Crossing Creative Platforms
With distinctive films such as ’71, Berberian Sound Studio and Four Lions, Head of Production Barry Ryan will talk about how This is England has progressed from feature film to a TV phenomenon with its cast of characters becoming part of a generation’s consciousness. This masterclass session looks at the work’s evolution and what it took to take that leap.
White Lodge: Fashion Film, From Concept Through to Completion
Production Company White Lodge creates original creative film content for companies such as Vogue, Karen Millen and Louis Vuitton that develops a consistent brand voice through visual imagery and video. Executive Producer and founder, Stephen Whelan, explains their creative drive, some of their recent and outstanding projects and the rise of fashion film in today’s visual culture.
Ridley Scott Associates:
Making an Impact
Toby Dye from Ridley Scott Associates has directed an acclaimed catalogue of distinctive work, collaborating with brands like American Express, Sky and McDonald’s, and bands such as UNKLE and Massive Attack. Dye will reflect on the creative processes behind music videos and promos, and discuss working to a brief and the connection between narrative and advertising.
Professor Linda Ruth Williams: Women Calling the Shots
With only one Best Director Oscar win (Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009) by a woman in history of The Academy Awards and with 75% of blockbuster crews being male, Author and Professor of Film Studies in the English Department at the University of Southampton, Linda Ruth Williams asks why and what needs to change in today’s developing film industry.
Association of Camera Operators: Finding the Right Angle
With members of the Association working on some of the biggest films of all time including Elizabeth, Star Wars, Gravity and James Bond, the Association of Camera Operators panel returns to ASFF by popular demand to speak about their role in production, their unique view of filmmaking and their wider understanding of storytelling. The speakers will be announced closer to the festival.
British Society of Cinematographers: Creating the Big Picture
With camera credits that include Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Lion in Winter, The Great Gatsby and Hellraiser, Robin Vidgeon has been working in the field for nearly 60 years and is one of the guest tutors at Met Film School. With a career that spans TV, feature film and shorts, this is an in-depth look at the work of the cinematographer and he will provide insight into getting into the industry.
Rankin Film: The Relationship Between Cinematography and Storytelling
Jordan Rossi, Production Assistant at Rankin Film Productions, speaks in conversation with a Director and a Cinematographer about how visual storytellers approach their craft. RFP’s output ranges from shorts to feature documentaries and music videos, and includes talent scheme Collabor8te, factual TV for Sky Arts, branded content for O2, and films for Channel 4.
Innovative and Unique Animation
Philip Hunt, Creative Director at Studio AKA, will talk about their unique style and how to stay fresh in a fast-paced industry, drawing on their experience producing shorts such as BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated A Morning Stroll, and innovative work for clients including Nickelodeon, Guinness, Toyota, Dyson, the BBC Winter Olympics and Disney.
Cinematic Gaming Interaction
With narrative game play building increasingly cinematic experiences; scriptwriters are crossing over from film, TV and gaming. Games designer and scriptwriter Ian Mayor whose credits include WATCH_DOGS and Tom Clancy’s The Division addresses the new immersive world of gaming whilst working with one of the world’s most influential video game developers.
Making the Impossible Possible
Creating mind-blowing imagery for films including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jupiter Ascending, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Framestore has won every major industry award including the 2014 Oscar and BAFTA for Best Visual Effects for Gravity. This session will explore how the company breaks new ground and offers advice on how you can enter this truly global industry.
Real SFX Special Effects Supervisor, Danny Hargreaves
Working on projects from James Bond and BBC’s Doctor Who and Sherlock to Sky’s Da Vinci’s Demons, Danny Hargreaves, the director of BAFTA and Emmy Award winning company Real SFX speaks about the company’s diverse work in fire, explosives and models across TV and film, and how they became the go-to company for special effects.
National Theatre Live:
Experienced by over 3.5 million people around the world, National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre from the London stage to cinemas including War Horse, and Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein. Head of Digital Development Toby Coffey and producer Emma Keith will discuss capturing the aesthetic of the stage on camera and how it’s changing the way people are watching film.
