Highlights from ASFF 2013

Furthering ASFF’s ambition to support new filmmaking talent and provide an exciting cinema experience, the 2013 festival screened 300 films from 36 countries across 15 iconic locations spanning York’s historic and contemporary spaces. Masterclasses, hosted networking sessions and special events presented an opportunity to engage directly with leading industry representatives.

The presence of the filmmakers added a real sense of excitement to the festival, with festival-goers able to question them about the art of filmmaking at the ever-popular Meet the Filmmakers event on Saturday night. Panellist Curt Apduhan gave an exclusive insight into the making of his film Anniversary and discussed cinematography and the power of film as a narrative medium. Manjinder Virk took home the Best of Fest award at the closing night of ASFF 2013 for her acclaimed short Out of Darkness, which the Observer’s Chief Film Critic Mark Kermode has described as “intriguing and thought provoking”.

The festival presented a number of events, including a dynamic series of masterclasses from Joakim Sundström (Seven Psychopaths) and BAFTA on Sound Editing, Craig McNeil from Beggars Group on Music Video, Warp Films, Film4, Channel 4, Alice Lowe on Screenwriting (Sightseers, Hot Fuzz and Kill List) and more. There were also special programmes from BAFTA, Yorkshire Film Archive, and Screen Bandita, as well as our guest countries: India, Mexico and Kuwait.

Winners from ASFF 2013

Out Of Darkness (Best Drama / Overall Festival Winner) Manjinder Virk, UK Mango Films

But Milk Is Important (People’s Choice) Anna Mantzaris / Eirik Grønmo Bjørnsen (Norway) Volda University College

Lapsus (Best Thriller) Karim Ouaret, France Come On Productions

Call Me In The Afternoon (Best Music Video) Czlowiek Kamera, Poland Independent

Oh Willy… (Best Animation) Emma De Swaef / Marc James Roels (Belgium / France / Netherlands / Luxemberg) Beast Animation

Man vs Sand (Best Experimental Film) Prano Bailey-Bond, UK NonPop Productions

Danger Overhead Powerlines (Best Documentary) Mia Mullarkey, Ireland Ishka Films

This Way Out (Best Comedy) Staten Cousins-Roe, UK Forward Motion Pictures

Ma (Best Art Film) Imran Perretta, UK Independent

Masterclasses at ASFF 2013

Alice Lowe

Alice Lowe has appeared in some of the UK’s best loved TV comedies (Black Books, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), and popular British films Hot Fuzz and Kill List. As co-writer and star of the acclaimed black comedy Sightseers, Alice will discuss screenwriting techniques and how performance can be used as a writing tool.


BAFTA nominated Supervising Sound Editor Joakim Sundström will discuss the principles of sound editing and design, drawing upon his extensive experience working on Oscar and BAFTA winning films (Seven Psychopaths, The Constant Gardener). He will be joined in his masterclass by Producer Mia Bays.

Beggars Group

Craig McNeil is Director of TV and Film at Beggars Group (Rough Trade, 4AD, Matador, XL Recordings). He has extensive experience in promoting music videos to the leading music channels. Offering insights into what makes a music video commercial, he will give advice on how to make yours stand out.

Channel 4

Susie Wright is Media Project Manager with Channel 4’s Creative Diversity team, which is a first point of contact for new, emergent and unorthodox film talent. She will discuss her role in making Channel 4 the most creatively diverse and innovative broadcaster in the UK, and what the channel looks for in new content.

Cowboy Films

Lisa Bryer is Founder and Producer of Cowboy Films, the company behind such recognised titles as Marley, Last King of Scotland, Fire in Babylon and Goodbye Charlie Bright. Lisa will share the secrets of being a highly successful producer and provide advice for those aspiring to get into this diverse and creative field.

Film 4

Film4 is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK. As Development Editor, Tom Leggett collaborates with emerging filmmakers to nurture films from conception to the end result. He will discuss the production processes involved, and what the channel looks for in its upcoming talent.

Film London

Film London is the capital’s film and media agency. Maggie Ellis, Head of Artists’ Moving Image, will discuss the movement and development of artists’ film into features and the crossover from galleries into cinemas. She will also be highlighting upcoming opportunities for filmmakers at Film London.

