Guest Programmes 2017

Experience the diversity and breadth of cinema with our guest programmes. We are commemorating World War I with a special screening of Battle of the Ancre. The film looks at the conditions soldiers faced in 1917, the realities and sacrifices made during the Great War. The winners showcase panels offer you the chance to view 2016’s winning films and speak with those filmmakers about their projects. These screenings give you insight into what makes a winning film. Also on included for 2017 is a special presentation of a programme of LGBTQ+  shorts, which celebrates contemporary cinema and culture.


2016 Winners: Showcase & Panel Discussion

Saturday 11 November, 10:00- 12:00
York Theatre Royal Studio

Last year saw ASFF celebrate its sixth anniversary, and with it came a dynamic array of innovative and inspiring short films. We’re providing audiences with an opportunity to experience highlights from 2016 with screenings of winning films, from Best Drama winner Dejan Mrkic’s Silence to Best Dance Winner Marlene Millar’s Lay Me Low. Following on from this screening will be an exciting Q&A with the winning filmmakers.


Previous Winners: Showcase & Panel Discussion

Sunday 12 November, 14:00 – 16:00
York Theatre Royal Studio

ASFF welcomes back previous winners in a celebratory and informative event. Join us in re-watching films from a range of genres and narratives, including a screening of the 2016 Best Experimental, Two Signs’ Den: Epilogue directed by Bruno Decc, and Beardyman – Mountainside, the Best Music Video directed by Lewis Rose. An engaging Q&A follows; here is your chance to discuss the practice of filmmaking with winning names.


Archive Film: Battle of the Ancre 1916

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The Battle of the Ancre is the official record of the British Army’s winter campaign on the Somme from 13-18 November 1916. The battle was fought by the Fifth Army against the German 1st Army. The film is evocative and haunting images of trench warfare, notably of the waves of troops advancing into no-man’s land, the use of horses and the first views of the tank – the secret weapon to break the deadlock on the Western Front.


Iris Prize Presents: The Best of LGBTQ+ Shorts

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This year we welcome the Iris Prize to debut a selection of LGBTQ+ inspired shorts. Each year, 35 films compete in Cardiff for the award, which offers £30,000 for the production of a new film. So far, eight films have been produced, four of which will screen as part of this exciting showcase. Each short evokes a variety of emotive and transient themes including love, loneliness and friendship, achieved through unique cinematic techniques.


Polish Guest Programme

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Immerse yourself in Polish cinema and discover something completely new. In collaboration with Krakow Film Festival, these unique shorts have been produced by the best and brightest in Polish cinema, spanning fiction, documentary and animation, and showcasing narratives that touch upon universal themes. Complex emotions are brought to the fore as relationships are tested and considered through modern life.


BUFF City Season

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We are excited to welcome British Urban Film Festival as part of ASFF 2017’s innovative Guest programme. Each of the six films on show consider human nature in all its multiplicities, from the basic act of communication to individuals pushed to their limits. This is an invaluable opportunity to witness the best in contemporary filmmaking, spanning diverse locations and capturing 21st century life.