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Present Physicality

Award-winning Hungarian filmmaker Ildikó Enyedi returns with her first film since 1999’s Simon The Magician. Her latest piece, On Body and Soul, won the Golden Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

Random Acts: Surreal Animation

Sarina Nihei’s Rabbit’s Blood is a story about a society where two groups are fighting against each other, whereas there are rabbits who are neutralists living in underground.

Cultural Paradigms

Zachary Cotler, a poet and professor of literature, and Magdalena Zyzak, a film school graduate-turned-producer, make their directorial debut with Maya Dardel.

Curated Programmes

To help visitors to ASFF navigate the hundreds of short films on offer, the festival is curated by genre, with each screening featuring a selection of shorts in that category.

Addressing Heritage

“Armageddon is a nexus of geopolitics.” So say Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson about their latest collaboration, Song For Armageddon, made in conjunction with Ophir Ilzetzki.

Editorial Consideration

Noir Tribe return to ASFF with a short that has an editorial focus for Harper’s Bazaar. Amber Moelter discusses the piece and the notion of visual culture in today’s society.

ASFF 2017: Official Trailer

The 2017 edition is the largest to date, offering five days of visually arresting and conceptually captivating shorts. Each film belongs to one of 12 genres, part of a wider spectrum of humanity.

Festival Landscapes

After seven years, ASFF is well placed to present a Industry Sessions that offer insight and into the exciting arena of festivals. Doc / Fest and London Short Film Festival are included in our speakers.

Alternative Moods

For those searching for a cultural experience set apart from the mainstream, this year’s Abandon Normal Devices Festival has a rich and complex bounty on offer.

Emotive Flexibility

Sarmad Masud’s directorial feature debut My Pure Land is based on the true story of a rural group of young women who survived a siege on their home by relatives and a militia of 200 bandits in Pakistan.

Challenging Convention

Led by Annette Bening, the jury at the 74th Venice Film Festival tapped into the popular vote when it came to awarding its main prize, giving Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water the Golden Lion.

Visual Provocation

When her volatile Middle Eastern husband kidnaps their child, Sarah blindly recruits a prejudiced neighbour to hunt them down. Baby Mine is in the Thriller screenings at ASFF 2017.

Maternal Instincts

Darren Aronofsky has made a career from his
nightmarish visions. The latest, mother!, fulfils that remit, with a story about artistic creation that boasts one of the more insane acts in history.

Industry Relevance

An event like ASFF brings together those working in all aspects of the film business, from directors to festival programmers, and offers many opportunities for networking.

Artists’ Film: Ecological Perspectives

Jack Friswell’s Comet Perfume is a folk tale of an ecological catastrophe set in a place outside of time and history. It screens at ASFF 2017 as part of the Artists’ Film strand. 8-12 November.

Challenging Environments

After his scripts for Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan is fast becoming one of the most sought-after talents in Hollywood. His latest film Wind River marks his directorial debut.

Music Video: Infectious Rhythms

The Music Video strand at ASFF stretches into the notion of expression through spontaneous outbursts of melody. Victor Meldrew’s Addison Groove – Changa, features in this year’s selection.

Reflecting Social Uncertainty

Happy critics are a hard bunch to spot, but this year’s Venice Film Festival is bringing smiles to the Lido. The stimulating selection for this…

Visual Innovation

Hailing from institutions such as Sheffield Doc/Fest, BFI London Film Festival and Aesthetica Magazine, those involved in curating ASFF’s 2017 Selection have created a unique programme.

Life Behind Bars

A unique and powerful documentary, The Work offers an insider perspective into group therapy sessions in Folsom State Prison, the maximum security institution near Sacramento, California.

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