Morning Coffee & Panel Discussions

Our Morning Coffee 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 York Theatre Royal, with visiting delegates and film aficionados offering up their industry knowledge, sharing ideas over a cup of coffee.


Bringing an Idea to Life:
The A–Z of Filmmaking

Wednesday 6 November | 11:00-12:00
York Theatre Royal

All great films start with an idea. From here onwards, there’s a multitude of processes to consider across direction and production to cinematography. What does it take to realise your vision on the big screen? In this engaging session, a panel of filmmakers from ASFF’s 2019 Official Selection examine their individual approaches from developing compelling plots and dialogues to bringing the bigger picture to life. Each panellist will look at the fine tunings of production, offering advice on the journey from story to screen.

Documentary Filmmaking:
Capturing Authenticity

Thursday 7 November | 11:00-12:00
York Theatre Royal

Truth is often stranger than fiction. Documentary filmmaking is rife with sometime unbelievable scenarios and thought-provoking narratives. How do you capture reality on screen? What makes the ideal subject and how do you approach it effectively and accurately? Visiting filmmakers share their adventures, exploring what it takes to make a successful documentary. In this relaxed discussion, they will offer practical advice on how to navigate captivating themes and shoot unrehearsed footage with spontaneity.

Filmmaking Fundamentals:
Style, Individuality & Originality

Friday 8 November | 11:00-12:00
York Theatre Royal

Establishing yourself as a filmmaker takes determination and perseverance. It’s about more than telling stories or creating that one great shot. Developing a distinctive style is fundamental to connecting with audiences, funders and potential collaborators. In this session, directors from a number of disciplines tackle the importance of style, individuality and originality, taking into consideration their own methods, influences and inspirations. They will summarise upon how they’ve developed their vision.

Funding Models:
How to Finance Your Film

Saturday 9 November | 11:00-12:00
York Theatre Royal

With so many filmmakers battling for limited funding opportunities, making your project stand out above the crowd is crucial for budgeting and getting the money you need to move forwards. Whether you’re applying for screen agency funds or approaching private investors, it’s vital that a project is pitched quickly, correctly and efficiently, without unnecessary detail. Sharing their varied experiences from the industry – including success stories – a panel of creatives offer tips for pursuing financiers in the 21st century.

Independent Filmmaking:
Working Within Your Budget

Sunday 10 November | 11:00-12:00
York Theatre Royal

Filmmaking is a complex business. However, the rules are quite often the same whether the production is large- or small-scale. On an independent level, what steps can filmmakers take to bring their story to life, whilst maintaining a professional and high-quality standard? Attending directors and producers discuss their methods of working within a tight budget, managing expectations without compromising on quality and reaching a final cut that’s ready to be submitted into the festival circuit.

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

For information regarding refunds and deliveries, view our Refund and Delivery Policy.