ASFF 2017 Industry Sessions

Our Industry Sessions bring together leaders from across the film sector. Hear directly from representatives of Industrial Light & Magic, The Association of Camera Operators, BBC, Seed Animation and many more. Topics range from directing, funding and producing to editing, cinematography and visual effects. Gain top advice directly from those shaping the film world today, expand your professional network and explore talent development opportunities.

Branded Content

Branded Content: Visualising Campaigns

Thursday 9 November, 15:30 – 16:30
Fountains, York St John University

Eliot Carroll, (Tinderflint TV) whose previous clients include Yves Saint Laurent, Universal, Jaguar and Adidas, delves into the world of branded content, revealing how to keep the client happy whilst developing exciting ideas. This session will offer direct advice on how to collaborate with brands and how to get your project noticed.

Film Festivals

Filmmakers Guide to Developing a Festival Strategy

Thursday 9 November, 10:00 – 11:00
York Theatre Royal

Festival Formula’s Katie McCullough has over 10 years of international festival submission experience. McCullough will explore the current film festival landscape, advising you on how to establish your profile on the competitive festival circuit. Moreover, she will offer effective strategies to maximise your film budget for festival submissions.


BBC Writersroom Presents: An Insight into Screenwriting

Thursday 9 November, 12:00 – 13:00
Fountains, York St John University

Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom, provides an informative view into the world of screenwriting. With a wealth of experience in a department that welcomes a myriad of genres that range from drama to children’s television, Edyvean offers audiences advice about developing sources of initial inspiration into compelling dialogues.


Examining Techniques in Post Production Sound

Thursday 9 November, 14:00 – 15:00
Fountains, York St John University

Howard Bargroff is a BAFTA-winning and Primetime Emmy-nominated re-recording mixer from Sonorouspost. His credits include The Night Manager, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, Sherlock, Broadchurch, Guerrilla and Luther. Bargroff will discuss the synergistic role that sound plays in storytelling and will look at how it interacts with the visuals on screen.

Acting & Directing

Andi Osho: Working Behind and In Front of the Lens

Friday 10 November, 15:30 – 16:30
York Theatre Royal Main House

Andi Osho is an award-winning writer, performer, comedian and director, whose credits include Psychoville, Waking the Dead, Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week. Osho discusses multifaceted careers, from getting started in the industry to transitions into different disciplines, as well as her future plans for the short film Amber, which screens at the festival.

Compulsory: Establishing Yourself as a Director

Friday 10 November, 16.45 – 17.45
Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University

Compulsory is a London based production company who house a roster of international directors for the UK. Their directors have produced a wide variety of work ranging from music videos, branded content, short and long form narrative. The team will reflect on the process of how they sign and represent up-and-coming directors.

Artists' Film & Moving Image

Jerwood Visual Arts & FVU: Exploring Art for the Screen

Friday 10 November, 14:30 – 15:30
Bootham School

Lauren Houlton, Events Programmer at Jerwood Visual Arts and Steven Bode, Director at Film and Video Umbrella, will lead an informative session on the interdisciplinary nature of artists’ film. They will discuss the Jerwood/FVU Awards, a collaboration between them and the works that have been commissioned as part of the initiative.

Camera Operation

Learning the Craft of the Camera Operator

Friday 10 November, 16:00 – 17:00
Temple Hall, York St John University

The Association of Camera Operators are back to host this popular industry session. Members of the Association have worked on films including, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Skyfall. The session will detail life behind the lens and processes behind the scenes that contribute to the overall feature.


Commissioning & Fashion Film

A Fashion Film Retrospective: Milestones and Considerations

Friday 10 November, 14:00 – 15:00
Temple Hall, York St John University

Fashion film consultant Niccolò Montanari will provide an overview over how far fashion film has come over the years as a genre. Welcoming SHOWstudio’s Head of Fashion Film Raquel Couceiro to discuss the topic, the talk will highlight outstanding examples of fashion films in order to explore the wide range of content that falls under this term.

Nowness: How to Get Your Short Commissioned

Friday 10 November, 15:30 – 16:30
Quad South, York St John University

Nowness is an online global video channel that launched in 2010. It celebrates the art of the short, exploring themes of art, design, fashion, beauty, music, travel, fashion and food. Michael Lewin, commissioner at Nowness will explore their unique programming, discussing what they look for in inspiring shorts and how to release your films online.

Distribution & Editing

Editing: Has Digital Technology Democratised Production?

Friday 10 November, 10:30 – 11:30
Temple Hall, York St John University

Renowned Editor Jaime Estrada-Torres will share his experience of working with notable filmmakers such as Stanley Kubrick and Werner Herzog. Estrada-Torres will reflect upon working with both analogue and digital, looking at how the evolution of technology has opened editing up to all practitioners with little need for investment.

Distribution: How to Find an Audience for Your Film

Friday 10 November, 10:30- 11:30
Quad South, York St John University

Thunderbird Releasing have distributed films such as Paterson, Toni Erdmann, A Quiet Passion and My Life as a Courgette. Kevin Chan, Acquisitions Manager will explain how distribution works and what he looks for in a film in the contemporary cinematic landscape. Moreover, he will explore how to develop your audience.

Professional Development & Diversity

BFI NETWORK: Talent Development and Funding

Friday 10 November, 10:00 – 11:00
Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University

BFI NETWORK works with leading UK film agencies, supporting practitioners in their career development. Working across the talent initiatives of the organisation, Lou Phelps offers insight into what funding and development opportunities are available, and how to build connections.

Exploring Roles: Women Working in Film and Television

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

Nicola Lees, producer of the Women in Film and Television Mentoring Scheme, chairs a panel discussion with Emma Edwards, Sunny Teich and Zeb Achonu, figures that are at the forefront of craft-based, technical roles within the industry. The panel explores what women can do to overcome career obstacles.

