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ASFF 2021: How It Works

For our 11th edition, we are bringing you more ways to enjoy the festival. Learn more about this year’s hybrid festival and find out which option suits you best.

ASFF 2021: Programme Announcement

This very special hybrid version of the festival incorporates both live and virtual events, as well as screenings from 2-30 November. Discover new cinema, masterclasses and more.

5 To See: Venice Film Festival 2021

This year’s Venice Film Festival comes to a close this weekend. ASFF selects five of the best films and television shows to have premiered in the second week.

Queer East Film Festival 2021

London’s Queer East Film Festival showcases rarely-seen queer films from East and Southeast Asia. ASFF previews the second edition – including an array of shorts and features.

Creative Sparks

Leos Carax, the French writer-director behind Holy Motors, returns with Annette. It is a musical in which Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver star as a turbulent couple in the public eye.

Starting Over

Phyllida Lloyd, director of The Iron Lady, brings us Herself, an Irish-set drama starring Clare Dunne, who plays a mother who escapes an abusive relationship to build her own home.

Adolescent Obsessions

Ayten Amin returns with ‘Souad’, the story of two teenage sisters from a conservative family who grapple with social media. We speak to the Egyptian filmmaker about the film.

5 to See: Venice Film Festival 2021

The autumn festival season kicks off with the Venice Film Festival. ASFF selects five must-see films from the 78th edition – from westerns to documentaries on music icons.

5 Films That Changed The World

In some cases, films transcend entertainment and can genuinely make a positive impact on society and the world around us. ASFF takes a look at five films that changed the world.

A Character Odyssey

Writer-director Michael Sarnoski makes his feature debut with ‘Pig’. Nicolas Cage plays a loner who operates a truffle hunting business in the forests of Portland, Oregon.

Edinburgh Film Festival: What to Watch

The Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place this week, returning to the August berth it used to occupy with a series of in-person and online screenings and events.

5 Summer Events for Filmmakers

ASFF selects five film-related events over the coming month. Some will get you inspired. Others will put you in the room with other like-minded people. All will bring you plenty of joy.

5 Films For The Next Five Weeks

As the summer unfolds and autumn fast approaches, there are some fantastic film releases – both in cinemas and on streaming platforms – that are coming your way. ASFF selects five to see.

Fairy Tales

Benh Zeitlin, the director of the Oscar-nominated ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, returns with ‘Wendy’. Inspired by J.M. Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’, it’s a modern-day retelling of the classic.

Foreign Affairs

Stillwater, the new film from Tom McCarthy, stars Matt Damon as Bill Baker, who travels to Marseille to help his daughter, incarcerated for a murder she claims she didn’t commit.

What’s New To Streaming

What’s new to the world of online streaming? ASFF selects five engaging films, both new and old, that are available to watch right now on some of the world’s best platforms, from MUBI to Curzon.

5 to See at Locarno

Now in its 74th edition, the Locarno Film Festival gets underway this week in Switzerland with a welcome return of in-person screenings. ASFF selects five of the best movies playing this year.

A Waiting Game

Ben Sharrock’s prize-winning wry comedy ‘Limbo’ arrives in UK cinemas. Amir El-Masry plays Omar, a Syrian refugee who awaits the fate of his asylum request on a remote Scottish island.

5 to See: Sundance London 2021

Sundance, America’s most prestigious independent movie festival, comes to London’s Picturehouse with four days of movies, panel discussions and guest Q&As. Discover what to watch.

Where to Stream: 5 Films from ASFF

We select 5 incredible shorts from ASFF 2020 that have since been picked up by some of the world’s biggest streaming platforms. Get ready for compelling dramas, comedies and more.

Lust, Caution

Norwegian-born filmmaker Mona Fastvold returns with ‘The World To Come’ – the story of two 1850s wives who find friendship and love in the harshest of conditions.

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