Delivering Performance for Screen
With alumni including Sir Kenneth Branagh, John Hurt, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hiddleston, RADA is a world-renowned training centre. As both actor and director, Edward Hicks (Head of Film, TV and Radio) is ideally placed to talk about work on both sides of the camera. Here he will talk about the actor-director relationship, how to get the best from your cast and how screen acting has evolved.
Commissioning the Short Form
With over 70 international awards for his productions – including four BAFTAs, an Emmy and three RTS Awards for programmes including The Big Fish Fight, a campaign led by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Channel 4’s Big Art Project and Jamie’s Dream School, producer Adam Gee will address what he looks for when commissioning short form video content and explain what to do to get noticed in the industry.
Evolution of Short Film Panel: From Online Shorts to Cinematic Releases
BAFTA nominated animator Iain Gardner (Programmer at Edinburgh International Film Festival), Philip Ilson (Director of London Short Film Festival), Simon Young (London Film Festival and BFI), Andy Evans (producer of Set Fire to the Stars starring Elijah Wood) and Avi Grewal (Commissioning Editor of Nowness) will examine how the medium is developing online and on the screen, and where it will go next.
Craig McNeil, Beggars Group: Documenting Music
Having produced documentary work for The Pixies, Tobias Jesso Jr and Badly Drawn Boy among others, Craig McNeil, Director of Creative Projects, addresses how music documentaries are made, what they need to feature and why and when they are needed. This session will cover all aspects of directing, producing and editing from one of biggest independent record labels in the world.
Dogwoof: Promoting and Selling Documentary Globally
Distributing award-winning films including The Age of Stupid, Dreams of a Life, The Spirit of ’45 and Blackfish, and with a BAFTA win for Best Documentary for Joshua Oppenheimer’s ground-breaking The Act of Killing, Dogwoof is the UK’s leading documentary distributor. Gain insight into their process of finding and distributing the best in documentary to a wide international audience.
Writer and Broadcaster Karen Krizanovich: Understanding and Communicating Films
With extensive experience in film journalism and a unique perspective through a background in film finance, writing and research, Karen Krizanovich writes for publications such as CNN, Newsnight, The Times, The Independent, The Telegraph and The Guardian, to see the way in which film is communicated in today’s modern, fast paced, media-savvy world.
Maggie Ellis, Head of Artists’ Moving Image at FLAMIN
Together with filmmakers this panel looks at the evolving world of Artists’ Film and the Jarman Award, which celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of UK artist film makers. With previous winners including Ed Atkins, Clio Bernard and Turner Prize winning Laure Prouvost, this is an excellent chance to hear what makes an outstanding artist film.
Robbie Gibbon: Big Screen and Television Storytelling – The Craft and Technology of Film Editing
With credits that include Doctor Who, My Mad Fat Diary and The Reckoning and feature films like The Trip to Italy and Wasteland, Robbie Gibbon has extensive experience in the art of editing, assistant editing and directing. He will look at the theory behind the practice as and demonstrate pre and post production processes.
Festival Formula: Realising the Potential – from Festival Strategies to Crowd Funding
Behind successful campaigns with films featuring at festivals including Raindance, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Tribeca and more, Festival Formula founder Katie McCullough talks about building your digital presence, how to get your work out there and how to make a positive impact in today’s film industry.
Tim Pope, Director:
How I Got My First Break
CADS Lifetime Achievement winner Tim Pope has worked on music videos for the likes of The Cure, Fatboy Slim, David Bowie and Neil Young. Director of feature film The Crow: City of Angels and co-founder of Cowboy Films, the production company behind BAFTA winner The Last King of Scotland, Pope will discuss his creative journey and what he has learned along the way.
Little White Lies: Independent Viewpoints on Film-Writing
Celebrated film magazine Little White Lies showcases and discusses film in all its diverse guises with a growing audience of over 100,000 film-lovers. David Jenkins, Editor at the publication, will explore how film journalism is expanding across traditional print and new digital platforms and the importance of talking honestly and openly about the medium of film.
Raising the curtain on ASFF’s fifth anniversary edition is the Opening Night at York’s own riverside arthouse cinema and live performance venue, City Screen. The event features a dynamic taster of top films from the festival’s Official Selection in a specially curated screening, followed by an after-party. Guests will receive a complimentary drink, as well as an ASFF VIP Bag filled with goodies. Celebrate the opening with us.
