ASFF 2021: Day Two

The 2021 Aesthetica Short Film Festival enters its second day with a formidable selection of in-person and virtual screenings, panels, masterclasses, and live events.  Check out our 10 to See for today, including our second film programme, Humanity on the Edge and a masterclass from filmmaker Peter Strickland.

Humanity on the Edge (Virtual and In Cinemas)
Film Programme

From seismic issues like the climate crisis and Covid to human rights and women’s safety, there have been a range of multi-faceted and complex crises, which will not stop or magically disappear. ASFF 2021’s second strand, Humanity On The Edge encompasses nine film programmes, each exploring the idea that there is no more ‘normal’.

Potential of Social VR (10:30 – 11:30, York Explore)
Panel Discussion

Alongside screenings of 360 films at the VR Lab, Aesthetica Short Film Festival is hosting a range of panels about the future of immersive cinema. As Virtual Reality becomes more integrated into daily life, how is social VR changing the way we interact with each other? Is it just a fad or is Virtual Reality the next social media? Our panel ask: what does this mean for our relationships going forward?

The Executive Producer’s Tale: Lizzie Francke (12:00 – 13:00, Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2)

A former critic and curator, Lizzie Francke moved into producing and then executive producing for the BFI Film Fund. With a range of credits including Lady Macbeth, You Were Never Really Here, Limbo and Wildfire, Francke shares valuable insights about her role in bringing contemporary new voices to the screen.

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

Acclaimed British filmmaker Peter Strickland discusses his singular career making some of the most distinctive and daring independent films of the past few years, including Katalin Varga, Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy, and his new feature Flux Gourmet, which was shot in York.

Foresight – An Urgent Anthology (14:00 – 15:30, City Screen)
Guest Programme

Foresight is a compilation of short films set in the UK that imagine the future for Black and Brown characters, written, directed, and produced by culturally diverse filmmakers who call the UK home. Foresight is an urgent anthology that explores alternate realities through the lens of five Black British Directors. We Are Parable, Film4 and Fruit Tree present this Guest Programme at Aesthetica Film Festival.

Networking Session 2: New Opportunities – Industry Connections (14:00 – 15:00, 1331)

Making that first introduction is crucial to the next steps in your career and Aesthetica is the perfect platform to meet the people who can help you find your path. Join delegates in conversation. In Attendance will be representatives from BBC Film, York St John University, Goldfinch, Beggars Group, Make it York and Digital Orchard Foundation.

BBC Film Developing New Voices (15:00 – 16:00, Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2)

BBC Film supports invigorating and imaginative filmmaking, with credits including recent British successes Ammonite, Supernova, His House and After Love. BBC Film’s Development Executive Dionne Farrell joins emerging directors John Ogunmuyiwa (Mandem) and Sophie Littman (Jellyfish) to discuss the development process, working with new talent and routes into filmmaking.

DIY Filmmaking: Taking Artistic Control (16.30-17.30, Yorkshire Museum & Live Channel 2)
New Wave

The idea of DIY film practice isn’t new. For many emerging filmmakers, doing everything on your production yourself offers both complete artistic control and affordability. This is a documentary enquiry into the nature of DIY practice: what it is, how it’s done, where it comes from, and why it’s so compelling for producers and audiences alike.

VR Happy Hour (18:30 – 20:30, 1331)
Special Event

A destination for those working, or interested in, new technologies and the role they play in the future of cinema. Meet forward-thinking individuals at this relaxed drinks reception, with private access to the VR lab and a library of fantastic 360 and immersive films.

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.