Cinematic Expertise

Our Masterclasses bring together industry leaders from across the film sector. As part of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017 Call for Entries for films, we reveal some of the sessions we have in store for attendees in November. Hear from representatives of Sonorouspost, Industrial Light & Magic, Compulsory the Association of Camera Operators, BBC, Seed Animation and many more on topics ranging from directing, funding and producing to editing, cinematography and visual effects. These industry experts will heading to networking events and screening sessions throughout the festival – potentially viewing your work in one of our Official Selection reels. Simply enter your short film before our deadline on 31 May.

Confirmed Masterclasses for 2017 include:

BBC Writersroom Presents: An Insight into Screenwriting
Thursday 9 November, 11:15 – 12:15
Yorkshire Museum
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.

Compulsory: Establishing Yourself as a Director
Thursday 9 November, 15:30 – 16:30
York Theatre Royal
Compulsory is a London based production company who house a roster of international directors for the UK. These 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.

Examining Techniques in Post Production Sound
Thursday 9 November, 14:00 – 15:00
York Theatre Royal
Howard Bargroff, is a BAFTA-winning and Primetime Emmy-nominated re-recording mixer from Sonorouspost. His credits include The Night Manager, Broadchurch, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, Luther and Sherlock. Bargroff will discuss the important and synergistic role that sound plays in storytelling and will look at how it interacts with the visuals on screen.

The Creativity Behind Animation: The Importance of Self-Initiated Work
Friday 10 November, 13:00 – 14:00
Quad South Hall, York St John University
Seed Animation Studio has created content for international 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.

Exploring Roles: Women Working in Film and Television
Friday 9 November, 10:30 – 11:30
Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University
Nicola Lees, producer of the Women in Film and Television Mentoring Scheme, chairs a candid panel discussion with three previous WFTV Mentees who are working in craft and technical roles where women are usually underrepresented. The panel explores what women can do to overcome real and perceived career obstacles, in order to progress.

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To enter your film into ASFF 2017, you must purchase an entry fee and submit your film via this entry form by 31 May 2017 midnight GMT. The entry fee is £24. You must read our Submission Guidelines before beginning this form. For more information:

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