ASFF Round-Up: 8 November

The second day of ASFF launches today with a stellar line-up of industry leaders, events and screenings.

Thursday’s masterclasses kick off with StudioCanal’s Production Executive Marion Comengre, who speaks about producing films with the intent to distribute, outlining the importance of working closely with financiers, distributors and sales agents. Marion will also discuss what distributors look for in a potential project, considering various development goals. (12.30-13.30, York Theatre Royal Studio). Next up is Film 4’s Commissioning Editor Lauren Dark, who shares insider knowledge of identifying a worthwhile project and how to make your film stand out. (Yorkshire Museum 13.30-14.30).

Spring Films, Matt Greenhalgh and Caviar cover Documentary, Screenwriting and Branded Content for the rest of the day, with topics that include Documentary Filmmaking: Telling the StoryCreating a Breakthrough Story and Visual Dialogues. Spring Films’ portfolio of factual work includes the beautifully crafted, Emmy, Peabody and RTS Award-winning Night Will Fall and Werner Herzog’s Emmy nominated Into the Inferno, as well as Herzog’s latest work, Meeting Gorbachev. Greenhalgh’s credits include Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Nowhere Boy and Control, whilst Caviar has worked on advertising with the likes of British Vogue, Google, Netflix, Adidas and Nike.

Thursday also marks the first day of Showcase Screenings. In 2018, ASFF welcomes a dynamic array of organisations from across the UK to deliver a series of unique Showcase Screenings, providing audiences with an opportunity to view works from some of the best and brightest emerging filmmakers. At York Theatre Royal (10.00-12.00) York St John hosts a panel of female filmmakers that offer a fresh perspective on the current industry, exploring the challenges that gender presents in career progression and creative expression. Presenting a collection of striking works, a panel of international filmmakers from London Film School explore the importance of having a supportive network whilst producing innovative pieces that defy boundaries, City Screen, 13.30-15.30.

Networking Sessions take place in York Theatre Royal’s Colonnade, welcoming speakers including Isabelle Croissant (HOME), Joanna Roy (Signal Film and Media), Lauren Dark (Film4), Megan Evans (Deer Shed Festival), Rupert Lee (Film & TV Charity), Sile Culley (Altitude Film Entertainment).

Thursday’s special events programme includes a VR soiree, a special evening at De Grey Rooms Cocktail Lounge that invites attendees to consider the practicalities and challenges of VR filmmaking, as well as the potential of VR, its role in the future of cinema and its purpose beyond the realm of filmmaking. Also taking place is Aesthetica’s Time of the Season Party at Micklegate Social, where attendees can meet the Aesthetica team and celebrate new connections from the festival.

For more information on masterclasses and events, click here.

For more information on screenings, click here to find a link to the 2018 programme. 

For a full list of venues or ticket information, click here.

1. Still from Dances with Circles. Part of the 2018 Official Selection.