Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2022

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300 FILMS 15 VENUES 6 DAYS AESTHETICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL // ASFF.CO.UK 1-6 NOVEMBER YORK, UK 2022

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GUEST PROGRAMMES
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WELCOME

Welcome to the 12th edition of the Aesthetica Film Festival. I’m pleased to bring you this programme of films that contemplate, discuss and make sense of the world. The screenings include films across genres such as animation, documentary, comedy, drama, experimental, family friendly and thriller. We are continuing the festival as Hybrid, and you can log-in from home to catch up On Demand.

It has been a wonderful experience putting this festival together. I look back to 2020 and I can’t really even believe that we were in lockdown for so long and that we had to produce a digital festival.

In some ways, as life has pretty much returned back to pre-pandemic, I’m left wondering if it was all a surreal dream? Alas, I know it’s not, but it’s a true testament to the resilience of the human spirit. I take a lot away from that. We did what we had to do, when we had to do it. Everyone was pushed into a corner, unable to leave their homes, and so we

innovated. It makes me think about the power of creative thinking and idea generation. Sometimes our best adaptations are made in a fight or flight moment. I have taken immeasurable amounts of learning away from that experience. It changed me.

This year’s festival sees a host of new additions. We are launching a new Script Lab this year with sessions focusing on the art of screenwriting. Alongside this, we are also launching the Audible Sound Installation, which will focus on Sounds We’ve Never Heard Before – I am ecstatic about it. We’re creating a meditative space for deep listening. We will also premiere the Audible’s Listening Pitch, where we will screen three new commissions. There is also the Aesthetica Fringe Exhibition at the Street Life Hub on Coney Street featuring The People We Love as well as video and photography. Beyond this we have the VR Lab with 18 projects, as well as a party every night and masterclasses

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galore. Finally, we are running a number of handson workshops around VR production, Augmented Reality creation, and writing in 360 as well as working with Canon to look at the range available.

I’ve curated the festival into the following six conceptual strands: Life as We Know It, The Bigger Picture, We’ll Cross that Bridge When We Come to It, How do you do?, Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken and The Present Was Their Idea of the Future . The strands embrace the present, look at relationships, the self, identity and how decisions of previous generations affect different versions of the future.

Our guest programmes have been curated in partnership with some of the UK’s leading film organisations including We Are Parable, Birds’ Eye View, T A P E Collective, Iris Prize, Queer East alongside programmes from our country in focus, Norway. We take a closer look at on-screen rep resentation and ask important questions such as

what stories are being told, to whom and why?

It brings me great joy to have so many wonderful people across film, television and gaming here in York with us to celebrate independent film. I am pleased to welcome BBC Film, Channel 4, Film4, Industry Light & Magic, Framestore, Ridley Scott Associates and so many fantastic writers, directors, production designers, producers and more.

I’d like to thank this year’s filmmakers for their incredible storytelling and for being part of this wonderful programme. Alongside this, I need to thank our fantastic partners and sponsors, as well as the Aesthetica Team. I always say that you should leave this festival ever so slightly different than when you arrived. Open up, dive in, step out of your comfort zone and engage with the scope and breadth of new film here.

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6 CONTENTS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW RATINGS & WARNINGS THE FESTIVAL EXPLAINED ACCESSIBILITY FESTIVAL TICKETS SUSTAINABILITY TIMETABLE VENUES MEET THE TEAM SPECIAL EVENTS THE STRANDS OFFICIAL SELECTION: ALL GENRES 8 9 10 12 13 18 19 44 50 63 71 78
7 VR & IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES LAB GUEST PROGRAMMES LISTENING PITCH: FILM PREMIERES NEW WAVE MASTERCLASSES & PANELS WORKSHOPS KIDS’ WORKSHOPS NETWORKING PITCHING SOCIAL EVENTS AESTHETICA FILM FESTIVAL FRINGE FILMMAKER INDEX 140 145 174 177 188 215 220 224 230 234 240 266

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

BOOKING AND COLLECTING TICKETS

ASFF 2022 is taking place in-person and virtually.

■ The programme has been separated into three sections: Official Selection (p. 78), Industry (p.187) and Social and Networking (p. 223).

■ The in-person festival will run 1-6 November in the centre of York. Please see our venues on p. 44 for more information.

■ The virtual festival takes place on the Aesthetica Film Festival Platform. Content will accrue between 1-6 November. This includes film screenings, masterclasses and panel discussions.

■ From 7-30 November, all content – including all film screenings and recordings of industry masterclasses – will be available On Demand through the festival platform.

■ In-person festival passes grant full access to live events at the festival in York. All events are freeto-attend with a pass, but bookings must be made, and your pass must be valid on the day of the event. Please note: the Opening Night Ceremony is a separate ticketed event.

■ Screenings do not require pre-booking. These are operated on a first-come, first-served basis.

■ For live events and masterclasses, you will be required to submit the reference number on your ticket to pre-book. For more information, visit p. 188.

■ Venues that require pre-booking include Yorkshire Museum (masterclasses), York Theatre Royal Studio (workshops) and York Explore (masterclasses). For more information on venues, visit p. 44.

■ Virtual passes grant full access to the festival platform and film screenings, as well as recorded content, including masterclasses and panel discussions.

■ Hybrid passes grant full access to both live and digital events. For in-person special events and masterclasses, pre-booking is required. For more information, visit p. 13.

■ Screening Passes can be pre-booked at asff.co.uk/tickets.

■ This programme is subject to change at any time and will be updated digitally.

■ Keep in touch via asff.co.uk and social media sites. Twitter: @asffest | Instagram: @asffestival .

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RATINGS

film Ratings, family friendly & introduced screenings

n Films are U, PG, 12A or 15, but some may be 18. Please see the programme for details.

n All screenings suitable for children aged under 12 will be classified as Family Friendly. Please see the festival programme for details of Family Friendly screenings.

content warnings

n Some films contain themes viewers may find upsetting or distressing. These will be clearly indicated on each film listing, using the below key.

CW War / conflict

Physical / emotional abuse

Eating disorders

nudity / sex

Flashing / strobe lights

Mental health / self-harm

Blood / extreme violence

noises

language / swearing

FILM PROGRAMME LOGOS

Our film programme includes logos to demonstrate which films are part of the Official Selection, Guest Programme or New Wave screenings – these introduce new talent from across the UK.

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A Abortion Ab
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s Explicit
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DU Drug use LNE Loud
D Discrimination SW Strong
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THE FESTIVAL EXPLAINED

In 2022, the Aesthetica Film Festival takes place both in-person in the centre of York and virtually through our responsive online platform. Cinema screenings and a selection of live events will take place 1-6 November across a number of venues.

Our digital platform, live until 30 November, offers a selection of recorded events from the heart of York, a further range of virtual masterclasses and On Demand film programmes. The platform is accessible via phone, tablet, computer or smart TV.

There are three ways to attend the festival: in-person, virtually, or through a hybrid mixture of both. Whether you’re joining us online or in-person, we look forward to seeing you and connecting through the best new cinema.

IN-PERSON

(AVAILABLE 1-6 NOVEMBER)

AT THE CINEMA

Come and join us in York. Visit our historic venues and experience film how it was intended – on the big screen, as part of a community. These tickets are valid 1-6 November and only include live events in our venues, without any access to digital-only events. We offer a broad range of ticket options, from those visiting the festival for the first time and trying out a single day, to those looking to engage in everything we offer throughout the six days. Single screening tickets are also available.

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HYBRID

MAKE THE MOST OF ASFF 2022

We’re offering audiences the opportunity to attend the festival in historic York, as well as through the online sphere. This is the ultimate film festival experience, as it combines the freedom to watch films on the big screen and take part in our masterclasses, workshops and networking events in person, whilst also being able to log-in and catch up with screenings and events in your own time.

Through these tickets, you can attend all six days of the festival in York. Unlimited passes also give access to as many in-person events as you’d like to attend, though masterclasses should be prebooked. All digital content, including the full film programme, will be available online until 30 November and can be accessed anywhere across any device. Tickets are available as one-day, twoday or full-month passes. You will be given access to our online platform upon booking.

VIRTUAL

LOG-IN FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME

We’re excited to be offering a virtual edition of the festival alongside our in-person event. With a digital pass, you’re able to view all our film programmes and catch up on recorded masterclasses and workshops, without compromising on the festival experience. We’ve curated our programme to be released each day, so make sure to keep checking the platform to find the latest new screenings.

The platform works across all devices, from smartphones and TVs to tablets. To gain access to this year’s festival, simply sign up to our  online platform , purchase your pass, log-in and gain access to our programme on demand. Tickets are available for 24-hour login, one-week or one-month access.

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(AVAILABLE 1-30 NOVEMBER)
(AVAILABLE 1-30 NOVEMBER)

ACCESSIBILITY

a safe and all-inclusive environment for every attendee

Carers, Personal Assistants & Interpreters

Complimentary passes are available to all Carers, Personal Assistants and Sign-Language Interpreters, but these must be booked in advance. A proof of DLA or a valid CEA card is required. For more information, please email asff@aestheticamagazine.com.

