A Selection of Foreign Language Films to Enjoy at Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014

This year ASFF brings you a variety of guest screenings from countries across the world. It’s a fantastic celebration of foreign language cinema and a rare opportunity to view these films outside their borders.

From Lebanon, a country with the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world and the birthplace of the alphabet, ASFF has collaborated with Cabriolet Film Festival to bring five incredible short films to the Aesthetica audience. Funny, moving, absurd and insightful, these films give a voice to untold stories and are an example of great international cinema. Cabriolet Film Festival will be introducing the Saturday screening at 1331.

For those interested in the reality of living amongst conflict, ASFF is also proud to celebrate Iraqi filmmaking talent with Human Film. Our Iraq screening features a selection of six works that capture the pathos and delicacy of human experience. The Sunday screening at 1331 will be introduced by Human Film.

European film is also given a platform and visitors will be able to watch an incredible selection of French films from the acclaimed Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in France. The Embassy of Switzerland has sponsored our German strand, with a captivating collection of films from Kurzfilmtage Winterthur in Switzerland on offer.

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia are our collaborators for the special Japanese screening, along with The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Japan Foundation. The generosity of these organisations has enabled filmmakers from Japan to join us at the festival and on Friday at 1.30pm the Japanese screening will be enhanced by a panel discussion. It’s a unique opportunity to engage with filmmakers from other cultures and expand audience horizons.

For full details of the films on offer and to purchase ASFF tickets and passes please visit www.asff.co.uk/tickets. Alternatively head to the Festival Hub at Visit York from Wednesday 5 November.

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1. Yuki Saito, A Butterfly on Her Chest. Japan Guest Country Screening at ASFF 2014.