Addressing Commerciality

Aside from its own selection of the best in short film, showcasing hundreds of works from around the world, ASFF aims to offer a platform for some of the UK’s leading film organisations and academic institutions to present their own selection of emerging talents – and their own take on some of the biggest issues facing today’s filmmakers. Amongst the dynamic range of organisations invited to take part are a selection of universities and colleges who are at the forefront of training and developing the next generation of filmmaking talent. Audiences can enjoy an insight into the future of the industry with this platform for innovation and originality.

The Saturday Showcase Screenings take place at several venues and each run for two hours. Each features a selection of films, alongside a panel discussion related that discusses contemporary issues facing the 21st century filmmaker. Your festival pass gives you free access to these special showcase events. Film schools face a perceived dilemma – on the one hand they provide a shelter from commercial imperatives and pressures where experiment can thrive and convention and form be challenged, yet, at the same time, students feel under pressure to produce work that may win them a career in the outside world. LCC Screen School’s showcase will centre on a discussion of Creativity vs Commerciality (City Screen, Screen 2, 12:00-14:00) which explore how to meet that challenge.

Creative England’s showcase Exploration into the Short Form (Bootham School, 15:15-17:15) underlines its mission to support films from funding through to production. All the shorts presented have been produced in the last 12 months, highlighting the importance of short film and how it enhances filmmakers’ career trajectories both as a field in its own right and as a preparation for moving into the long form.

Falmouth University uses its resources, finance and talents to support the production of micro-budget independent films. In Independent Film Production (York Theatre Royal Studio, 14:00-16:00), it addresses the question of how film schools stay relevant when new digital platforms are constantly transforming the means of production and distribution and connecting filmmakers directly to their audiences.

Expect a lively discussion, hosted by Dan Weldon, on the theme Long live the image. Kill the script. Down with text based cinema! as the Northern Film School return to ASFF with a specially curated showcase screening (York Theatre Royal Studio, 16:45-18:45). The Northern Film School has made innovative and award-winning films for more than 25 years and sponsors the ASFF Best Screenplay Award.

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1. Still from Ruth Grimberg’s Some Will Forget. Courtesy of Creative England.