Film Festivals to See in the Run Up to ASFF

As we draw closer to the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) in November, we’re whetting your appetite with a selection of the most exciting film festivals taking place internationally this autumn.

  •  Raindance Film Festival: 25 September – 6 October, London, UK
    Europe’s leading independent film festival, Raindance showcases over 100 feature films and more than 150 shorts. The festival has played host to a range of world-famous filmmakers, most notably Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino.
  • Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival: 17 – 22 September, Bristol, UK
    Returning to Bristol for the 19th time, Encounters screens an eclectic mix of fresh cinematic talent in genres including animation, fiction, documentary, experimental and music video.
  • Reykjavik International Film Festival: 26 September – 6 October, Reykjavik, Iceland
    Held in Iceland’s capital city, the Reykjavik International Film Festival is currently gearing up for its 10th edition. The festival showcases drama and documentary from over 40 countries internationally. The festival also actively encourages interaction between film and other art forms, with events such as concerts and photo exhibitions.
  • Tokyo International Film Festival: 17 – 25 October, Tokyo, Japan
    The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival is set to open this year with Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks. The only Japanese film festival to be accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, TIFF has become one of the biggest film festivals in Asia.
  • Chicago International Film Festival: 10 – 24 October, Chicago
    With a line up of richly diverse films from the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe the Chicago International Film Festival is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America having been going for almost half a century.
  • Adelaide Film Festival: 10 – 20 October, Adelaide, Australia
    With screening taking in place in art galleries, theatres and cinemas, the festival has raised the profile of the arts alongside screen culture in South Australia whilst finding a comfortable position competing alongside well-established film festivals.
  • Busan International Film Festival: 3 – 12 October, Busan, Korea
    Showcasing a vast array of films from Korean cinema, the festival premieres films from many internationally renowned directors and this year partnered with Venice Film Festival to support Asian cinema.