Submission Countdown: Artists’ Film

“It’s a question of trying to survive.” Discrimination against the female LGBT community is laid bare in Dust On Paper, a visual interpretation of a Columbian human rights worker’s poem by filmmaker Emilie Flower.

Using steady, uncompromising shots of young women’s faces while the poem is levelly delivered, describing the ordeals and injustices that these many people face on a daily basis, Dust On Paper not only highlights the personal damage that anger inflicts on individuals, but how it causes a ripple effect on the surrounding community, resulting in isolation and a breakdown in camaraderie. 

It’s also however a testimony to the power of survival, and the strength that female and female-identifying members contain, all through the magi-real lens of Flower’s respectful directorial eye. Flower has a background in social anthropology and video journalism, and works as a multi- media artist with a particular focus on video portraiture.

Dust on Paper played at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival – which celebrates its 10th edition this year – as part of its Artists’ Film strand. This programme, which bends the boundaries of visual art while playing with scope and genre, uses multidisciplinary filmmaking to interpret themes ranging from the environment to architecture and cultural shifts under the deeply personal direction of voices from all over the world. Through this strand, allow your perspective to be altered through perceptions of the real, the surreal, the past and present captured via beautiful moving image.

Submissions are now open for the 10th edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

BAFTA-qualifying ASFF 2020 takes place from 4 – 8 November with an unrivalled programme of short films and immersive media showcases, networking opportunities, career development initiatives and interactive talks, Q&As and workshops. Submit your work here.