The BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) has partnered with BFI Network and Film Hub North to present the Aesthetica Award-Winning Film Tour. It is an initiative that encourages positive engagement with independent film, new talent and innovative visual storytelling.
As Cherie Federico, Festival Director, notes: “Great film encourages us to think differently. It enriches our lives and invites us to see the world in a new way. Film is transformative; it has the power to take us to new places, meet new people, experience new cultures and customs.”
The Award-Winning Film Tour explores contemporary social issues, inspiring life stories and beautifully heart-warming narratives across animation, drama, documentary and dance. The selection comprises eight short films, featuring Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-nominated works.
The tour includes Black Sheep,a heart-breaking documentary exposing the face of modern-day racism in the UK. Following the murder of Damiola Taylor in 2000, Cornelius Walker and his family left London in search of a better life, only to be confronted by vicious and often violent attacks. This film was deserving of a triple win at ASFF 2018 as well as being nominated for an Oscar. It was commissioned by The Guardian, and directed by Ed Perkins. The subject of modern-day racism, discrimination and scapegoating is also tackled in Barnaby Blackburn’s Wale – Winner of Best Thriller at the ASFF 2018, as well as receiving Oscar and BAFTA Nominations. When a former young offender looking for a new life starts up his own enterprise as a mechanic, he is given a chance by a stranger with sinister intentions.
Other highlights include Wave – Winner of ASFF’s Best of Fest Award and Best Drama. Wave is a humorous yet heartfelt exploration of communication, human connection and loneliness. Directed by Oscar Winner Benjamin Cleary and TJ O’Grady Peyton, the film follows the story of Gaspar Rubicon, who wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognisable language leaving him isolated by his inability to communicate.
ASFF believes that cinema should be accessible for all. As such, the Award-Winning Film Tour is available to community groups, film clubs, cinemas and independent exhibitors. The Film Tour is available to book here, or by contacting Andy@aestheticamagazine.com.
Find out more about the tour here.
Lead image: Still from Backstory, Dir. Joschka Laukeninks.