BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival returns to celebrate its sixth edition in November, having firmly established itself on the film festival circuit. From the festival’s creative and bold programming to its ever-evolving programme, the commitment to showcasing innovation and excellence in filmmaking is always at the fore. This year’s dynamic line-up is case in point, incorporating countless masterclasses, screenings and networking events as well as new opportunities for industry engagement and recognition.
ASFF is an excellent platform for programmers and industry figures to discover new talent, championing filmmakers at all stages in their career. In particular, this year’s Special Showcase Screenings programme presents an opportunity to view some of the best and brightest works being produced by emerging filmmakers, whose work will be seen by vast audiences. Welcoming an array of organisations from across the UK, including Creative England’s iShorts programme and fresh projects from the country’s leading universities and colleges, the screenings will foreground innovation and originality in short film.
Joining our Special Showcase Screenings is the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University, one of the best known film and television schools in the UK. Based on an ethos of storytelling, technical expertise and creativity, students at the school are supported by professionals in order to develop their skills and become filmmakers of the future. Northern Film School have also teamed up with ASFF to present a new award for this year’s festival, celebrating best screenplay in the Official Selection. The prize recognises outstanding talent and supports future career development by awarding the winner £1,000. More information is available on our awards page.
To find out more about the Special Showcase Screenings programme, visit www.asff.co.uk/asff2016/showcase-screenings.
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