ASFF 2016 Masterclasses

Our Masterclasses bring together industry leaders from across the film sector. Hear directly from representatives of Channel 4, the Association of Camera Operators, BBC, BAFTA-winning animators The Brothers McLeod 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, expand your professional network and explore current industry developments.


Acting & Performing

Bring Your Characters to Life Through the Right Casting

Bring Your Characters to Life Through the Right Casting

Friday 4 November, 16:00 - 17:00
Quad South Hall, York St John University

Casting Networks is a professional service used by agents, actors and casting directors globally to source talent and find work. Agent Nicci Topping has cast films including Gorgon City’s Ready For Your Love and the award-winning Chase & Status’s Blind. She will reflect upon the process of casting, how to work with agents, and finally how to find fresh new talent for your project.

Alice Lowe: Bringing a Story to Life

Alice Lowe: Bringing a Story to Life

Friday 4 November, 12:30 - 13:30
York Theatre Royal
 

Alice Lowe has acted in films such as Electricity, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Sightseers (which she also co-wrote), and has also written films such as Solitudo and Prevenge. With such a wealth of experience, Lowe will offer direct insight into how to write for the screen and, referencing her career as an actress, provide suggestions on how to bring both a script and a character to life.

Working with Actors: What’s My Motivation?

Working with Actors: What’s My Motivation?

Saturday 5 November, 13:30 - 14:30
Quad South Hall, York St John University

RADA is a world-renowned training centre for performers, with alumni including Sir Kenneth Branagh, Maxine Peake, and Tom Hiddleston. Edward Hicks RADA’s Head of Film, TV and Radio, offers valuable insights into making the most of your performers; by examining the director/actor relationship. Hicks will also advise on how to complete a successful dramatic work.

Artists’ Film & Moving Image

Exploring Art for the Screen<br> 

Exploring Art for the Screen
 

Friday 4 November, 14:30 - 15:30
Bootham School
 

Emily Butler, curator at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, will speak about the Artists’ Film International (AFI) programme, a collaborative project. She will discuss the interdisciplinary nature of artists’ film alongside Whitechapel’s 2016 AFI-selected artist Rachel Maclean whose imaginary worlds, created using green screen technology, offer artificially-saturated visions of the future.

Documentary & Journalism

BBC: Capturing the World Through Documentary

BBC: Capturing the World Through Documentary

Friday 4 November, 13:00 - 14:00
Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University

Kate Townsend is Executive Producer for BBC’s international documentary strand Storyville. Townsend has worked on documentaries such as Storyville Global: Gay in Uganda, India’s Daughter and Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends. This session covers how documentary is developing today. By analysing what she looks for in the form, she will reveal top tips to get your documentary to stand out.

Interpreting Film Through the Eyes of the Critic

Interpreting Film Through the Eyes of the Critic

Friday 4 November, 11:30 - 12:30
Quad South Hall, York St John University

With experience in film journalism and programming, Simran Hans is a programmer at Bechdel Test Fest who also writes for publications such as The Guardian, Sight & Sound, Little White Lies and the BFI. Hans will share her profound knowledge of the way film can be interpreted and explained, exploring how the critic plays a crucial and decisive role in either making or breaking a film.

Cinematography & Camera Operation

Defining the Role of the Camera Operator

Defining the Role of the Camera Operator

Friday 4 November, 16:00 - 17:30
St Peters School
 

The Association of Camera Operators returns to present a masterclass on the role of camera operation in film production. The ACO has been behind the lens for some of the biggest films of all time including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Les Misérables, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Sherlock Holmes, Paddington and Rush. You will learn about the importance of camera technique to the craft of storytelling

Editing & Music

The Licencing Process of Music in Films

The Licencing Process of Music in Films

Friday 4 November, 14:30 - 15:30
Quad South Hall, York St John University

Lynden Campbell from Domino Publishing (Arctic Monkeys, Hot Chip, Wild Beasts, The Kills), shares her crucial insights into the use of music in films. Campbell will delve into the guidebook for music licensing whilst speaking about the process of sourcing and selecting the right soundtrack, in order to suit the mood and enhance the overall aesthetic of your film.

The Craft of Visual Storytelling<br> 

The Craft of Visual Storytelling
 

Saturday 5 November, 16:30 - 17:30
Temple Hall, York St John University
 

With credits that include Misfits, Peaky Blinders, Nightshift and feature films Desert Dancer and Slumdog Millionaire, Celia Haining has a vast range of experience in the craft of editing. Haining will look at how the edit controls the story, as well as reviewing the practical techniques used by professionals in relation to the theory of pre- and post-production.

