Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016 Programme Announced

The BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) returns for its sixth instalment, running 3-6 November in 18 venues across York. The ASFF 2016 Programme is now available, presenting an opportunity to view this year’s exciting line-up of films and special events. Featuring over 400 shorts spanning 11 genres, numerous talks, panel discussions, masterclasses and networking opportunities, this year’s action-packed festival is a must attend event for all filmmakers and film fans.

The films in the Official Selection span a broad range of genres, from animation, comedy, documentary and drama to artists’ film, dance, experimental and fashion, presenting an opportunity for festival-goers to indulge in their favourite genre and discover something new. Engaging younger audiences in independent cinema, the festival also presents its ever-popular Family Friendly collection and Cinema Bambino – a brand new opportunity for film fans to bring a baby along to dedicated screenings. The festival champions film talent from across the world, and features works from locations as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Germany, France, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, China, Peru, the Netherlands, Ireland, the UK and USA among many other countries.

In addition to the Official Selection, there is a dynamic series of Showcase Screenings, which offers festival attendees the chance to get the first look at fresh talent from some of the UK’s leading cultural institutions, such as Creative England, London College of Fashion, Plymouth College of Art, the University of York, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Northern Ireland Screen. ASFF is also dedicated to bringing unique films to audiences, this year with a special screening of the landmark documentary and acclaimed film Battle of the Somme, partnering with the Imperial War Museum, London, to mark the film’s Centenary. The film presented a pivotal moment in World War One history to audiences across Britain in 1916. At ASFF it will be screened to audiences at the York Army Museum.

Not only does ASFF offer the chance to explore and celebrate film in all of its varied forms and filmic styles, it also presents many ways for attendees to expand their knowledge of the industry and hear directly from those shaping the film world today. ASFF’s masterclasses provide the perfect opportunity to hear from representatives of the BBC, Jagex and Industrial Light & Magic amongst many others in a series of masterclasses. Topics include directing, funding, sound production, visual effects, festival strategies and other key issues within the industry.

There are also a number of prime networking opportunities for those looking to build their contacts list. Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace is a trade show with representatives from leading UK and international film festivals, such as London Short Film Festival, Berlin Fashion Film Festival, Encounters and Edinburgh International Film Festival. Brand new for 2016 is Morning Coffee at McGee’s where filmmakers gather to share best practice in a relaxed and friendly morning coffee session.

For a full list of film screenings and events, view the ASFF 2016 Programme here.

Watch the ASFF 2016 Trailer here.

1. Rachael Lincoln & Amelia Rudolph, Shift (Bandaloop), Dance category at ASFF 2016.