Sneak Peek at the BAFTA Accredited Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014

ASFF is excited to share the upcoming festival programme with its fantastic guests and audience members, who will be flocking their way to the city of York this week. Our newly assembled Festival Hub is ready, and we’re thrilled to be officially selling tickets face-to-face in the Visit York building, from 9am tomorrow. In the build-up to the festival, here’s a sneak peek at the diverse film genres screening at venues across York city centre.

ASFF drama stretches across 14 innovative reels of international and independent film. Screening at Middleton’s Hotel and the Treasurer’s House is Living With Someone (2013) by Mark Kuczewski. Alice grew up with her grandparents and dreams of being a singer, working as a projectionist in a cinema, she has an imaginary boyfriend; how far can her imagination stretch?

Our 2014 comedy strand spans seven unique reels, each session displaying a diverse range of agendas: from the mischievously macabre to the ridiculously, loud-out-loud absurd. Screening at City Screen and Reel is Happy Birthday Cindy Wei (2013) by Tsveta Lozanova, which follows school underdog Cindy Wei as she builds up confidence through discovering the flamboyant world of her cross-dressing cousin.

ASFF is proud to screen an enticing selection of Animation shorts, ranging from the traditionally hand-drawn to the digitally constructed. Available to festival attendees at City Screen, King’s Manor, York St John’s, Friargate Theatre and Bootham School is Coda (2013) by Alan Holly. A lost soul stumbles drunkenly through the city, where Death finds him and shows him many things. A hand-drawn film voiced by Brian Gleeson and Orla Fitzgerald.

A new addition to ASFF is our fashion strand. Brought to audiences in conjunction with the University of the Arts London College of Fashion, our two fashion reels dedicate themselves to surveying a range of industry topics alongside pioneering film from highly esteemed brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Karen Millen, River Island and more. Screening at Reel, 1331 and King’s Manor is Matin Lunaire (2014) by Clément Oberto. Matin Lunaire (moony morning) is a suspended moment, the seeming paradox of a moon that is still visible in the sky during the day time.

Returning to the festival this year is experimental film, showcasing the talents of international filmmakers working in a creatively ambiguous field. ASFF offers viewers the chance to explore the diverse directions of contemporary experimental film. Screening at According to McGee and New School House Gallery is I’ll Get There (2013) by Benjamin Lussier, which presents four short narratives in a series of portraits, where carelessness and natural urges clash with ambition and purpose.

For ASFF tickets and passes visit Alternatively head to the festival hub at Visit York from Wednesday 5 November.

For more information about ASFF screenings and special events, see the programme here.

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