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Preview: Flatpack 2022

Flatpack Festival is back, with a mixture of comedy, cocktails and, of course, cinema. We preview the festival, which features some fantastic ASFF alumni filmmakers on the rise.

Preview: Girls in Film Festival 2022

We preview the first ever Girls in Film festival, which showcases a series of talks and screenings that are by, for and about female, non-binary and transgender filmmakers.

Women of the Lens

London’s Women of the Lens Film Festival returns. ASFF previews this incredible festival, which is dedicated to promoting the work of Black women in the film industry.

Vimeo Staff Picks: Spring 2022

Picks this season feature everything from empowering fashion films to coming-of-age dramas. We highlight three must-see short films from our alumni.

Eternal Connections

ASFF alumnus Eitan Pitigliani’s latest film ‘Sissy’ is a heartfelt meditation on grief and the meaning of life. We talk to the filmmaker about the short, which is inspired by his own experiences.

Homeward Bound

Ayo Akingbade is an artist, writer, director and ASFF alumnus. She talks to us about her new Artangel commissioned film ‘Jitterbug’, the latest in a series that explores gentrification in London.

Join our Film Club: Season of Cinema

22 April – 8 July 2022 | York Theatre Royal
We’re bringing you a brand new season of independent cinema that looks at how the big screen helps us to make sense of the world.

Ocean Tales: Films for World Water Day

World Water Day highlights the importance of clean water. We select five short films from ASFF alumni that explore ocean health and humanity’s connection to seas, lakes and rivers.

BFI Flare: 5 Film Highlights

The BFI’s annual LGBTQIA+ film festival returns to London’s Southbank with a fantastic selection of films. We pick five must-see Aesthetica shorts playing at this year’s edition of Flare.

A Day for Animation

This month sees Film North and BFI Network’s Animation Day 2022. To celebrate, we preview the online event and select five superb animations to watch on our very own film library.

Empowering Narratives

We highlight five impactful shorts from the Aesthetica film library to watch for International Women’s Day 2022, tapping into the real lived experiences of women across the globe.

Manchester Film Festival: Preview

Manchester Film Festival is back for 2022, with an array of films and events across the city. We preview the line-up, taking a closer look at featured shorts from ASFF alumni.

Digital Revolution

Spanish filmmaker Miguel Faus discusses how he intends to fund the feature-length version of his short: through NFTs. It’s a unique scheme set to have a huge impact on independent film financing.

Berlin Film Festival: Review

Berlinale 2022 returns in person, with many ASFF alumni filmmakers showcasing new work at the 72nd edition. We take a look at the highlights, from features to animation.

A Study of Obsession

ASFF alumnus Alice Seabright returns with her brand new six-part thriller on BBC One and iPlayer, ‘Chloe’. ‘The Crown’s Erin Doherty stars as Becky, who slips into obsession and manipulation.

Short Films to Watch:
LGBTQ+ History Month

February marks LGBTQ+ History Month. We select five films from past festivals for you to explore, including documentary, drama and spoken word.

Maternal Connection

Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish director of ‘Talk To Her’ and ‘Pain and Glory’, is back with his latest melodrama, ‘Parallel Mothers’, following two women who give birth on the same day.

5 Films For February

This February, there’s a wealth of variety in British cinemas, with some hugely impressive independent features and documentaries. ASFF picks out five of the must-see movies.

Aesthetica Stars of the Future: 2022
BAFTA and Oscar Longlists Announced

The 2022 BAFTA Longlists and Oscar Shortlists have been announced. We’re delighted to see so many Aesthetica filmmakers amongst those recognised!

Fairground Noir

Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican director of ‘The Shape of Water’, is back with ‘Nightmare Alley’. In this visual spectacle, Bradley Cooper plays a con artist who stumbles into a travelling circus.

A Celebration of Arthouse

The 51st edition of IFFR begins this week, with the entire programme online. ASFF previews the festival, which opens with the world premiere of Amanda Kramer’s ‘Please Baby Please’.

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