Masterclasses

Make the most of your ticket.

Every year, ASFF welcomes industry leaders from a range of disciplines to speak about their craft, offering a unique opportunity to gain first-hand insights in direction, animation, VFX, documentary production and cinematography.

You must purchase an ASFF 2021 festival pass in order to register for In Venue events including masterclasses. All in-person sessions must be pre-booked. Your pass must be valid on the day of the event(s) for which you are registering.

To find out more about passes, visit: asff.co.uk/tickets.

We politely request that you only book a session you can attend. If you are late we cannot guarantee entry as there will be a reserve list for each session, so please arrive on time to ensure access.


Focus, Colour, Exposure:
Managing On-Screen Visuals

Carlos Catalán
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Tuesday 2 November | 10.30-11.30

Carlos Catalan is a Director of Photography and Cinematographer with credits including Broadchurch, Killing Eve and The Eichmann Show. Carlos has worked on commercials with major brands such as Volkswagen and Dell, shooting for TV, short and feature films. Carlos trained at Escola Superior de Cinema I Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC) in Barcelona, and then The National Film & Television School in the UK. ASC award nominee Catalan joins us to deliver a whistle-stop tour of all things cinematography.

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How Do You Start a Film Festival? Hear from Our Director

Cherie Federico
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Tuesday 2 November | 12.00-13.00

Aesthetica was founded in 2003 as an art and culture magazine and has since grown to become an international brand – encompassing a magazine, film festival, art prize and symposium. Join us for a chance to hear from Aesthetica’s Director, Cherie Federico, and learn about what it takes to set up a film festival – how to develop audiences for independent film. Federico will talk you through the process of realising an idea, transforming a passion for independent cinema into becoming director of a leading UK film festival.

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Beyond the Studio:
Shooting on Location

Richard Knight
York Explore
Tuesday 2 November | 12.00-13.00

Shooting on location brings many rewards – atmosphere, authenticity, character – but also many challenges. Richard Knight, Production Liaison for Screen Yorkshire, has 15 years’ experience in location management, working on acclaimed productions such as This is England, The Virtues and Four Lions. In this session, Knight guides us through the process of finding and securing the right location, offering pragmatic advice for filmmakers looking to expand their horizons beyond the studio walls. Take your shoot into the real world.

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Film Programming
in the Online age

Screen International, BFI, Watershed Bristol, Queens Film Theatre Belfast
Tuesday 2 November | Live Channel 1

With physical cinemas having endured an enforced period of closure due to COVID-19, and the huge rise of titles on streaming services – both mainstream and independent – this panel, hosted by journalist and industry expert Charles Gant (Screen International), looks at the myriad challenges film curators face as they look to connect their audiences with a wider film culture. Panellists include: Joan Parsons (Head of Queens Film Theatre Belfast), Julie Pearce (BFI) and Mark Cosgrove (Head Curator, Watershed Bristol).

Virtual Only

Guardian Documentaries:
Films with Impact

Charlie Phillips & Piotr Artur Cieplak
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Tuesday 2 November | 13.30-14.30

Charlie Phillips, Head of Video at The Guardian, will speak in conversation about the rise of the documentary in recent years, outlining the types of projects the Guardian is making, and their wider impact. Recent productions include Colette, winner of the 2021 Oscar for short documentary, as well as Black Sheep, Somalinimo and Bright Lights – all of which have recently screened at ASFF. Here is a chance to hear from one of the world’s leading commissioners and producers of short documentary. Chaired by Piotr Artur Cieplak, Sussex University.

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Brands on Film:
Telling a Story

Compulsory
York Explore
Tuesday 2 November | 13.30-14.30

This session discusses the layers of communication in branded content, and how these films use storytelling to create impact. Is it always just about the sale or are these films centred around brand values and ethos? What is the line between storytelling and advertising? We will hear from COMPULSORY’s Executive Producer Kadri Mahmoud (Gucci, Burberry, Google) alongside Head of New Business Stephanie Walton. We will dissect the status quo – how film is used for better or worse. Can you tell a story and sell at the same time?

