ASFF and King’s Manor Present Top Films at York Residents’ Festival 2015

A selection of stunning films from the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014, including the Opening Night preview, highlights from the Official Selection and the very best from its Family Friendly Programme, will be showcased to visitors at York Residents’ Festival 2015. This is the first year that ASFF has participated in York Residents’ Festival, and it offers an exciting opportunity to experience short film in all genres from across the world, free with a YorkCard.

The films will be shown across the day on 31 January in the historic and enchanting setting of the King’s Manor, one of the festival’s most popular screening venues. Originally the Abbot’s House of St Mary’s Abbey, the King’s Manor later served the Tudors and Stuarts as a seat of government, becoming residences in the 18th century and then later a school and is now part of the University of York. It is a historical monument in the city as well as an important building in use today and will once again be transformed by ASFF through pop up cinema, uniquely blending the historic with the contemporary.

Audiences can expect to see a rich variety of shorts, all under 30 minutes long, including drama and animation suitable for younger family members. The first screening takes place at 11.30am aimed at viewers aged 4-8 years and further screenings at 1.30pm and 3.30pm for children aged 4-12 years. Cinema goers will have the opportunity to watch the delightful animation The Importance of Being Bear by Jessica Austin and The Lampshade Collective’s The Gallant Captain, another brilliant animation that has already gathered up a series of accolades from other international festivals. An epic adventure tale, it follows a boy and his cat as they journey beyond the familiar with a boat, a small bottle and a vivid imagination.

The evening screenings are a snapshot of the best of the 2014 festival with an exclusive viewing of the Opening Night programme at 5.30pm curated by the Director of the festival, Cherie Federico. These films include Lindsay Blatt’s Herd in Iceland awarded Best Documentary at ASFF 2014. Following the annual migration of Icelandic horses, Blatt’s glorious landscapes captured in the film are grounded with the rugged charm of her subjects.

A collection of some of the best films from 2014 will also screen at 7.30pm including animation, music video, comedy and drama containing some famous faces such as E4 Misfits Actress Antonia Thomas and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ Jason Flemyng along with Tom Riley who can be seen currently in Sky’s Da Vinci’s Demons.

ASFF supports and champions both emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, and its programme showcases fresh approaches to filmmaking. This is a rare chance to see the outstanding films from its line-up, which are selected from thousands of entries to screen across the four-day festival in York. ASFF 2015 will run 5-8 November in 15 iconic locations across the city. Visitors to York Residents’ Festival will receive an offer for 15% off tickets and passes to ASFF 2015.

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1. Lindsay Blatt, Herd in Iceland.