BAFTA Accredited Aesthetica Short Film Festival Announces 2014 Programme

The fourth edition of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) has announced its programme, which is now available to view and download online. Featuring over 300 films from 39 countries worldwide, the line-up offers a stunning selection of world-class, innovative works, and is a chance to get the first look at a number of UK premieres from the next generation of talented filmmakers.

This year’s festival will take place in 15 iconic venues across the historic city of York from 6 – 9 November. One of the UK’s most exciting site-specific events, ASFF is the only UK short film festival to transform an entire city centre into pop-up cinema. Moving between medieval halls, galleries, museums and cinemas, audiences are invited to create their own unique viewing experience.

ASFF is the place to discover and fall in love with independent cinema, presenting new cinematic voices in a dynamic programme of exciting genres and filmic styles, spanning advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, dance, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller. Choose your path through the city centre, venturing down York’s historic cobbled streets and snickleways, and inside the city’s most treasured and iconic buildings, to uncover unforgettable works from all corners of the world.

The new strands for 2014: fashion and advertising offer unprecedented opportunities to experience today’s top creative campaigns from premium brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Swarovski, Louis Vuitton, Trager Delaney, Topshop, River Island, Karen Millen, Triwa watches and Hub Footwear.

Sponsored by London College of Fashion, the fashion strand establishes a place for serious discussion about fashion film – its responsibility to society and impact upon visual culture – and also provides a rare chance to see sensational fashion content, featuring stars such as model and actor Lily Cole in Lorna Tucker’s Red Shoes, inspired by Vivienne Westwood’s Climate Revolution.

Feel inspired and learn more about the power of film by joining masterclasses with industry leaders from BAFTA, Channel 4, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Ridley Scott Associates, Double Negative and many more, plus daily networking sessions and a new Meet the Film Festivals event. Within the beautiful orangery at Middletons Hotel, visitors are invited to engage with programmers behind the world’s most acclaimed film festivals. There are also evening events and an awards ceremony, special programmes from Yorkshire Film Archive in the afternoon of Remembrance Sunday and Creative England iShorts as well as our guest countries: Iraq, Japan and Lebanon.

ASFF offers a unique blend of historic buildings with contemporary world cinema, appealing to everyone including a younger audience with our specially curated family friendly programme. Through industry activities and an awards line-up, the festival promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers while positioning York as one of the UK’s leading creative cities.

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1. Albert Girard / Chantal Caron (Fleuve Espace Danse), Glace Crevasse et Dérive, Canada, 2013. Courtesy of filmmaker and ASFF: Artists’ Film.

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