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Film Schools
of the Future

Dr. Kirsty Fairclough
Live Stream Channel 1
Tuesday 2 November | 13.30-14.30

In an industry in which urgent change is required in terms of access and diversity and in which new technology is leading to a process of democratisation, what role can film schools play in shaping new talent? What will films schools of the future look like in terms of who, how and what they teach? The session is presented by Dr. Kirsty Fairclough, Reader in Screen Studies at the newly launched SODA (School of Digital Arts), a state of the art new film school in Manchester that opens in 2022. Discover what’s next for film students.

Virtual Only

 

Birds’ Eye View:
Facing the Music

Birds’ Eye View
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Tuesday 2 November | 15.00-16.00

A Birds’ Eye View curated session, bringing together the directors
of two of the most significant UK music documentaries of the past year: Rubika Shah’s White Riot and Celeste Bell’s Polystyrene: I am
a Cliche.
An in conversation with Melanie Iredale, the new director of Birds’ Eye View discusses the #ReclaimTheFrame mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women (who supported the UK releases of both films). They will discuss the responsibility of telling stories and working with music.

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Harry Partridge
In Conversation

Harry Partridge
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 1
Tuesday 2 November | 15.00-16.00

Independent animator Harry Partridge has amassed an enormous online cult following with his creation of iconic cartoon characters such as Dr. Bees, the Starbarians and Trilby Dogtooth. A truly autonomous creator – writing, animating, voicing and scoring all his own short films – Harry will discuss his unique career balancing commissions for huge video game franchises such as Skyrim and Hitman with his own original projects. He will also give detailed insight into the craft behind some of his breakout cartoons such as Saturday Morning Watchmen.

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Off The Record:
Digital Orchard Foundation

Kate Rolfe
Live Stream Channel 1
Wednesday 3 November | 10.30-11.30

Off The Record helps anyone feeling excluded or held back in film and TV to win the jobs they want. It is an honest discussion about what individuals who identify as being underrepresented or marginalised in the industry can do to overcome ongoing barriers they face. Our contributing speakers will share candid advice about what you can do to progress, talk over feedback about the realities of the industry right now (and that it is the industry that needs to change, not you), and discuss ideas for how to tackle challenges.

Virtual Only

Channel 4: Capturing
Contemporary Britain

Will Rowson
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Wednesday 3 November | 10.30-11.30

Channel 4 is renowned for audacious and inspiring non-fiction programming. Their factual department commissions around 250 hours a year of varied content – recent successes include Grayson Perry’s Art Club, Murder in the Car Park, Simon’s Choice and The School that Tried to End Racism – with a particular focus on offering new perspectives on modern Britain. In this masterclass, Commissioning Editor Will Rowson outlines the fundamentals of factual television and offers advice to filmmakers looking to pitch.

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The Executive Producer’s Tale:
Lizzie Francke

Lizzie Francke
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Wednesday 3 November | 12.00-13.00

Lizzie Francke started out as a critic and curator before moving into producing and then executive producing for the BFI Film Fund. With a range of credits including Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy, William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth, Lynne Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here, Richard Billingham’s Ray & Liz, Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, Hong Khaou’s Monsoon, Ben Sharrock’s Limbo and Cathy Brady’s Wildfire, Francke’s role is to bring pioneering contemporary voices to the screen. Francke shares valuable insights.

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VOD: The Impact
On the Film Landscape

Curzon, Glasgow Film Festival, MUBI, Screen International, The Observer
Channel 1 | 3 November | 12.00-13.00

Writer Wendy Ide (The Observer, Screen International) hosts a panel looking at the impact of streaming on the industry. Firmly established in the wake of the pandemic, with numerous services enjoying increased demand, does streaming give more power to audiences? How can cinemas and streaming platforms exist in synergy? The panel includes: Allison Gardner (Director, Glasgow Film Festival), Damian Spandley (Director of Programmes and Distribution, Curzon) and Jon Barrenechea (Head of Marketing, MUBI).

Virtual Only

Capacity of Private Space:
Producing Artists’ Film

Museum of the Home
& Artangel

Wednesday 3 November I 12:00-13:00

Sinead McCarthy, curator at the Museum of the Home and Phoebe Roberts, Curator at Artangel will speak about producing artists’ film in today’s landscape, against the backdrop of The Soft Prison, a new exhibition that surveys 30 years of artists’ film that are concerned with domestic space, including works by Rachel Whiteread, Clio Barnard, De’Anne Crookes and Margaret Salmon.  The home has long been a provocative site for artists to consider the way we live. Sinead and Phoebe discuss the production of art films.

