ASFF 2019 Award Winners
Best of Festival
Kofi & Lartey
Dir. Sacha Rainbow | UK, 2018
Agbogbloshie has been dubbed one of the most toxic places on earth, but dig a little deeper and it’s filled with wonderful people and their beautiful stories. Here we meet Kofi and Lartey.
Peoples Choice Award Winner
Dir. Garry Crystal | UK, 2018
Two strangers are trapped in a lift. One is dying; the other is dying to escape. A claustrophobic and knuckle-clenching short starring Amanda Donohoe, James Eeles and Paul Barber.
BFI Network & Film Hub North Polaris Award
Charlene Jones | UK, 2019
Grief is an emotion felt by all humans at some point. It is integral to life. This is an honest and raw conversation between three siblings as they discuss the very recent loss of their parents.
Hijack Visionary Filmmaker Award
They Found Her in a Field
Ellie Rogers | UK, 2019
Haunted by the death of her fellow classmate and first ever love, Martha returns, 10 years on, to their old meeting place. But as the memories come flooding back, she must confront a mystery.
York Youth Award
Hannah Hill | UK, 2019
Betty and Hector’s marriage is on the rocks. One night they make a surprising discovery that might just change things forever. With presenters and actors Matthew Kelly and Felicity Montagu.
NIKE | L’incredibile
LEONE | Italy, 2019
Expressing the perseverance and dedication of young boys who love football; how they train every day, cutting out space for the ball inside their lives. The passion of a neighbourhood.
Leszek Mozga | UK, 2018
Roadkill is a stop-motion animated thriller. One alpha male deer goes for an evening car ride and has an unfortunate car accident along the way. A series of unwilling events unfold in front of him.
Best Artists' Film
A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message
Rhea Storr | UK, 2018
An analysis of forms of authority. A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message asks who is performing and who has power. Viewers are asked to consider the visibility of black bodies in rural spaces.
Grandmas | UK, 2018
Barry, a mild-mannered dimwit from somewhere in the northwest of England, attempts to elicit the help of his former lover, Linda, in a local social club after brutally murdering his grandmother.
The Golden Age
Eric Minh Cuong Castaing | France, 2018
In a series of candid workshops, children with motor disabilities experiment with various dance techniques and Virtual Reality to experience what performers see whilst on the stage.
Charby Ibrahim | Australia, 2019
Sharon has been addicted to poker machines since they first arrived in Australia in 1992. Through this animated documentary film, she reflects on the devastating consequences of gambling.
Thomas Vernay | France, 2019
Clara and Marie are rivals. Clara is the first successor, whilst Marie won the Miss Chazelles-sur-Lyon prize. The tension rises between Clara’s friends and Marie’s family, but the girls are ambivalent.
Samona Olanipekun | UK, 2018
Samona Olanipekun considers the concept of home, identity and belonging, whilst tapping into the underlying presence of wider globalisation in today’s world. Commissioned by The Barbican.
Best Fashion Film
Gsus Lopez | Spain, 2018
Lola’s Manifesto is a brief moment in the life of two TV commercial stars between takes. Mother and daughter passionately discuss what they think a fashion film really is. A meta-fashion film.
Best Music Video
Shahmaran - Sevdaliza
Emmanuel Adjei | USA, 2018
This seven-minute cinematic experience questions the desires of the human mind, telling the story of a black man who continues through life in a cycle of oppression. Dazzling desert landscapes.
Garth Jennings | France, 2018
Garth Jennings' chilling Madame is set within a grand Parisian apartment. Inside the building lives an elegant elderly lady. But inside this lady is a monster who is waiting to emerge.
Iain Cunningham | UK, 2018
Irene’s Ghost follows a son’s search to find out about the mother he never knew. Iain was three when she died and became a family secret. Later in life, he is inspired to discover the truth.
Best VR & Immersive Experience
Erik Gustavson | UK, 2019
Over 30 actors were filmed in Hammerhead's volumetric studio, using over 106 cameras. Virtual Viking captures Norway's west coast, marking one of the first techniques in scripted VR drama.