Venue Access

Though some venues are located in York’s historic buildings, the majority are fully wheelchair accessible – please check venues on p. 44 for more details. Please note, wheelchair spaces are subject to availability.

Hearing Loops & Subtitled Screenings

Hearing Loops and headphones are available at City Screen and at York St John Creative Centre. Fully subtitled reels are available across all genres. These screenings are specially curated for anyone with hearing difficulties. Look out for the symbol in the film schedule. Foreign language films are also with English subtitles and are clearly marked.

Parent & Guardian Screenings

As part of its commitment to engage with younger audiences, we present a selection of Family Friendly screenings. Please see p. 122 for details.

Subtitled Sessions

Live industry events on the virtual platform will be closed captioned using an AI plug-in.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For all accessibility enquiries and adjustments, please email asff@aestheticamagazine.com. Alternatively, the Hub staff will be able to answer any questions you may have.

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FESTIVAL TICKETS

CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO VIEW.

Here at Aesthetica, we are delighted to be hosting the 12th edition of the film festival both in-person and online. We’re offering a range of tickets, with a mixture of live and hybrid formats, so you can choose how and when you experience the best new cinema.

Whether you’re streaming for the whole family for one day, or attending the full six days of the festival in York, we’ve got you – and your family and friends – covered. Inperson tickets are sold individually. Online tickets are valid for an entire household.

Virtual tickets are available to full households and are accessible through any smartphone, TV, tablet or device. Prices start from £25. All Screening Passes and Events Tickets can be booked online at asff.co.uk/tickets.

Terms and Conditions

You must book your tickets in advance to attend any masterclasses in-person. Masterclasses in-venue are only includ ed with the in-person tickets and the hybrid passes. Virtual tickets include access to everything On Demand, recorded during the live festival dates. Tickets are not transferable and cannot be shared or re-sold. Pre-booked seating is required at some venues where capacities are smaller. Please see the website and sessions for further details.

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SINGLE TICKETS

Single tickets are valid for one screening at any venue from 1-6 November. The ticket holder may attend one film screening in any venue on any day. Take your email to the festival hub, where you will be given a paper ticket. This ticket is valid for one use only and does not allow access to masterclasses. Please note that seating is also arranged on a first-come, first-served basis.

ADULT:

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TICKETS
£7.50 | SENIOR: £6.00 | STUDENT: £6.00 | 4-14 YEARS: £6.00 | 3 & UNDER: FREE

IN-PERSON PASSES

You have the freedom to choose two days that suit you to attend the festival. On these two days you will have unlimited access to all venues, screenings and masterclasses. This is your chance to engage with the festival at your own pace across two days and dive into independent film for 48 hours. The ticket is valid in-venue only from 1-6 November for two days of your choice. This ticket does not include any digital access, only access to in-person events in York.

Short on time but love independent film? Here is your opportunity to experience as much as you can in one day at Aesthetica 2022. You will have access to the venues from 9am until 11pm and you can see as much as you like with in that timescale. You will also be able to attend any sessions and panels on your selected day, but these must be booked in advance. The ticket is valid for one day within 1-6 November. This ticket does not include any digital access. Unlimited means unlimited! Get ready for an independent film extravaganza!

You will have access to all the films across every venue as well as access to any masterclass, session or panel discussion. This is your chance to fully embrace the festival experience and spend as much time as you would like in front of the big screen. The ticket is valid in-venue only from 1-6 November. This ticket does not include any digital access, only access to in-person events in York.

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TICKETS

VIRTUAL PASSES (HOUSEHOLD)

Log-in and access as many films as you can watch in one 24-hour time peri od. You will also have access to On Demand masterclass content from when you activate your pass within the live dates of the festival. You can use this as an opportunity to engage with some of the best new talent and visual story telling through our curated programmes. Valid for 24 hours from first log-in. Online only. This ticket does not include in-person access to York screenings. Unlimited means unlimited. This all-inclusive pass grants the holder com plete freedom within the Aesthetica platform from 1-30 November, includ ing films, recorded industry events, workshops and panel discussions. You can tune in every day for a month and celebrate creative talent in your home. The platform works across all devices. Valid from 1-30 November. Online only. This ticket does not include in-person access to York screenings.

Looking for an authentic festival experience? The Festival Week pass allows you access to film screenings, recorded industry events, workshops, master classes, 360 cinema and an extensive video library. Experience seven days of access to the festival as if you were there in-person. Enjoy a week of film and watch content back whenever you like. Valid for seven days from first log-in. Online only. This ticket does not include in-person access to York screenings.

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TICKETS

HYBRID PASSES

Looking for a taste of ASFF in-person but would like to log-in from home for the rest of the month? Or perhaps you have a specific masterclass you’d like to watch back? The Day Tripper pass grants one full day in-venue with access to all films and sessions, as well access to our platform, including daily film programmes, live industry events and recorded discussions. This ticket is valid for one day in-person and from 1-30 November on the Aesthetica platform.

Spend two days soaking up everything that the festival has to offer in-person and the rest online. You will receive access to all films, panels and sessions taking place on your selected two days of the festival. Then you will be able to catch up on films and sessions from your home via our responsive platform on your phone, tablet, computer or TV. The in-person part of these tickets is valid for two days of your choice. Virtual access is valid from 1-30 November.

This is the ultimate Aesthetica Film Festival experience, giving you full access in-person and from home. You can attend across all six days of the festival in York with the opportunity to see as many films as possible. Your pass also gives you access to as many recorded masterclasses, panels and sessions that you’d like to attend. You will also have full access to the Virtual Platform, where you can catch up on films and masterclasses. Valid 1-30 November.

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TICKETS

SUSTAINABILITY AT ASFF 2022

WE ONLY HAVE ONE PLANET

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We understand that presenting largescale events comes with a carbon footprint, and we are doing everything we can to reduce this, whilst showcasing the best in independent cinema from around the world.

We are continuing to run as a hybrid festival, encouraging positive engagement with film from audiences’ homes, eliminating the requirement for travel and reducing carbon emissions on our part. This extends to all delegates who attend the event.

A majority of our marketing will take place digitally. Printed and physical assets are all made responsibly, with reuse and repurpose for future events in mind. We recycle as much of our branding as we can each year.

The festival will be printing a limited run of festival guides, with a digital version available to all audiences online. All printed materials are made with responsibly sourced and FSC certified materials.

We will be offering audiences the opportunity to purchase a cardboard headset to view 360 films. These are fully reusable and recyclable.

We have a lanyard return scheme. Please visit the Hub at City Screen to find out more.

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DAILY TIMETABLES

DISCOVER OUR EXPANSIVE PROGRAMME

The festival programme is bold, dynamic and culturally rich. We believe that great filmmaking has the power to change lives, from mind-bending narratives to revelatory documentaries that alter our perspective on the world as we know it.

Running alongside the screenings, we offer numerous opportunities for networking and social events, as well as a number of essential masterclasses, workshops, talent labs and mentoring sessions, built around development and continued learning.

Plan your exploration of this year’s festival with our daily schedule. Over the next few pages, you’ll find a run-down of screenings happening each day, with further pages dedicated purely to our Special Events, socials and additional activities.

Many of our Special Events are included with your ticket, but each event must be booked in advance. Please find out more on each listing over the next few pages.

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20 TIME CITY SCREEN SCREEN 1 CITY SCREEN SCREEN 2 BOOTHAM FRIARGATE YORKSHIRE MUSEUM YORK EXPLORE CITY SCREEN BASEMENT Drama 1 Comedy 1 Experimental 1 Documentary 1 Artists’ Film 1 VR Lab Animation 1 Fashion 1 Advertising 1 Music Video 1 Family The A-Z Friendly 1 of Filmmaking VR Lab Award-Winning Filmmaking as Norway in Direction: Resistance: Documentary 2 Thriller 1 Drama 2 Focus: Making Your Human Rights Surreal Shorts Mark On Screen VR Lab BBC Film: Virtual Innovative Production: Voices Revolutionising Narrative the Process VR Lab Comedy 2 Drama 3 Experimental 2 Feature 1: I’ll Go To Hell Creating Epic Worlds: Production Designer VR Lab Documentary 5 Thriller 2 Opening Dance 1 Night VR Lab (Pre-Booked Tickets Only) Experimental 3 Comedy 5 VR Lab Drama 6 Drama 4 Animation 2 Thriller 3 TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:3021:00 21:30 22:00 22:30 23:00
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HALL
STREET LIFE VIRTUAL RELEASE Oska Bright Showcase Fringe Exhibition: Unite. Create. Transform. Networking 1: Pitching: Aesthetica Integrating BBC Films & Audible Visual Effects Sound On a Budget (Application Installation Only) w 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:3021:00 21:30 22:00 22:30 23:00

SPECIAL

TUESDAY

Masterclasses & Workshops VENUE TIME

The A-Z of Filmmaking From Start to Finish York Explore 12:00-13:00

Award-winning Direction: Making Your Mark Yorkshire Museum 13:30-14:30

Filmmaking as Resistance: Human Rights on Screen York Explore 13:30-14:30

BBC Film: Innovative Voices Yorkshire Museum 15:00-16:00

Virtual Production: Revolutionising the Filmmaking Process York Explore 15:00-16:00

