ASFF Round-Up: 8 November

The second day of ASFF launches today with a stellar line-up of industry leaders, events and screenings including StudioCanal, Film 4 and Matt Greenhalgh.

ASFF Round-Up: 7 November

ASFF launches its 2018 programme today across 15 venues around York. Check out our round-up of events from across the day, including masterclasses with BBC and the opening night.

The Aesthetica Film Festival Opens

The eighth edition of the Aesthetica Film Festival opens to the public today. With 300 films from 45 countries, as well as 100 events spread across 15 venues, this is the largest programme to date.

A Family Focus

Paul Dano is the American actor famed for his work in There Will Be Blood, Youth and Okja. He now makes his directorial debut with Wildlife, an adaptation of the 1960s-set novel by Richard Ford.

A Childhood Icon

Depending on your age, the recent passing of Geoffrey Hayes, the British presenter of children’s TV show Rainbow, may well have prompted thoughts about what he meant to you growing up.

Official Selection: Fashion

GERIKO’s surreal, futuristic animation for Juno Calypso’s exhibition The Salon- in collaboration with footwear brand Melissa- offers an alternative vision of the future. 

Official Selection: Family Friendly

Francesco Mazza & Simone Giampaolo’s narrative about love triumphing over fear, Lynx & Birds follows the story of two birds in a mockumentary that reveals a chink in the food chain. 

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five new films from around the world, ranging from Jamaica to Japan. Arriving in varied forms – animation, experimental documentary and live-action.

Official Section: Experimental

An elementary school class without a teacher, a signing with a football club and New Year’s Eve. Directed by Diogo Baldaia, Miragem Meus Putos explores three tales tinged with aspiration.

Official Selection: Drama

Directed by Kevin Keck, American Letters follows the life of a mailman who struggles to make a human connection is forced to consider the dynamic with his co-worker.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five new feature films – a mix of real-life biopics, innovative thrillers and genre-defying horrors from Europe and America, pushing the limits of narrative.

Uplifting Biopic

Gus Van Sant is the acclaimed filmmaker who has twice been nominated for an Oscar. His latest work stars Joaquin Phoenix as newspaper cartoonist John Callahan.

IWM: Responses to Conflict

IWM Short Film Festival discusses their showcase of imaginative and challenging films inspired by the causes, course and consequences of conflict ahead of ASFF 2018.

Official Selection: Documentary

Little Pyongyang is a documentary short film directed by Roxy Rezvany (Aya Kaido and Matt Diegan). Joong-wha Choi, a former soldier in the DPRK, lives in a London suburb.

Awards at ASFF

As a BAFTA-recognised film festival, ASFF is the perfect platform upon which to showcase your work, as it could lead to national, even international acclaim.

Official Selection: Dance

Swarm is an experimental dance film directed by Emma Miranda Moore. A mysterious group of figures find one another deep within the woods. They unite in dance and reveal their true identities.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five new films, from horror and fable to social realism. It’s a diverse array of cinema that grapples with the political and social issues of today.

BFI London Film Fest 2018

With the 62nd London Film Festival now well into its second half, it’s been an irresistible selection curated by Tricia Tuttle. Amongst the highlights are Wild Rose and If Beale Street Could Talk

Official Selection: Comedy

Directed by Carlus Fábrega, Custodia Compartida (Joint Custody) features a brief encounter between Carlos and Carmen where they exchange Pablito, whose custody they share.

NFTS: Motion Graphics

ASFF catches up with two graduates of the Motion Graphics and Titles Diploma course at the National Film and Television School who now work for Empire Studios and BBC News.