Mary Nighy’s Handprint Screens in the Fashion Film Strand at ASFF 2014

Mary Nighy’s Handprint (2013) aims to raise awareness of the challenges faced by garment workers and jewellery producers around the world. Screening in ASFF’s new fashion film strand, this poignant short seeks to compel viewers to confront the origin of their clothes. Brought to festival audiences in collaboration with the London College of Fashion, films in the fashion screening concentrate on industry topics from clothing workers to textiles, alongside screenings from brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Armor-Lux, Karen Millen, River Island and Topshop.

The films featured in this year’s festival span a diverse range of genres from comedy to music video, fashion to documentary, and animation to artists’ film. The four-day event 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. Moving between medieval halls, galleries, museums and cinemas, ASFF invites audiences to create their own unique viewing experience.

Alongside screenings, ASFF also presents a dynamic series of masterclasses and workshops with leading industry figures, working with such organisations as BAFTA, Channel 4, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Association of Camera Operators, Raindance, Double Negative, Beggars Group and many more. There are also guest programmes, networking opportunities and special events throughout the weekend, as well as screenings from our guest countries: Japan, Iraq and Lebanon.

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1. Mary Nighy, Handprint (2013). Courtesy of Mary Nighy and White Lodge.