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Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) Returns to York


The BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2016 opens this week, running from 3 to 6 November in 18 venues across York.

The sixth edition of the festival, it brings together industry professionals and film fanatics in an opportunity to explore the diversity of short film in genres such as drama, animation, documentary, fashion, experimental, comedy, thriller and music video. The Official Selection unites artists from across the world, showcasing filmmaking talent from a total of 40 countries worldwide.

As well as film screenings, there are industry-led masterclasses with professionals ranging across film and television. These talks are an opportunity to gain insight and tips on particular aspects of the industry, such as storytelling, cinematography or getting the best out of actors. Any budding scriptwriters or amateur filmmakers in York, you should be able to find something useful this week.

Anyone serious about wanting to get into film should be aware that Networking Sessions run throughout Friday to Sunday, providing a relaxed and informal setting for festival-goers to book a slot and speak directly with key industry figures to learn about current opportunities, promote their films and network with future collaborations in mind. Organisations in attendance include London Film Academy, HOME, Revolution Software and Northern Film and Media.

For those of you interested in the wider impact of film, the York Army Museum will be screening Battle of the Somme, the documentary filmed in 1916, each day during the festival, in partnership with The Imperial War Museum, London.

For those of you who can’t make it to the films you’d like to see, The Videotheque at York Explore Library, just over the road from the Festival Hub, provides an opportunity to browse and watch the full catalogue of short films in the programme at leisure on a computer.

So if you can make it, by all means find the time to. There’s something on offer for everyone.

Screening Passes can be booked online at www.asff.co.uk/tickets or by calling 01904 629 137.