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Original Thinking

Our Friday Showcase Screenings take place at several venues and each runs for two hours. Each features a selection of films, alongside a panel discussion related to themes in today’s film culture.

Verbal Musicality

Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is a familial saga starring Dustin Hoffman as Harold Meyerowitz, a sculptor embittered by his lack of success.

Family Friendly

Britt Raes’s Catherine is the bittersweet life story of a young girl, who grows up to be a crazy old cat lady. The bright and humorous style of the animation contrast the sadness of the story.

Digital Impressions

Loving Vincent purports to be the world’s first fully-painted feature film. The meaning of this becomes clear almost as the title’s role, telling of the last mystery-filled days in the life of Vincent van Gogh.

Advertising: Social Inclusivity

The idea behind Luca Finotti’s #WeBelieveInThePowerOfLove is to bring together Riccardo Tisci and Nike’s worlds. Based on this, the video celebrates inclusion and connections. 

Documentary: Limitless Landscapes

A beautiful road trip with photographer Eliseo Miciu as he sets out to capture Patagonia’s moving soul. Laura Belinky’s Land Of The Wind is a Documentary screening at ASFF 2017.

Futuristic Invention

The director has asked reviewers politely to not reveal any plot details for Blade Runner 2049. What can be said is that Ryan Gosling plays Officer K, whose job is to eliminate “Nexus-8” replicants.

Industry Sessions: Overcoming Barriers

The urge to tell stories about who we are cut across all boundaries of gender, ethnicity or wealth. ASFF offers a series of masterclasses that are focused on practical ways of overcoming barriers.

Architectural Influences

Wearing a pair of Air Jordans, Lil Buck takes us on a jookin’ tour of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, gliding through the light-filled halls of the Frank Gehry-designed building. See it at ASFF 2017.

Cultural Limitation

Artist filmmaker Steven Eastwood’s latest project, Island, is a sensitive documentary that follows four people with terminal illnesses on the Isle of Wight. He speaks about the work and Fabrica, Brighton.

Showcase Screenings: Creative Freedom

Amongst the dynamic range of organisations invited to take part at ASFF are a selection of universities and colleges who are at the forefront of developing the next generation of talent.

LFF: Capital Appreciation

This week, the BFI London Film Festival gets underway. With 242 features from 67 countries, it’s a beast of an event, with many of the movies already familiar to festival-goers around the world.

Commissioning Routes

Having and realising a creative vision is not the only challenge facing the filmmaker. Our Industry Sessions aim to give you the competitive edge. Learn about distributing and editing at ASFF 2017.

Thriller: Dreams and Reality

Rami is a 17-year-old teenager who lives with his affectionate but firm father. Every night, he has the same dark, recurring nightmare. Leila Basma’s Thriller Man Is Hunter screens at ASFF 2017.

Revolutionary Principles

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. Marking this centenary is a fascinating ten-day season of films and events at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle.

Unconventional Ideas

A unique experiment in provocative fashion and the representation of strong women, David Onuora’s Ruby screens at ASFF 2017 as part of the Fashion strand.

Prosaic Cinema

As part of Daphne’s new release, Peter Mackie Burns discusses the role of questions as influence and narrative form, the importance of sound over sight, and the limitations of film as a medium.

Fairytale Realism

Martin Koolhoven makes his English-language debut with Brimstone, a Biblical-infused western set in a rural community. Koolhoven discusses moral complexities of on-screen violence.

Urban Alienation

A stirring character portrait, Daphne is the directorial debut of Scottish filmmaker Peter Mackie Burns. Starring Emily Beacham, it’s a low-key British answer to Lena Dunham’s Girls.

Actor-Director Insights

The dynamic between the filmmaker and their cast is at the heart of every film’s success. ASFF brings together highly experienced practitioners to share their knowledge of these central relationships.

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