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ASFF 2023: Eye-Opening Documentary Masterclasses

Do you want to make documentaries? ASFF 2023 brings you professionals from the industry who will share tips for the journey, from starting your research to finding your style and creating striking imagery. Here are five eye-opening documentary masterclasses to look forward to at this year’s festival. Aesthetica Film Festival runs from 8-12 November in York, UK. Please purchase a festival pass before booking masterclasses, since you will need a valid reference number.

Environmental Documentaries: BBC Natural History Unit in Conversation

The BBC’s Natural History Unit is behind some of the most memorable series in recent television, including David Attenborough’s series Planet Earth, Blue Planet and Dynasties. From high-octane showdowns between snakes and iguanas, to devastating scenes of plastic pollution in our oceans, these programmes document the world like never before. Creative Director, Mike Gunton, speaks to us about how the BBC reveals the wonders of nature. Expect exceptional storytelling, jaw dropping imagery and some truly cutting-edge science.

Guardian Presents: The Power of True Stories

Where do creative documentary and journalism meet? Hear our panel of Guardian filmmakers share their experiences of translating true stories onto the screen. The Guardians documentary slate foregrounds urgent stories from filmmakers around the world. As we face the climate emergency and the cost of living crisis, storytellers hold those in power to account and inspire us into action for a better future. But, which stories should we tell? Lucy Jane and Joya Berrow, directors of Digital Divide (2023), as featured in this year’s festival, will join Guardian Video Producer John Domokos and Head of Documentaries Lindsay Poulton to share their journey, offering tips for socially driven film.

Beyond the Frame: Embark on a Journey into 360 Documentary Filmmaking

Are you ready to immerse your audience in captivating experiences? Join us for a session where we dive into the fascinating realm of documentary in 360. We will address the techniques and equipment necessary to capture authentic moments, seamlessly blending cinematic expertise with the immersive medium. Explore ways to enhance storytelling and gain insights from industry experts who have laid the groundwork for 360 documentaries. Panellists are Ana-Despina Tudor, Sammy Kingston, Lucy Hammond and Iona McEwan.

Kathryn Ferguson: Stories with Purpose

Kathryn Ferguson is an award-winning director and writer. In 2022 she was awarded the BFI & Chanel Award for Creative Audacity for a first-time feature director. She has a decade of experience with short form work centred on identity and has recently completed feature documentary, NOTHING COMPARES, about late musician Sinéad O’Connor. She has also directed commercials and music videos with Amnesty International, Lady Gaga, Nike and Selfridges. Join her in discussion with Head of Guardian Documentaries, Lindsay Poulton. 

Ridley Scott Associates: Unscripted How to Research Your Project

Ridley Scott Associates Unscripted Division’s dedicated and highly experienced development and production team produces genre defining documentaries, including their new multi-part Robbie Williams Netflix series, directed by Joe Pearlman (Bros: After the Screaming Stops). Join Head of Programming and Development Louis Mole and Development Producer Natalie Fiennes, as they discuss their process, from research through to production and development. They will offer insights into what they look for in new projects. 

Aesthetica Short Film Festival | 8-12 November, York

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