ASFF 2021: Day Five

The 2021 Aesthetica Short Film Festival enters the penultimate day. Join us for some incredible in-person and virtual screenings, VR labs, masterclasses, guest programmes and networking sessions. Here is our 10 to See for today, including a unique audio installation and the chance to hear from an Oscar-winning director.

Mirror, Mirror (In Person & Online)
Film Programme

Our fifth strand, Mirror, Mirror, examines identity. A complex, multi-faceted and fluid concept, it makes up who we are as individuals. Through ten reels and one feature, spanning a multitude of genres, Strand 5 considers the intricacies of selfhood in the 21st century.

Decolonising the Arts in VR (10:30 – 11:30, York Theatre Royal)
Panel Discussion

It is crucial to examine modes of representation and what they say about our world. Across the arts, literature and film, a new balance is being created, however, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure there is a level playing field.  In this panel from London College of Communication, we explore why many central characters in VR and gaming continue to be white and western in appearance, and how the film industry can create content in VR that is more inclusive.

A “Mistressclass” with Mia Bays: Celebrating 30 Years in Film (10:30 – 11:30, Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2)

Mia Bays is a renowned champion of new talent (working on the first films of Riz Ahmed, Arinzé Kene, Hong Khaou and Deborah Haywood), a cultural activist and equality promoter through Birds’ Eye View and Reclaim the Frame. As she begins her new Director of the BFI Film Fund, she will discuss film, life, inspiration, activism and the future of film with writer and producer Kate Muir.

VR Lab: 360 and Immersive Cinema Experience (11:00 – 19:15, City Screen Basement)

With just one more day to go in our VR Lab, be sure to lose yourself in the magic of 360 filmmaking and delve headfirst into bold and exciting stories. 360 filmmaking offers the unique opportunity to experience the full potential of cinema, transporting viewers to new worlds and exploring different perspectives.

Paul Davies: Sound Design Masterclass (12:00 – 13:00, Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2)

Learn how sound design can transform a film from BAFTA-nominated sound designer Paul Davies, whose renowned body of work includes You Were Never Really Here, Saint Maud, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Touching Evil. 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.

Found In The Edit: Rising Through The Ranks (13:30 – 14:30, Yorkshire Museum and Live Channel 2)
Panel Discussion

Mick Audsley is a leading film editors with more than 40 feature credits including Murder on the Orient Express 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. They invite us into the cutting room, asking what it takes to “find” a film in the edit.

Aesthetica Stars of the Future: Part One (13:30 – 15:00) York St. John and Online)
Guest Programme

This two-part programme celebrates some of our favourite festival filmmakers from the past 10 years. These Aesthetica alumni screened with us early on in their filmmaking journey and are now working at the forefront of the medium in the UK and beyond, demonstrating their talent across features, documentary, television and visual art. Here, we invite the directors to revisit the films that helped launch these stars of the future.

Asif Kapadia: In Conversation (15:00 – 16:00, Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2)

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, Senna, Amy and the recent Diego Maradona. In this illustrated masterclass with Jason Wood (HOME), Kapadia discusses his extensive career, his influences and his hopes for a more diverse industry.

The Art of Limitation: Creativity Under Constraints (15:30 – 17:30, City Screen)
New Wave

This programme of films from the University of York, and subsequent panel discussion, will consider the proposition that – rather than stifling creativity – limitations function as positive forces that inspire and facilitate. These films were made under strict Covid-safe protocols and demonstrate the ways in which we can overcome and innovate in challenging times.

Queer Joy: The LGBTQ+ Experience (18:00 – 19:00, York Theatre Royal)
Guest Programme

Although onscreen portrayals of LGBTQ+ lives are becoming more varied and sophisticated all the time, the majority of media still centres trauma when depicting queer characters. While we are still a long way from a truly equal society, the LGBTQ+ experience can also be a profoundly joyful one. The Iris Prize are proud to present a selection of films which brim with energy, exuberance and laughter. 

The 2021 Aesthetica Short Film Festival runs in-person from 2-7 November and online from 2-30 November. Looking for a ticket? Explore our pass options here.