Building Connections

Aside from our programme of masterclasses and industry events, we know that festivals such as ASFF play a vital role in the economy of filmmaking simply by allowing informal connections and contacts to take place – many movie projects, creative partnerships and lasting friendships have come about as the result of chance meetings of like-minded creatives. We have arranged several social events to help this process along and to encourage networking.

Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace (Belfrey Hall, Friday 10 November, 16:00-20:30) brings together the programmers behind some of the best known film festivals from the UK, across Europe and internationally. This is a prime opportunity for ASFF visitors to chat informally to creatives from organisations including London Short Film Festival, British Urban Film Festival, Cabriolet Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Encounters and more. Find out what they are looking for and get an insight into ways to stand out from the crowd and promote your work.

Meet fellow creatives, expand your contacts list, or just enhance your experience of ASFF by meeting the people behind the lens, at Meet the Filmmakers Social (York Theatre Royal, Saturday 11 November, 19:00-21:00). Many of the artists featured in ASFF’s Official Selection will be attending and available for discussion about their work and creative practice with fellow filmmakers and visitors alike. Another opportunity to discover the talent at the heart of ASFF is the Filmmakers Meet & Greet which takes place every day of the festival (City Screen Basement, 15:00 – 16:00). This laid back event in the Basement bar is a chance to grab a coffee and get to know our filmmakers. It is an inclusive and relaxed environment, so whether you want to network, make contacts to help you in future creative collaboration, or simply compare notes with fellow film fans on what are the must-sees at this year’s festival, all are very welcome.

ASFF runs 8-12 November. For more information:

1. Courtesy of Jim Poyner.