Meet the Film Festivals returns by popular demand to this year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival, offering visitors the chance to interact directly with programmers and directors from leading UK, European and international festivals. Since its successful debut in 2014, this exciting networking session has established itself as a firm favourite amongst many festivalgoers, bringing together artists and programmers in a professional, yet relaxed environment.
This year’s event presents a unique opportunity for filmmakers to find out find out exactly what festival programmers are looking for and to promote their work across established film festivals and emerging cinema platforms. A host of organisations from around the world will be in attendance including ECU Festival, Berlin Fashion Film Festival and The Abuja International Film Festival as well as UK industry heavyweights Edinburgh International Film Festival and London Short Film Festival. Attendees will also have the chance to meet some of the team behind ASFF.
As we look forward to this year’s festival, here’s the low-down on some of our new guests:
British Urban Festival: The British Urban Film Festival is widely regarded as the home of urban film coverage in the UK. Many of the UK’s leading actors and actresses have starred in, written, produced and directed films shown at BUFF including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jimmy Akingbola, Sadie Frost, Clint Dyer, Ashley Walters, David Essex, Aml Ameen and Noel Clarke.
CMS International Children’s Film Festival: ICFF is a non-commercial, non profit-earning organization, working purely for the promotion of educational films and the art of filmmaking. The purpose of the festival is to promote entertaining, educative cinema among young audiences and to explore the possibilities of using the visual medium as a tool for better entertaining, educational, material, human and spiritual upliftment.
Iris Prize Festival: Cardiff’s International LGBT Short Film Prize is supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation and is the only LGBT short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. Iris is what filmmakers need: funding, support and guidance. The winner receives £30,000 to make their next film in the UK.
For a full list of representatives and more information visit our Meet the Film Festivals page.
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1. ASFF’s Meet the Film Festivals 2015. Courtesy and copyright of Jim Poyner.