Sound & Production Design

The Importance of Sound<br> 

The Importance of Sound
 

Saturday 5 November, 12:00 - 13:00
Quad South Hall, York St John University

Howard Bargroff, a re-recording mixer from Sonorouspost, has won 4 awards including the 2015 BAFTA Television Craft Award for Sound Fiction and Entertainment. His credits include Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, Luther, Sherlock and AVP: Alien vs. Predator. Bargroff will consider the importance of sound in film and explore how new audio technology is rapidly changing the field.

Production Design: Visualising the Scene

Production Design: Visualising the Scene

Saturday 5 November, 12:00 - 13:00
Quad South Lecture Theatre, York St John University

Grant Montgomery, Production Designer for Peaky Blinders (BAFTA and RTS nominated for production design), reflects upon the impact of set design in cinema and television. Credits also include Stephen Poliakoff’s The Crimson Petal and the White (The RTS Award for production design). Montgomery will speak about the depth of creative processes used to bring a set to life.

 

Film Festivals & Funding

Finding the Right Festival Strategy for Your Film

Finding the Right Festival Strategy for Your Film

Saturday 5 November, 13:30 - 14:30
Quad South Lecture Theatre, York St John University

With more than 10 years of festival submission experience for an array of clients, Festival Formula’s Katie McCullough will speak about the film festival landscape. McCullough will offer useful hints, tips and strategies to focus on the strengths of your film and to maximise your film budget for festival submissions, as well as advice on how to develop your profile on the festival circuit.

Panel Discussion: Programming a Film Festival

Panel Discussion: Programming a Film Festival

Saturday 5 November, 10:30 - 11:30
Quad South Hall, York St John University

Here is your chance to learn the ins and outs of programming film festivals, what organisations look for, and to ask any questions about the selection process. The panel includes programmers from Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Encounters, Flatpack Film Festival and Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

Working with Industry

BBC: Commissioning for Comedy

BBC: Commissioning for Comedy

Saturday 5 November, 15:00 - 16:00
Quad South Hall, York St John University

Kristian Smith, Commissioning Editor at the BBC (Boy Meets Girl, Uncle, Blandings), will chair a captivating panel discussion alongside Agent Kate Haldance (PBJ Management) Producer, Gill Isles (Peter Kay’s Car Share, Rovers) and Writer, Caroline Moran (Raised by Wolves). The panel will explore all areas of commissioning from developing an idea to getting noticed on the pitch.

Navigating the Industry<br> 

Navigating the Industry
 

Saturday 5 November, 15:00 - 16:00
Quad South Lecture Theatre, York St John University

Sara Putt Associates is a leading independent UK agency and diary service for film professionals who have worked on productions such as Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book and Snow White & the Huntsman. Putt has worked alongside BAFTA and on several short films, and will offer advice on how to navigate the industry and build your career in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Animation, Gaming & Visual Effects

Visual Effects: Exploring New Technologies in Film<br> 

Visual Effects: Exploring New Technologies in Film
 

Friday 4 November, 13:00 - 14:00
Temple Hall, York St John University
 

This session is hosted by Julian Foddy, Visual Effects Supervisor from the acclaimed VFX Company, Industrial Light and Magic (Lucasfilm’s VFX studio), whose credits include Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Spectre. Using examples of his work, Foddy will discuss all areas of VFX from planning and production to the final creation.

Lights, Camera, Interaction: Bringing Your Audience into the Story

Lights, Camera, Interaction: Bringing Your Audience into the Story

Friday 4 November, 13:00 - 14:00
Quad South Lecture Theatre, York St John University

In recent years, the games industry has given more control to its players, allowing them to determine plot direction, world geography, and even the rules that define the games they play. Jagex, the company behind Runescape, will examine the benefits and pitfalls of audience participation in gaming, showcasing examples of how this effect can be recreated in the wider entertainment industry.

Gaming: Playful Illusions<br> <br> 

Gaming: Playful Illusions
 
 

Friday 4 November, 15:00 - 16:00
Quad South Lecture Theatre, York St John University

CEO of Women in Games UK, Marie-Claire Isaaman highlights the influence of art and illusion on digital games. She asks whether film and games are connected more through visuals and language than storytelling conventions. The talk argues that the best playful experiences tend to be designed by player action, rather than rigid platforms for predetermined narratives.

