A Month of Film:
Curated Programming

This year’s programme for ASFF is divided into six thematic strands, spanning a wide variety of genres – including comedy, animation, dance, documentary, drama, advertising, music video and fashion. With everything available On Demand, now is the chance to revisit your favourites – or find something new from the festival. As a reminder, here are the six strands and a suggestion from each to get you started:

JUST ANOTHER DAY ON EARTH
This selection of screenings examines what it means to live on such an extraordinary planet, offering global perspectives into who we are and how we live, both alone and together. These films consider our interactions with one another, as well as the places we put down roots and build a life.

One To Watch:
To Sonny (Subtitled)
(dir.) Federico Spiazzi, Maggie Briggs USA, 2020, 18:36
Set in the American south – just before the tumultuous, history-changing 2016 presidential elections – To Sonny follows a vending machine loader on his daily, lonely route.


HUMANS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT
The 21st century is defined by new technologies, healthcare, entertainment, politics, consumerism, inequality and conflict. With 7.5 billion individuals on the planet, how do we maintain a sense of home and belonging in a changing world? This programme explores humans and their environment.

One To Watch:
May I Have This Seat? (Subtitled)
(dir.) Tabish Habib Pakistan, 2020, 10:16
A young and rebellious pregnant woman is travelling by bus to see her doctor when she gets into an altercation with a conservative father on the smoggy roads of Lahore, Pakistan.


CONNECTIONS: PEOPLE, PLACES AND IDENTITY
Humanity binds us together. Our connections transcend borders and solidify shared experiences. This strand considers the importance of human relationships, whether physical, technological or spiritual.

One To Watch:
Something Borrowed
(dir.) Micky Wozny UK, 2020, 08:00
Pen to paper, a sweet old woman (Jane Horrocks) can’t find the right words. But when she lends her pen to a hopeless young chap (Jason Watkins), a whirlwind of a chase ensues.


BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
There are people in the world that seek to divide us. This programme welcomes outstanding creative voices as they stand up against compliance. It’s time to break down barriers – literal and metaphorical.

One To Watch:
Be Free (No Dialogue)
(dir.)  Anthony Nti  Belgium, 2020, 03:00
When a group of enslaved people on the run for freedom get caught by their owners, they decide to dance for their freedom.


RECLAIMING SPACE: PERSONAL AND UNIVERSAL NARRATIVES
In a world where individuals and communities are still marginalised and discriminated against for who they are and the values that they hold, these films offer bold, outspoken narratives that encourage us to come together in a divided world.

One To Watch:
Divided We Scroll (No Dialogue)
(dir.) Klaas Diersmann UK, 2019, 05:00
Technology is rewiring our brains, changing not only our physical movements but the way we process our inner thoughts. Divided We Scroll is an eerie depiction of the way we interact with phones.


KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF LIFE
Now is the time for resilience. Now is the time for reinvention. These films, made by the next generation of storytellers, reintroduce us to hope, inspiration and community through exemplary filmmaking.

One To Watch:
Something In The Closet
(dir.) Nosa Eke UK, 2019, 12:10
A queer teenager struggles with her sexuality, as desires begin to manifest. Something in the Closet explores our urges as they make their way out from the depths of secrecy, out into the open.