This Week We're Fussed About... Aesthetica Short Film Festival
From the 3 – 6 November 2011, the historic city of York will be taken over by the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), a celebration of worldwide independent filmmaking.
This unique and exciting event, organised by the Art and Culture magazine Aesthetica, showcases a vast range of genres including Animation, Art, Comedy, Drama and Documentary. Without a doubt there will be something to suit all tastes and interests. Cherie Federico, Editor of Aesthetica, and Festival Director of ASFF told us that, ‘the ultimate idea behind the festival is to bring film to all corners of a city – not only will visitors enjoy the films, but they also get to explore a wonderful city and learn its heritage and culture. It’s a fantastic way to experience film in a unique setting’.
A collection of 150 films each lasting up to 25 minutes will be screened across the four day festival. In the comedy category Venetia Taylor’s Garbo is one to watch. The two main characters Bill and Barbara represent the total opposite of growing old gracefully. Described as ‘usually too drunk to care, they portray an elegy for the old people we don’t hear about – the ones who deserve to be in nursing homes’.
The festival’s drama category is particularly strong. Elsewhere, a UK film by Mathy Tremewan and Fran Broadhurst, exposes the story of two lovers on the run heading into the middle of nowhere, armed only with a collection of strange trinkets and a silver boombox. The film portrays a journey of love, loss and destruction, all set to a mixtape cassette.
Dance of the Little Old Men: The Heist, by Kulchera Matson tells the interesting tale of a border town cowboy disguised as a traditional Mexican folk dancer, who is unknowingly robbed of his treasure by a travelling band of beautiful banditas dressed as little old men.
A highlight in the documentary category is Frederik Sølberg and Peter Leys’ They Have Sold the Lungs of the World, a portrayal of the dilemma that Amazonian natives are faced with. The viewer is taken on what is depicted as, ‘a kaleidoscopic journey which follows oil throughout the fragmented Peru...a journey which reveals a country on the very periphery of the world economy, and a country of vast cultural, economical and geographical divides’.
In between the screenings there will be an opportunity to enter the mindset of the figures behind the camera. Tickets can be booked to talks and discussions with some of the leading figures in the film industry including Associate Producer of Slumdog Millionaire, Ivana Mackinnon and screenwriter of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Mark Herman. This programme of talks and networking events allows visitors to engage with filmmakers and industry professionals directly, bringing expertise together in one venue.
The festival is set to be a great success in its first year. Aesthetica have a history of working with film in various forms, and frequently feature interesting and independent films from the likes of Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg, and Yorgos Lanthimos’ dark comedy Dogtooth. Aesthetica launched a Short Film Competition in 2010 which produced such a response that Editor Cherie Federico states ‘it was only natural to start a festival, not to mention that York, as a canvas for this event, is perfect’. The screenings will take place in 15 public venues across York, and perhaps the Mansion House - the first purpose built residence for a Lord Mayor in the country, is one of the most spectacular.
The ASFF will be a great celebration of all things film on an independent yet worldwide scale and definitely an event not to miss. A fantastic selection of short films and talks with those in the industry screened in an array of iconic and interesting public venues...what’s not to like.
For more information and to purchase festival passes and day tickets for the event head over to aestheticamagazine.com or contact the team on 01904 629 197.