The Aesthetics of Animation: Combining Technology and Storytelling

The Aesthetics of Animation: Combining Technology and Storytelling

Friday 4 November, 11:30 - 12:30
Quad South Lecture Theatre, York St John University

BAFTA-winning animators The Brothers McLeod have worked with the BBC, DreamWorks, Tate, Nickelodeon, CITV, and Disney, and have screened at a variety of film festivals. This session will cover storyboarding and the realisation of ideas from sketch to 2D/3D animation. The Brothers will also offer advice on how to immerse yourself in this field and what it takes get to noticed.

 

Directing & Producing

Producing and Realising Your Ideas on a Budget

Producing and Realising Your Ideas on a Budget

Friday 4 November, 16:00 - 17:00
Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University

Howard Ella from Mammoth Screen has worked as a Producer and Line Producer for 12 years on projects as varied as An Inspector Calls, Mount Pleasant, The Interceptor, Lewis and Monroe. Ella will offer advice on the process of production, outlining ways to be  resourceful whilst keeping an eye on expenditure. He will also highlight ideas on how to establish a career in the field.

Develop Your Vision: Top Tips for Directors

Develop Your Vision: Top Tips for Directors

Friday 4 November, 11:30 - 12:30
Temple Hall, York St John University
 

Yousaf Ali Khan is a multi award-winning scriptwriter and director. His lauded works explore issues of identity, marginalisation and belonging, including BAFTA nominated Skin Deep and Talking With Angels. His current project Giantland was selected for the Tribeca Access Awards. Khan will give you top tips for creating and developing successful projects.

Promoting Your Film

Securing the Funds for Your Film

Securing the Funds for Your Film

Friday 4 November, 13:00 - 14:00
Quad South Hall, York St John University

COO Mark Woolley from Ecosse Films (Royal Night Out, Wuthering Heights, Nowhere Boy and Becoming Jane) will discuss the finance behind filmmaking. This session will cover the components of a typical  film finance plan including sales, bank borrowing and equity investments, as well as explaining how all these elements fit together to ensure the funds are secured for your film.

Creating Short Form with Impact

Creating Short Form with Impact

Friday 4 November, 10:00 - 11:00
Quad South Hall, York St John University

Adam Gee specialises in factual short form, both as a producer and commissioner. He commissioned short form for the last three years at Channel 4, where he was a Commissioning Editor for 13 years. He has won over 80 awards for his productions including an Emmy and four BAFTAs. Gee will offer insights on how to pitch and make short form which cuts through the noise.

Fashion & Branded Content

Fashion: Connecting Brands and Consumers

Fashion: Connecting Brands and Consumers

Saturday 5 November, 13:30 - 14:30
Quad South 022, York St John University
 

Producer Stephen Whelan works with brands such as Ted Baker, Issey Miyake, Moncler, River Island and Diesel to create original fashion film. This talk will examine the ever-shifting boundaries of fashion film and look at the ways in which the growth of social media platforms have shaped and driven the evolution of recent brand communication within the market.

Video and Visual Concepts in the Fashion Industry

Video and Visual Concepts in the Fashion Industry

Friday 4 November, 11:30 - 12:30
Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University

Hidden Agency delivers creative films for leading luxury fashion companies such as Matthew Miller, Lee Roach, Casio, Pull and Bear, Ben Sherman and Puma. Liam Gleeson, Creative Director and Vanessa Breganciano, Creative Producer will explain their creative drive and how they develop solutions to suit the client’s needs. You will learn about advertising, viral campaigns and original idents.

Negotiating the World of Branded Content

Negotiating the World of Branded Content

Friday 4 November, 10:00 - 11:00
Quad South Lecture Theatre, York St John University

James Stevenson Bretton from Blinkink has worked with a wide range of brands including Harvey Nichols, Channel 4, O2, and John Lewis, creating the company’s iconic Christmas campaign The Bear and the Hare. This talk will offer guidance on how to collaborate with brands while retaining a creative input, and it will also provide tips on getting your project noticed.

Creating Captivating Campaigns

Creating Captivating Campaigns

Saturday 5 November, 10:30 - 11:30
Quad South Lecture Theatre, York St John University

Maker Projects has worked with Adidas, Finisterre, Remington, Revolution Bars and Umbro. Executive Producer Luke Toyne will lead you through the world of branded content, revealing what skills are needed to create innovative and truly engaging content and how campaigns are structured in order to capture the desired audience, while keeping clients happy.

Terms and conditions:

Times and Venues

Event details, including speakers, times and venues, are subject to change.

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.

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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