Showcase Screenings: Creative Freedom

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 Thursday Showcase Screenings all take place in the intimate York Theatre Royal Studio. They run for two hours and feature a selection of films, alongside a panel discussion related to themes, trends and issues in today’s film culture. Your festival pass gives you free access to these special showcase events. The programme kicks off with a focus on one of the host city’s leading educational institutions – and venue for many ASFF events – York St John University, which has a long established tradition of excellence in film and the performing and creative arts. Finding Your Creative Voice (11:30 – 13:30) will centre around a discussion of the difficulties and rewards of creative freedom, and demonstrate how the university’s student filmmakers have risen to this challenge, with a selection of short films that ranges across genres, techniques and processes.

Hereford College of Arts take Building a Career in Short Film as the theme of their Showcase Screening (14:15 – 16:15). They consider how the short form has become a leading genre in its own right and how the digital age, with its democratisation of distribution, has brought both opportunities and challenges. The rise of new platforms and shareable content has fuelled a new culture of collaboration. This session will offer invaluable advice for developing a career in short film.

Finally, London Film School’s Showcase Screening (17:00 – 19:00) tackles the challenge of working with actors to realise your vision. Alongside a selection of shorts, The Performer and Camera discussion will be led by Richard Kwietniowski, who will explain how to visualise a scene and turn your relationship with your cast into a productive collaboration.

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1. Trailer for Divij Roopchand’s Mast Qalandar. Courtesy of London Film School.