Friday Night Party
Located in York’s vibrant Latin Quarter, 1331 is the ideal place to start the weekend ahead. Alongside its role as ASFF’s official restaurant and bar, the venue plays host to the festival’s upbeat Friday Night Party, where you can connect with friends old and new in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. An idyllic spot in the city centre, 1331 is a go-to place throughout the festival with a variety of film screenings in its luxury Brandy Brown’s Little Cinema.
Meet the Film Festivals
Speak with the programmers behind leading UK and international festivals and tune in to what they are looking for at this unique networking event. This is a prime opportunity to expand your film industry contacts and chat to creatives from a variety of organisations including London Short Film Festival, Raindance, ECU Film Festival, Festival Tous Courts, Edinburgh International Film Festival, River Film Festival, and Glasgow Short Film Festival.
The perfect platform to interact with film aficionados and experts alike, this year’s networking sessions offer a professional, yet relaxed environment in which to discuss both current and future projects, and to establish new connections. Returning to the Dean Court Hotel, a stone’s throw from the beautiful York Minister, networking in 2015 welcomes representatives from Film London, Creative Scotland, Showroom Workstation, and more.
Meet the Filmmakers
Get to know the creatives whose work is at the heart of ASFF 2015 at Yorkshire Museum on Saturday night. Sponsored by Creative England, this event invites aspiring filmmakers and guests to network, share ideas and make contacts with artists from the Official Selection. An exciting opportunity for all film enthusiasts, Meet the Filmmakers will screen a diverse programme of works, ahead of a panel discussion, music and a bar.
Fifth Anniversary Screening & Panel Discussion
Celebrate ASFF’s fifth anniversary with this stimulating compendium of short film from previous years. Since its inception, the festival has championed independent filmmaking from around the world, and in 2015, ASFF proudly welcomes back a plethora of past winners from years one to four. Showing across two special screenings, this programme will be accompanied by a panel discussion.
Creative England: iShorts
Part of the BFI NET.WORK, iShorts is Creative England’s entry level short film initiative. Supporting filmmakers outside of London whose work has not yet attracted financial support from within the industry, iShorts helps a diverse group of talent to take their first professional steps. ASFF are thrilled to welcome back the iShorts team along with a fresh party of filmmakers to discuss their work and accompany a select collection of new film.
Awards Ceremony & After Party
The National Centre for Early Music plays host to the festival’s closing ceremony, offering an elevated and historic finish to ASFF’s four-day run. Best of Fest, category winners and the People’s Choice will all be announced and congratulated for their exemplary work in short film within the setting of NCEM’s renovated medieval interior. An ideal way to wrap up a memorable weekend, tickets will include a free drink on arrival. Book your tickets early.
Guest Country Screening: Brazil
Associação Cultural Kinoforum transports audiences to the vibrant city of Sao Paulo and beyond. A fusion of drama and documentary, these films juxtapose stories of adolescence and the ancient landscape of Brazil’s rivers with humour and vitality. Youthful political awakening sits alongside a careful contemplation of the capital’s Tietê River and a portrait of indigenous men with a passion for surfing. Free entry with a Festival Pass.
Guest Country Screening: Cuba
Muestra Joven brings a collection of innovative and haunting works to ASFF this year, with five character studies of contemporary Cuba. An elderly English teacher and a retiree miner consider their modern livelihoods, while two young musicians tentatively meet as competitors. Casting an eye over themes of isolation and interpersonal relationship, these shorts are portraits of individuals seeking meaning. Free entry with a Festival Pass.
Guest Country Screening: China
ASFF turns its attention to independent filmmaking in China with this special screening curated by director Ting Liu. A mixture of observational drama and frank documentary-making, these films delve into the world of punk music and youth culture through the eyes of teenagers living in China today; as well as the older generations adapting to keep up with the rapidly transforming social environment of the country. Free entry with a Festival Pass.
Special Screening: French Language
French cinema and its pioneering band of directors have had a major impact on filmmaking practices today. For the first time, ASFF curates a special foreign-language screening of exemplary works selected from the festival’s own Official Selection. This new French language programme will feature a dynamic array of hand-picked short films from a variety of genres, covering a wide range of contemporary themes. Free entry with a Festival Pass.