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ASFF 2020: Award-Winning Narratives

With the 10th Anniversary Edition of the BAFTA-recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival drawing to a close, it’s time to celebrate this year’s winning short, features and VR films.

ASFF 2020: 10 Thrillers to See

These 10 thrillers live on the darker side of life. Tackling the supernatural and the psychological, these films aim to immerse and shock viewers. Stream them On Demand until 6 December.

Filmmaker Insights: Digital Identities

Are we shaping our identities on social media or vise versa? Cristina Rosique and Sui-Ki Law join ASFF to discuss the research and exhibition that informed Official Selection 360 film ‘Hannya’. 

Filmmaker Insights: Coming of Age

Official Selection director Megan K Fox explores coming-of-age experiences for young Irish people through drama short ‘Cailín Álainn (Pretty Girl)’. Watch the interview and learn more.

5 to See: This Weekend

ASFF surveys the week’s on demand releases including the hard-hitting asylum seeker documentary ‘Love Child’ and Swedish director Roy Andersson’s last film, ‘About Endlessness’.

Mind Games

Brandon Cronenberg returns with his new film ‘Possessor – Uncut’, starring Andrea Riseborough as a top-level corporate assassin who operates by inhabiting other people’s minds.

Strokes of Genius

Documentary filmmaker James Erskine returns with not one but two films: ‘The End of the Storm’, which follows the fortunes of Liverpool Football Club during the Jurgen Klopp era and ‘Billie’, a hard-hitting look at the life of singer Billie Holiday.

10 Masterclasses To Watch Again

ASFF 2020 showcased some amazing talent from both in front of the camera and behind it. Here are ten brilliant masterclasses to watch again from this year’s festival.

Filmmaker Insights: Life Altering Experiences

‘Clearing’ director, writer and producer Janet Marrett pinpoints the importance of sharing the life experiences of people of colour.

ASFF 2020: Best of Festival Interview

ASFF 2020’s Best of Festival and Best Documentary awards went to Maija Blåfield’s The Fantastic. We caught up with the director about inspirations and the process of making the stand-out film.

Filmmaker Insights: Tuning In

‘A Sonic Pulse’ directors Dorothy Allen-Pickard and Antoine Marinot join ASFF to discuss how personal experiences inspired the documentary. Hear the world in a different way.

Filmmaker Insights: Artistic Dedication

A portrayal of an artist who is obsessively chasing his vision. ‘Spend My Dayz’ director Agni Raj Singh discusses the inspiration behind the music video, in conversation with ASFF2020. 

5 to See: ASFF 2020

ASFF highlights five wonderful films featured as part of this year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival, including Spanish-made drama ‘The Desert’, and the Irish portrait of young dancers, ‘Ode’.

A Powerful Anthology

Steve McQueen’s five-part anthology, ‘Small Axe’, deals with the experience of being black in Britain with a quintet of provocative films, with stars including John Boyega and Letitia Wright.

Exposing Corruption

From director Alexander Nanau, ‘Collective’ is a hard-hitting, fly-on-the-wall documentary exposé of the scandal that erupted in the Romanian health service after a nightclub fire killed 27 people.

New Perspectives: Guest Programmes On Demand

ASFF 2020 welcomed a wide variety of curators through the Guest Programmes. Here’s a quick guide to get you started.

Filmmaker Insights: Living in Denial

Jaq is angry. But she also wants to have sex. Go behind the scenes of ‘End-O’ with screenwriter Elaine Gracie and producers Alexandra Blue and Kate Phibbs. 

Filmmaker Insights: On the Brink

A night on duty alters a YPJ Kurdish fighter’s life irrevocably. Alberto Garcia Ballesteros joins ASFF to discuss how his personal experience influenced thriller ‘Awake – Chapter 4’.  

Filmmaker Insights: Human Nature

Watch great film with ASFF’s Online Platform. ‘Ferine’ pushes the borders of human nature. Writer and director Andrea Corsini reflects on the importance of cinematography. 

A Month of Film:
Curated Programming

ASFF 2020 divided its films into six strands, each spanning genres ranging from comedy to drama to animation. Here is a reminder of each strand.

5 to See: ASFF 2020

ASFF highlights five fabulous films featured as part of this year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival, including Irish drama ‘Drifting’ and the documentary ‘We Are George Floyd’.

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