 6 November, 14:45 – 15:45
York St John University

With a decade of directing behind him, Price James has worked for clients including LG, Mr Kipling, PayPal and Turkish Airlines. Previously at Ridley Scott Associates, Price is now a director at BAFTA winning production company Agile Films. A winner of several awards, he was most recently nominated for the Advertising Producers Association’s Ad of the Year.

Professor Linda Ruth Williams and Dr Shelley Cobb

Friday 6 November, 14:45 – 15:45
York St John University

With only one Best Director Oscar win (Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009) by a woman in history of The Academy Awards and with 75% of blockbuster crews being male, Professors Linda Ruth Williams and Shelley Cobb of the University of Southampton ask why and what needs to change in today’s developing film industry.

Cinematography & Camera Operation

British Society of Cinematographers – Creating the Big Picture

Friday 6 November, 14:30 – 15:30
York St John University

With camera credits that include Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Lion in Winter, The Great Gatsby and Hellraiser, Robin Vidgeon has been working in the field for nearly 60 years and is a guest tutor at Met Film School. With a career that spans TV, feature film and shorts, Robin will provide an in-depth look at his work and insight into entering the industry.

Association of Camera Operators – Finding the Right Angle

Friday 6 November, 12:00 – 13:30
Grand Opera House

With members of the Association working on some of the biggest films of all time including Elizabeth, Star Wars, Gravity and James Bond, the Association of Camera Operators panel returns to ASFF by popular demand to speak about their role in production, their unique view of filmmaking and their wider understanding of storytelling.

Rankin Film – The Relationship Between Cinematography and Storytelling

Friday 6 November, 16:00 – 17:00
York St John University

Jordan Rossi, Junior Producer at Rankin Film Productions, speaks in conversation with a Director and a Cinematographer about how visual storytellers approach their craft. RFP’s output ranges from shorts to feature documentaries and music videos, and includes talent scheme Collabor8te, factual TV for Sky Arts, content for O2, and films for Channel 4.

Branded Content

Shooting People – Branded Content: Keeping the Creative in the Corporate

Saturday 7 November, 13:30 – 14:30
York St John University

Presented by Shooting People, this panel discussion will demystify the world of branded content and provide an insight into how it can help you make a living in the corporate film industry, without sacrificing your creative goals. Panelists include filmmakers who have worked for brands including The Guardian, New York Times, Samsung and Microsoft.

Animation, VFX, Gaming & Special Effects

Real SFX – Special Effects Supervisor Danny Hargreaves

Friday 6 November, 17:30 – 18:30
York St John University

Working on projects from James Bond and BBC’s Doctor Who and Sherlock to Sky’s Da Vinci’s Demons, Danny Hargreaves, the director of BAFTA and Emmy Award winning company Real SFX speaks about the company’s diverse work in fire, explosives and models across TV and film, and how they became the go-to company for special effects.

Framestore –  Making the Impossible Possible

Friday 6 November, 16:00 – 17:00
York St John University

Creating mind-blowing imagery for films including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jupiter Ascending, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Framestore has won every major industry award including the 2014 Oscar and BAFTA for Best Visual Effects for Gravity. This session will explore how the company breaks new ground and offers advice on how to enter this global industry.

Studio AKA –  Innovative and Unique Animation

Friday 6 November, 13:00 – 14:00
York St John University

Philip Hunt, Creative Director at Studio AKA, will talk about their unique style and how to stay fresh in a fast-paced industry, drawing on their experience producing shorts such as BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated A Morning Stroll, and innovative work for clients including Nickelodeon, Guinness, Toyota, Dyson, the BBC Winter Olympics and Disney.

Ubisoft Reflections – Cinematic Gaming Interaction

Friday 6 November, 12:30 – 13:30
York St John University

With narrative game play building increasingly cinematic experiences; scriptwriters are crossing over from film, TV and gaming. Games designer and scriptwriter Ian Mayor whose credits include WATCH_DOGS and Tom Clancy’s The Division addresses the new immersive world of gaming whilst working with one of the world’s most influential game developers.

Documentary & Journalism

Dogwoof – Promoting and Selling Documentary Globally

Friday 6 November, 10:00 – 11:00
York St John University

Distributing award-winning films including The Age of Stupid, Dreams of a Life, The Spirit of ’45 and Blackfish, and with a BAFTA Best Documentary win for Joshua Oppenheimer’s ground-breaking The Act of Killing, Dogwoof is the UK’s leading documentary distributor. Gain insight into their process of finding and distributing the best in documentary film to an international audience.

Craig McNeil, Beggars Group – Documenting Music

Friday 6 November, 12:30 – 13:30
York St John University

Having produced documentary work for The Pixies, Tobias Jesso Jr and Badly Drawn Boy among others, Craig McNeil, Director of Creative Projects at Beggars Group, addresses how music documentaries are made, what they need to feature and why and when they are needed. This session will cover all aspects of directing, producing and editing from one of the world’s biggest independent labels.

Karen Krizanovich – Understanding and Communicating Film

Friday 6 November, 17:30 – 18:30
York St John University

With extensive experience in film journalism and a background in film finance, writing and research, Karen Krizanovich writes for publications such as CNN, Newsnight, The Times, The Independent, The Telegraph and The Guardian. This session will cover the ways in which film is communicated in today’s modern media-savvy world.

