❉ DISCOVER NEW CINEMA: the full programme for Aesthetica’s Award-Winning Film Tour is announced today.
“Great film encourages us to think differently. It enriches our lives and invites us to see the world in a new way. Film is transformative; it has the power to take us to new places, meet new people, experience new cultures and customs.” – Cherie Federico
The BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) has partnered with BFI Network and Film Hub North to present the Aesthetica Award-Winning Film Tour. It is an initiative that encourages positive engagement with independent film, new talent and innovative visual storytelling. ASFF is a hotbed for talent discovery and a key annual event for both emerging and established filmmakers to meet alongside industry professionals. The festival is one of the UK’s most exciting site-specific events, showcasing over 400 international films, hosting industry masterclasses, networking events, pitching sessions and panel discussions. www.asff.co.uk
As Cherie Federico, Festival Director, notes: “Great film encourages us to think differently. It enriches our lives and invites us to see the world in a new way. Film is transformative; it has the power to take us to new places, meet new people, experience new cultures and customs.”
The Award-Winning Film Tour explores contemporary social issues, inspiring life stories and beautifully heart-warming narratives across animation, drama, documentary and dance. The selection includes eight short films. It comprises Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-nominated works:
❉ A heart-breaking documentary exposing the face of modern-day racism in the UK. Following the murder of Damiola Taylor in 2000, Cornelius Walker and his family left London in search of a better life, only to be confronted by vicious and often violent attacks. This film was deserving of a triple win at ASFF 2018 as well as being nominated for an Oscar. It was commissioned by The Guardian.
❉ Winner of Best Thriller at the ASFF 2018, as well as receiving Oscar and BAFTA Nominations. When a former young offender looking for a new life starts up his own enterprise as a mechanic, he is given a chance by a stranger with sinister intentions. Barnaby Blackburn bluntly tackles the subject of modern-day racism, discrimination and scapegoating.
❉ Winner of ASFF’s Best of Fest Award and Best Drama. Wave is a humorous yet heartfelt exploration of communication, human connection and loneliness. Directed by Oscar Winner Benjamin Cleary and TJ O’Grady Peyton, the film follows the story of Gaspar Rubicon, who wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognisable language leaving him isolated by his inability to communicate.
ASFF believes that cinema should be accessible for all. As such, the Award-Winning Film Tour is available to community groups, film clubs, cinemas and independent exhibitors.
Booking the Film Tour:
The Film Tour is a unique opportunity to showcase a selection of our favourite films from the festival. As part of the tour, audiences can watch new independent cinema from the some of the world’s most promising filmmakers and one of the UK’s leading short film festivals. Bookers and their audiences also receive a 25% discount off festival tickets to join us at the 2019 edition of ASFF (6-10 November).
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is produced by Aesthetica Magazine, one of the leading publications for Visual Art, Design and Photography. The bi-monthly publication highlights the most important artists at work today, both established and emerging, through detailed features and stunning imagery.
❉ Presented in partnership with BFI Network and Film Hub North. Full programme details and how to book can be found at www.asff.co.uk/aesthetica-film-tour
❉ News source: Aesthetica Magazine.
❉ Image credits: Double Portrait, Dir. Ian Bruce; Black Sheep, Dir. Ed Perkins; Backstory, Dir. Joschka Laukeninks; Camlo, Dir. David Moody; Wale, Dir. Barnaby Blackburn; Venus, Dir. Faye Carr-Wilson; Wave, Dir. Benjamin Cleary & TJ Peyton. Header image courtesy of Jim Poyner.
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