Long on quality, Aesthetica - short film festival launches

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2012.
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2012.

This year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is launched in York on Thursday.

The annual event will run from November 8-11, screening more than 200 films in 15 unusual and inspiring venues across the city.

Organised by international art and culture magazine, Aesthetica, the event will play host to films from over 25 countries worldwide, and will attract some of the most respected members of the film industry to York including representatives from BAFTA, Channel 4 and Warp Films.

Managing editor of Aesthetica, Cherie Federico said: “People are coming from Australia, Canada, New Zealand – all over the world, literally, to the festival. Last year the hotels and guest houses were pretty much all sold out, full of people coming to the festival.

“York is pretty much perfectly set up for a festival like this, with all these amazing venues around the city that are close enough to walk to. Last year you could see these friendships and creative partnerships forming as people walked from venue to venue.”

Funded by Creative England, guest screenings and talks from the likes of BAFTA and Channel 4 will represent the pinnacle of this year’s ASFF.

The screenings will cover a wide variety of genres and filmic styles, including: drama, documentary, animation, comedy, music video, thriller, experimental and artists’ film. Showcasing films across 15 distinct and historic locations from medieval halls to ancient city walls, the festival invites visitors to create their own viewing experience.

One of the many highlights will be a celebratory screening of shorts from Warp Films, the world-famous British production company responsible for Four Lions and This is England.

The festival will bring also some of the most respected members of the film industry to York, including Danny Cohen (cinematographer, The King’s Speech and Les Misérables) and Barry Ryan Head of Production for Warp Films (Dead Man’s Shoes and Submarine).

For the full programme and more information at www.asff.co.uk