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Horror in 360:
XR and New Technologies

BetaJester & John Aird
Live Stream Channel 1
Wednesday 3 November | 13.30-14.30

The industry is craving elevated genre content, so how do you create a compelling horror narrative across multiple/immersive platforms? How can you fully immerse audiences in thrilling, spine-chilling experiences? In partnership with XR Stories, we meet experienced XR developers BetaJester and freelance producer Jon Aird to discuss their approach to creating scripted virtual reality experiences. Discover how writers can utilise new technologies to create the next generation of engaging stories that terrify and delight.

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Peter Strickland
In Conversation

Peter Strickland 
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Wednesday 3 November | 13.30- 14.30

The acclaimed British filmmaker Peter Strickland discusses his singular career making some of the most distinctive and daring independent films of the twentieth century. From his self-financed debut Katalin Varga, filmed in the remote heights of the Carpathian Mountains, to the Giallo horror Berberian Sound Studio, the unconventional period romance The Duke of Burgundy and his tale of a haunted dress In Fabric (2018), Strickland’s genre-defying films have traversed many landscapes. His most recent film is shot in York.

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BBC Film:
Developing New Voices

BBC Film Panel
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Wednesday 3 November | 15.00-16.00

BBC Film supports invigorating and imaginative filmmaking, with credits including recent British successes Ammonite, Supernova, His House and After Love. Development Executive Dionne Farrell joins emerging directors John Ogunmuyiwa (Mandem) and Sophie Littman (Jellyfish) to discuss the development process, working with new talent and routes into filmmaking. Expect pragmatic advice on finding your voice, getting projects off the ground and realising your vision. Learn how to bring your ideas to life.

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Triggered!
Empowering Tools

Akua Gyamfi / Melissa Silverstein
Live Stream Channel 1
Wednesday 3 November | 15.00-16.00

A powerhouse panel tackling a thorny topic with myriad aspects and facets. We all have to now find ways to negotiate tricky conversations – activating content, problematic feedback and inappropriate representations, signalling to others (and admitting to ourselves) when and how we are triggered, even when we least expect it. This large-scale conversation will discuss the tools of navigation and recognition (imperfect, but honest) and how we find space for addressing the effects of both individual and collective trauma.

Virtual Only

A Rising Director:
Prano Bailey-Bond

Prano Bailey-Bond
Live Stream Channel 1
Wednesday 3 November | 16.30-17.30

She needs no introduction. Prano Bailey-Bond won the Best Experimental Film at Aesthetica in 2013 for Man vs Sand and then screened Nasty with us, but with her debut feature film, Censor, Bailey-Bond is quickly becoming one of the UK’s most exciting rising stars with even Mark Kermode saying she is “a razor-sharp filmmaker” and Variety saying that the “visuals are guaranteed to sear themselves into your subconscious.” Victoria Emslie, Director of Primetime, will speak with Prano about developing her career.

Virtual Only

 

WePresent:
Compelling Film Commissions

Holly Fraser
Live Stream Channel 1
Thursday 4 November | 16.30-17.00

Is it possible to work with a brand and still remain authentic and challenged creatively? Holly Fraser, Editor-in-Chief of WeTransfer’s digital arts platform, WePresent, would like to think so. In this masterclass session, Holly dives into some of WePresent’s most compelling film commissions to share how the platform gives an opportunity to filmmakers and artists to tell stories. From being Executive Producer to Riz Ahmed and Aneil Karia’s The Long Goodbye to working with illustrator Polly Nor and collaborating with Michel Gondry.

Virtual Only

A Larger Canvas:
From Shorts to Features

Max Park
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Thursday 4 November | 10.30-11.30

Film4 is renowned for developing and co-financing distinctive, innovative projects, with recent releases including Saint Maud, Rocks, Last Night in Soho and Everyone’s Talking About Jamie. In this masterclass, Film4 Development and Production Executive Max Park talks about spotting potential, nurturing new voices and navigating the tricky transition from shorts to features. This is an essential session for anyone looking to move their filmmaking to a larger canvas. Unlock the wider potential of your ideas.

