Everything You Need to Know for ASFF

Here is a practical guide of how to get around ASFF. Our friendly staff are always happy to help and can be found in the Festival Hub and in all the venues throughout the city.

Discursive Platforms

The growing event, THIS WAY UP, highlights a number of key contemporary issues with a focus on the diversity in the industry.

Maternal Instincts

The Florida Project takes Sean Baker to the Sunshine State; there’s no iPhone – it’s all filmed on traditional 35mm – and he had a genuine star, in the shape of Willem Dafoe.

Curate Your Own Festival at Videotheque

ASFF’s Videotheque is a great place to sit down and indulge in film after film. Videotheques are fantastic resources for anyone looking for inspiration. The entire festival is at your fingertips.

Food, Drink and More at ASFF 2017

York is a city that boasts a pub for each day of the year. In recent times, though, there have been a number of eateries and bistros that have opened up, making the city a foodie’s paradise.

Enjoy 2000 Years of History at ASFF

With UNESCO Media Arts status on world heritage sites, there is so much more to see and do. Enhance your visit to ASFF 2017 by soaking up the culture of a city with over 2000 years of history.

Cultural Diversity

This November, the UK International Jewish Film Festival will be turning 21. For the past two decades, the festival has grown to bring audiences a diverse array of Jewish and Israeli cinema.

Celebrating Inclusivity and Diversity

Seeing the world through others’ eyes: this year at ASFF, with the extra day, we have been fortunate enough to be able to expand our programme. Included are Polish shorts alongside LGBTQ+ films.

Idiosyncractic Tragedies

Yorgos Lanthimos’ style of filmmaking includes subtext-driven stories, morbid humour and moral conundrums. This continues with The Killing of a Sacred Deer, a modern-day black comedy.

ASFF: Discover New Film

ASFF opens in less than a week. Our Official Selection sees a remarkable breadth of themes and styles, telling deeply human stories through innovative techniques.

Cultural Landscape

ASFF invites its attendees to delve into the rich heritage of York by treating themselves to the offerings of various venues, alongside the innovative and imaginative screening programme.

Filmic Examination

ASFF 2017 curates a roster of 12 industry professionals to select the recipients of ASFF’s prestigious awards, including Festival Winner and Best in Category.

Secret Assignments

Laura Poitras has been called “one of the most important directors working in documentary today”, and it’s undeniable. Now, Poitras’ four films are collected in a new DVD box-set by Dogwoof.

Iris Prize: The Human Condition

This year we welcome Iris Prize to debut a selection of LGBTQ+ inspired shorts. Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director, discusses this year’s films in relation to their wider themes.

Drama: Visual Catharsis

Munda, a 60-year-old pastor, has silently been harbouring an obsession for 40 years. But one day, when she finds out she’s being forced to retire, everything changes.

Experimental: Unprecedented Storytelling

The Happiest Barrack is an experimental documentary, a chronicle of the director’s grandmother in Communist Hungary. It serves as a momento of past and present. See it at ASFF 2017.

Mediterranean Reflections

Luca Guadagnino is the Italian-born filmmaker behind I Am Love and A Bigger Splash. His latest film is the acclaimed Call Me By Your Name, adapted from the novel by André Aciman.

Advertising: New Audiences

A young photographer, an architect and a restaurant owner are thinking about tomorrow. One thing is for sure: they don’t want conventional cars. See Nick Hahen’s Trailblazers at ASFF.

Talent Recognition

Great work deserves its due praise, and ASFF entries are no different. All films in the Official Selection are in competition to receive a number of awards that recognise exceptional filmmaking.

Fashion: Contemporary Responses

With the world rapidly changing due to advancements in technology and globalisation, Lies Scheps’s (Dis)Connect is a fashion film that explores a range of reactions to the internet age.