Morning Coffee & Panel Discussions

Join us for an intimate Q&A session with this year’s Official Selection filmmakers as they discuss industry relevant topics such as Funding Your Film, Documentary Filmmaking, Bringing a Script to the Screen and Establishing a Directorial Style. These events will run at City Screen Basement with visiting delegates and film aficionados offering up their industry knowledge. These panel discussions are an ideal way to kick off your day of festival events – networking over a relaxed cup of coffee.


From Script to Screen: Developing a Must-See Story

Wednesday 7 November, 11.00 – 12.00
City Screen Basement

Filmmakers from the Official Selection discuss individual approaches to production, from drafting ideas and developing compelling screenplays, to realising a vision for the big screen. Drawing on their own experiences, panelists will cover the creative process from script to screen, exploring what it takes to deliver a must-see story.

Documentary Filmmaking: Finding the Right Angle

Thursday 8 November 11.00 – 12.00
City Screen Basement

Documentary covers some of the most fascinating and touching cinematic works. However, finding a captivating theme can be difficult. In this session, visiting documentarians speak about their approach to factual filmmaking, covering the method of finding a subject and practical techniques for capturing an unrehearsed, exciting and unheard story on the fly.

Directing: Establishing a Unique Style

Friday 9 November 11.00 – 12.00
City Screen Basement

A unique directorial style is imperative to so many iconic films and the current landscape is no exception. A panel of ASFF’s Official Selection break down their own methods of direction and discuss the importance of developing an individual style, drawing on their influences and inspirations for creating visually exceptional films.

Funding: How to Get a Project Noticed

Saturday 10 November 11.00- 12.00
City Screen Basement

Financing a film at any level is hard and perseverance is key. However, pitching a project as an investment is vital, whether on a funding application or when approaching private sources. Filmmakers from ASFF’s Official Selection give an overview of film financing, analysing effective methods of funding, budgeting and presenting project.

The Digital Age: Affordable Filmmaking

Sunday 11 November 11.00- 12.00
City Screen Basement

Filmmaking is an expensive business and finding your feet in the industry can be tricky. Fortunately, in today’s digital age, affordable equipment means that more and more creators are taking a DIY approach to realising their ideas. This panel discussion looks at no-budget filmmaking, commenting on experiences of turning projects into reality.

Terms and conditions:

Times and Venues

Event details, including speakers, times and venues are subject to change.

Collecting Tickets

Upon purchasing your Festival Pass and / or Event Tickets, you will receive a receipt by email. This receipt is not your pass or ticket, and must be exchanged for a pass or ticket at the Festival Hub at Visit York.

The Festival Hub will be open from 12:00 on Tuesday 7 November 2017, then from 9:00 - 17:00 Thursday 8 - Sunday 12 November 2017. Tickets cannot be collected before this time.

Entry to Venues

Seating at screenings is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is not reserved at screenings, and a Festival Pass or ticket does not guarantee you a seat at your chosen screening.

Festival staff will be present at all venues, and will be able to advise you on venue capacity and available seats when you arrive.

Restricted Screenings

Please note that the majority of screenings will be certificate 12A with some certificate 15.

A special Family Friendly programme will be screened throughout the Festival. Family Friendly screening 1 is suitable for young children, while Family Friendly 2 & 3 are suitable for children aged 8+. Please see the festival programme for Family Friendly screening times.

Student Tickets

Please note that in order to purchase a Student Ticket, you must have a valid student card as proof of ID. The student card must be valid during the festival and must be shown in order to collect your Festival Pass. Festival Passes with a student discount cannot be issued without a valid student card.

Refund Policy

For information regarding refunds and deliveries, view our Refund and Delivery Policy.