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Meet the Fabricant:
Digital Fashion, Technology & AI

Susanne Vos
Live Stream Channel 1
Thursday 4 November | 10.30-11.30

Where is the fashion industry really going? Given it takes 13,000 litres of water to make one pair of jeans, and high street chains create garments that end up in the landfill after only a few wears, the big question is: where do we go from here? Dutch-based agency The Fabricant has created a solution, offering fashion as an option for your digital self. This seems like the stuff of science-fiction films, but given so much of our lives are spent online, why not consider dressing your virtual self? Hear from Susanne Vos about this revolution in clothing.

Virtual Only

Producing Compelling Content:
A Guide for Creators

Martin Roker
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Thursday 4 November | 12.00-13.00

Black Dog Films is a production company which works with international talent to produce innovative creative content. Part of the Ridley Scott Creative Group, Black Dog work with the world’s hottest musicians – recent collaborations include Arlo Parks, Years & Years and Michael Kiwanuka – and biggest brands – Adidas, Nike, Calvin Klein. In this masterclass, Black Dog Global Head Martin Roker offers an essential guide for filmmakers looking to make engaging, eye-catching promotional films. A must for creators.

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The Art of Casting:
Backstage

Hannah Marie Williams
York Explore
Thursday 4 November | 12.00-13.00

As public debate about on-screen representation continues, and colour/gender-blind approaches enter the mainstream, more attention than ever is being paid to casting. Yet whilst casting departments are beginning to be more widely recognised – in 2020 BAFTA introduced a dedicated category for the first time – their work remains mysterious to many. Casting Directors Hannah Marie Williams and Nicci Topping (Backstage) share secrets, discussing the process of matching actors to roles, and exploring casting as an art form.

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Beyond Diversity:
Building Inclusive Futures

Esther Fox and Bob Clarke
Live Stream Channel 1
Thursday 4 November | 12.00-13.00

Diversity and Inclusion have become such overused terms that they’re starting to lose their meaning. What does it really mean to be a diverse and inclusive organisation? And how can we realise that ideal in a slow moving, often change resistant industry? Artist and disability advocate Esther Fox, and Bob Clarke, CEO of training scheme the MAMA Youth project, join us to look beyond the buzzwords for a candid and radical discussion about representation in the creative industries. An invitation to build a truly inclusive future.

Virtual Only

Gerard Johnson:
In Conversation

Gerard Johnson
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Thursday 4 November | 13.30-14.30

In a career spanning three acclaimed features (including Tony and Hyena) and numerous shorts, writer-director Gerard Johnson has established himself as one of the most urgent and uncompromising voices in contemporary British cinema. Featuring excerpts from his films, including the most recent, Muscle , this conversation with Jason Wood (HOME) explores his work, numerous soundtrack collaborations with brother Matt Johnson (TheThe) and his representations of masculinity and British working class characters.

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We Are Parable:
Masterclass

Anthony Andrews
York Explore
Thursday 4 November | 13.30-14.30

We Are Parable is an award-winning film exhibition company founded by Anthony and Teanne Andrews. Its aim is to provide audiences around the UK with opportunities to experience Black cinema in culturally relevant, memorable and innovative ways. We Are Parable achieves this by the screening upcoming, cult and classic films that celebrate Black culture on screen. They create truly unforgettable film experiences. Anthony talks about the power of cinema and inclusion in a sector undergoing much needed change.

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Who Can Tell
What Stories?

Panel Discussion
Live Channel 1
Thursday 4 November | 13.30-14.30

It is now widely acknowledged that many voices are missing from the screen industry, with leading disabled practitioners and industry bodies demanding urgent action on the inclusion of disabled creatives both on and off screen. This webinar panel discussion explores whether writers can navigate telling stories outside of their own lived experience and if they do, how can they do it well? And what the industry should be doing to better reflect the society we live in. Chaired by Vici Wreford-Sinnott from disabled led production company Little Cog.

Virtual Only

BBC Writersroom:
Tips & Tricks of TV Writing

Simon Nelson
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Thursday 4 November | 15.00-16.00

British television continues to go from strength to strength, consistently producing outstanding dramas and comedy series in an increasingly crowded international market. BBC Writersroom plays a vital role in supporting UK talent, helping both emerging and established writers to develop new projects. In this session, Development Executive Simon Nelson shares his tips and tricks of writing for television, offering practical advice on plot, genre, dialogue and taking notes. A must for all writers, at any stage of their careers.