Creating Epic Worlds: The Work of the Production Designer Yorkshire Museum 16:30-17:30

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EVENTS

EVENTs &

VENUE TIME

VR Lab City Screen Basement 11:00-21:00

Fringe

Networking

Aesthetica

Pitching:

Opening

Street Life Hub 29-31 Coney Street 11:00-19:00

York Theatre Royal Upper Foyer 12:00-13:30

Bedern Hall 12:00-20:00

Malmaison 12:00-14:00

City Screen 18:00-21:00

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Networking
Exhibition: Unite. Create. Transform.
1: Integrating Visual Effects on a Budget
x Audible x LCC Sound Installation
BBC Films (Application only)
Night Ceremony
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PITCHER
& PIANO 1331 MALMAISON BEDERN HALL STREET LIFE DOUBLETREE VIRTUAL RELEASE Pitching: The Pitch Scottish Film Fund Documentary Script Lab: (Application Aesthetica Institute (Cohort Only) Only) & Audible 9:30-11:30 Sound Fringe Installation Exhibition: Unite. Create. Transform. Networking 2: Pitching: Refining Your Goldfinch Pitch (Application Only) Script Lab: (Cohort Only) Pitching: Goldfinch (Application Only) Script Lab: Playroom Script Lab: Project Hothousing Hey, Sunshine Party 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:0020:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 22:30 23:00

SPECIAL

WEDNESDAY

Masterclasses & Workshops VENUE TIME

Scoring a Film: How to Create Atmosphere York Explore 10:30-11:30

Establishing a Unique Style Yorkshire Museum 10:30-11:30

What is "Ethical" Cinema?: ICA on Contemporary Representation York Explore 12:00-13:00

Script Lab: Screenwriting Fundamentals Yorkshire Museum 12:00-13:00

The Role of the Executive Producer York Explore 13:30-14:30

Studio AKA: Animating the World Yorkshire Museum 13:30-14:30

Script Lab: The Writer's Journey Yorkshire Museum 15:00-16:00

Sustainability on a Film Set: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint York Explore 15:00-16:00

Directing Comedy: Context, Timing and Pacing Yorkshire Museum 16:30-17:30

Editing Your Trailer: How to Captivate the Audience York Explore 16:30-17:30

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EVENTS
2 NOVEMBER

Events & Networking

VENUE TIME

Pitching: The Pitch Film Fund (Application only) Malmaison 9:30-11:30

Script Lab (Cohort Only) 1331 10:30-12:00

Fringe Exhibition: Unite. Create. Transform. Street Life Hub 29-31 Coney Street 11:00-19:00

VR Lab City Screen Basement 11:00-21:00

Aesthetica x Audible x LCC Sound Installation Bedern Hall 10:30-20:00

Pitching: Goldfinch (Application Only) Malmaison 12:00-14:00

Networking 2: Refining Your Pitch Pitcher & Piano 12:00-13:30

Script Lab (Cohort Only) 1331 13:15-14:15

Pitching: Goldfinch (Application Only) Malmaison 14:30-16:30

Script Lab: Playroom (Cohort Only) Pitcher & Piano 16:15-17:15

Script Lab: Project Hothousing (Cohort Only) Pitcher & Piano 17:30-18:45

Hey, Sunshine Party Doubletree 20:00-23:00

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28 THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER TIME CITY SCREEN SCREEN 1 CITY SCREEN SCREEN 2 NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EARLY MUSIC FRIARGATE YORK THEATRE ROYAL STUDIO YORKSHIRE MUSEUM YORK EXPLORE Building Family Your Team: Drama 9 Experimental 3 Comedy 5 Documentary 1 Friendly 3 Film 4: How to Find From Short Your Cast Content to Features The Possibilities Workshop: of Narrative Storytelling Script Lab: through VR and Shorties: Working With Comedy 1 The World: Drama 10 Experimental 1 A Writing Script Editors One Story Workshop At a Time with Gal-dem Building A Believable World Script Lab: East African Genre Rules Stories: Documentary 2 My Town, My Drama 11 Workshop: Framing, Animation 2 Life, My Lens Writing in 360: Lighting, Nonlinear Presenting Real Focus Narratives Stories: Oscar-winning Documentaries Audience Choice: Fashion 1 Dance 1 Artists’ Music Video 1 Who Decides Film 3 Following Your What’s Workshop: Own Path: From On-Screen? Open Your Eyes Acting to to Cinema Directing Ubisoft: Cameras: A Journeys into Advertising 1 Fashion 3 Animation 1 Workshop with Narrative Canon Design Telling Authentic Stories Doc Feature 2: Thriller 1 Queer East Drama 7 Hide and Comedy 2 Seek Narrative Drama 8 Documentary 3 Feature 3: Thriller 2 Drama 12 planet b234 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 22:30 23:00
29 CITY SCREEN BASEMENT YORK THEATRE ROYAL UPPER FOYER 1331 MALMAISON BEDERN HALL STREET LIFE ROSE IN THE WALL VIRTUAL RELEASE Script Lab: (Application Playroom Only) Aesthetica & Audible Pitching: VR Lab Sound Fringe Film Wales Installation Exhibition: 10:00-14:00 Unite. Create. Transform. Pitching: Scottish Documentary VR Lab Networking 3: Society Idea Generation 10:30-12:30 (Application Only) Pitching: VR Lab Coffee With Film4 Canon 13:00-15:00 Pitching: BBC VR Lab 13:00-16:00 Script Lab: Project Hothousing Pitching: B-Side Productions VR Lab 16:30-18:30 VR Lab VR Lab Meet the Filmmakers Social 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:0020:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 22:30 23:00

SPECIAL EVENTS

THURSDAY

MasterclassES & Workshops

VENUE TIME

Building Your Team: How to Find Your Cast York Explore 10:00-11:00

Film4: From Short Content to Features Yorkshire Museum 10:30-11:30

The Possibilities of Narrative Through VR York Explore 11:30-12:30

Workshop: Storytelling & Shorties with Gal-dem York Theatre Royal Studio 11:30-13:30

Script Lab: Working With Script Editors Yorkshire Museum 12:00-13:00

Building a Believable World: The Elements of Production Design York Explore 13:00-14:00

Script Lab: Genre Rules & How to Break Them Yorkshire Museum 13:30-14:30

Workshop: Writing in 360 I Nonlinear Narratives York Theatre Royal Studio 14:00-16:00

Framing, Lighting, Focus: The Cinematographer’s Vision York Explore 14:30-15:30

Presenting Real Stories: Producing Oscar-Winning Documentaries Yorkshire Museum 15:00-16:00

Audience Choice: Who Decides What’s On-Screen? York Explore 16:00-17:00

Workshop: Open Your Eyes to Cinema Cameras: A Practical Workshop with Canon York Theatre Royal Studio 16:30-18:30

Following Your Own Path: From Acting to Directing Yorkshire Museum 16:30-17:30

Ubisoft: Journeys into Narrative Design York Explore 17:15-18:15

Telling Authentic Stories: The Ethics of Representation York Explore 18:30-19:30

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EVENTs & Networking

Script Lab: Playroom (Cohort Only)

VENUE TIME

York Theatre Royal Upper Foyer 10:00-12:00

Pitching: Film Wales (Application only) Virtual 10:00 -14:00

Pitching: Scottish Documentary Society (Application only) Virtual 10:30-12:30

Aesthetica x Audible x LCC Sound Installation Bedern Hall 10:30-20:00

VR Lab City Screen Basement 11:00-21:00

Fringe Exhibition: Unite. Create. Transform.

Networking 3: Idea Generation & Collaboration

Street Life Hub 29-31 Coney Street 11:00-19:00

York Theatre Royal Upper Foyer 12:30-14:00

Pitching: Film4 (Application only) Malmaison 13:00-15:00

Pitching: BBC (Application Only) Malmaison 13:00-16:00

Coffee with Canon 1331 14:00-15:30

Script Lab: Project Hothousing (Cohort only) 1331 15:45-17:00

Pitching: B-Side Productions (Application only) Malmaison 16:30-18:30

Meet the Filmmakers Social Rose in the Wall 20:00-23:00

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32 FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER TIME CITY SCREEN SCREEN 1 CITY SCREEN SCREEN 2 NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EARLY MUSIC FRIARGATE YORK THEATRE ROYAL STUDIO YORKSHIRE MUSEUM YORK EXPLORE Working to Writing for a Brief: Screen: BBC Drama 2 Documentary 4 Drama 6 Experimental 2 Content With Writersroom Impact Workshop: The Future of Expanding Creating Storytelling: Realities: The Fashion in a Ridley Scott Ethics Behind 3D World Associates the Technology Thriller 1 Comedy 3 Experimental 1 Drama 4 11:00-13:00 Visual Effects: Immersive Realising Filmmaking: the Impossible Identity and Workshop: Belonging How to Make BFI Doc a 360 Film Society: This Drama 3 Documentary 5 Thriller 3 From Concept Acquisitions Diversifying Is The Place to Production and Audiences: Cinema: Channel 4 Levelling the on Feature Film Playing Field London College Developing Financing Animation 4 of Fashion Fashion 2 Artists’ Workshop: Award-Winning Your Film: Showcase Film 1 A Dive into Animations Budgeting for Practical Success Technologies: A Workshop with Canon Writing Real Narrative Life: Documentary 3 Feature 4: Drama 1 Tony Mother Schumacher Midnight Fashion 3 We Are Parable: Drama 5 Thriller 4 Seeing Comedy 4 Ourselves Animation 3 Music Video 2 Comedy 2 Documentary 2 Dance 2 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 22:3023:00
33 Aesthetica & Audible VR Lab Pitching: Sound Fringe Doc Society Installation Exhibition: Unite. Create. (Application Transform. Networking 4: Only) Casting VR Lab Indie Film VR Lab VR Lab Pitching: Guardian Docs (Application Only) VR Lab Jury Dinner VR & Tech Soirée VR Lab Women in Film Dinner VR Lab (Invitation Only) Friday Night Party CITY SCREEN BASEMENT YORK THEATRE ROYAL UPPER FOYER MALMAISON BEDERN HALL STREET LIFE 1331 LOS MOROS 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:3020:00 20:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 22:30 23:00

