ASFF 2013: Masterclasses Announced

This year’s ASFF Masterclass line-up is finally in place and with ticket sales due to open this weekend we reveal what will be in store for the 2013 festival. Catering for both filmmakers and enthusiast alike, ASFF masterclasses provide the opportunity to engage with leading industry professionals on a wide variety of topics relating to filmmaking and film watching today. These 11 unmissable events will take place on the first day of the festival, Friday 8 November, providing the perfect introduction to a weekend of outstanding independent short film. York St John University and York Theatre Royal will play host to the masterclasses, just a stones throw away from festival screenings that will continue throughout the day across the city centre. Tickets are expected to be in high demand, so don’t miss the first chance to book this weekend at

• Joakim Sundström on Sound Editing
BAFTA nominated Supervising Sound Editor Joakim Sundström will discuss the principles of sound editing and design, drawing upon his extensive experience working on Oscar and BAFTA winning films (Seven Psychopaths, Berberian Sound Studio, The Constant Gardener). He will be joined in his masterclass by a representative from BAFTA.

• Barry Ryan on Warp Films
Warp Films is a company known and respected the world over for modern classics such as Four Lions, Dead Man’s Shoes, This Is England and Submarine. Producer Barry Ryan’s masterclass will cover the breadth of Warp’s projects, encompassing a dynamic range of shorts and features, and offer insights into production and how to stand out in the film industry.

• Tom Leggett on Film Production
Dedicated to producing and broadcasting alternative films, Film4 is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK. As Development Editor, Tom collaborates with filmmakers to nurture films from conception to the end result. He will discuss the production processes involved, and what the channel looks for in its upcoming talent.

• Alice Lowe on Screenwriting
Actor/writer Alice Lowe has appeared in some of the UK’s best loved TV comedies (Black Books,Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), and the popular British films Hot Fuzz and Kill List. As co-writer and star of the acclaimed black comedy Sightseers, Alice will discuss screenwriting techniques and how performance can be used as a writing tool.

• Hussain Currimbhoy: Documentary
Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s leading festival focusing on the documentary genre. As Programmer for the event, Hussain knows what to look out for in cutting edge factual film. Discussing how the genre is developing, he will explore the notion of what documentary is in 2013, what makes a good non-fiction film, and how to get yours noticed on the circuit.

Cowboy Films: Lisa Bryer
Lisa Bryer is Founder and Producer of Cowboy Films, the company behind such recognised titles as Marley, Last King of Scotland, Fire in Babylon and Goodbye Charlie Bright. Also drawing upon her experience as Chair of BAFTA’s Short Film Jury, Lisa will share the secrets of being a successful producer and provide advice for those aspiring to get into this field.

TANDEM on Animation
TANDEM is an Oscar winning animation studio specialising in commercials and shorts. Producer Emma Burch will discuss the studio’s filmmaking process with Oscar and BAFTA winning director Daniel Greaves. Looking closely at his new short, Mr Plastimime, the masterclass will include clips from his Oscar winner, Manipulation, and a Q&A.

• Susie Wright: Channel 4
Channel 4 has a world class reputation for innovation and seeks to invest in the next generation of content. Susie Wright is Media Project Manager with its Creative Diversity team, which is a first port of call for new, emergent and unorthodox talent. She will discuss her role in making Channel 4 the most creatively diverse broadcaster in the UK, and what the channel looks for.

• Maggie Ellis: Film London
Film London is the capital’s film and media agency – promoting and developing London as a major international film culture capital. Maggie, head of Artists’ Moving Image will discuss the movement and development of artist film into features and the cross over from galleries into cinemas, highlighting the opportunities for filmmakers at Film London.

• Craig McNeil on Music Video
Craig McNeil is Director of TV and Film at Beggars Group (Rough Trade, 4AD, Metador, XL Recordings). He has extensive experience in promoting music videos to the leading music channels, and knows the best way to get your video seen. Offering insights into what makes a music video commercial, he will give advice on how to make yours stand out.

• Panel Discussion
Lisa Bryer (Chair of BAFTA Short Film Jury), Alan Bernstein (Director of Learning at London Film School), Philip Ilson (London Short Film Festival Director/Short Film Programmer at London Film Festival) and Colin Pons (Producer and Board Member of Showroom & Workstation) debate whether a short film can exist in its own right or if it has to lead to other things.

1. Courtesy of Aesthetica.