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Best Documentary 2017

Sam Peeters’s Homeland portrays an ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs, which reflects the current European zeitgeist. The short won Best Documentary at ASFF 2017.

Dance Winner 2017

Lil Buck with Icons of Modern Art is a short film that tours the Shchukin collection at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. Andrew Margetson’s film won the Dance category at ASFF 2017.

Comedy Winner 2017

Raimo’s comfy middle class bubble is burst when a satan worshipping cult moves in next door. Teemu Niukkanen’s Fucking Bunnies is a slick portrayal of everyday life and the inconvenience of neighbours.

Negotiating Conflicts

With an ear to the noise of changing times, Imperial War Museum’s short film festival explores the causes and consequences of warfare with a slate of films that address both past and present.

Iconic Figuration

Beginning this week at London’s BFI Southbank is an intriguing six-week season of the films of Gloria Grahame. It coincides with this week’s release of Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool.

Artists’ Film Winner 2017

Baptist Penetticobra takes away the 2017 Artists’ Film Award, as well as the prestigious Northern Film School Screenplay Award, sponsored by Leeds Beckett University, with the creative For Real Tho.

Perpetuating Locality

Substance Film Festival explores Northern identity, uncovering the meaning of being “Northern” in an globalised landscape.

Temporal Landscapes

Benny and Josh Safdie are the co-directors behind Daddy Longlegs (2009) and Heaven Knows What (2014). Their latest film, Good Time, is the story of two felon brothers, Connie and Nick Nikas.

Animation Winner 2017

Serving 12 years behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit focuses the mind. All that injustice poisons the soul and there’s nothing left to settle but old scores. Chris Shepherd wins with Johnno’s Dead.

Advertising Winner 2017

Luca Finotti’s #WeBelieveInThePowerOfLove won the Advertising category at ASFF 2017, presented on Sunday 12 November at the National Centre for Early Music. See the trailer.

Picture Perfect

In Ingrid Goes West, a smart comedy co-written and directed by debut filmmaker Matt Spicer. Here, the picture-sharing site Instagram – and those that use it – comes under the microscope.

People’s Choice and York Youth Awards

The Silent Child, a film that centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby, wins the 2017 People’s Choice Award, as well as the York Youth Award, from 11-14 year olds.

Best of Fest 2017

Benjamin Cleary’s Wave is the winner of our Drama Category, and also goes home with the prestigious Best of Fest Award; check out a trailer for ASFF’s 2017 winning film.

ASFF 2017 Winners

The closing night of the seventh Aesthetica Short Film Festival was filled with excitement, anticipation and celebrations as the prestigious Awards Ceremony took place, after a five-day run. 

ASFF: Final Day Highlights

It’s the final day of ASFF and we hope that you have had a great time, seen some great films and are feeling inspired. Check out our Top Picks for the closing day.

New Opportunities: ASFF Day Four

It’s a fantastic day to be at ASFF. We offer a round up of everything that’s going on and some key events that are not to be missed, including our Screen Agencies Reception and screenings.

Lasting Connections: ASFF Day Three

The third day at ASFF presents a multitude of events, unique to the UK film festival landscape. Today is the day to create contacts and learn about those behind the scenes of 21st century cinema.

Multiple Identities

Like the multitude of characters Cate Blanchett plays, Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto is many things. Inhabiting a baker’s dozen of characters, Blanchett recited famous manifestos from art history.

Curated Programmes. Individual Discoveries: ASFF Day Two

ASFF continues today, marking the seventh anniversary edition of the festival. Thursday marks the start of our full programme, with renowned industry sessions, panels and guest programmes.

Kaleidoscope: A Character Study

Rupert Jones’s Kaleidoscope is an engaging psychological character study about a lonely ex-con named Carl who has a troubled relationship with his suffocating mother Aileen. 

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