Aesthetica Short Film Festival, since it’s inaugural year in 2011, has had very strong submissions of dance films from across the world. In the 2014 edition, the official selection came from Iceland, Canada, Germany and Ireland featuring breathtaking contemporary dance and practitioners in outstanding performances. In Marites Carino’s Vanishing Points, conceptual hip-hop dancers shared fleeting moments of intimate synchronicity as viewers slowly realise that all they are watching is not what it seems. Filmed with segments reversed, this is a enticing look at the choreographic world of dance on film.
Due to the popularity of the dance films at the 2014 festival and the number of submissions that contained the art form, ASFF 2015 will see the launch of the dance film strand to join the existing genres of advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller. With the closure of DANCE:FILM, Scotland’s premier dance film festival in Edinburgh in 2014, ASFF is one of only a handful of festivals in the UK that celebrate the genre of dance film in its own right.
Also in the 2014 official selection was the Canadian short Y20 by Dominique Skoltz. the film navigates troubled waters; between suffocation and exaltation, consummation and relinquishment, yes and no, from both under the skin and from on its surface. Filmed underwater this is an intimate exploration of relationships and the emotions that we portray to one another,
ASFF is looking for filmmakers who are driving the genre of short film forward through inspirational and innovative works. Whether you are an established or emerging practitioner, we want to hear from you and submission is easy. If you have a film that is 30 minutes or under and would like to submit, please go to www.asff.co.uk/submit for details.
1. Film still from Vanishing Points Dir: Marites Carino
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