Special Showcase Screenings at ASFF 2016

Welcoming a dynamic array of organisations from across the UK, our Special Showcase Screenings provide audiences with an opportunity to view some of the best and brightest works being produced by emerging filmmakers. From Creative England’s iShorts programme to fresh projects from the country’s leading universities and colleges, these screenings are an excellent platform for experiencing innovation and originality in short film.

Each Showcase Screening runs for two hours and features a selection of films, followed on by a panel discussion related to themes and trends in today’s film culture. Below is a brief description of each of the Showcase Screenings. Your festival pass gives you free access to these special showcase events.

Establishing the Filmmaker

Friday 4 November, 11:00-13:00
Reel Cinema

The National Association of Higher Education in the Moving Image presents a programme of some of the exciting, dynamic and diverse films made in the UK this year by students studying at their member Institutions. After a screening of the shorts, there will be a discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers, led by NTF Freya Billington. Within this insightful and industry-led conversation, the graduate filmmakers will explore the process of making films and examine how their creative style has changed over the course of their study. We will also find out what they have coming up in terms of projects and new ideas.

London College of Fashion:
Decoding Fashion Film

Friday 4 November, 15:30 – 17:30
City Screen Picturehouse

A panel discussion led by Nilgin Yusuf, Creative Director of the School of Media and Communication, London College of Fashion will explore what we mean by “fashion film.” This relatively new sub-genre has energised the online and retail space, and spawned festivals, directors and production companies. But what is the form and function of fashion film? Film-makers and staff from the London College of Fashion will discuss the various definitions and attributes of this hybrid genre. They will delve into topical issues including the challenge of genre conventions and on the genre’s relationship to art.

Northern Ireland Screen:
The Shape of the Short

Friday 4 November, 13:30 – 15:30
Reel Cinema

A discussion on the structure of short films in the cinema landscape, looking at short films as narrative stories, visual art/experimental pieces and selling tools for the feature film. Does the UK short film industry place too much emphasis on the commercial side of the industry and does the artistic element of short filmmaking suffer as a result? The panel will examine the similarities and differences between live action, experimental and visual art short films. Leading on from this, they will question the concept of the short as a calling card for emerging filmmakers building their career.

Ffilm Cymru Wales:
Create your Calling Card

Friday 4 November, 16:00 – 18:00
Reel Cinema

BFI NET.WORK Wales’ short film scheme Beacons supports Welsh writers, directors and producers to create cinematic “calling cards” and establish their feature film credentials. Following the screening of six new Beacons shorts, find out what funding and support is available from Ffilm Cymru Wales and hear filmmakers discuss their work. The panel will explore how to make your short a great calling card, and will comment on how to build your filmmaking profile, increasing the audience for your film. Lastly the panel will examine how to get your short screened at a range of festivals.

Northern Film School:
The Auteur is dead. Long live the Script!

Friday 4 November, 18:30 – 20:30
Reel Cinema

The Northern Film School, sponsors of the ASFF best Screenplay Award, is one of the best-known film schools in the UK, having made innovative and award winning films for over 25 years. Many of the alumni have gone on to win major awards, including BAFTAs and Oscars for their work in television and film. We focus on an ethos of visual storytelling, high-end technical expertise and collective creativity. Our students are supported by professionals to become the filmmakers of tomorrow. The fabulous NFS showcase screening, will be followed by a hot, and hopefully rowdy, panel discussion “The Auteur is dead. Long live the Script!”

Norwich University of the Arts:
Film, Storytelling and the Future of Moving Image

Saturday 5 November, 14:00 – 16:00
Reel Cinema

Is the traditional “film school” model of short film production still relevant today and can it really prepare students for future modes of storytelling? Join lecturers and alumni from the BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production at Norwich University of the Arts for this post-screening discussion of the future of storytelling and its relevance to learning and teaching in industry focused higher education. Norwich University of Arts will explore the challenges new forms of media bring to teaching storytelling it will debate the balance needed between craft and technical skills to bring together a good knowledge of storytelling.

University of York:
Showcase Screenings  

Saturday 5 November, 12:30 – 14:30
City Screen Picturehouse

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then we have become one of the world’s leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse. In this fantastic event there will be a screening of eight extraordinary films made by Film and Television students at the University of York: surreal dramas, sci-fi, moving documentaries, pocket-sized horror movies, and affecting tales of love and loss. There will be a chance to meet some of the makers and discuss with them first steps in getting films off the ground and gaining a toehold in the industry.

Creative England iShorts:
Supporting New Filmmakers

Saturday 5 November, 15:15 – 17:15
Bootham School

iShorts is Creative England’s entry level short film initiative. Supporting filmmakers whose work has not yet attracted financial support from within the industry, iShorts helps a diverse group of talent to take their first professional steps. ASFF are thrilled to welcome back the iShorts team along with a fresh party of filmmakers to screen their films. Following on from the premiere of the iShorts films, Jessica Loveland (Creative England) will lead a discussion with the filmmakers, commenting on the importance of the iShorts scheme, interviewing the directors and examining the importance of the short film.

Plymouth College of Art:
No House Style

Saturday 5 November, 16:30 – 18:30
Reel Cinema

Film students from PCA invite you to a discussion about creative freedom, individuality and personal approaches to filmmaking. Encouraged to pursue a personal approach to their practice, students set their own goals whilst developing a unique voice. Recent graduates and current students talk about the benefits of the art college environment and collaboration. The panel will explore the environment of Plymouth College of Art and how interdisciplinary collaboration has influenced students professional and creative development. Following on from this the panel will discuss the topics of why do we still shoot on film? A Q&A will follow.

Middlesex University:
The Importance of Diversity

Sunday 6 November, 12:30 – 14:30
City Screen Picturehouse

Film and Television at Middlesex attracts students from across the globe. Focusing on diversity, this event showcases a variety of works created by BA & MA Film and BA TV Production undergraduates. A panel of students and academics discuss the importance of diversification, the opportunities it provides and how it inspires the range of work produced. Middlesex Universities panel will review diversity and how it affects filmmaking, it will examine how shifting perspectives and cultural background affect the form and content of film and TV projects. It will show how the telling of stories from a range of background filters through into filmmaking.

Terms and conditions:

Collecting Tickets

Upon purchasing your Festival Pass and/or Event Tickets, you will receive a receipt by email. This receipt is not your pass or ticket, and must be exchanged for a pass or ticket at the Festival Hub at Visit York.

The Festival Hub will be open 9:00 - 17:00 Thursday 3 - Sunday 6 November 2016. Tickets cannot be collected before this time.

Entry to Venues

Seating at screenings is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is not reserved at screenings, and a Festival Pass or ticket does not guarantee you a seat at your chosen screening.

Festival staff will be present at all venues, and will be able to advise you on venue capacity and available seats when you arrive.

Restricted Screenings

Please note that the majority of screenings will be certificate 12A with some certificate 15.

A special Family Friendly programme will be screened throughout the Festival. Family Friendly screening 1 is suitable for young children, while Family Friendly 2 & 3 are suitable for children aged 8+. Please see the festival programme for Family Friendly screening times.

Student Tickets

Please note that in order to purchase a Student Ticket, you must have a valid student card as proof of ID. The student card must be valid during the festival and must be shown in order to collect your Festival Pass. Festival Passes with a student discount cannot be issued without a valid student card.

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