Inclusivity not Exclusivity: Breaking Down Barriers

Friday 10 November, 12:30 – 13:30
Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University

Minnie & Fraser Ayres from TriForce Creative Network look at practical solutions to the ever-expanding debate on representation and the media, as well as issues such as gender, sexuality and the socio-economic climate. Crowe speaks about creating opportunities for everyone, regardless of background.

Virtual Reality & Animation

Emerging Technologies: VR & the Digital Future

Friday 10 November, 14:00 – 15:00
Fountains, York St John University

This session is hosted by Peter Collis, Head of 360/3D Film Production at INITION. Collis will explore the emergence of VR filmmaking and examine factors in VR cinematography including stereoscopic capture, spatial audio and the editing process: he will also highlight some of the obstacles when working with VR and how to overcome them.

Animation: The Importance of Self-Initiated Work

Friday 10 November, 14:00 – 15:00
Quad South, York St John University

Seed Animation Studio has created content for clients including MTV, Nickelodeon and Coca-Cola. Founder Neil Kidney will draw upon his unique, industry-led experience and discuss the importance of including your own imagination in projects. Moreover, he will provide relevant information about what it’s like to work in a hands-on studio.

Visual Effects

Visual Effects: Creating New Possibilities & Ideas

Friday 10 November, 12:30 – 13:30
Temple Hall, York St John University

This session will be hosted by Julian Foddy from the acclaimed VFX Company, Industrial Light and Magic (Lucasfilm’s VFX studio), whose credits include Kong: Skull Island, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Using examples of their work, the speaker will discuss visualising new worlds.

Computer Graphics are Art: The Role of Design in Modern VFX

Friday 10 November, 12:00 – 13:00
Quad South, York St John University

Stu Aitken Creative Director, Axis Animation and Paul Schleicher Executive Producer, axisVFX have worked on a variety of games. They will discuss the principles of design to ensure that your VFX and animation budget makes it to the screen. They will give an insight in to how the pre-production process can be used to ensure you impact your audience.

Documentary, Music & Production

Creative Producing

Friday 10 November, 12:00 – 13:00
Quad South Lecture Theatre, York St John University

Sue Austen is a lecturer at The London Film School. She has produced feature films and television dramas for BBC, ITV and C4 and has twice been nominated for BAFTA awards, her film credits include Donovan Quick and Paper Mask.  Austen will discuss the role of the producer, from development to each vital stage of production.

Production: Creating a Must-See Documentary

Friday 10 November, 15:30 – 16:30
Fountains Lecture Theatre

Leila Monks, Co-Founder of Antidote Productions, has produced Professor Green: Suicide and Me and YouTube Revolution. Monks will share information vital to any filmmaker working in the factual form, including a threefold plan: developing sellable ideas, attaining commissions producing a must-see documentary.

Get on the Right Track: Licensing Music for Film

Friday 10 November, 14:30 – 15:30
Quad South, York St John University

Ivan Chandler, Founder of Musicalities Limited has worked as a music supervisor, music copyright licensing consultant for a range of clients including Aardman Animations, Discovery and IMG Media. Chandler will explore the use of music in films, how to select the right music for your film and information on licensing.

Acting & Directing

Directing: Getting the Right Performance from Actors

Saturday 11 November, 13:00 – 14:00
Quad South, York St John University

RADA is a world-renowned training centre for actors with alumni including Sir Kenneth Branagh, Sean Bean, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Tom Hiddleston. Edward Hicks, Head of Film, TV & Radio at RADA will examine the director-actor relationship and advise on how to successfully create a dramatic piece.

Fashion Film

Photography, Filmmaking and Advertising in Fashion Film

Saturday 11 November, 15:00 – 16:00
Quad South, York St John University

Niccolo Montanari will host a session with panelists Erika Trotzig from Studio Private, Director Justin Anderon and Declan Higgins – Video Commissioning Editor, i-D. The topic will focus on how fashion film is relevant from an advertising point of view? And what is its relationship with photography?

Film Festivals

Secrets from Programmers: Get your Film in to Festivals

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

This is your chance to find out what programmers look for when selecting films and to ask questions about how the selection process works. Join an esteemed panel from today’s leading companies, including programmers from Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Editing, Cinematography & Production Design

Production Design: Imagining the Scene

Saturday 11 November, 13:00 – 14:00
Quad South, York St John University

Production Designer Jacqueline Abrahams’ credits include The Women in Black 2: Angel of Death, Wallander (BAFTA TV Award for Production Design) and the Oscar-nominated The Lobster. She considers the role of set design in film and television, discussing how to bring both universal landscapes to life. This session will be conducted over Skype.

Cinematography: Creating the Right Look

Saturday 11 November, 13:00 – 14:00
Temple Hall, York St John University

Nic Morris has worked on TV series such as The Loch and Doctor Who. He will discuss what role cinematography has in cinematic storytelling in television and film. Morris will also reveal his own distinct creative process and how he achieves his vision, providing vital advice on how to break into the industry during the competitive age of cinema.

Storytelling and Function: The Role of the Editor

Saturday 11 November, 15:30 – 17:00
Temple Hall, York St John University

With credits that include Black Mirror the Oscar-winning Still Alice, The Two Faces of January, Wuthering Heights and Fish Tank, Nicolas Chaudeurge is an expert in the field of editing. In this unique session, Chaudeurge offers insight into his role, and the difference in shorts and feature films, whilst also commenting on collaborative relationships.

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 Wednesday 8 November - Sunday 12 November 2017. 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

For information regarding refunds and deliveries, view our Refund and Delivery Policy.