Filmmaker Insights Panel Discussions

Filmmaker Insights Panels are the perfect way to start the day. These intimate Q&A sessions are the perfect opportunity to meet the ASFF Official Selection and gain insight into their practice through topics affecting all filmmakers today. From The A-Z of Filmmaking to Working Within a Budget, the themes for these events are by practitioners, for practitioners – touching upon some of the more intricate and personalised aspects of filmmaking.

All sessions run at Pitcher & Piano, with visiting delegates and film aficionados offering up their industry knowledge, sharing ideas over a cup of coffee.


Transforming the Film Landscape:
Capturing the world in 360°


Cinema is transformative; it’s a way for us as an audience to witness the world through someone else’s eyes. With the arrival of 360° film, how does this change our viewing experience? What are the advantages of a truly immersive story as well as the challenges of creating completely enveloping environment? Pioneers in VR discuss the power, limitations and potential of working with new technologies.

Funding Models:
Financing Your Film


Financing a film is difficult. With such limited funding available for creative practices, filmmakers face a constant battle to get their work made. Whether applying for screen agency funding or approaching investors, it’s vital that you vision is portrayed clearly and effectively. Join a panel of filmmakers, success stories in ambitious funded films as well as no-budget masterpieces, as they discuss the trials of filmmaking, applying for funds and working within a budget.

Original Viewpoints:
Establishing Your Unique Style


Directing is a bout far more than telling stories. Audiences demand fresh ideas delivered in unique and inspiring ways. For filmmakers, developing a distinctive and individual styles is fundamental in connecting with audiences, funders and collaborators. Director’s from our Official Selection discuss the importance and essence of directorial flare.

Animated Dreams:
Challenging Perspectives


Animation is a form that truly allows the creator to become an explorer, limited only by their own imagination. It’s a form that doesn’t restrict storytelling, its flexibility opening us up to entirely new viewpoints, whether fantasised or reality. Join a panel of bold animators as they explore technique, inspiration and motivation.

Presenting the Facts:
Documentary Filmmaking


What are the challenges of capturing real life? Documentary filmmaking, especially in the short form, is the process of condensing hours and hours of footage into a succinct story. What questions does this raise about ethics and truth telling in a genre that becomes ever more cinematic and influenced by the narrative form. A panel of documentarians discuss their role as filmmakers and the process behind this art form.

From Idea to Reality:
Bringing a Vision to Life


A great idea is just the first step in the filmmaking process. What does it really take to realise a vision on the big screen? Bringing a wealth of experience, filmmakers, animators and documentarians explore the process of idea generation, development and production, considering individual approaches to the art of filmmaking.


Terms and conditions:

Times and Venues

Event details, including speakers, times and venues are subject to change.

Collecting Tickets

Upon purchasing your Festival Pass and / or Event Tickets, you will receive a receipt by email. This receipt is not your pass or ticket, and must be exchanged for a pass or ticket at the Festival Hub at York Theatre Royal.

The Festival Hub will be open from 09:30 on Wednesday 7 November 2018. Tickets cannot be collected before this time.

Entry to Venues

Seating at screenings is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is not reserved at screenings, and a Festival Pass or ticket does not guarantee you a seat at your chosen screening.

Festival staff will be present at all venues, and will be able to advise you on venue capacity and available seats when you arrive.

Restricted Screenings

Please note that the majority of screenings will be certificate 12A with some certificate 15.

A special Family Friendly programme will be screened throughout the Festival. Family Friendly screening 1 is suitable for young children, while Family Friendly 2 & 3 are suitable for children aged 8+. Please see the festival programme for Family Friendly screening times.

Student Tickets

Please note that in order to purchase a Student Ticket, you must have a valid student card as proof of ID. The student card must be valid during the festival and must be shown in order to collect your Festival Pass. Festival Passes with a student discount cannot be issued without a valid student card.

Refund Policy

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