SPECIAL EVENTS

FRIDAY

MasterclassES & Workshops

VENUE TIME

Writing for Screen with BBC Writersroom Yorkshire Museum 10:00-11:00

Working to a Brief: Content with Impact York Theatre Royal Studio 10:00-11:00

Workshop: Creating Fashion in a 3D World York Theatre Royal Studio 11:00-13:00

Expanding Realities: The Ethics Behind the Technology York Explore 11:30-12:30

The Future of Storytelling: Ridley Scott Associates Yorkshire Museum 11:30-12:30

Visual Effects: Realising the Impossible Yorkshire Museum 13:00-14:00

Immersive Filmmaking: Identity and Belonging York Explore 13:00-14:00

Workshop: How to Make a 360 Film York Theatre Royal Studio 13:30-15:30

Acquisitions and Audiences: Channel 4 on Feature Film Yorkshire Museum 14:30-15:30

Diversifying Cinema: Levelling the Playing Field York Explore 14:30-15:30

Developing Award-Winning Animations: Bold Narratives & Memorable Characters Yorkshire Museum 16:00-17:00

Financing Your Film: Budgeting for Success York Explore 16:00-17:00

Workshop: A Dive into Practical Technologies: A Workshop with Canon York Theatre Royal Studio 16:00-18:00

Writing Real Life: In Conversation with Tony Schumacher Yorkshire Museum 17:30-18:30

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4 NOVEMBER

EVENTs & Networking VENUE

Aesthetica

Bedern Hall 10:30-17:00

Pitching: Doc Society (Application only) Malmaison 11:00-12:30

VR Lab City Screen 11:00-21:00

Fringe Exhibition: Unite. Create. Transform. 29-31 Coney Street 11:00-19:00

Networking 4: Casting Independent Film

York Theatre Royal Upper Foyer 12:00-13:30

Pitching: Guardian Docs (Application only) Malmaison 15:30-17:30

Jury Dinner (Cohort Only) 1331 17:00-19:00

VR Soiree: Free Drinks & Networking

York Theatre Royal Upper Foyer 17:30-18:30

Women in Film Dinner (Invitation Only) Los Moros 19:00-Late

Friday Night Party 1331 20:00-23:00

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36 SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER TIME CITY SCREEN SCREEN 1 CITY SCREEN SCREEN 2 BOOTHAM NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EARLY MUSIC FRIARGATE YSJU CREATIVE CENTRE AUDITORIUM YSJU CREATIVE CENTRE LISTENING ROOM Family Fashion 2 Dance 1 Advertising 1 Comedy 2 Documentary 5 Friendly 1 Music Video 1 Animation 1 Family Artists’ Friendly 2 Film 2 Who Can Drama 6 Tell What Stories? Comedy 5 Drama 7 Documentary 2 Drama 5 Family Comedy 4 Friendly 3 Animation 4 Drama 8 Thriller 4 Experimental 3 Narrative Doc Feature 4: Feature 5: On the Bridge Hideout Animation 2 Drama 9 Birds’ Eye View: She Weaves Thriller 3 Experimental 1 Documentary 1 A Dream Fashion 3 Comedy 1 Listening Pitch: Drama 10 Film Premiere Drama 11 Pakistan Stories: Experimental 2 Launch Party The Female Gaze Doors at 19:00 Documentary 4 Thriller 1 Comedy 3 Drama 12 Animation 3 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 22:30 23:00
37 YORKSHIRE MUSEUM YORK EXPLORE CITY SCREEN BASEMENT YORK THEATRE ROYAL UPPER FOYER & STUDIO MALMAISON STREET LIFE YSJU CREATIVE CENTRE CC/011 YORK DUNGEON Building Your Crew: How to Kids’ Workshop: World-Building: Find a Do You Want A Masterclass Producer To Be A from Director? Framestore VR Lab Fringe (10:00-13:00) Career Exhibition: Fringe: Strategy: Networking 5: Unite. Create. Walking Tour Working with Building Your Developing Transform. of York Actors: Network Your Festival Pitching: (11:30) Navigating the Strategy StudioCanal Industry VR Lab (Application Fringe: Only) Walking Tour Making the of York Cut: An (13:00) Editor’s Kids’ Workshop: Guide VR Lab Workshop: How To Creating Your XR Tools Make A Film Own Platform: in Filmmaking Pitching: (14:00-17:00) Exploring NFTs & From High End StudioCanal Fringe: Ethics and the Metaverse to DIY Walking Tour Cinematography: (Application of York Canon Binaural Sound: VR Lab Only) (15:00) Hearing in 3D with Routes to Audible Success: Workshop: Low Budget So You Want to High End VR Lab to Make Your Own Augmented Perfecting Reality? Your Pitch: Guardian Documentaries VR Lab Thriller 2 Dance 2 VR Lab Fashion 1 Documentary 3 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 21:30 22:00 22:30 23:00 UPPER FOYER STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO

SPECIAL

MasterclassES & Workshops

VENUE

Building Your Crew: How to Find a Producer York Explore

Kids’ Workshop: Do You Want To Be A Director?

10:00-11:00

YSJU Creative Centre CC/011 10:00-13:00

World-Building: A VFX Masterclass from Framestore Yorkshire Museum 10:30-11:30

Career Strategy: Building Your Network York Explore 11:30-12:30

Working with Actors: Navigating the Industry Yorkshire Museum 12:00-13:00

Making the Cut: An Editor’s Guide Yorkshire Museum 13:30-14:30

Workshop: XR Tools in Filmmaking York Theatre Royal Studio 14:00-16:00

Kids’ Workshop: How to Make A Film YSJU Creative Centre CC/011 14:00-17:00

Creating Your Own Platform: NFTs and the Metaverse York Explore 14:30-15:30

Exploring Ethics and Cinematography: In Partnership with Canon Yorkshire Museum 15:00-16:00

Binaural Sound: Hearing in 3D with Audible York Explore 15:45-16:45

Routes to Success: From Low Budget Features to High-End TV Yorkshire Museum 16:30-17:30

Workshop: So You Want to Make Your Own Augmented Reality? York Theatre Royal Studio 16:30-18:30

Perfecting Your Pitch with Guardian Documentaries Yorkshire Museum 18:00-19:00

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EVENTs & Networking VENUE

VR Lab City Screen

11:00-21:00

Fringe: Walking Tour of York York Dungeon 11:30, 13:00, 15:00

Fringe Exhibition: Unite. Create. Transform. 29-31 Coney Street 11:00-19:00

Networking 5: Developing Your Festival Strategy

York Theatre Royal Upper Foyer 11:30-13:00

Pitching: StudioCanal (Application Only) Malmaison 12:00-14:00

Pitching: StudioCanal (Application Only) Malmaison 14:30-16:30

Listening Pitch: Film Premiere & Live DJ Session

National Centre for Early Music 19:00-23:00 (Doors at 19:00)

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workshops, EVENTs & Networking VENUE

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Kids’ Workshop: Do You Want To Be A Director? YSJU Creative Centre CC/011 10:00-13:00

VR Lab City Screen 11:00-21:00

Fringe Exhibition: Unite. Create. Transform. 29-31 Coney Street 11:00-19:00

Fringe: Walking Tour of York York Dungeon 11:30, 13:00, 15:00

Networking 6: Last Chance Encounters 1331 12:00-13:30

Kids’ Workshop: How to Make A Film YSJU Creative Centre CC/011 14:00-17:00

Awards Ceremony Yorkshire Museum 16:30-19:00

After Party 1331 19:00-21:00

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Guest Programmes

Captivating the screen. Sparking a conversation.

Enjoy our curated guest programmes from leading organisations. In 2022, we welcome We Are Parable, Queer East Film Festival, Iris Prize, BFI Doc Society, Director’s Notes, Scottish Documentary Institute, Transgender Film Centre, Birds’ Eye View, Oska Bright and Norwegian Shorts to share their perspectives from across the globe. Share in these multitudinous stories.

