Highlights from ASFF 2015

ASFF celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2015 with an even bigger programme of special screenings, industry events and networking opportunities. The line-up featured over 300 short films from the global film community, with the work representing excellence and exciting innovation in filmmaking. ASFF 2015 hosted guest screenings from China, Cuba and Brazil, as well as a special screening of Simon Armitage and Richard Heslop’s film The Raft of The Medusa. Special showcase screenings presnted a collection of some of the best films from the last five years of ASFF.

Winners from ASFF 2015

Pinch Me (for Ted Baker) (Best Fashion) Crowns & Owls (UK) White Lodge

How I Didn’t Become A Piano Player (Best Comedy) Tommaso Pitta (UK) National Film and Television School

Billy the Kid (York Youth Vote Winner) Sam Johnson (UK) Creative England / BFI

Drifters (Best Experimental) Anu Valia (USA)

Stutterer (Best Drama) Benjamin Cleary (UK) Bare Golly Films

A Confession, Petros Silvestros (UK) UKFF / Irresistible Films

Primitive (Best Dance) Tom Rowland (UK) Tom Rowland Productions

Somewhere Down The Line (Best Animation) Julien Regnard (Ireland) Cartoon Saloon

We Were Evergreen – Daughters (Best Music Video) Dominique Rocher (France) FatCat Films

The Experimenter (Best Advertising) Simon Emmerson; Andy Russell; Tim Spence; Phil Robson (UK) Lush Digital/The Mill+

Across Still Water (Best Documentary) Ruth Grimberg (UK) Independent

Video Interviews


We still can't believe we won Best Drama. Blown away! I'll be spreading the word wide and far about what a well-run, fun, entertaining festival ASFF is!
Ben Cleary, Director of Stutterer
It was a pleasure to visit York and see so much of your festival. I got to speak with a lot of delegates and film-makers and viewed many shorts, some of which I hope we can programme in DIFF in 2016.
Sarah Ahern, Projects Manager, Dublin International Film Festival
We really enjoyed our stay in York and got to see some very high quality films. We would be delighted to come back next year and catch more of the programme. Congratulations on an incredible event.
Megan Nunn, Marketing Director, Screentest Festival
The programmes and parties were great! I’ve rarely seen such a well-attended, popular festival. It was also a real honour to win the York Youth Award. We’ll be back in force next year, hopefully with a couple more films!
Sam Johnson, Director of Billy the Kid
Thank you so much for including The Sand Storm, it was quite an honour to have my film appear with so many other fine works.
Jason Wishnow, Director of The Sand Storm
Congratulations on an amazing festival! ASFF was brilliant. I had such a good time, met some wonderful people and saw so much truly extraordinary work. I feel like I learned an extraordinary amount.
Alex Warren, Co-Director of Eleanor