Aesthetica Gift Guide

There is still plenty of time to get some last minute shopping in and we’ve got lots of ideas to help you out. Whoever you’re buying for we’ve got a multitude of suggestions that are bound to enhance the following year and offer new cultural opportunities.

Iraqi Legacy: Children of Future, Dubai International Film Festival

Six short films written and directed by young and talented Iraqi directors are featuring in the Dubai International Film Festival special section, Iraq Legacy: Children of Future.

ASFF Christmas Gift Guide

Tired of buying socks for Christmas? Here are some gift ideas from ASFF that will be sure to be a hit this Christmas, and continue to boost this coming year. From delicious gourmet snacks to surround sound for the home, we’ve got all the family covered.

Sundance Film Festival Lineup, 16 – 26 January 2014

Sundance Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary with a dynamic lineup of films, introducing global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking productions as well as championing new independent films.

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With the days getting colder and the nights drawing in, what better way to stay warm this winter than curling up with a selection of films from the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013? 2013’s ASFF was sensational with over 300 outstanding films being screened throughout the weekend of 7-10 November.

Win Three Colours Trilogy on Blu Ray

Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy on Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, representing the three colours of the French flag, is now available for the first time on Blu Ray. The polish director released the three films during the 1990s and along with The Decalogue and The Double Life of Véronique, are the works for which he is best known.

World Premiere of Mohamed Khan’s Factory Girl at Dubai International Film Festival

In recent years a pioneering generation of international filmmakers has arisen that seeks to create new film projects able to become successful cinema hits apart from the traditional formula combining big budgets and popular film stars.

Review of Artists’ Film International, Istanbul

An intriguing showcase of video art and short film finds its way to Istanbul this winter under the annual programme of Artists’ Film International: a curated collection of moving images from global artists.

Bold Expressions of Creativity: ICA’s New Series of Random Acts Films Commissioned by Channel 4

The ICA launches its new programme of short artists’ films today as part of the Random Acts project in association with Channel 4. Random Acts is a short-form daily arts strand on Channel 4, first launched in 2011.

Discover Arab Cinema, BFI, London

Arab cinema is celebrated in a specially curated programme, Discover Arab Cinema, at BFI for an entire year. The season combines contemporary Arab films with classics from the past, and includes shorts and feature length films.

Interview with ASFF 2013 Best Thriller Winner Karim Ouaret

One of the highlights of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013 was Karim Ouaret’s complex short Lapsus, which took home the award for Best Thriller and proved extremely popular with audiences across the weekend.

Celebrating Short Film | ASFF 2013: A Round Up

Discover the highlights from this year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival and watch a selection of the films we screened across the city. Film is one of the most immediate art forms; it inspires, challenges and defines moments.

The Patience Stone

Atiq Rahimi’s The Patience Stone is built upon the ancient Persian myth that the syngué sabour is a confessional tool, an object on which you can lay all your secrets, your despairs and your rage.

Silent Shakespeare, St James Theatre, 1 December

Silent Shakespeare is a unique and rare opportunity to see seven silent films of Shakespeare plays, collected from around the world and produced between 1899 and 1911.

Bath Film Festival, 25 November – 8 December 2013

Four days in, the Bath Film Festival still has a lot to offer with screenings of 50 films, 18 previews and a rich and diverse programme of genre strands including Burfield Creative Sci Fi, Bath School of Art & Design, Family Films, Gothic and Documentaries.

Interview with ASFF 2013 Best Documentary Winner Mia Mullarkey

Mia Mullarkey took home the prize for Best Documentary at this year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival for her inspirational modern day David and Goliath story Danger Overhead Powerlines.

Nordic Film Festival, London

Returning to London for the second year, the Nordic Film Festival brings the freshest new Nordic titles to the UK. Currently running across the city of London, the special screenings run until 4 December before moving on to Edinburgh Filmhouse (6-11 December) and Glasgow Film Theatre (8 December – 2 January), with further venues to be announced.

20th ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival, 7 – 23 March 2014

With a 20-year record of audience and critical acclaim, ¡Viva! is one of Cornerhouse’s most popular events and is the UK’s largest Spanish and Latin American film festival.

Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, starring Alice Lowe

Alice Lowe, co-writer and star of Ben Wheatley’s acclaimed black comedy Sightseers, joined us at ASFF 2013 to share her expertise on screenwriting. Working in British comedy for years, she has been part of some of the UK’s best loved comedies such as Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, The Mighty Boosh and Black Books.

ASFF Guest Programme at Underwire Festival, London

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is proud to present a selection of diverse and innovative short films at Underwire Festival this Saturday afternoon in London. A unique opportunity to catch six outstanding films that picked up awards at ASFF 2013, the programme showcases the best in emerging cinematic talent from across the world.