Original Thinking

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 Friday Showcase Screenings take place at several venues and each runs for two hours. Each features 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.Taking the theme Challenges of Originality, The University of Lincoln’s showcase (York Theatre Royal Studio; 10:30 – 12:30) reveals how their students rise to this challenge with a creative and diverse range of output, from historical reconstruction to experimental film production. The accompanying discussion addresses the need to keep up to date with industry developments in the context of universities, including new routes for commissioning and distribution.

The ways in which innovative approaches and techniques can open up ways of addressing sensitive or taboo subject matter is addressed by Plymouth College of Art in their showcase Innovative Filmmaking (York Theatre Royal Studio; 13:00 – 15:00). From photo-roman to archive footage and immersive sensorial environments, they will discuss ways of breaking barriers to engage with challenging themes. ASFF welcomes the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image (NAHEMI) for a showcase and Q&A session on Establishing the Filmmaker (City Screen, Screen 2; 14:00 – 16:00). It offers an insight into the shifting role of the filmmaker and the future direction of the short form, illustrated with a screening that offers new perspectives on a range of genres.

Fashion film has become one of the fastest-developing areas of the media, and one driven by the cutting edge of digital culture. Short film is now key to all aspects of the industry from PR and marketing to the consumer experience. In Get Ahead in Fashion Film (Yorkshire Museum; 16:00-17:30) the London College of Fashion will take stock of the state of this fast-moving sector. Chaired by Nilgin Yusuf, creative director of the School of Media and Communication, this showcase and discussion features a panel of filmmakers and LCF alumni.

Giving young people a voice is a key part of ASFF’s philosophy of film for all. Random Acts, in partnership with Channel 4, Arts Council England and five National Network Centres, presents First Acts, a programme of shorts by filmmakers aged from 16-24 (York Theatre Royal Studio: 19:00 – 21:00). Bold, creative and challenging, the films span all disciplines and celebrate the fearless creativity of the short film form.

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ASFF runs 8-12 November. For more information or to book tickets: www.asff.co.uk/tickets

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1. Still from Philip Knight. Courtesy of Chris Hailes (University of Greenwich), and NAHEMI.