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VENUES

The Festival Hub is located in the foyer of the cinema, where our team will be ready to greet you. There is an inside and riverside cafe for refreshments. Collect tickets from here. Our expansive range of venues creates a cinematic playground. From purpose-built theatres to renovated structures and riverside picturehouses, our screenings and events take place in an eclectic mix of historic and contemporary buildings. Venue accessibility and capacity information is listed next to the venue name over the following pages and on the map. Opening hours: 09:30-18:00.

City Screen (fully accessible)

Seating Capacity: 120 / 206

Overlooking the spectacular River Ouse, City Screen is at the heart of independent film in York. It is also the venue for ASFF’s Opening Night Ceremony. This is the place to network and experience film as it should be.

STREET LIFE HUB (fully accessible)

Seating Capacity: 50

Street Life explores new ways to revitalise and diversify York’s Coney Street, drawing inspiration from the city’s rich history and heritage and vibrant creative communities, shaping the future of the high street.

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YSJU cREATIVE cENTRE: auditorium / Listening room (Fully accessible) Seating Capacity: 129 / 50

The new York St John Creative Centre is a purpose-built, three-storey creative space where bold architecture meets innovative facilities. The centrepiece is a fantastic theatre complete with state-of-the-art sound systems.

Bootham School (fully accessible) Seating Capacity: 100

The Bootham School Arts Centre is the city’s stunning new venue with state-of-the-art facilities, located off Gillygate, close to York Art Gallery and York Theatre. This venue is home to many of our film screenings.

Explore York (fully accessible) Seating Capacity: 60

Explore York is the first venue of its kind in the country. ASFF hosts a number of events in the library, including a selection of panel discussions. Explore York is just a few minutes away from Yorkshire Museum and the Hub.

Friargate Theatre (non-accessible) Seating Capacity: 100

Hidden near the River Ouse and Clifford’s Tower and home to Riding Lights Theatre Company, Friargate Theatre features a 100-seat studio theatre and a caféstyle performance space. A fantastic venue on the river.

National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) (fully accessible)

Seating Capacity: 135

An award-winning medieval church, this is the home of the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival. National Centre for Early Music is a short walk from the city centre and 12 minutes from the City Screen Hub.

Yorkshire Museum (fully accessible) Seating Capacity: 300

The Yorkshire Museum is the venue for screenings, masterclasses and the Closing Night Ceremony. The museum was founded by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society in 1830, inside the York Museum Gardens.

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1331 (Fully ACCESSIBLE)

Capacity: 100

Situated in York’s Latin Quarter, this gastro-bar is a true hive of activity. It’s the home of our Networking Events and also the renowned Friday Night Party: a great place to touch base with and meet other filmmakers.

Pitcher & Piano (Fully accessible)

Seating Capacity: 200

Located on Coney Street, Pitcher & Piano is a great bar to visit to relax with old friends and new – and is located just a stone’s throw away from the City Screen Festival Hub. It is fully accessible and has fantastic views of the River Ouse.

Step in from the medieval streets of York to relax in Rose Within The Walls, a newly renovated bar where you can experience Masons of Yorkshire gin in style. This is the venue for ASFF’s Meet the Filmmakers event.

bedern hall (Fully accessible)

Seating Capacity: 80

Bedern Hall is situated on Bartle Garth in central York. Bartle Garth can be accessed from St Andrewgate or from Goodramgate. Bedern Hall is home to three of York’s ancient Guild, who still help to shape the city.

doubletree (fully accessible)

Seating Capacity: 120

The Doubletree at Hilton is a new venue for ASFF 2022 and home to the Hey, Sunshine Party. This welcoming and accessible space will become a hub for socialising and networking, only one minute from the city walls.

malmaison (fully accessible)

Malmaison is a polished hotel venue located six minutes from City Screen Hub. It is host to the 1-on-1 pitching sessions with industry representatives, includ ing BBC Film, Film 4, and Guardian Documentaries.

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Rose within the walls (upstairs bar ACCESSIBLE) Capacity: 120
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FESTIVAL HUB & CITY SCREEN City Screen, York 13-17 Coney Street, YO1 9QL

EXPLORE YORK

Library Square, Museum Street, YO1 7DS

YORKSHIRE MUSEUM

Museum Gardens, YO1 7F

YORK THEATRE ROYAL

St Leonard’s Place, YO1 7HD

BOOTHAM

49-57 Bootham, YO30 7BU

FRIARGATE THEATRE

Lower Friargate, YO1 9SL

YORK ST. JOHN UNIVERSITY

Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EARLY MUSIC

Walmgate, YO1 9TL

BEDERN HALL

St Andrewgate, YO1 7AL

STREET LIFE HUB

29-31 Coney St, YO1 9QL

MALMAISON

2 Rougier St, York YO90 1UU

YORK DUNGEON

12 Clifford St, YO1 9RD

1331 BAR & RESTAURANT

3 Grape Lane. YO1 7HU

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON

St Maurice’s Road, YO31 7JA

PITCHER & PIANO Coney Street, YO1 9QL

ROSE WITHIN THE WALLS

1 Tower St, YO1 9WD

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THE AESTHETICA TEAM

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Cherie Federico Director Dale Donley Director MEGAN HOBSON Advertising Coordinator HELEN OSBOND
Operations
Manager ELEANOR SUTHERLAND
Creative
Producer
SAFFRON WARD Content Editor MEET
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MATT GLASBY Designer Rosie harrison Internship Matthew Millard Technical Coordinator laura kirkwood Digital Assistant MEGAN JONES Editorial Assistant KATHERINE SMIRA Education Coordinator

MEET OUR PROGRAMMERS

Find out more about the industry professionals behind this year’s Official Selection. Our inspiring team have many years of experience in programming, commissioning, publishing, production, curation, events and direction, and have worked with the likes of BFI, Doc/Fest and BFI London Film Festival.

Adam Castle

Adam Castle is director of Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival and Pollyanna queer arts and cabaret company. Adam won the Creative Edinburgh Leadership Award in 2016 and has previously worked for BFI Film Audience Network and BFI Flare LGBTQIA+ Film Festival.

abi mitchell

Abi is a cultural programmer and producer who works broadly across contemporary culture at large. Abi has previously worked on developing film programmes for Liverpool Biennial 2021, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Yorkshire Sculpture International.

Aduke King

Aduke King has worked as a Short Film Programmer for several leading film festivals. She enjoys finding space in festivals for unseen work, using programming as a way to widen audiences, broaden perspectives and give filmmakers brand new and exciting opportunities.

Cherie Federico

Cherie Federico is the Director of Aesthetica, the internationally acclaimed British art and culture brand that began with Aesthetica Magazine in 2002 and is now a multi-platform reaching over 500,000, including the BAFTA-Qualifying ASFF and Aesthetica Art Prize.

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Advertising / Fashion Dance Drama
Drama

Dale Donley

Dale is the Production Director and co-founder of Aesthetica Magazine and the Aesthetica Short Film Festival. He spent his early career working as an artist and then moved into graphic design. He is passionate about film and is particularly interested in animation.

HANNAH MCHAFFIE

Hannah McHaffie is a Film Exhibition Freelancer based in Sheffield. She is the Marketing and Operations Coordinator at Live Cinema UK. Hannah was previously Film Programme Coordinator at Sheffield Doc/Fest and served as a Programme Advisor for the 2022 edition.

Harvey dimond

Harvey Dimond is a British-Barbadian visual artist, writer and researcher currently based between Glasgow and Athens. Working primarily with video and print, their practice works with queer(ed) pre and post-colonial histories in the Caribbean and Southern Africa.

kIT monkman

Kit is an award-winning artist and filmmaker whose work is driven by an interest in interaction, participation, visual perspective and non-linear narrative expressed through a range of formats which include film, interactive installations and theatre design, amongst other media.

Lauren Clarke

Lauren Clarke is a film programmer, events producer and researcher. She has worked with both UK and inter national film festivals, as well as well-known organisa tions including TIFF, BFI London Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival and Document Human Rights Festival.

Marbelle

MarBelle is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of independent film curation and interview platform Directors Notes. Since its formation in 2006, Directors Notes has expanded to become known as one of the web’s leading curatorial platforms for independent film.

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Drama Animation / Family Friendly
Artists’ Film
Comedy / Drama Narrative Features Experimental

Mikey Murray

Mikey is an award-winning filmmaker who, in 2007, was the recipient of the Scottish BAFTA award for Best First Time Writer. Mikey has a PhD in Film Practice and is currently the programme leader for the BA Film Production course at the University of Lincoln.

Natalie Gee

Natalie Gee is a filmmaker and festival programmer who has worked for Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts and Brooklyn Film Festival. She has also curated feminist film nights for Brooklyn Museum and programmes around mental health for UnLonely Film Festival.

Rachel pronger

Rachel Pronger is an independent writer, curator and cofounder of feminist collective Invisible Women. She has worked for numerous cinemas and festivals, including BFI Flare, Alchemy Film & Arts and BFI London Film Festival. She has also worked for Tyneside Cinema.