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Empowering Storytelling:
Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake
Live Stream Channel 1
Thursday 4 November | 15.00-16.00

One of the UK’s best loved actors joins us for an inspiring and energising masterclass. BAFTA- and BIFA-nominee Maxine Peake is renowned for her versatility across stage and screen, having begun acting in her teenage years, joining the Octagon Youth Theatre in Bolton before enjoying a spell at the youth theatre of the Royal Exchange in Manchester. Since then, her outstanding credits include Shameless, Peterloo, Black Mirror and Funny Cow. Peake joins us for a truly unique masterclass on acting as authorship.

Virtual Only

Producing Award-Winning Film:
David Parfitt in Conversation

David Parfitt
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Thursday 4 November | 16.30-17.30

David Parfitt has worked as an independent film, TV and theatre producer for over 30 years. His film credits include Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare in Love, I Capture the Castle and more. In 2010, he produced the BAFTA-nominated My Week with Marilyn, followed in 2011 by Tom Stoppard’s award-winning adaptation of Parade’s End for BBC and HBO. His latest film, The Father, starring Anthony Hopkins, was nominated for an Oscar. Hear from David what it takes to produce award-winning work.

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Nowness: Developing Audiences Through Film

Shelley Jones
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Friday 5 November | 10.30-11.30

We speak in conversation with Shelley Jones about her work developing and commissioning new editorial short film series and original work from fashion and dance, to art and the environment – searching out the best directorial talent and working with global brands to tell creative stories in short film form. Jones will discuss concept, brand identity and how to excite audiences whilst also adhering to brand guidelines. Clients include Burberry, Nike, Off White, SONY, National Gallery, English National Ballet, amongst others.

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Inclusivity and Diversity
in the World of VFX 

Arts University Bournemouth
York Explore
Friday 5 November | 10.30-11.30

Just two years ago, the UK Screen Alliance, alongside Access VFX, published a major report into inclusion in the UK’s VFX sector. It showed that in people of colour make up just 19% of the workforce. Two percent of the animation, VFX and post-production workforce identified as having a physical disability and one percent identified with both physical and mental conditions. Equal opportunities are not just desirable – they are essential. Find out about the steps being taken to ensure VFX is for everyone.

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The Changing Role
Of Film Criticism

Little White Lies, I Newspaper, Sight & Sound | York Explore
5 November | 12.00-13.00

How have film critics been affected by recent changes in viewing and industry habits and what do audiences now expect from writing on cinema? How influential and persuasive are critics and how can the best exert their influence and a sector seemingly proliferated by choice? What are the primary considerations in regard to printed and digital media? David Jenkins (Editor, Little White Lies), Christina Newland (lead critic, The iNewspaper) and Isabel Stevens (Managing Editor, Sight and Sound) discuss these ideas.

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The Wonderful World
of Animation

Animator Panel
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Friday 5 November | 12.00-13.00

From hand-drawn characters on celluloid sheets to world-bending CGI, animation has long inspired audiences with its boundless potential. Hear from Tom Box, Co-Founder of the multi-BAFTA-winning Blue Zoo (The Adventures of Paddington, Miffy), stop motion director Anthony Farquhar Smith (Fantastic Mr Fox, Corpse Bride) and ASFF alumnus and BAFTA award-winning animator Maryam Mohajer (My Grandad Was A Romantic) as they delve into the wonderful world of animation production.

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A Rising Star:
Gamba Cole

Gamba Cole
Live Stream Channel 1
Friday 5 November | 13.30-14.30

British rising star Gamba Cole is set to have a standout year in 2021 with the lead of Christian in Stephen Merchant’s The Offenders for BBC/Amazon opposite Christopher Walken and Eleanor Tomlinson. Gamba can recently be seen as Anton in Amazon’s Hanna as well as playing Benny in Lionsgate’s The Protégé alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton. He is perhaps best known for his role as Malcolm in BBC’s Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle with Lenny Henry. Join Gamba as he discusses myriad roles.

