Festival Landscapes

The film festival circuit has never been so popular or so competitive. Though this means a wealth of opportunities for emerging filmmakers to find a platform and an audience for their work, it means learning to stand out from the crowd, whether you are an emerging director or a festival programmer. After seven years’ experience of running a film festival, ASFF is well placed to present a selection of Industry Sessions that offer insight and advice into this exciting area.

In Filmmakers Guide to Developing a Festival Strategy (Thursday 9 November, 10:30 – 11:30, York Theatre Royal) Katie McCullough of Festival Formula will share her 10 years of experience in selecting international festival submissions. She will explore the economics of the current festival marketplace and offer advice on how to develop your profile in this competitive field. Moreover, she will offer effective strategies to maximise your film budget for festival submissions, something which will be of particular interest to many short film makers with scarce resources for promoting themselves and their work.

Further insight into what programmers are really looking for comes from an expert panel in Secrets from Programmers: Get your Film in to Festivals (Saturday 11 November, 10:30 – 11:30, Quad South, York St John University). Programmers from Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest will offer their thoughts on the workings of the selection process, and answer audience questions.

Festival programmers will also be taking part in Meet The Film Festivals Marketplace, a networking opportunity on Friday 10 November (16:00 – 20:30, Belfrey Hall). This is a prime opportunity to for ASFF visitors to chat to creatives from organisations including London Short Film Festival, British Urban Film Festival, Cabriolet Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Encounters and more.

ASFF runs 8-12 November. For more information or to book tickets to any of our masterclasses: www.asff.co.uk/tickets

1. Courtesy of Jim Poyner.