Showcase Screenings & Panel Discussions

ASFF’s renowned Showcase Screenings are a demonstration of the UK’s burgeoning new film talent. Presenting works from today’s leading schools and institutions, these events are a chance to see and hear from the next generation of filmmakers.

In 2020, ASFF welcomes a dynamic array of organisations that are championing unique perspectives and exciting concepts, from University of the Arts London to Ravensbourne University. Presented by staff, alumni and industry practitioners, each screening introduces a collection of works that highlight the building blocks of film – including idea generation and storytelling, micro-budget production and examining the film industry post Covid-19.

Showcase Screenings run for two hours and feature a selection of films followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers, industry professionals and academics. These discussions focus on the craft of filmmaking, including inspiration, subject matter and form. Each screening examines the ever-changing film industry and explores today’s most pressing issues.

Showcase Screenings will be presented as live events between 3-7 November, with all content being available on-demand until 30 November


Points of View:
Yours, Mine, Theirs

Tuesday 3 November | 10.00-12.00
Industry Channel 1

The phrase “point of view” is loaded with potential. There is the ability to create, inform and examine; there is also the potential to disrupt or disenfranchise. Filmmaking – whether factual or fictive – has the power to tell a story from a unique perspective. How we share and present those points of view involves careful consideration, from inception of the idea, right through to on-screen direction. In this showcase, York St John University presents new works from students, graduates and staff, discussing the importance of perspective in both narrative and factual storytelling.

Making Features on Micro-Budgets

Tuesday 3 November | 13.30-15.30
Industry Channel 2

There is an abundance entry routes into the film industry and no fixed formula for success, but gaining first-hand experience is essential to developing key skills and industry connections. Falmouth University promotes active engagement with feature film production, producing a slate of micro-budget features through the Sound Image Cinema Lab, including Mark Jenkin’s BAFTA-winning debut Bait. In this discussion, practitioners highlight the value of gaining hands-on experience with award-winning projects, as well as the challenges of production today.

World Class Filmmaking:
Making More with Less

Wednesday 4 November | 10.00-12.00
Industry Channel 1

The film industry continues to astound, with huge –almost unbelievable – budgets, stunning VFX creations and Hollywood glamour. For emerging filmmakers to overcome the challenge of meeting audience expectations, what are the tools and knowledge they need to stand out and make a world-class film on a micro budget? From science-fiction to contemporary social commentary, Lincoln School of Film and Media leads a discussion on the fundamentals of filmmaking, making more with less. This panel examines the process of making, marketing and distribution.

Re-Imagining the Film Industry:
Beyond Covid-19

Wednesday 4 November | 13.30-15.30
Industry Channel. 2

The world has changed irrevocably through the 2020 pandemic. Covid-19 has drastically changed the way we live and work. The film industry is re-assessing over 100 years of protocols and practices, so what does this mean for new talent? In the same way that common access routes have transformed – from the apprenticeship roles to the film school model – how has lockdown presented unexpected challenges? What is the future of online and virtual teaching? What does this mean for practice-based learning? This panel explores the future of the film and education industries.

Why Does Storytelling Matter?

Thursday 5 November | 10.00-12.00
Industry Channel 1

Human beings have been telling stories for centuries – from mark-making in ancient caves to the latest developments in film and TV. So why do we tell stories? Why are we bound to pass on tales from one person to the next? How do we use them to convey meaning and why are they so important to the human experience? Filmmakers from the University of York are led by lecturer and Script Developer Andrew Vickers (Warp Films, Screen Yorkshire, EON productions), considering the place of storytelling in contemporary society. Discover why we are using film to pass narratives on.

Real Lives:
Creating an Authentic Documentary

Thursday 5 November | 13.30-15.30
Industry Channel 2

When documentaries are based around specific individuals, how do we make sure to represent them responsibly, and authentically? How do we ensure that figures stay “real” whilst under the spotlight? How do you approach someone about their story? Join London College of Communication’s Documentary Film graduates for a screening centred on documentary as portrait. Molly Adams (Bringing Home the Blubber), Leslie Lampe (Whose Future? Our Future!) and Mateo Villanueva Brandt (Zágon) expand on the challenges of character-driven documentaries.

VFX: Breaking into the Industry

Friday 6 November | 11:00-13:00
Industry Channel 2

The visual effects industry is booming. As filmmaking becomes increasingly imaginative, otherworldly and ambitious, cinema becomes more reliant on the creative minds and artists of the VFX industry. As such, VFX is an attractive career choice for many young people today, combining hundreds of specialisms and individuals working collaboratively. Exploring the role of VFX, AUB leads a discussion with speakers from leading VFX companies as well as recent graduates. Find out about how to break through into the industry through its multiple entry points.

Self / Unself:
On-Screen Identities

Friday 6 November | 14.30-16.30
Industry Channel 2

Who we are cannot always be defined in words. Film is a powerful medium that can inspire a conversation though expression. London College of Fashion delivers an intimate discussion of identity and self-representation, exploring how they are captured on-screen. From a visceral focus on the body to introspective portrayals of gender, sexuality, culture and race. this session provides a spotlight on the personas we create in front of the camera – for others and ourselves. Diverse and constantly shape-shifting, our identity acts as a site of discovery and experimentation.

Unique Storytelling:
The Individual Perspective

Saturday 7 November | 10.00-12.00
Industry Channel 1

Storytelling is the heart of the filmmaking process. Film is an opportunity to express emotion, realising a story and considers its global relevance. Film allows us to connect with an audience and offer new insights into the world around us. With links to renowned institutions such as Abbey Road Studios and the Delamar Institute, Regents University emphasises the importance of filmmaking as a storytelling tool. In this discussion, guest speakers examine the importance of nurturing individuals, as well as the vital need for new, diverse voices in the industry – behind the camera and on-screen.