Named as a festival of national significance by the British Film Institute, ASFF has a longstanding reputation as a key event in the UK and international film calendars. The festival invites audiences to discover new cinema and original filmmaking, with an opportunity to also participate in the wider film discussion. Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 edition.
Across the five-day run, over 400 films will screen as part of the Official Selection – including shorts across 11 genres, narrative and documentary feature films, and VR projects. This year marks a record-breaking number of submissions, with successful alumni including winners at the Oscars Stutterer, The Silent Child) and BAFTAs (The Bigger Picture). Last year, five alumni filmmakers went on to receive nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including The Guardian documentary Black Sheep, which won ASFF’s Best of Fest award.
Alongside dynamic screenings, a carefully curated programme of masterclasses and industry events will transform the city into a hive of activity and cultural engagement. For 2019, ASFF welcomes Oscar and BAFTA-winning producers Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugarman) and Paul Webster (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice), BIFA-nominated editor Chris Wyatt (This is England, God’s Own Country), and British cinematographer Dick Pope. Key figures from Aardman, Film4, BBC Studios, Baby Cow, Framestore, Industrial Light & Magic, as well as cultural powerhouses British Vogue, i-D, Dazed, and infamous British Photographer Rankin.
A key component to a rich and technically diverse programme, they further cement York’s UNESCO City of Media Arts status as well as ASFF’s position at the forefront of the international festival circuit. Boasting new and exciting events, the 2019 programme is set to be bigger than ever. The first of its kind in the UK, the Industry Marketplace is exclusive to ASFF. Festival-goers will meet face-to-face with those changing the industry today, with representatives from across the sector, including international film festivals, screen agencies, sales agents, global distributors and renowned universities.
In addition, audiences can experience cinema like never before, with the return of the Screen School VR Lab. Working in partnership with London College of Communication, the screenings return after an overwhelmingly positive reception last year. Alongside innovative films, a series of panel discussions will delve further into the realisation of Virtual Reality. As Cherie Federico, Festival Director, notes: “The spirit of ASFF is in every fibre of the festival. We’re opening the doors wide to the industry, creating open and honest discussions between filmmakers, delegates and film aficionados. This year is our biggest and most ambitious festival to-date – you’re not going to want to miss it.”
ASFF 2019 takes place 6-10 November. Early Bird tickets are available at 35% off. Concessions are available for students, seniors and families. Family tickets are also available. Single tickets can be upgraded at a discounted rate. Find out more here.
Still from John Sheedy’s Mrs McCutcheon.