ASFF doesn’t simply champion new voices on screen, it strives to incorporate films and programmes selected by diverse, different, unexpected curators as well. 2018 has been a landmark year in terms of historical achievements and progress for unsung talents, and this special series of Guest Programmes will celebrate, question and explore themes and subjects to complement this.
The international film industry has turned some important corners when it comes to BAME filmmaking, but there is still a long way to go. For their programme, the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) presents a series of short films that showcase excellent craft from minority filmmakers, but also probes issues of underrepresentation and discrimination that are still very much present in the industry today.
Earlier this year, women and fellow supporters took to the streets in purple and green to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage in Britain. For ASFF, Underwire, who organise one of the leading (and only) female-focused film festivals in the UK, have collated a special collection of films that follow the theme of Women and Power. Looking into the position of women in society today, where that power has come from and where women could be headed in the future, this programme raises vital and timely questions about how far gender equality has come and what can be done better.
Also reflecting on a poignant centenary, the Imperial War Museum will present a collection of silent short films straight from their archives to mark 100 years since WWI. Through reflecting on the conflict and hardships of war, the IWM aims to highlight the progress that has been made from this time of global crises.
The Iris Prize Festival has been running since 2007, and celebrates LGBTQ+ films from its home city of Cardiff and beyond. This year, Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands introduces a series of short films that address what coming out in 2018 looks like, how genres like comedy play into the LGBT film domain, and if people that aren’t typically beautiful onscreen are shown enough in queer cinema.
The majority of these showcases are free with your festival pass, and tickets for 100 Years On: Representations of the Great War will be available leading up to the festival.
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1. Still from Mother Knows Best. Courtesy of Iris Prize and dir. Mikael Bundsen.
2. Still from Fee. Courtesy of BUFF and dir. Guen Murroni.
3. Still from Women’s Christmas Night. Courtesy of Underwire and Oonagh Kearney.