Rob Speranza

Rob is a producer, director and line producer from New York, who currently resides in north of the UK. His feature film credits include  Arthur and Merlin, Entity, Inbred and  Small Creatures  (nominated for Best Film at EIFF 2013). He has also directed over 15 short films.

rico johnson-sinclair

In 2017, Rico launched CineQ – a queer film festival that prioritises queer and trans Black, Indigenous and people of colour. Rico is also currently Race Equality Lead for the BFI. This role includes working to bring a critical perspective into conversations about race.

Samantha Kingston

Samantha has worked in the immersive technologies industry for the past six years. She has worked on Expanded Reality festivals across the UK and globally, including Sheffield Documentary Festival, BFI LFF Expanded and Edinburgh Fringe Digital Entertainment Festival.

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Drama Drama
Documentary Shorts / Features VR & Immersive
Thriller

MEET THE ADVISORY BOARD

Aesthetica’s Advisory Board brings together a range of backgrounds and expertise, from academia and commissioning, to production and direction. Our team of talented professionals represents a number of key organisations, from Industrial Light & Magic to BBC, as well as a number of renowned independent practitioners.

Clare is a creative and development consultant and an elected member of the BAFTA Film Committee, where she serves on the Learning, Inclusion and Talent team. Most recently, she delivered Sheffield Doc/Fest as the CEO and is Chair of the Aesthetica Advisory Board.

Dionne Farrell is a former Development Executive at BBC Film, the feature filmmaking arm of the BBC. She has, throughout her career, worked across a number of films, including Rapman’s Blue Story , Francis Lee’s Ammonite , and Akinola Davies’ debut short, Lizard .

Head of New Writing BBC

Jess Loveland is Head of New Writing, working across BBC Writersroom and Drama Commissioning to nurture new and emerging writers. Jess oversees all new writing talent development initiatives and works closely with the Writersroom and Drama Commissioning teams.

Julian Foddy VFX Supervisor ILM

Before entering the world of digital visual effects, Julian spent 15 years in the music industry. In 2015, he joined the London arm of the VFX studio Industrial Light & Magic. Julian acted, most recently, as global supervisor for ILM’s work on Spiderman – Far From Home.

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Dionne Farrell Development Executive B-Side Productions

MarBelle Co-Founder Directors Notes

MarBelle is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of independent film curation and interview platform Directors Notes. Since its formation in 2006, Directors Notes has expanded to become known as one of the web’s leading curatorial platforms for independent film.

Max Park Development Editor Film 4

Max is a Development Editor at Film4, Channel 4’s fea ture division. The company’s slate includes  Three Bill boards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Ex Machina  and Slum dog Millionaire. Max works with both new and established filmmakers – helping to see their vision come to life.

Nyree Jillings

Head of Campaigns BFI

Nyree has over 20 years of marketing, brand and audi ence engagement experience, which includes 10 years at the BFI in a variety of roles including marketing lead on BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare: London LG BTQIA+ Film Festival. Nyree is now Head of Campaigns.

Richard Knight Career Support Manager

In 2003, Richard Knight got his big break as a loca tion manager working on Shane Meadows’ Dead Man’s Shoes. In his role at Screen Yorkshire, Richard delivers training sessions and industry masterclasses, regularly teaching individuals about how to secure employment.

SADIE CLAYTON Artist and Designer

Sadie Clayton is an award-winning designer who explores the creative boundaries between art, technology and fashion. Fascinated by innovation, Sadie has presented work at the Royal Academy of the Arts, Tate and V&A, and created content with Adobe films, amongst others.

Steve Jelley Director Dimension VR

Steve Jelley is an award-winning producer and creative entrepreneur with over two decades’ experience in con tent production, distribution and technology innovation. He is co-founder and joint managing director of immer sive content studio Hammerhead VR, part of Dimension.

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MEET OUR JURY

Our Jury brings together individuals with a range of backgrounds and expertise, from academia and commissioning, to production, programming and direction. Our dedicated team represents a number of organisations such as Audible, Channel 4, SKY VR, BBC Writersroom, Curzon and Blue Zoo.

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Founder of The British Blacklist

Akua Gyamfi has over 20 years’ experience in the enter tainment industry, with a career spanning fashion, film, television, theatre, print, and media. In 2019, she joined forces with Soul Film, The New Black Film Collective, and We Are Parable to launch S.O.U.L. Film Festival.

Senior Development Producer, BBC R&D

Alia Sheikh is a Senior Development Producer in the Production Applied Research Area of BBC Research & Development. Her work is focused on the research questions of how to effectively convey a narrative and unobtrusively direct attention in immersive 360 videos.

Lecturer, Goldsmiths University

Alice Dunseath is a filmmaker and animator. She is also a lecturer in Animation and Digital Media: Image-making, at Goldsmiths, University of London. She works across diverse mediums, ranging from video art and moving image to animation, live action and installations.

Assistant Commissioner, BBC Drama

Alice Ramsey currently works as an Assistant Commis sioner in BBC Drama. She works across both Drama Commissioning and the BBC Writersroom to develop writing talent and support production of the drama slate, with a specific focus on the North of England.

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VR &
Alice Ramsey
Drama

Ana-Despina Tudor Course Leader, LCC

Ana is the Course Leader of the VR Master’s Programme at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, where she also teaches VR content creation and immersive storytelling. She has a PhD in Human Computer Interaction for Virtual Reality Content Design.

Professor of Time-Based Media, UCA Canterbury Andrew Kötting has made over 100 films in his career to date. After some early forays into market trading and scrap-metal dealing, he graduated from Slade School of Fine Art in 1989. Presently he is a Professor of Time Based Media at University of Creative Arts, Canterbury.

Features

Anthony Andrews Co-Founder, We Are Parable

Anthony Andrews is the Co-Founder and Creative Direc tor of We Are Parable, an award-winning film exhibition company. They provide UK audiences with opportuni ties to experience Black Cinema in culturally relevant, formally innovative and memorable ways.

Born in Brisbane, Australia, Bart started out in the music industry and moved into production. He joined Blink Productions in 2002 and started Blinkink in 2005. Highlights include projects with Iron Maiden, Netflix, BBC, John Lewis, Gorillaz, Channel 4 and Elton John.

Executive Producer, Sheffield Doc/Fest

Charlie Phillips is a documentary film programmer, producer and consultant. He’s currently working as the Executive Producer, Industry Participation, at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Head of Stories at Lyfta. His previous roles included being Head of Video at The Guardian.

Christina Newland Film Critic & Journalist

Christina Newland is the lead film critic at the i Newspaper and a journalist on film at VICE, Sight & Sound, BBC, MUBI, Empire , and others. Her first book, She Found It at the Movies: Women Writers on Sex, Desire and Cinema , was published in March 2020 by Red Press.

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Andrew Kötting
Artists’ Film / Experimental / Dance
Bart Yates Executive Producer, Blinkink Documentary Charlie Philips Documentary Animation Comedy

Editor, Acquired Feature Film, Channel 4

Dan Borgonon is the Editor for Acquired Feature Film at Channel 4 Television, showcasing the best mainstream and independent feature films across its portfolio of channels including All 4, the UK’s biggest free streaming service watched by millions nationwide.

David is the editor of Little White Lies, a bi-monthly movie magazine which has just reached its 60 th issue. He worked as a film critic for  Time Out London prior to joining the LWL team and has written for Sight & Sound, The Guardian , MUBI, amongst other outlets.

David has worked as an independent film, TV and theatre producer for over 30 years. His film credits include Henry V, Peter’s Friends, Much Ado About Nothing, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Twelfth Night, The Wings of the Dove and Shakespeare in Love, amongst others.

Delphine is a freelance distribution consultant, advo cating for diversity and inclusion on and off-screen in the UK film industry. She previously worked as Head of Distribution at Bohemia Media, a UK based distribution company that focuses on uplifting marginalised voices.

Francesca Adams

Co-Director & Storyboard Artist, Blue Zoo Francesca Adams has always been fascinated by sto rytelling and works as a Storyboard Artist and Writer for children’s television. Most recently, she has worked as Co-Director on a brand new – and soon to be an nounced – series from Blue-Zoo Animation Studios.

ryan swindlehurst Public Programme & Audiences Coordinator, BFI

Ryan Swindlehurst works in Public Programming at the BFI and is an independent programmer. Ryan’s past projects include Scared to Leave the Room , Elephant and Castle’s longest ever film programme and the UK premiere of Hervé Guibert’s Modesty, or Immodesty.

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Dean, London College of Fashion Dr Jessica Bugg is Dean of the School of Media and Communication, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, and was awarded a PhD from the same institution back in 2006. Jessica’s work has been screened in venues including the ICA London.

Head of Operations, Curzon Home Cinema

Jessica is Head of Operations for Curzon Home Cinema. She has worked in home entertainment and distribution for over 10 years, and in 2019 she was selected to be part of Future Leaders in Distribution – a prestigious female leadership programme from Birds’ Eye View.