Artists' Film

FLAMIN – Maggie Ellis, Head of Artists’ Moving Image

Friday 6 November, 14:15 – 16:15
Bootham School

With filmmakers Richard Heslop, Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Stephen Sutcliffe and Rachel Maclean, this session looks at the evolving world of artists’ film and the Jarman Award. Led by Maggie Ellis, Head of Artists’ Moving Image at FLAMIN, the panel will discuss where film and video art is right now and reflect on the cross-over of contemporary fine art practice and mainstream cinema.

Working With Industry

Channel 4 –  Commissioning the Short Form

Friday 6 November, 15:30 – 16:30
York St John University

With over 70 international awards for his productions – including four BAFTAs, an Emmy and three RTS Awards for programmes including The Big Fish Fight, a campaign led by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Channel 4’s Big Art Project and Jamie’s Dream School, producer Adam Gee will address what he looks for when commissioning short form video content and how to get noticed in the industry.

Panel Discussion – The Evolution of Short Film

Friday 6 November, 16:00 – 17:00
York St John University

BAFTA nominated animator Iain Gardner (Programmer at Edinburgh International Film Festival), Philip Ilson (Director of London Short Film Festival), Andy Evans (Producer of Set Fire to the Stars starring Elijah Wood) and Avi Grewal (Commissioning Editor of Nowness) will examine how the medium is developing online and on the screen. This panel discussion will also examine the future of short film.

Acting & Performing

RADA – Delivering Performance for Screen

Friday 6 November, 14:00 – 15:00
York St John University

With alumni including Sir Kenneth Branagh, John Hurt, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hiddleston, RADA is a world-renowned training centre. As both actor and director, Edward Hicks (Head of Film, TV and Radio) is ideally placed to talk about work on both sides of the camera. Here he will talk about the actor-director relationship, how to get the best from your cast and how screen acting has evolved.

National Theatre Live – Changing Cinema

Friday 6 November, 11:00 – 12:00
York St John University

Experienced by over 3.5 million people around the world, National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre from the London stage to cinemas including War Horse, and Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein. Head of Digital Development Toby Coffey and producer Emma Keith will discuss capturing the aesthetic of the stage on camera and how it’s changing the way people are watching film.

Editing & Funding

Festival Formula – From Festival Strategies to Crowd Funding

Saturday 7 November, 15:00 – 16:00
York St John University

Festival Formula is behind successful campaigns with films featuring at festivals including Raindance, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Tribeca and more. Company founder Katie McCullough talks about building your digital presence, how to get your work out there and how to make a positive impact with your work in today’s film industry.

Robbie Gibbon – Big Screen and Television Storytelling

Saturday 7 November, 10:30 – 11:30
York St John University

With credits that include TV series Doctor Who, My Mad Fat Diary and The Reckoning and feature films like The Trip to Italy and Wasteland, Robbie Gibbon has extensive experience in the art of editing, assistant editing and directing. He will look at the theory behind the practice and demonstrate pre- and post- production processes.

Directing & Journalism

Little White Lies – Independent Viewpoints on Film-Writing

Saturday 7 November, 10:30 – 11:30
York St John University

Celebrated film magazine Little White Lies showcases and discusses film in all its diverse guises with a growing audience of over 100,000 film-lovers. Editor David Jenkins will explore how film journalism is expanding across traditional print and new digital platforms and the importance of talking honestly and openly about the medium of film.

Tim Pope, Director – How I Got My First Break

Saturday 7 November, 12:00 – 13:00
York St John University

CADS Lifetime Achievement winner Tim Pope has worked on music videos for the likes of The Cure, Fatboy Slim, David Bowie and Neil Young. Director of feature film The Crow: City of Angels and co-founder of Cowboy Films, the production company behind BAFTA winner The Last King of Scotland, Pope will discuss his creative journey and what he has learned along the way.

Terms and conditions:

Collecting Tickets

Upon purchasing your Festival Pass and/or Event Tickets, you will receive a receipt by email. This receipt is not your pass or ticket, and must be exchanged for a pass or ticket at the Festival Hub at Visit York.

The Festival Hub will be open 9:00 - 17:00 Thursday 3 - Sunday 6 November 2016. Tickets cannot be collected before this time.

If you would like to collect your tickets after 17:00 during the Festival, you can do this at 1331 Bar and City Screen.

Entry to Venues

Seating at screenings is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is not reserved at screenings, and a Festival Pass or ticket does not guarantee you a seat at your chosen screening.

Festival staff will be present at all venues, and will be able to advise you on venue capacity and available seats when you arrive.

Restricted Screenings

Please note that the majority of screenings will be certificate 12A with some certificate 15.

A special Family Friendly programme will be screened throughout the Festival. Family Friendly screening 1 is suitable for young children, while Family Friendly 2 & 3 are suitable for children aged 8+. Please see the festival programme for Family Friendly screening times.

Student Tickets

Please note that in order to purchase a Student Ticket, you must have a valid student card as proof of ID. The student card must be valid during the festival and must be shown in order to collect your Festival Pass. Festival Passes with a student discount cannot be issued without a valid student card.

Refund Policy

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