Virtual Only

Visual Effects:
Impossible Storytelling

Framestore
Yorkshire Museum
Friday 5 November | 13.30-14.30

From superhero multiverses to edgy thrillers, spectacular blockbusters to sumptuous period dramas, visual effects are all around us, allowing filmmakers to build astonishingly real parallel realities. In this talk, VFX supervisor Stuart Penn from Academy Award-winning studio Framestore (Avengers: Endgame, Loki, The Aeronauts, Paddington 2) joins us to discuss the vital role of VFX in film and TV, the infinite potential of new technology and exciting innovations expanding horizons.

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Harry MacQueen:
In Conversation

Harry MacQueen
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Friday 5 November | 15.00-16.00

First emerging as a filmmaker with Hinterland, a Radio On inspired travelogue, writer-director Harry MacQueen’s second feature is the hugely acclaimed Supernova. An assured depiction of a long-term relationship under duress from advancing illness, the film features touching performances from Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth. MacQueen joins Jason Wood (HOME) for an illustrated talk about his career. The discussion will cover working with Tucci and MacQueen’s own enduring love of road movies, British and otherwise.

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The Changing Face of Documentary: Jeanie Finlay

Jeanie Finlay
Live Channel 1
Friday 5 November | 15.00-16.00

The chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated changes already underway in the documentary industry. Audience demand for documentaries is higher than ever, but an ever-shifting landscape – the growing power of streamers, the decline of traditional commissioners, constant technical innovation – pose many challenges. Jeanie Finlay (Seahorse, Orion, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch), one of the UK’s leading documentary makers, discusses the future of the form. Chaired by Piotr Artur Cieplak, Sussex University.

Virtual Only

Virtual Production:
Storytelling in the 21st Century

Steve Jelley & Ed Thomas
York Explore
Friday 5 November | 15.00-16.00

In a post-pandemic world, the role that virtual production will play in film and television is enormous. Real-time computer graphic technologies are now a viable option on live film sets, and virtual production is becoming a crucial component to the VFX timeline. Learn more about new ways of working with Steve Jelley and Ed Thomas from Dimension (Sky’s Britannia VR and Balenciaga – Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow), one of the world’s most advanced volumetric, 3D capture and virtual production studios.

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Industrial Light & Magic:
Fantastic Universes

Julian Foddy
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Friday 5 November | 16.30-17.30

As the visual effects and animation studio for Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic has been responsible for building some of the most memorable and magical worlds in recent cinema. VFX Supervisor Julian Foddy, who has worked on blockbusters including Fast & Furious 9, The Mandalorian and the forthcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, brings us a masterclass that will illuminate this fascinating area of post-production. A compelling insight into the hard work and innovation it takes to build captivating and convincing universe.

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A Radical Gaze:
Sally Potter in Conversation

Sally Potter
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Friday 5 November | 18.00-19.00

Sally Potter is a legendary filmmaker whose ground-breaking films have earned her a rightful place in cinema history. Trained as a dancer, Potter moved into filmmaking in the 1970s, forging a reputation as a fiercely feminist filmmaker with The Golddiggers, Orlando and The Party. Her most recent non-linear drama, The Road Not Taken, demonstrates that she remains a filmmaker of rare vision and imagination. Potter joins us for a conversation that will span five-decades of filmmaking, exploring her principles and ideas.

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Meet Mia Bays:
Director of BFI Film Fund

Mia Bays
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Saturday 6 November | 10.30-11.30

Mia Bays, the new Director of the BFI Film Fund, will speak about the BFI’s investment of National Lottery funds into supporting UK feature film production. At £30 million a year, it is the largest public fund in the UK for film, as well as supporting new and emerging talent through BFI NETWORK. Recent features include multi BAFTA-winning Rocks directed by Sarah Gavron; Ammonite, directed by Francis and Saint Maud, directed by Rose Glass. Bays will tell us more about the Fund and what to expect over the next few years.

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From Visible to Viral:
Fashion on Film

Luca Finotti & Niccolo Montanari
Live Channel 1
Saturday 6 November | 12.00-13.00

L’Oréal, Guerlain, Hugo Boss, Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Moschino, Tom Ford, Givenchy. These are just some of Luca Finotti’s global clients, a director lauded by Forbes as “The Film Director Behind Fashion’s Viral Videos.” Finotti’s impressive portfolio also includes international stars such as Lady Gaga, Gigi Hadid, Rita Ora and Monica Belluci, and awards with Venice, Copenhagen and Berlin Fashion Film Festivals. Finotti joins Niccolo Montanari to discuss the secret to producing trending content.