VFX Supervisor, Industrial Light & Magic

Julian Foddy is a VFX supervisor at the renowned Indus trial Light & Magic. He has worked on many film pro jects including Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and Solo: A Star Wars Story . He was also Global Supervisor for Spiderman: Far From Home and Artemis Fowl.

Julie La’Bassiere Awards, Apple

Julie La’Bassiere is an Awards, Publicity and Marketing Strategist based in London, where she manages Awards campaigns in the UK for Apple TV+. She is a film indus try expert who has been at the forefront of innovative 360 entertainment strategy for over two decades.

Creative Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival

Kristy Matheson is the Creative Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival, an annual fortnight of cinema screenings and related events taking place each June. They are the former Director of Film at ACMI, Australia’s National Museum of Screen Culture.

HANNAH BUSH BAILEY

Production Manager, BFI

Hannah Bush Bailey is the film and production executive for the BFI Doc Society fund. She works across the funds feature slate and Made of Truth short scheme, supporting ambitious filmmakers both in production and editorially. The fund aims to develop storytellers from across the UK.

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Linda Brusasco Executive Producer, Fremantle

Linda Brusasco heads up development at Fremantle’s newly formed Global Docs team, with the goal to orig inate and support premium features and series interna tionally. She began her career as a journalist, before working for a series of major global broadcasters.

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Creative Director, Sky VR

Richard Nockles has been at the cutting edge of VR innovation for the last eight years. He founded the UK’s first specialist VR studio in 2011, and he was instrumental in reinventing the 360 and VR genre across the UK’s broadcasting and advertising industry.

Natalia Guarín

Head of Production, Look

Natalia is a producer, originally from Colombia. She has helped create experiential music, documentary and commercial motion and print global content for over 13 years. She has worked for brands like Adidas, Prada and Google. She is currently Head of Production for Look.

Sandra Hebron

Head of Screen Arts, NFTS

Sandra Hebron is a film curator and is currently Head of Screen Arts at the UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS). Her previous roles include Head of Festi vals at the BFI/Artistic Director BFI London Film Festival and Cinemas Director at Manchester Cornerhouse.

sADIE CLAYTON Artist and Designer

Sadie Clayton is an independent designer exploring the creative boundaries between art, technology and fashion. Fascinated by innovation, Sadie has presented work at the Royal Academy of the Arts, Tate Modern and the V&A, and has created content with Adobe films.

Shelley Jones Video Commissioner, NOWNESS

Shelley Jones is Video Commissioner at NOWNESS – a global video channel and platform screening the best in contemporary culture. As part of the commissioning team, she develops new series and commissions original work across a range of subjects – searching out talent.

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Simon Nelson Development Exec, BBC Writers Room

Simon Nelson is the Development Executive for BBC Writersroom. He leads the development of new writers and writing for BBC drama, comedy and children’s drama, covering a range of television, radio and online content. He has also worked for the BBC and ITV.

Features

Terri White is a British journalist, editor and author. She was the editor-in-chief of Empire magazine. White’s memoir, Coming Undone, is currently in development with Netflix. She is a fellow of The Royal Society for Arts.

Steve melia

Video Production Manager, Audible Steve is a Producer at Audible, where he makes videos to launch and tell the stories behind new podcasts and audiobooks. In partnership with Aesthetica, he created The Listening Pitch , a documentary film grant that celebrates listening and supports emerging talent.

the winning films. jOIN US AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY.

16:30-19:00

Every film in Aesthetica’s Official Selection is in competition for one of our prestigious awards, chosen by an experienced jury. Join us in recognising outstanding achievements.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TICKET.

Aesthetica is about more than film. It’s about providing lifelong learning and creating meaningful opportunities to connect with others. We believe that cinema allows us to create a community, and our parties, workshops and discussions share this ethos.

Our special events provide a lively mix of industry-led masterclasses, networking and social opportunities, as well as focused mentoring and the chance to view the next generation of filmmakers. Whether you’re interested in expanding your contact list and meeting potential collaborators or learning something new, look no further.

Highlights for 2022 include unique pitching and workshops, as well as expanded socials, parties and, new to the festival this year, a series of workshops where you can learn how to work with the world’s newest and most immersive technologies.

All in-person events must be pre-booked. Most events will be recorded and will be available to watch back on our platform. To find out more, visit: asff.co.uk/tickets

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Opening Night Ceremony

We launch our 12th edition with a special screening of outstanding, in spiring and thought-provoking works from the 2022 Official Selection. Curated by Festival Director Cherie Federico, the Opening Night Cere mony introduces audiences to the breadth of the festival programme with a special screening that captures a taste of what’s to come.

Date & Time: 1 November | 18:00 - 21:00. Screening starts at 18:30. Venue: City Screen, YO1 9QL

WEDNESDAY

Hey, Sunshine Party

Ease into the week ahead with our first party of the festival. Hosted by Doubletree by Hilton, our throwback to the 1970s and 1980s is a perfect opportunity to grab a free gin and tonic (first-come, first-served) and experience the classics: The Stranglers, Blondie, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Abba and more. So pop in, grab a drink and make some new connections.

Date & Time: 2 November | 20:00-23:00

Venue: Doubletree by Hilton, YO31 7JA

THURSDAY

Meet the filmmakers

Get to know the creatives at the heart of ASFF 2022. This event invites our Official Selection to meet and network. Meet the Filmmakers is your chance to expand your contacts and liaise with industry professionals, fellow filmmakers and a vast array of creative practitioners. Attendees will receive a free gin on entry, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Date & Time: 3 November | 20:00-23:00

Venue: Rose Within the Walls, YO1 9WD

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VR and Tech soirée

A destination for those working in new technologies, the VR and Tech Soirée invites industry guests to come together and contemplate the future of VR and immersive filmmaking. This is the perfect place to generate ideas about the future potential for VR entertainment and beyond. The event includes a free welcome drink upon arrival.

Date & Time: 4 November | 17:30-18:30

Venue: York Theatre Royal Upper Foyer, YO1 7HD

friday night party

1331 hosts the renowned Friday Night Party, helping to carry Aesthetica Short Film Festival into a weekend of social events and inspiring cinema. Located in York’s vibrant Grape Lane, the party provides the ideal location to join in with the festivities or re-group with new friends. Grab a drink, connect with industry members and prepare for a busy weekend.

Date & Time: 4 November | 20:00-23:00

Venue: 1331 YO1 7HU

SATURDAY

LIstening Pitch: Film premiere & Live DJ Set

Aesthetica and Audible teamed up to run The Listening Pitch , which included an open brief, looking for original stories that demonstrated how listening lets us understand different points of view. Join us for the premiere of three winning films and 2021 winner. Drinks on arrival and screenings start at 19:30, followed by a live DJ set by Human Capital.

Date & Time: 5 November | 19:00-23:00

Venue: National Centre for Early Music, YO1 9TL

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awards ceremony

To bring our 12th edition to a close, we welcome filmmakers, delegates and audiences to tune in to our live prize-giving ceremony. Prizes are awarded for the best film in each of our genres, as well as our Audience Choice, Best of Fest and Special Guest Awards. Join in with the celebra tions. The closing ceremony will be followed by a drinks reception.

Date & Time: 6 November | 16:30-19:00

Venue: Yorkshire Museum, YO1 7FR

VARIOUS DAYS

Playroom

Director Paul Fraser leads this interactive session, examining how to dig deep to the core of your script, extract a logline that will sell your film in 25 words or less and stand out from the crowd. Paul uses a systematic method to identify universal themes within your work, helping you to shape your stories and reach your potential... with the help of LEGO!

Date & Time: 2 & 3 November | 16:15 - 17:15 | 10:00 - 12:00

Venue: Pitcher & Piano & York Theatre Royal

VARIOUS DAYS

masterclasses

Our 2022 speakers include representatives from the ICA, Guardian Documentaries, the BFI, Channel 4 and BBC Writersroom, as well as directors, producers and visual effects specialists from the likes of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Spiderman: Far From Home, Slumdog Millionaire, Saint Maud, The Dark Knight and Atonement .

Date & Time: Various

Venue: Yorkshire Museum & York Explore

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VARIOUS DAYS

Coffee with Canon

Here is a perfect opportunity to meet with and speak with representatives from Canon about the various cameras they have, what they can do and which camera is right for you. Enjoy a coffee during this informal networking event and develop new opportunities to work together. The session is aimed at people working in further and higher education.

Date & Time: 3 November | 14:00-15:30 Venue: 1331

VARIOUS DAYS

sounds you’ve never heard before

This sound device invites the audience to explore sounds that they’ve never heard before. The piece uses a multi-channel generic surround sound system to create a one-hour meditative soundscape. The audience can sit in the middle of the building to soak up the deep listening. This one-off contemplative installation is created in partnership with Audible.

Date & Time: 1-4 November | Various Venue: Bedern Hall, YO1 7AL

VARIOUS DAYS

Daily Networking Events

Whether you’re looking to connect with industry representatives, discover new opportunities or learn new approaches to filmmaking, our daily Networking Sessions offer the perfect opportunity to meet with film sector professionals. Networking hosts include Viridian FX, Festival Formula, the Pitch Film Fund, Spotlight and Northern School of Art.

