On Friday 4 November ASFF (Aesthetica Short Film Festival) will bring you insights from industry professionals on a wide variety of topics. To hear behind-the-scenes stories and filmmaking wisdom from a diverse selection of speakers, go to www.asff.co.uk to buy your ticket to the talk of your choice. All talks will take place at York St John University.
Ivana Mackinnon: Moving from Shorts to Features
Producer Ivana Mackinnon will be talking about the move from shorts to features and providing hints for the best way to build a sustainable career. Drawing on her own experiences in development and production, she will be offering advice on how to get ahead and what commissioners and producers are looking for in the current UK film industry. Click here to book.
Warp: 20 Years in the Making
Barry Ryan, Head of Production for Warp Films and Warp X (the low budget digital slate for Film4, UKFC and Screen Yorkshire) will talk about the evolution of Warp from their first BAFTA winning short to their first feature Dead Man’s Shoes and beyond. Ryan will offer insights into the making of Four Lions and explore what the future looks like for filmmakers. Click here to book.
Mark Herman on Screenwriting
Award-winning screenwriter, Mark Herman, will speak about his own experiences in the industry and explore the intricacies of screenwriting in conversation with Tony Earnshaw (former Director of National Media Museum). Mark has written and directed a number of critically acclaimed feature films including Brassed Off, Little Voice and, most recently, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Click here to book.
A Chat with Channel 4
Susie Wright is one of three Media Project Managers in Channel 4's Creative Diversity Department, designed to ensure that exciting, innovative creative talent and companies, especially those coming from the nations and regions and under-represented groups, are integrated into Channel 4. Susie will speak about her role at the company and offer advice on pitching for Channel 4. Click here to book.
Programming Shorts for Festivals: Secrets to Success
Drawing on her extensive screening experience, SXSW Shorts Programmer Claudette Godfrey will provide insight into what programmers look for in short films and offer tips on how filmmakers can get noticed while avoiding the most common mistakes. She will also provide background on the SXSW Film Festival and Conference and explain how the submission process works. Click here to book.
Women and Film: An Exploration of the Industry
Rebecca Brand, Head of Communications and Operations at Women in Film & TV (WFTV), will explore the role of women in the film industry, from the early days of cinema to the present day. A look at what women have contributed to the industry over the years and how we can ensure that more women are involved with shaping its future. Click here to book.
Catherine Yass: Artists’ Film and the Gallery Setting
Leading art organisation, Artangel, introduce their collection and their relationship with the moving image; exploring artists’ film and presenting the practice of contemporary artist, Catherine Yass (Turner Prize nominee 2002). Catherine will speak about her projects and offer an insight into the concept of artists’ film and how the moving image influences and develops her work. Click here to book.
Documentary Filmmaking: Truth and Responsibility
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Saeed Taji Farouky, will discuss the creative limits of documentary and explore the idea of responsible documentary making. He will be talking about his own experiences dealing with issues of human rights and social justice in the Middle East and the importance of sensitivity and ethics in portraying complex situations. Click here to book.
Alex Williams: Creating and Designing Memorable Animated Characters
Renowned character designer, Alex Williams, will cover the techniques to developing successful animated characters. He will explore what makes an interesting and appealing character and an approach to good design in animation, as well as how to create a memorable character performance. A must for those serious about working in animation. Click here to book.
Click here to book and visit www.asff.co.uk for the most up-to-date information.