The landscape of domestic and international cinema has never been more exciting. Rules of genre are being broken, high concept, small budget films are receiving commercial and critical acclaim, and the conventions of filmmaking are adapting at breakneck speed. Gone are the days where a great film needs big backers and established interest to get off the ground.
ASFF has collected some of the most prominent figures in genre filmmaking today to speak at this year’s festival, sharing their methods of working and developing ideas, insight into the industry today and visions of the future.
In Comedy and Drama: Enduring Productions (Friday 9 November: York St John, De Grey Lecture Theatre, 14:30-15:30), Baby Cow’s Producer and Editor Joe Fraser and Development Executive Meghan Cruz talk about the importance of character development, engaging with diverse audiences and sticking your oar into a rapidly changing industry. Baby Cow, which has released films such as 24 Hour Party People, The Trip and Mindhorn, has been a pillar of British comedy and drama for decades, and a prime example of a company that understands the changing scope of independent content.
It almost impossible to think of British animation without thinking of Aardman. From the Wallace and Gromit television specials to Chicken Run to this year’s Early Man, which was voiced by some of the country’s most prolific actors, the undisputed charm of this household name knows no bounds. Sharing wisdom on the success of the company and its international reception, Animation Director Merlin Crossingham will guest speak at the Yorkshire Museum, Friday 9 November: 12:30-13:30.
Though the format of documentary filmmaking has shifted to a place where anyone with a home camera can make a compelling feature, storytelling and subject remains right at the heart of it. In Documentary Filmmaking: Telling The Story (York Theatre Royal Studio: Thursday 8 November, 14:00-15:00), Richard Melman, Executive Producer of Spring Films which launched Werner Herzog’s Emmy nominated Into the Inferno, talks publicly about finding the perfect subject for your factual film and taking that initial idea to the screen and beyond.
Tickets are now available for ASFF 2018, running 7-11 November. For more information, click here.
1. Still from Ideal Home. (Baby Cow Productions).
2. Still from Philomena. (Baby Cow Productions).
3. Still from City40. (Spring Films).