Special Showcase Screenings at ASFF 2017

Welcoming a dynamic array of organisations from across the UK, our Special Showcase Screenings provide audiences with an opportunity to view some of the best and brightest works being produced by emerging filmmakers. From Creative England’s shorts programme to fresh projects from the country’s leading universities and colleges, these screenings are an excellent platform for experiencing innovation and originality in short film.

Each Showcase Screening runs for two hours and features a selection of films, followed on by a panel discussion related to themes and trends in today’s film culture. Below is a brief description of each of the Showcase Screenings. Your festival pass gives you free access to these special showcase events.


Creative England:<br>An Exploration into the Short Form

Creative England:
An Exploration into the Short Form

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ASFF is delighted to welcome back Creative England. The shorts have been produced in the last 12 months, supporting filmmakers from funding through to production. Following on from the premiere of the films, Jessica Loveland will steer the discussion, highlighting the importance of short film and commenting on the importance of funding opportunities.

Falmouth University:<br>Supporting Independent Feature Film Production

Falmouth University:
Supporting Independent Feature Film Production

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How do you keep film schools relevant in the 21st century when the means of production and distribution are developing so fast? We know that independent films are finding new audiences via distribution platforms. Falmouth, leverages resources, finance and talent to support the production of micro budget, independent feature films.

Hereford College of Arts: How to Build a Career in Short Film

Hereford College of Arts: How to Build a Career in Short Film

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The short form is now a genre in its own right, an outlet that is increasingly paving the way for the future of filmmaking as a small showcase and an arena for talent. This panel discussion addresses the medium head on, looking towards commercial prospects as steps into the industry, and how to climb the career ladder with an understanding of contemporary practices.

London College of Fashion: How to Get Ahead in Fashion Film

London College of Fashion: How to Get Ahead in Fashion Film

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The fashion media landscape has been transformed by digital culture. In the last decade, film has redefined all aspects of the industry from PR and marketing, retail and the consumer experience. Chaired by Nilgin Yusuf, Creative Director of the School of Media and Communication, this engaging and informative panel discussion expands on these topics with filmmakers and LCF alumni.

London Film School: How to Maximize the Combination of Performer and Camera

London Film School: How to Maximize the Combination of Performer and Camera

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Most filmmakers are apprehensive about working with actors. Richard Kwietniowski from London Film School will teach you how you don’t need a theatre background to work effectively with actors. He will explain how to visualize what you want from a scene, and explore how to treat your cast as key collaborators.

Middlesex University:<br>Storytelling for the Screen

Middlesex University:
Storytelling for the Screen

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Many screenwriting manuals tend to privilege feature length narratives, yet early career filmmakers may only have the budget to write and produce a short fictional piece. This session will look at how to showcase your screenwriting abilities in a limited time slot. Panellists will give their top tips for avoiding used clichés and keeping the story intact.

NAHEMI: Establishing the Filmmaker

NAHEMI: Establishing the Filmmaker

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NAHEMI returns to ASFF to provide audiences with a keen insight into the changing role of the filmmaker.This unique screening and combined Q&A offers new perspectives on a range of genres from some of the brightest young talents, delving into the imaginations of those paving the way for the future of the short. Led by NTF Freya Billington.

Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University

Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University

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The Northern Film School, sponsors of the ASFF best Screenplay Award has made innovative and award winning films for over 25 years and supporting students who have gone on to win Oscars and BAFTAs. The fabulous NFS showcase screening at ASFF 2017, will be followed by a hot, and hopefully rowdy, panel discussion ‘Long Live the image. Kill the script. Down with text based cinema!’ Book early.

Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art

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The UK’s film industry continues to be one of the most productive in the world; PCA’s practice-led programme encourages students to explore a wide range of skills, processes and theoretical approaches in defining their identity as a contemporary filmmaker. Hear from the inspiring minds behind this world-renowned institution.

Random Acts: First Acts

Random Acts: First Acts

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Random Acts is pleased to introduce First Acts, in partnership with Channel 4, Arts Council England and five National Network Centres. This programme of  shorts by 16-24 year olds dares to be bold, creative and challenging. These films span all disciplines and celebrate art in the short film form, interrogating and pushing the boundaries.

University of Lincoln: Challenges of Originality

University of Lincoln: Challenges of Originality

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This showcase reveals a diverse range of output from historical reconstruction to experimental film production. The combined discussion addresses the need to keep updated with industry developments in the context of universities, including the challenges of originality and new routes for commissioning and distribution.

York St John University – Finding your creative voice

York St John University – Finding your creative voice

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One of the hardest challenges facing young filmmakers is how to find a unique voice. York St John’s graduate filmmakers will talk through how they worked through this issue with an exploration across a range of genres, techniques and processes. An intimate session includes a reflection upon the difficulties and rewards of creative freedom.

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 from 12:00 on Tuesday 7 November 2017, then from 9:00 – 17:00 Thursday 8 – 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

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