ASFF 2019: Day One

400 films. 5 days. 13 venues. Today, Wednesday 6 November, marks the beginning of the ninth edition of ASFF. Here is a round up of some key events that are not to be missed.


Screen School VR Lab – 360 Cinema & Immersive Experiences (York Theatre Royal and De Grey Rooms; 10:00-23:00)

In 2019, we expand our Screen School VR Lab, presented in partnership with London College of Communication. Here is your opportunity to explore some of the most immersive games and experiences on the film festival circuit. Tickets are available to book on a first-come, first-served basis from the Festival Hub and are released daily.

Narrative Feature – Nina (1331; 15:00-16:30)

Joining the feature-length screenings for the second year are Narrative films across a range of genres and styles. Nina directed by Marc Göbel follows a woman in search of her father’s murderer. When she meets the aged ex-cop Rainer, he seems to fill a gap in her life. But Rainer withholds details about his shared past with Nina’s father and she must discover if he can be trusted.

Special Events

Filmmaker Insights – Bringing An Idea To Life: The A-Z of Filmmaking (York Theatre Royal; 11:00-12:00)

In this session, a panel of filmmakers from ASFF’s Official Selection examine their individual approaches to bringing the bigger picture to life.

VR Panel Discussion – Immersive Narratives: the Art of VR Storytelling (York Theatre Royal; 13:00-14:00)

When we become part of an experience – rather than simply being a viewer – what challenges does this present? If a viewer’s gaze can’t be controlled, how does the narrative change? Analysing new approaches, a panel examines non-linear storylines.


COMPULSORY: Establishing Yourself as a Brand (York Theatre Royal; 13:00-14:00)

COMPULSORY is an award-winning production company with clients such as Madonna, Hugo Boss, Adidas and Selfridges. Founding partner and executive producer Chris Toumazou explores the film and music industry from a commercial and artistic point of view, uncovering how to establish yourself as a brand.

Cultivating Talent: Producing Engaging Cinema (Yorkshire Museum, 14:30-15:30)

Executive Producer Mary Burke (Submarine, Colette, BAFTA-winning God’s Own Country) joins ASFF to offer valuable insight into the production process, highlighting the importance of nurturing new talent within the film Industry.

Social Events

Networking Session 1 – Welcome to ASFF: Delegate and Filmmaker Meet & Greet (York Theatre Royal; 14:30-16:00)

For the first session, we welcome filmmakers and delegates to introduce themselves and form new collaborations for the days ahead. Tickets available at the Hub.

Opening Night Gala (City Screen; 18:30-23:00)

ASFF launches with a special screening from the 2019 Official Selection. The screening is followed by a drinks reception – a great place to start your festival experience. Limited seating available, delegate and filmmaker priority.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival, ASFF Opening Night
2015, Jim Poyner Photography, The York Photographer.

There is so much to see and do across ASFF, please click here to download the programme or pop into the Festival Hub to have a chat with one of our team.

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Lead Image: Aesthetica Short Film Festival, ASFF 2018, Jim Poyner Photography, The York Photographer.

Nina (2018) Dir: Marc Göbel. Courtesy of Vimeo and Marc Göbel.
Submarine (2010) Dir: Richard Ayoade. Courtesy of Vimeo and Dragon DI.