Fashion Film Screening at this Year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival

In its first year at the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, the distinctive Fashion Film screening selects the best and the brightest in new work from this rapidly emerging category. Establishing itself as a genre in its own right, ASFF’s Fashion strand explores how this new type of film is developing and even merging the divide between the more conventional fields of drama, documentary and artists’ film. This lavishly creative screening, brought to audiences in conjunction with the University of the Arts London College of Fashion, dedicates itself to surveying a range of industry topics from garment workers to textiles, alongside screenings from highly esteemed brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Armor-Lux, Karen Millen, River Island and Topshop.

With an irresistible selection of 24 fashion shorts to watch, here are five titles not to be missed next month:
1. Red Shoes, by Lorna Tucker (Finished Films), is inspired by Vivienne Westwood’s Climate Revolution and sees the actress/model Lily Cole take her audience on a journey through a dark, enchanted space where decay and opulence sit side by side.
2. River Island x Joseph Turvey (feat. Justanorm) by Alex Turvey (White Lodge), looks to Joseph Turvey’s streetwear aesthetic and the documentary photographer Jamel Shabazz in this urbanized short centering around the model Justanorm.
3. No More Tiaras by Mary Nighy (White Lodge), collaboratively celebrates the launch of Karen Millan and Mary Nighy’s two global flagships. It’s a film about individual style and looks at the fashion brand’s recent evolution.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent film from across the world, and an outlet for supporting and championing short filmmaking. One of the UK’s most exciting site-specific events, this year’s festival will take place in 15 iconic venues across the historic city of York from 6 – 9 November 2014. The Fashion programme spans across two collective reels: Screening 1 of the Fashion programme can be seen at Reel (Introduced Screening) 1.30pm on Friday 7 November, at 1331 8.45pm on Friday 7 November, and at King’s Manor 10am Saturday 8 November. Screening 2, also held at King’s Manor, can be viewed at 10am on Friday, 3pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. An exclusive one-off masterclass, The Rise of Fashion Film, led by fashion filmmaker and curator Kathryn Ferguson, will accompany the Fashion category, shedding light on fashion film’s wider impact on society and on visual culture.

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1. Still from Red Shoes by Lorna Tucker. Courtesy of Finished Films 2014.