Panel Discussion

Lisa Bryer (Chair of BAFTA Short Film Jury), Alan Bernstein (Director of Learning at London Film School), Philip Ilson (London Short Film Festival Director) and Colin Pons (Producer and Board Member of Showroom & Workstation) debate whether a short film can exist in its own right or if it has to lead to other things.


Chris Thomas has been directing actors in film and theatre projects for the past 20 years, so he knows a thing or two about the business. He will provide various approaches and helpful dynamic tips on directing and how to get better results from the cast. Chris will also focus on how to create a richer experience for the audience.

Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s leading festival focusing on documentary. As Programmer for the event, Hussain Currimbhoy knows what to look out for in cutting edge factual film. Discussing how the genre is developing, he will explore the notion of what documentary is in 2013 and what makes a good non-fiction film.


TANDEM is an Oscar winning animation studio. Producer Emma Burch will discuss the studio’s filmmaking process with Oscar and BAFTA winning director Daniel Greaves. Looking closely at his new short, Mr Plastimime, the masterclass will include clips from his Oscar winner, Manipulation, and a Q&A.

Warp Films

Warp Films is known and respected the world over for such modern classics as Four Lions, Dead Man’s Shoes and This Is England. Producer Barry Ryan will cover the breadth of Warp’s projects, encompassing a dynamic range of shorts and features, and offer insights into production and how to stand out in the film industry.

Video Interviews


The festival was great and I really enjoyed watching such a range of films. Congratulations on doing such a great job.
Ruth Lie, Film Programmer for V&A Friday Late
I had a great time at ASFF and met some really interesting people. Congratulations on a successful festival!
Chloe Trayner, Festival Producer at Underwire
It's not an exaggeration to say that being a part of ASFF was truly an experience of a lifetime. Thank you again for giving us the honour of being a part of it. I have no doubt that it will continue to grow, and you should all be immensely proud of yourselves for what you've created. We will most certainly be back!
Mary DeRosa Hughes, ASFF Filmmaker
I had a fantastic time at ASFF and really enjoyed presenting my Masterclass. York is a beautiful city and the perfect location for such a wonderful event, if you'll have me I'll be back next year. Roll on 2014!
Craig McNeil, Director of TV and Film at Beggars Group
What a great opening - a fantastic buzz and great films. Everybody I spoke to tonight is feeling the love for ASFF, right down to the thrill of the goodie bag. Even the welcome boards at the station and the venue notices in town added to the atmosphere and gave small moments of private joy.
Jay Arnold, BFI
We really enjoyed it and were very happy with the response from our Masterclass attendees.
Emma Burch, Producer at Tandem Films
ASFF is a great festival and a showcase for an exceptionally high standard of international short films. I enjoyed meeting the team and look forward to returning in the future.
Ross Mckenzie, Creative Scotland
ASFF was a truly great experience for us. One of the biggest highlights was the networking opportunities; we were able to talk to and connect with a whole range of industry professionals and fellow filmmakers, opening doors for potential partnerships in the future. We had a great time, both at the festival and in the beautiful city of York, and we look forward to going back again!
Natasha Rosewell and Cullum Carver-Jones, ASFF Filmmakers
A quick note to say thank you so much for hosting BAFTA on Friday - Joakim, Mia and I had a great time and were brilliantly looked after. Another fab year - your festival is great!
Katie Campbell, BAFTA
ASFF was one of the loveliest film festivals I've attended, with really friendly staff, quirky venues and such a unique programme of films and events. I'd love to come back!
Geraldine Geraghty, ASFF Filmmaker
The Aesthetica Film Festival was superbly organized and well attended. I had an appreciative audience for my short film and met new friends as well as helpful contacts for my upcoming feature.
Lori Precious, ASFF Filmmaker
“The level of care and attention paid to every element of the ASFF experience, from the stately venues to the courageous programming, through to the warmth and hospitality of the amazing festival team, is a strong sign that ASFF is destined to become a major player in the British festival circuit.
David Nguyen, Director of Retro and ASFF 2013 Official Filmmaker
ASFF was an inspiring and creative festival, with a fascinating range of films that engaged every emotion.
Nicky Grace, Assistant Director of Operations at the National Trust