ASFF once again transforms the historic city of York into a cinematic playground. Welcoming directors from over 60+ countries, the 2019 is the most extensive yet, expanding to feature, VR and short film.
ASFF also welcomes industry leaders from a range of disciplines to speak about their craft. For 2019, this includes Emmy- and Oscar-nominated producers, directors, sound designers, editors and cinematographers such as Simon Chinn, Dick Pope and Tracy Granger, as well as cultural powerhouses British Vogue, i-D and Rankin.
Returning for 2019, the Screen School VR Lab, in partnership with the London College of Communication (LCC), is a celebration of new forms of storytelling in Virtual Reality. The Showcase Screenings presents a series of discussions hosted by staff and alumni of leading UK organisations, including University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths University of London.
ASFF also offers a selection of filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their projects to industry professionals from the UK’s biggest production companies, including Film 4, BBC, Baby Cow and the Guardian.
Bear witness to some of the 20th century’s most defining and critical moments. As part of Defining an Era: The 20th Century on Screen Guest Programmes, the Imperial War Museum presents archival footage examining the D-Day invasion, and Filmfest Dresden curates a series of films depicting life on both sides of the Berlin Wall. Skin & Coal explores the divisiveness of miners’ strike-era Britain. Man on the Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission provides never before seen footage.
Providing a space for new voices and individual perspectives, ASFF’s Alternative Perspectives strand covers a broad range of ideas through film and panel discussions, presenting works from black filmmakers and women directors from the Arab World, presented by the BBC Arabic Festival. Meanwhile, Iris Prize Film Festival examines the relationships between siblings who identify as LGBTQ+, looking at complex narratives based around identity and sexuality.
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