Virtual Only

Career Strategy:
Taking Control

Sara Putt
York Theatre Royal
Saturday 6 November | 12.00-13.00

Hear from a panel of women about their journeys through the film industry. This session will look points of entry, building yourself as a brand, developing a network, having a successful freelance career as well as the hurdles and obstacles. We will also look at challenges women face in the sector and offer practical advice to empower yourself. We will hear from a director, cinematographer, sound designer about their industry experiences. Sara Putt, Deputy Chair of Women in Film & TV will lead this informative session.

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Sound Design Masterclass:
BAFTA-nominated Paul Davies

Paul Davies
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Saturday 6 November | 12.00-13.00

Learn how sound design can transform a film from BAFTA-nominated sound designer Paul Davies. His renowned body of work includes over 130 credits, spanning almost 40 years. Paul has helped add an unparalleled dimension to award-winning films, such as You Were Never Really Here, Saint Maud, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Touching Evil and more. Paul will highlight aspects of the craft, such as how to establish yourself as a sound editor, how to tell a story and the relationship between director and sound department.

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Asif Kapadia:
Masterclass

Asif Kapadia
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Sunday 7 November | 12.00-13.00

Academy Award, four-time BAFTA-winning and recent Grierson Award garlanded filmmaker Asif Kapadia has worked across both fiction and documentary with credits including The Warrior (starring the late, great Irrfan Khan), Senna, Amy and the recent Diego Maradona. In this illustrated masterclass with Jason Wood (HOME) Kapadia discusses his extensive career, his influences, his hopes for a more diverse industry and his pioneering work in creating hugely influential portraits of often flawed and troubled icons.

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Massive Reach:
The Evolution of a Genre

Charles Cecil
York Theatre Royal
Saturday 6 November | 13.30-14.30

Revolution Software is an independent game developer that has been widely revered for adventure titles such as Beyond a Steel Sky and the acclaimed Broken Sword series. Co-Founder Charles Cecil considers the evolution of the adventure genre, and how new technologies are transforming the industry, allowing indie developers to create ambitious titles such as Beyond a Steel Sky, which was released as a lead title on Apple’s new Arcade platform with over 1 million downloads. Cecil will speak about how gamers influence trends.

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The Art of Storytelling
Through Editing

Nicolas Chaudeurge
Live Channel 1
Saturday 6 November | 13.30-14.30

The work of renowned editor Nicolas Chaudeurge (Black Mirror, Still Alice, Fish Tank, Top Boy) includes more than 40 film and TV credits, spanning almost 20 years in the business and frequent collaborations with director Andrea Arnold. During this session, Nicolas will highlight specific aspects of the editing craft, such as how to establish yourself as an editor, how to tell a story through editing, the director-editor relationship and much more. We are pleased to present this masterclass in partnership with The Mandy Network.

Virtual Only

Found in the Edit:
Rising through the Ranks

Editing Panel
Live Stream Channel 1
Saturday 6 November | 13.30-14.30

Mick Audsley is a leading film editors with more than 40 feature credits to his name. He has worked on numerous projects, including Murder on the Orient Express for Kenneth Branagh and The Personal History of David Copperfield. He will speak in conversation with Pani Scott, who has been his assistant editor for over a decade, as well as editor Jeremiah O’ Driscoll who ascended from assistant editor to working for Robert Zemeckis. Audsley, O’Driscoll and Scott invite us into the cutting room, asking what it takes to “find” a film in the edit.

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The Future of
Film Festivals

Clare Stewart
York Theatre Royal
Saturday 6 November | 15.00-16.00

The global pandemic has resulted in radical change to the way film festivals are presented, with leading festivals such as Rotterdam, Toronto, London and Edinburgh pivoting to combine online and restricted live screenings. Berlin and Cannes cancelled or postponed and took their marketplaces online. Hybrid seems set to become industry standard. What is the cultural and economic role of the contemporary film festival? Hosted by previous director of London film festival and current ASFF Advisory Board Chair, Clare Stewart.
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Close Up:
Francis Lee

Francis Lee
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Saturday 6 November | 15.00-16.00

Francis Lee is a BAFTA-nominated writer and director based in Yorkshire. In 2017, his debut feature God’s Own Country received widespread critical acclaim and awards recognition. His second feature Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2020. As part of ASFF’s Close Ups series, we offer a dive deep into the work of this remarkable filmmaker, with screenings followed by a discussion of the role shorts have played in shaping Lee’s cinematic voice.

