The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is open for entries for its seventh edition, taking place from 8 to 12 November. The deadline for entries is 31 May, and ASFF accepts films in all genres, from comedy, thriller, drama, documentary and animation, to art, experimental, fashion, music video, dance and advertising. It is looking for both emerging and established filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of short film forward.
As well as winning multiple screenings for your film at ASFF 2017, prizes include £1,000 Festival Winner and £1,000 Best Screenplay sponsored by The Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University. There is also a prize of editorial coverage for the winners in Aesthetica Magazine, and future exposure through Aesthetica and ASFF’s online channels.
The festival will, for the first time, run over five days, providing filmmakers and festival goers with even more opportunities to connect with influential industry figures. ASFF hosts masterclasses, panel discussions, talks and networking sessions with today’s top film world professionals, and many events have been confirmed for the 2017 edition. Topics span key themes and issues in today’s film industry, such as directing, cinematography, funding, festival strategies, women in film, gaming and more.
Confirmed masterclasses include Establish Yourself as an Animator with Seed Animation. The company has created exciting content for international clients including MTV, Nickelodeon, Tetley, Marc Jacobs and P&O Ferries. They join the ASFF Masterclass Programme to discuss effective design and planning, right from the initial ideas through to the final product.
After a successful inaugural edition last year, the Morning Coffee event will return for 2017. It will be newly housed at City Screen Basement, running from 11am to 12noon every day. A great way to start a day of film screenings and networking sessions.
There will also be a brand new opportunity to grab a cup of tea or coffee and chat to fellow filmmakers at Filmmakers’ Meet and Greet. Also taking place at City Screen Basement, it will run from 3-4pm daily and is new social event for filmmakers to meet at a central festival venue and connect with friends old and new.
For more information and to enter ASFF 2017, visit www.asff.co.uk/submit
1. Adam Preston, The Last Post. Comedy Screening at ASFF 2016.