Liberated Society

Writer and director Sean Baker’s fashion film Snowbird screened at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in 2016. Commissioned by KENZO, it traces the journey of a young woman named ‘Young Theo’ as she shares her home-made cake with the fellow-inhabitants of an off-the-grid desert community. With a run-time of nearly 12 minutes, the film shows the vivid print details of KENZO’s Spring-Summer 2016 collection designed by Creative Directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.

Starring Abbey Lee (known for her role in blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road), Snowbird marries high fashion with a non-conformist community living on the outskirts of modern society. Creative and innovative as ever, acclaimed director Baker filmed the entire short on an iPhone. Fashion film at ASFF question the very concepts of fashion and aesthetics in today’s world, crossing the boundaries of reality and reaching past the seeming possibilities of design.

We are 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. The Official Selection of films will be shown in 18 venues across the City of York from 8 to 12 November. There will be additional prizes for Best Film in each category, Festival Winner, The Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay and the People’s Choice Award.

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ASFF is open for entries until 31 May. Show us your work and you could be screening with us in 2017. For more information:

1. Trailer, Snowbird, 2015, by Sean Baker.