Showcase Screenings & Panel Discussions at ASFF 2017

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 shorts 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.


Finding Your Creative Voice:
York St John University

Thursday 9 November, 11.30 – 13.30
York Theatre Royal Studio

One of the hardest challenges facing filmmakers is how to find their unique style. York St John’s graduate filmmakers will be in attendance to talk through overcoming this issue, utilising a range of genres, techniques and processes. This session reflects upon the difficulties and rewards of creative freedom. Followed by a tea and coffee reception.

Building a Career in Short Film:
Hereford College of Arts

Thursday 9 November, 14.15 – 16.15
York Theatre Royal Studio

Short form is now recognised as a leading genre in its own right. With the rise of digital platforms and shareable content, short film has seen an explosion in popularity, fuelling innovative collaborations at the frontline of filmmaking. This panel discussion will give invaluable industry advice for building a successful career in short film.

Production and the Camera: 
London Film School

Thursday 9 November, 17:00 – 19:00
York Theatre Royal Studio

Here is your chance to examine the short form from the bottom up within the context of inventive films from those who have learnt their craft at the London Film School. Embark on a talk with Sue Austen, producer and lecturer, who will discuss producing elements as well as provide insight into the varied lives and visions of emerging filmmakers.


Challenges of Originality:
University of Lincoln

Friday 10 November, 10:30 – 12:30
York Theatre Royal Studio

University of Lincoln’s showcase reveals a diverse range of output from historical reconstruction to experimental film production. The combined discussion addresses the need to keep up to date with industry developments in the context of universities, including the challenges of originality and new routes for commissioning and distribution.


Innovative Filmmaking:
Plymouth College of Art

Friday 10 November, 13:00 – 15:00
York Theatre Royal Studio

Filmmaking offers the chance to explore sensitive “taboo” topics through innovative approaches, from photo-roman to archive footage. By breaking down boundaries, both visually and conceptually, the short form offers new platforms. Plymouth College of Art discuss how they depict these issues through film. Followed by a tea and coffee reception.

Establishing the Filmmaker:

Friday 10 November, 14:00 – 16:00
City Screen, Screen 2

National Association of Moving Image in Higher Education, (NAHEMI) provides audiences with an insight into the role of the filmmaker.This unique screening and combined Q&A offers new perspectives on a range of genres from some of the brightest talents, delving into the imaginations of those paving the way for the future of the short.

Get Ahead in Fashion Film:
London College of Fashion

Friday 10 November, 16:00 – 17:30
Yorkshire Musuem

The fashion media landscape has been transformed by digital culture. Film has redefined all aspects of the industry from PR and marketing, and the consumer experience. Chaired by Nilgin Yusuf, Creative Director of the School of Media and Communication, this engaging and informative panel discussion expands on these topics with filmmakers and LCF alumni.

First Acts:
Random Acts

Friday 10 November, 19:00 – 21:00
York Theatre Royal Studio

Random Acts is pleased to introduce First Acts, in partnership with Channel 4, Arts Council England and five National Network Centres. This programme of  shorts by 16-24 year olds dares to be bold, creative and challenging. These films span all disciplines and celebrate art in the short film form, interrogating and pushing the boundaries.



Creativity vs Commerciality:
LCC Screen School

Saturday 11 November, 12:00 – 14:00
City Screen 2

Film schools have traditionally provided shelter from the commercial pressures of industry and an environment to challenge conventions and experiment with form. Increasingly, students feel under pressure to produce shorts, that might gain them a foothold in the so-called “real world”. This discussion explores how best to meet that challenge.

Female Directors’ Showcase:
Creative England

Saturday 11 November, 15:15 – 17:15
Bootham School

The shorts in this showcase have been produced in the last 12 months, and Creative England supports filmmakers from funding through to production. Following on from the premiere of the films, Creative England will steer the discussion, highlighting the importance of short film and how it enhances filmmakers’ career trajectories from short to long form.

Independent Film Production:
Falmouth University

Saturday 11 November, 14:00 – 16:00
York Theatre Royal Studio

How do you keep independent film production relevant in the 21st century? Independent films are finding new audiences via the development of online distribution platforms. Falmouth discusses how to leverage resources, finances and talent to support micro budget feature films, that reflect today’s competitive and accelerating landscape.

Kill the Script:
Northern Film School

Saturday 11 November, 16:45 – 18:45
York Theatre Royal Studio

The Northern Film School, sponsors of the ASFF best Screenplay Award, has made innovative and award winning films for over 25 years. They return to the festival in 2017 with a specially curated showcase screening, followed by a rowdy panel discussion hosted by Dan Weldon titled: “Long Live the image. Kill the script. Down with text based cinema!”


Storytelling for the Screen:
Middlesex University

Sunday 12 November, 12:30 – 14:30
City Screen, Screen 2

Many screenwriting manuals tend to privilege feature length narratives, yet early career filmmakers may only have the budget to write and produce a short fictional piece. This session will look at how to showcase your screenwriting abilities in a limited time slot. Panelists will give their top tips for avoiding used clichés and keeping the story intact.

Terms and conditions:

Times and Venues

Event details, including speakers, times and venues are subject to change.

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 from 12:00 on Tuesday 7 November 2017, then from 9:00 - 17:00 Thursday 8 - Sunday 12 November 2017. 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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