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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.

Charting Human Spirit

Actor and pioneer in the world of motion-capture performance, Andy Serkis marks his directorial debut with Breathe, a surprisingly conventional drama about polio sufferer Robin Cavendish.

LKFF: Vibrant Landscapes

The London Korean Film Festival returns this week with a diverse selection of cinematic offerings. Now in its 12th edition, the festival promises premieres, retrospectives, masterclasses and guest Q&As.

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.

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