The Aesthetica Short Film Festival opens next week, with Early Doors screenings on Thursday 5 November. This enables festival-goers to catch screenings at select venues on the first day of the festival. There is a wide range of genres to choose from, with screenings starting at 10am and some continuing until 11pm, making it a great day to delve into the dynamic festival programme and see some of the films at this year’s ASFF.
Celebrating the 5th anniversary, this is the biggest year yet with over 300 films from 49 countries showing in 15 venues across the four days. The Early Doors Screenings will take place at City Screen, 1331, Middletons Hotel, Yorkshire Museum, National Railway Museum and York St John University.
This mutli-venue approach invites audiences to explore the historic city of York and enter iconic locations, seeing them transformed through cinema. At 1331 10am on Thursday, Screening 1 of Experiemental takes place, featuring The Sand Storm by Jason Wishnow. In this film communication lines dissolve and a water smuggler navigates a tumultuous, dystopian city on the brink of this lyrical “lo-fi sci-fi” tour through a bleak future, with Ai Weiwei and others.
The Yorkshire Museum houses Drama Screening 4 from 2.45pm to 4.15pm. This includes Throw Me to the Dogs by Aaron Dunleavy & Joseph Ollman. A troubled teenage boy, growing up in a dreamless wilderness and isolated from those around him, is stripped of his dignity as his father abandons him for the outside world.
Documentary Screening 2 at Middletons Hotel runs from 3pm until 4pm, including Swim by Amy Sharrocks. On 12 July 2007, 50 people swam across London from Tooting Bec Lido to Hampstead Heath Ponds as part of SWIM,
a legendary live artwork and a British response to The Swimmer. Festival goers will also be able to see films in music video, comedy, animation, thriller and artists’ film across the day.
Tickets are available at the Festival Hub, Visit York, 1 Museum St, York. Opening times: 9am until 5pm from Thursday 5 November.
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1. Jason Wishnow, The Sand Storm.