Aesthetica Short Film Festival returns in 2018 with a progressive and inclusive celebration of cinema. Championing diverse representation behind of and in front of the camera, asking big questions about the future of filmmaking and presenting a development programme overflowing with opportunities to further careers at all stages, ASFF, now in its eighth year, has fine-tuned a selection of films from across many genres and formats to present in some of the most idyllic and historically beautiful venues across York.
For the first time this year, ASFF has selected a series of feature length films to join the programme. Keen to increase visibility of the filmmakers that the festival has supported over the years, both documentary and narrative features from some of the most acclaimed creators working in the artists today will play over the five days.
Short films as always span a vast array of genres, from the classic programme of Drama, Comedy and Animation to Experimental and Dance strands, Artists’ Films and Fashion, which leans heavily into ASFF’s study of branded and commercial content at the festival this year.
Also new in 2018, a custom created The Screen School VR Lab, available to festival-goers throughout the festival. In partnership with the London College of Communication, the lab showcases a series of immersive sessions, showing that VR is past worries of being a fleeting trend, instead moving firmly into the future of storytelling and how we consume content.
Film enthusiasts with family can still enjoy the thrill of the festival with a whole strand dedicated to young children and those mind them. The Family Friendly programme is dedicated exclusively to 4-12 years old, bringing short animations and accessible stories for younger minds, promising an exciting early relationship to cinema.
ASFF also brings back Cinema Bambino, a selection of screenings specifically for parents with babies, shown in a relaxed environment with plenty of access to pushchairs. Please be aware that films are rated with adults in mind, and sits in a different area of the programme to the Family Friendly screenings.
Not just aware of representation in filmmaking, ASFF is attuned to who selects the films that are shown across the festival. With this in mind, a selection of Guest Programmes will play throughout five day event that have been collated outside of the core programming team. Institutions and organisations such as Underwire Festival, the Scottish Documentary Institute, Iris Prize Festival and the British Urban Film Festival come forward to present themed events on subjects and identities ready to be engaged with and discussed.
ASFF runs 7-11 November, York. Find the full programme of screenings and industry events, click here.
1. Still from Oscar World Peace, No White God. As part of the 2018 Official Selection, Music Video.
2. Still from Ashes to Ashes. As part of the 2018 Official Selection, VR.
3. Still from Paradise. As part of the 2018 Official Selection, Narrative Feature Films.
4. Still from Via. As part of the 2018 Official Selection, Animation.