Talent Development and Conversation

As an inaugural part of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016, we hosted a range of Special Showcase Screenings to provide audiences with an opportunity to view some of the best and brightest works being produced by emerging filmmakers.

Each of the events ran for two hours at one of our historic and cultural locations across York, featuring a selection of films, followed on by a specialised panel discussion related to themes and trends in today’s film culture.

NAHEMI: Establishing the Filmmaker
The National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image’s mission focuses on being a forum of debate for all matters concerning the teaching of the practice. For their unique and industry-led panel discussion they addressed film as a changing landscape, and one that is indefinitely affected by education. With bright and playful animations, experimental cine-poems and heart-rending dramas, their selection was not to be missed.

London College of Fashion: Decoding Fashion Film
As one of the leading organisations exploring the boundaries of fashion film and collaboration, LCF attended ASFF 2016 with the intention of enveloping our audiences in innovation and style. Having also hosted a drinks reception at Barley Hall, their sold-out showcase was an arena for debate and discussion, covering topics such as the form and function of fashion film in the contemporary world.

Northern Ireland Screen: The Shape of the Short
What is the importance of the short in terms of the whole cinematic landscape? Northern Ireland Screen filled the space of Reel Cinema with analytic and informative conversation on the structure of narratives and visual art. Providing our audiences with vital information and new ideas to go away with, the acclaimed screen agency came to the festival to champion and support our filmmakers as a collective community.

Ffilm Cymru Wales: Create your Calling Card
BFI NET.WORK Wales’ short film scheme Beacons provides unending support for Welsh writers, director and producers. For their unique showcase, films and debate highlighted the short as a calling card to emerge into the industry. Their affecting array of films saw a range of emotions created in full depth, from isolation, fear and beauty in the everyday.

Northern Film School: The Auteur is dead. Long live the Script!
Sponsors of the first ASFF Best Screenplay Award, NFS attended the festival to address the importance of the script within the short film form. Their lively panel brought to light their ethos of visual storytelling, high-end technical expertise and collective creativity. Their four films captivated the public with snap-shots of a both satirical and despondent world.

Norwich University of the Arts:  Film, Storytelling and the Future of Moving Image
Discussing the “traditional film school model”, NUA talked about the need for balance in teaching, drawing upon their own practices and presenting the achievements based on this original form of education. Appealing to many of the students that attended ASFF they were enlivened by the relevance of learning and teaching in crafting a practice rooted in film.

University of York: Showcase Screenings  
Sharing their home with ASFF, the University of York brought forward the best in their alumni to represent the city, Featuring eight carefully selected films – from surreal dramas to pocket-sized horror movies – no stone was left unturned in terms of style or genre, and touched upon a variety of emotions from the extraordinary to the quotidian.

Creative England iShorts: Supporting New Filmmakers
As one of the most largely recognised screen agencies in the UK, iShorts stands as a popular and successful entry level short film initiative, with one of their own films, Litterbugs, winning the York Youth Vote. Jessica Loveland led a presentation on the scheme and how to get involved, arguing the case for the short film as a calling card and an important step for emerging filmmakers.

Plymouth College of Art: No House Style
Film students from this innovative institution invited filmmakers, students and members of the public alike to think about the gravity of personal freedom in the industry. As an art college that strives to construct a collaborative and open-minded environment for their budding alumni, their Q+A followed on from a vital question: why do we still shoot on film?

Middlesex University: The Importance of Diversity
Shifting perspectives and a variety of cultural backgrounds provided the backdrop for Middlsex’s presentation, charting the stories told internationally. Giving everyone a voice through their showcase, they discussed how social and economic states ultimately affect the form and content of films through influencing their authorship.

To see the full list of films from each institution, read the ASFF 2016 programme online: www.asff.co.uk/ASFF-2016-Official-Programme.

Find out more about this year’s organisations: www.asff.co.uk To be part of the Showcase Screenings for 2017, contact Cherie@aestheticamagazine.com for more details.

1. Jim Poyner (2016).