ASFF 2021: Day Six

The 2021 Aesthetica Short Film Festival draws to a close today after six sensational days of film, masterclasses and networking. On this final day, join us for some marvellous in-person and virtual screenings, panels, virtual reality sessions and more. Here is our 10 to See for today, including our final Interactive Media Lab.

Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free (In Person & Online)
Film Programme

Our final strand, Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free, takes on issues of segregation, racism, marginalisation, and discrimination. Though the conversation has begun, there’s a long way to go to establish true equality. We’re all complicit in building a new kind of world based on justice, where individuals are given equal opportunities.

Sam Baron: In Conversation (10:30 – 11:30, Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2)
Masterclass

ASFF alumnus 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 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 also premiere his new short, Big Ears.

Independent Filmmaking: Working To Budget (11:30 – 12:30, York Explore)
Panel Discussion

Directors and producers from the ASFF 2021 Official Selection join this session to offer advice on their methods of working within a budget and managing expectations without compromising on quality. Registration is required for this in person panel discussion.

Getting It Right: On Screen Intimacy (12:00 – 13:00, Live Stream Channel 1)
Masterclass

Join Actor and Founder of Primetime, Victoria Emslie, in conversation with one of the most exciting new voices within our industry: Lizzy Talbot, Intimacy Coordinator. Talbot 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.

Networking Session 6: Last Chance Encounters (14:00 – 15:00, 1331)
Networking

ASFF’s Networking Sessions and Industry Workshops provide an opportunity to interact with representatives from some of the leading arts & film organisations, productions companies, sales & distribution specialists and exhibitors. While the festival draws to a close, there is still an opportunity to have some important conversations. A perfect chance for industry guests and filmmakers to share details.

Immersive Curatorship (14:30 – 15:30, York Explore)
Interactive

VR and AR are being used more and more by museums and galleries to expand the potential of exhibitions, but beyond interpretation VR is being used to help explore new ideas and developments in the exhibition sector. In this panel from London College of Communication, we ask: What do curators need to consider when programming a show using VR? Are the parameters of curatorship the same or evolving with this new technology? What does the future of the arts look like?

Amit Gupta In Conversation (14:00 – 15:00, Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2)
Masterclass

Acclaimed theatre, television and film director Amit Gupta joins us to discuss his meteoric filmmaking career. He has gone from award-winning features such as Resistance, Jadoo and One Crazy Thing to numerous high-end television series, including most recently being lead director on His Dark Materials – The Amber Spyglass for the BBC and HBO.

9/11, Twenty Years On Part 3: The Fallout (14:00 – 15:30, Bootham)
Guest Programme

The attack on the Twin Towers and its aftermath has had an unprecedented and unpredictable impact on many aspects of our lives. In this provocative programme, artist filmmakers grapple with resurgent islamophobia, new forms of warfare, the emergence of ISIS, creeping surveillance, neo-conservatism and the rise of the alt-right.

Backstage Presents: Craig Roberts (15:00 – 16:00, Livestream Channel 1)
Masterclass

British actor, director, writer and producer Craig Roberts has directed three features, most recently The Phantom Of The Open, starring Mark Rylance and written by Simon Farnaby. His second directorial effort, Eternal Beauty a poignant film about mental health starring Sally Hawkins, was nominated for five BAFTA Cymru Awards. Hear him speak about his career.

Awards Ceremony (Yorkshire Museum)
Special Event

To bring ASFF’s 11th edition to a close, we welcome filmmakers and audiences to tune in to our live prize giving ceremony. Prizes are awarded for the best film in each of our 14 genres, as well as our Audience Choice, Best of Fest, Youth Awards and Special Guest Awards. Join in a celebration of outstanding achievements in filmmaking. The closing ceremony is followed by a screening of the award-winning films.


The 2021 Aesthetica Short Film Festival runs in-person from 2-7 November and online from 2-30 November. Tickets start from £25.