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Elevating Stories

ASFF presents exclusive opportunities to learn from top professionals in the film industry as they discuss topics like the materialisation of filmic dreamscapes and the precision of good editing.

Dance: Celebrate Performance

Our dance films look towards the beauty of nuanced movement and bodily expression. Bursting with energy and a range of conceptual and visual ideas, these films carve a new language.

Comedy: Relatable Plotlines

From the recollection of a shared quotidian to otherworldly situations that tackle the blackest parts of the human psyche, these films bring viewers together on multiple levels.

Illuminating Narratives

Jennifer Brea’s Unrest puts an end to ignorance by shining a light into the lives of the millions of sufferers of ME, that have disappeared into dark rooms, with their stories untold.

Thriller: Pyschological Introspection

Nour Wazzi’s Baby Mine evokes a sense of dread as a little girl’s life hangs in the balance. When her husband kidnaps her child, Sarah blindly recruits a prejudiced neighbour to hunt them down.

Political Histories

Armando Iannucci’s latest film, The Death of Stalin, is set around the demise of Soviet despot leader Joseph Stalin, and the immediate furore that followed as those around him scrambled for power.

Conflict Resolution

Now in its 16th edition, the IWM Short Film Festival, London, returns with nearly 40 shortlisted films that explore war, conflict and oppression through animation, documentary and narrative.

Curated Screenings

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.

International Odyssey

Rungano Nyoni’s feature debut I Am Not A Witch sees the director returns to Zambia for a satirical story about a young girl who is accused of being a witch and expelled to a “witch camp.”

Documentary: Everyday Phenomena

From global politics to local communities, this genre looks at everyday phenomena, pulling at the strings of reality and offering an emotive, responsive and hard-hitting representation of life.

Branded Content: Visual Identities

The pressures and commercial imperatives of working with top brands are far from being a barrier to creating imaginative and innovative film work. ASFF addresses these industry topics.

Artists’ Film: Treading New Paths

See the World through New Eyes. Abstract, creative and deeply original, the Artists’ Film genre questions the notion of narrative, looking to new techniques for a truly unique sense of narrative.

Structural Narratives

The final Showcase Screening of ASFF runs on Sunday 12 November at City Screen, and features Middlesex University. Their session takes the theme Storytelling for the Screen.

Music Video: Stimulate your Senses

In Norbert Schoerner’s U.N.K.L.E. -The Road, drones navigate a desolate desert terrain lit by pools of dramatic light. A subtle narrative tells of the conflict between landscape and humans.

Technical Curation

A strong directorial vision, compelling narrative and powerful performances are obvious markers of successful films, but there are other elements that combine to create a memorable piece of cinema.

LFF: Second Coming

The second week of the 61st London Film Festival, which concludes this Sunday, has afforded some intriguing movie experiences, including The Breadwinner and 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute).

Addressing Commerciality

The Saturday Showcase Screenings discuss issues facing the 21st century filmmaker. Featured organisations: Northern Film School, Falmouth University, LCC, Creative England.

Animation: Free your Mind

Leave the everyday and enter the world of stop-motion, illusion and computer rendering. This genre revels in the liberation of creativity – digitalised characters, hand-drawn…

Liberating Visions

Increasingly, filmmakers can make their own rules, as technology makes what was once impossible to realise on screen accessible to more and more practitioners. ASFF addresses these developments.

LFF: Highlights

There is something wonderful about reflecting upon the highlights of this year’s London Film Festival to find that they consist of vibrant debuts and award-worthy performances.

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