Excitement builds as we move into the stages of programming ASFF 2014’s great line-up of short films submitted for the festival’s fourth edition. Filmmakers from around the world have been entering their work into the categories of drama, documentary, comedy, artist film, animation, experimental and more over the past few months before the deadline on 2 June. Films submitted will now go through the judging process and the Official Selection will be announced in August.
Last year ASFF screened 300 short films from 36 countries, featuring some outstanding fresh talent as well as a more established group of filmmakers. Manjinder Virk took home the Best of Fest award at the festival closing night for her acclaimed drama Out of Darkness, which the Observer’s Chief Film Critic Mark Kermode has described as “intriguing and thought provoking.”
Anna Mantzaris and Eirik Grønmo Bjørnsen’s multi-award winning animation But Milk Is Important won over festival audiences and was crowned the People’s Choice winner. The 2013 line-up also featured Fashion Filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson and designer department store Selfridge’s short documentary Four-Tell (2013), which celebrates powerful female role models in honour of International Woman’s Day, starring Architect Zaha Hadid, Fashion Commentator Caryn Franklin, OBE, Designer Bella Freud and Entrepreneur Sharmedean Reid.
ASFF 2014 will showcase the rising talent of today’s film and arts industries and new this year are two additional categories: Advertising and Fashion, extending ASFF’s engagement with the creative industries and providing an opportunity for audiences to experience the range and quality of short films being produced today. Not only will there be screenings throughout the event of the very best of current filmmaking, but there will also be a dynamic series of industry-led masterclasses to provoke debate and stimulate new thinking.
The ASFF 2014 Masterclass programme includes BAFTA; Raindance; Sheffield Doc/Fest; the Association of Camera Operators; Blinkink; Indiegogo; Channel 4; Beggars Group; Film London; Film Critic Anna Smith; Fashion Filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson and more. The ever-popular Meet the Filmmakers panel discussion makes a triumphant return following last year’s engaging debate about directing, editing, cinematography and the power of film as a narrative medium. New this year is Meet the Film Festivals, which gives audiences the opportunity to interact with key people spotting new filmmaking talent today – more details will follow about this exciting opportuity in the coming months leading up to the festival.
For more information visit www.asff.co.uk.
Watch the ASFF 2013 Trailer here.
1. Muriel d’Ansembourgh, Good Night, (2012) Drama, ASFF 2013.
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