Festive Movie Round-Up

In need of some Christmas spirit? There’s no better way than treating yourself to a festive movie. ASFF rounds up the best Christmas movies to see as we round out the year.

ASFF Film Library: 5 Comedies

Comedy offers something for everyone, following unwitting characters through their day-to-day lives as they descend into unexpected moments. Discover 5 to see from our online video library.

Mother Love

Thomas Bezucha’s ‘Let Him Go’ stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a married couple whose quiet life in Montana is uprooted when they lose their son.

Super Woman

Patty Jenkins, the director of ‘Monster’ and ‘Wonder Woman’, returns with her first sequel, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, which sees Gal Gadot reprise her role as the DC Comics superhero.

5 to See: This Weekend

ASFF surveys the week’s releases in cinemas and on demand, including Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedy ‘Superintelligence’ and the Chilean documentary ‘The Mole Agent’.

On the Other Side

Will Thorne makes his feature debut with ‘Silent Night’, a crime drama starring Bradley Taylor as Mark, a hitman fresh out of prison who is trying to reconnect with his daughter.

Island Living

Italian Director Sydney Sibilia returns with ‘Rose Island’, a comedy-drama starring Elio Germano in the true story of engineer Giorgio Rosa who built a platform off the coast of Italy in 1967.

Family Strife

Viggo Mortensen writes and directs his first feature ‘Falling’, in which he stars as John, the long-suffering son to a father (Lance Henriksen) now in the aggressive stages of dementia.

5 to See: This Weekend

With cinemas re-opening across the UK, ASFF surveys the week’s releases, including Julien Temple’s documentary about Pogues lead singer, and the innovative Zoom-style horror ‘Host’.

December Previews: Netflix and Amazon

ASFF highlights new shows and films on Netflix and Amazon, including David Fincher’s gorgeous 1930s-set Hollywood drama ‘Mank’ and new crime yarn ‘I’m Your Woman’, starring Rachel Brosnahan.

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’.

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.