Outstanding Programme of Foreign Language Films at ASFF 2014

In 2014 the Aesthetica Short Film Festival celebrated international film with over 300 short films from 40 different countries and a variety of guest screenings from regions across the world. Showcasing a range of top quality foreign language films, the four-day event featured special screenings from Lebanon, France, Japan, Iraq and Germany.

Cabriolet Film Festival presented a stunning selection of Lebanese shorts with five independent releases. On Saturday the screening was introduced at 1331 by founder Brahim Samaha. Funny, moving, absurd and insightful, these films gave a voice to untold stories and are an example of great international cinema.

1331 also hosted an introduced screening on Sunday, as Human Film presented a moving showcase of Iraqi filmmaking. The screening featured a selection of six works that capture the pathos and delicacy of human experience, while exploring some of the violence evident in the region. The shorts covered genres such as drama and animation.

A couple of festivals from Europe highlighted an incredible selection of films from their respective countries. Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, France, and Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and the Embassy of Switzerland showcased the shorts from their own festivals, demonstrating the skills currently practised in filmmaking in Europe.

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia collaborated with ASFF for the special Japanese screening, along with The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Japan Foundation. Due to the generosity of these organisations, filmmakers and the programmer from Short Shorts & Asia Film Festival from Japan were able to travel overseas and visit the festival. On Friday audiences were offered additional insights into films from the region as there was an introduction and panel discussion chaired by York St John University Lecturer Dr Steven Rawle.

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1. Ting Dong, Minoru Takeuchi & Hiroshi Kuboyama, courtesy of Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.