BAFTA Qualifying ASFF 2015, Drama Strand, Patriot by Eva Riley

This year’s edition of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival is fast approaching. With just over one month to go until we open our venues for the festival’s fifth anniversary, we reflect on a series of outstanding films picked for the Official Selection in 2015. Drama at ASFF is set to traverse the globe with a vibrant array of works from international filmmakers. Amongst the genre’s 16-strong reel is National Film and Television School (NFTS) graduate Eva Riley’s short drama Patriot.

Set against the backdrop of simmering racial tensions within a rural English town, Patriot follows the story of 11-year-old Hannah as her life changes forever when she meets a boy from a mysterious and forbidden world. Written and directed for her master’s degree at NFTS, Riley’s 15-minute film was nominated for a Palme d’Or – Short Film at Cannes earlier this year.

ASFF champions excellence in short filmmaking from around the world. It returns for its fifth edition this year running 5-8 November 2015 across 15 venues in York. There are over 300 films in the programme, plus guest screenings from Creative England’s iShorts and our featured countries: Cuba, China and Brazil, as well as a specially curated French language strand.

Watch Patriot in Drama, Reel 1 at ASFF, 5-8 November, venues across York.

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1. Still from Eva Riley’s Patriot, 2015.