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Close up:
Alice Seabright

Alice Seabright
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Saturday 6 November | 17.00-18.00

Alice Seabright is known for smart, funny and distinctive films exploring sex, relationships and female perspectives. Alongside numerous shorts, Seabright has written and directed episodes of Netflix hit Sex Education. In 2019, she was named a Screen International Star of Tomorrow, and she is currently showrunner on Chloe, a forthcoming six-part thriller for the BBC and Amazon. A mini-retrospective will be followed by an in-person conversation with the director, discussing their journey into film.

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Sam Baron
In Conversation

Sam Baron
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Sunday 7 November | 10.30-11.30

Sam Baron has directed award-winning short films and music videos, and his feature screenplay The Science of Love won the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship. Sam is now developing a slate of film and TV projects with production companies including Blueprint, New Pictures, DNA Films and Rollout Productions. Sam will discuss his experiences developing projects in the UK and the US, and the process of adapting his short film The Orgy for TV with Clerkenwell Films. He will premiere new short, Big Ears.

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Getting It Right:
On Screen Intimacy  

Victoria Emslie & Lizzy Talbot
Live Stream Channel 1
Sunday 7 November | 12.00-13.00

Join Actor and Founder of Primetime, Victoria Emslie, in conversation with one of the most exciting new voices and roles within our Industry: Lizzy Talbot, Intimacy Coordinator. Lizzy is known for her work on the recent Netflix sensation Bridgerton, and will take us through the ins and outs of working with an Intimacy Coordinator, the importance of the role and how you can learn more about becoming part of this team through her own company Intimacy for Stage and Screen. Primetime is a vetted visibility platform for women behind the lens.

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Close Up:
Focus on Cinematography

Nicola Daley
York Explore
Sunday 7 November | 13.00-14.00

Cinematography is a precise and fascinating art, crucial to establishing tone, building atmosphere, telling a story and conjuring coherent and captivating cinematic worlds. In this illuminating discussion, Nicola Daley (Pin Cushion, The Letdown, Paradise Lost, Harlots, Benediction) discusses her work, exploring the creative and practical processes that go into shooting striking and stylish film and television for the likes of Hulu and Netflix. A compelling deep dive, this session will bring a highly skilled and important profession into focus.

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Amit Gupta
In Conversation

Amit Gupta
Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2
Sunday 7 November | 13.30-14.30

Acclaimed theatre, television and film director Amit Gupta joins us to discuss his meteoric filmmaking career. Starting out with the razor-sharp 2009 short film Love Story, Amit has gone on to direct award-winning features such as Resistance, Jadoo and One Crazy Thing and is working on numerous high-end television series, including most recently being lead director on His Dark Materials – The Amber Spyglass for the BBC and HBO. With an array of film and TV projects currently in development, Amit offers invaluable insight into his life.

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Madeleine Sims-Fewer & Dusty Mancinelli

In Conversation
Live Channel 1
Sunday 7 November, 13.30-14.30

After meeting at the TIFF Talent Lab in 2015, filmmaking duo Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli joined forces to create a series of arresting short films that explore gender politics, abuses of power, and the selfishness of human nature: Slap Happy, Woman in Stall and Chubby. Their debut feature Violation made waves at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, before being released globally to critical acclaim. Madeleine and Dusty will discuss making the transition from shorts to feature films, and their uncompromising.

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Craig Roberts:
Acting and Directing

Backstage Presents
Live Stream Channel 1
Sunday 7 November | 15.00-16.00

British actor, director, writer and producer Craig Roberts’ third directorial feature, The Phantom Of The Open, starring Mark Rylance and written by Simon Farnaby, will be released this Autumn by Sony Pictures Classics. Craig’s second directorial effort, Eternal Beauty a poignant film about mental health starring Sally Hawkins, was nominated for five BAFTA Cymru Awards. His breakthrough role was Oliver Tate in Richard Ayoade’s Submarine. Hear him speak about his career as he offers insight into multiple roles.

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