ASFF 2021: Day Three

The 2021 Aesthetica Short Film Festival nears the halfway point as day three is upon us. Join us for a fantastic mix of in-person and virtual screenings, networking sessions and other live events. Here is our 10 to See for today, including some must-see masterclasses with Gerard Johnson and Maxine Peake and our third strand, When Life Gives You Lemons, with a focus on embracing the beauty of life.

When Life Gives You Lemons (In Person & Online)
Film Programme

Hope, life, trouble, optimism, positivity, difficulty, motivation: these words define the ups and downs of life. The third strand films this year takes a lighter look at life and reminds us of all the joy and beauty that surround us. It reminds us to stop, slow down and look around in order to embrace the here and the now.

Meet the Fabricant: Digital Fashion, Technology & AI (10:30 – 11:30, Live Stream Channel 1)
Panel Discussion

It takes 13,000 litres of water to make one pair of jeans, and high street chains create garments that end up in the landfill after only a few wears. Dutch-based agency The Fabricant has created a solution, offering fashion as an option for your digital self. Hear from Anna Liedtke about this revolution in clothing.

Timeless Narratives: The Producer As Storyteller (12:00 – 14:00, City Screen)
Panel Discussion

Today, we receive stories primarily through screens: televisions, tablets, smartphones, and the cinema screen. Stories are at the heart of a good film. But what influence does the film industry have in wider culture? Explore the way ways in which filmmakers inhabit the mind of the producer to create timeless narratives.

Gerard Johnson In Conversation (13:30 – 14:30, Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2)

In a career spanning three acclaimed features (Tony, Hyena and Muscle) and numerous shorts, writer-director Gerard Johnson has established himself as one of the most urgent and uncompromising voices in contemporary British cinema. Together with Jason Wood (HOME), he explores his work to date.

Empowering Storytelling: Maxine Peake (15:00 – 16:00, Live Stream Channel 1)

BAFTA- and BIFA-nominee Maxine Peake is renowned for her versatility across stage and screen, with her outstanding credits including Shameless, Peterloo, Black Mirror and Funny Cow. Peake joins us for a truly unique masterclass on acting as authorship.

Home Movies: A World Opening Up (15:30 – 17:30, York Theatre Royal)
Guest Programme

Join Regent’s University on a cinematic journey, spanning Russia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia and the UK. Watch the thundering hooves of Kazakh horses as they cross a multi-lane highway. Hear the heroic tale of a Soviet nurse who signed her name on the Reichstag during WWII. Appreciate the touching reunion of two Saudi sisters, told intimately through their letters to one another.

Focus on Northern Ireland (16:00 – 17:30, National Centre for Early Music)
Guest Programme

Northern Ireland has a long tradition of non-fiction work, in part due to its unique colonial history.  However, it seems more and more that filmmakers based here have begun to step out of their comfort zone.  In these chosen films, we see classic explorations of identity, the border and state systems.

BFI & Film Hub North Mixer (18:00 –19:00, Virtual)
Special Event

Film Hub North hosts a mixer event for writers and writer-directors currently developing a short film and producers looking to expand their slate. This informal online meet-up introduces filmmakers based in the North to prospective producers with the aim of forging new connections and kick-starting collaborations on shorts aiming for BFI Network funds.

Connected (19:30 – 21:00, York Theatre Royal)
Special Event

ASFF is working with We Are Parable to launch a new network focused around supporting filmmaking talent for people of colour in the UK. We Are Parable is Anthony and Teanne Andrews, who have created a legacy of events that provide opportunities for audiences to experience and respond to Black Cinema in culturally relevant and memorable ways. This is a space to form collaborations.

Thursday Night Party (19:00 – 21:00, Rose Within Walls)
Special Event

York’s Hilton hotel boasts a stylish new gin bar, Rose Within The Walls. Come and enjoy a drink opposite one of York’s best-known historical landmarks and connect with friends old and new. Attendees receive a free gin on entry, served on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 2021 Aesthetica Short Film Festival runs in-person from 2-7 November and online from 2-30 November. Want to join the action? Tickets are still available here