Date & Time: 1-6 November | Various Venue: York Theatre Royal & Pitcher & Piano

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Filmmaker Insights Panel Discussions

Hear from a selection of filmmakers that make up 2022’s Official Selection. These daily panel discussions are the perfect place to learn more about inspirations, motivations and creative processes, covering topics such as documentary filmmaking, animation, producing on a budget and establishing your own unique style. See more on p. 188

Date & Time: Various Days and Times

Venue: York Explore, YO1 7DS

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Screen School VR Lab

Aesthetica and LCC’s Screen School invite audiences to immerse themselves in the story, discovering new worlds and experiencing 360 cinema and immersive projects. The 360 Lab is held alongside key panel discussions at York Explore. Joining the festival virtually? Purchase an Aesthetica cardboard headset to experience expanded realities at home.

Date & Time: 1-6 November, 11:00-21:00

Venue: City Screen Basement | Pre-booking advised

VR Panel Discussions

Virtual Reality provides viewers with the most immersive and experiential narratives in digital entertainment. Through a synthesis of bold new technologies and the human imagination, VR has become a storytelling device without limits. Join our experts as they discuss the possibilities of narrative, the ethics behind expanded realities and the rise of NFTs.

Date & Time: 3, 4 & 5 November, Various

Venue: York Explore, YO1 7DS

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pitching

Across various days we’re offering a series of 20-minute pitching sessions where experts provide essential and tailored guidance on how to develop ideas, break into the industry and perhaps pursue distribution. These opportunities are offered alongside representatives from BBC Film, Goldfinch, Film4 and StudioCanal. Applications are essential.

Date & Time: 1-6 November, Various Venue: Virtual & Malmaison, YO90 1UU | Pre-booking required

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new technologies Workshops

New to 2022, we are running a series of practical workshops in York Theatre Royal’s studio, alongside London College of Communication and London College of Fashion. These workshops are centred around expanded realities, and include topics such as How to Make a 360 Film, So You Want to Make Your Own Augmented Reality and Writing in 360.

Date & Time: 3-5 November, Various. Capacity: 20. Venue: York Theatre Royal Studio, YO1 7HD

DAYS

women in film dinner

This dinner is an invite-only opportunity for established and emerging women working across film and television to meet and network. We celebrate the outstanding achievements of women in film – from directors, producers and screenwriters to editors, cinematographers and more – and offer a unique chance to discuss future collaborations.

Date & Time: 4 November, 19:00-Late Venue: Los Moros, YO1 7HU

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THE STRANDS

At Aesthetica, our programmes are curated into six daily strands that offer a wide-ranging view of how film has the power to ignite, transform and change the world. Curation at Aesthetica is centred around powerful storytelling, compelling narratives and original ideas.

We programme the festival into six overarching strands, and these strands reflect the current stateof-play. These programmes are then sub-curated thematically by genre. We focus on the topics that are the most meaningful, pressing and present in our world. Film is a mechanism to understand the past and present, and it also offers a view of potential futures.

Our curatorial team comprises a number of talented programmers who have a range of expertise and specialisations, having worked for some of the largest film festivals in the world. Through this curation, audiences can explore new cultures, ideas and engage with the future greats of filmmaking.

The festival is organised into the following strands:

Life as we know it n the bigger picture n We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it n How do you do?

Be Yourself, Everyone else is taken n The Present Was Their Idea of the Future

In-venue screenings will show a range of programmes from across the strand. Programmes will accrue online during 1-6 November and will be available to watch back until 30 November.

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There is never a dull moment on planet Earth. We have witnessed radical shifts in the way that we live, communicate, work, play, socialise and travel. The programmes in this strand offer a way for us to convene, discuss and make sense of things happening around us. We are reminded of all the things that we have in common, rather than the things that we don’t. It’s the simple pleasures in life: a smile from a stranger, a hug from a friend and the sound of a loved one’s voice. There is so much joy and beauty in our shared experiences.

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BIGGER PICTURE

Experiences and memories come together like a puzzle. They are often jumbled up, and sometimes the focus is only on one piece, but when we see the bigger picture, we can start to make sense of life in the 21st century. There would be no way that anyone would have expected a war in Europe, a virus to rage for two years, and the world to edge further towards the 1.5C in the ongoing climate crisis, but here we are. We are united through looking at the bigger picture; these films offer stories of humanity, at both its best and its worst.

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Comedy 5: What the Hell is Going On? p. 99
Documentary 2: What We Inherit p. 103
Drama 3: Alternate Realms p. 109
Drama 6: A Place for Us p. 112
Fashion 2: Spaces of Authenticity p. 128
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WE’LL CROSS THAT BRIDGE WHEN WE COME TO IT

At any given moment in time, we might be confronted with a challenge, but the mark of who you really are is how you take control and turn the tide. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. We need to embrace everything that comes our way and take a moment to feel inspired by each other. There will always be a crossroads, and life will have its ups and downs, but it’s what you do next that tells the tale. These films embrace the resilience of the everyday person and celebrate the moments of pure bliss.

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Animation 2: Truth and Imagination p. 89
Comedy 2: Things Go Astray p. 96
Drama 4: Unsaid, Unseen p. 110
Drama 9: Waving not Drowning p. 115
Drama 11: Destinations and Disruptions p. 117
Drama 12: The Impossible Dream p. 118
Family Friendly 1: Dreams and Imaginations p. 122
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HOW DO YOU DO?

Whether we like it or not, our relationships define us. Who we are is often related to the people that surround and interact with us. There are those that we hold within our inner circles to provide love, support and relief, or those in the outer circles who seek to challenge, incite and provoke. Not all relationships are meant to last, and not all of them work in the ways we expect them to. This strand considers the ties that bind: from fleeting acquaintances and everyday encounters to lifetimes of devotion, affection and kinship.

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BE YOURSELF, EVERYONE ELSE IS TAKEN

Identity is a complex concept. Is it something we can change

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Animation 3: Outside of the Circle p. 90
Artists' Film 1: Embodied Presence p. 92
Comedy 1: Gaining a New Perspective p. 95
Dance 1: Unspoken Words p. 100
Drama 7: Rejecting Mainstream Society p. 113
Experimental 1: Stories We Tell p. 119
Thriller 3: The Life of the Mind p. 138
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THE PRESENT WAS THEIR IDEA OF THE FUTURE

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FINITE: THE CLIMATE OF CHANGE (SUBTITLED)

Rich Felgate UK, 2022, 01:39:33

Inside the core of the climate movement, concerned citizens in Germany put their bodies on the line to save an ancient forest from Europe’s largest coal mine. They form an unlikely alliance with a frustrated community in rural England who are forced into action to protect their homes from a new mine. This is an insider's view into the world of direct action and is raw, authentic and an emotional insight into a battle between community and fuel corporations.

HIDE & SEEK (SUBTITLED)

Victoria Fiore UK, 2021, 1:25:00

Nascondino follows four years in the life of “scugnizzo” streetkid Entoni as he fights for freedom during a state crackdown on children at risk of entering organised crime. Meanwhile, his grandmother Dora, the family matriarch, watches him roam the narrow city streets whilst confronting her own past horrors. In the city of Naples, a world where nothing is as it seems, dreams and half truths may be their only chance for survival.

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November, 17:30 Venue: Bootham

This meditative documentary gives a rare glimpse into remote rural life. After 40 years of solitude, a spirited elderly hermit opens his life to a young female director as he tackles ill health, a declining memory, and questions whether he can live out his last years in the wilderness he calls home. A deeply moving and intimate portrait of life’s private and personal moments, as we contem plate the time and what the future holds for us all.

ON THE BRIDGE (SUBTITLED)

November, 15:30 Venue: Bootham

Women and men board a mysterious train that takes them to a suspended bridge between heaven and Earth. Some try to understand the reason for their presence in this place, others speak of their hopes, their fears; earthly memories sometimes surface. Each one lives in his own way in this state of threshold on the thread of the dream, as if it were a rite of passage. Everyone is walking towards a mysterious goal: the presumed end of the bridge ... but does it really exist?

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Can anyone be a movie hero? Can the world be locked in one film frame? Director Paweł Łoziński is watching people from his balcony as they are passing by: sad, thoughtful, glued to their phones, young and old. Neighbours, random visitors or simply passers-by. The filmmaker accosts them, asks questions, talks about how they deal with life. Standing there for over two years, he has created a space for dialogue, where everyone can stop by and tell their story.

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I’LL GO TO HELL

TUESDAY 1 November, 15:30 Venue: Friargate

Ismahane Lahmar Tunisia, 2021, 1:15:00

Doctors have made it very clear. Najet will die soon. She has been given just two weeks to live. No time to waste. Instead of giving in to self-pity, Najet, a 40-year-old Franco-Tunisian woman, decides to tackle life head on, drinking, laughing, singing and especially organising her big departure. For her, it is out of question to be buried in a white shroud and end up eaten by worms. This moving film reminds viewers of the fragility of life and how we are never truly aware of when our time will come to pass. We must grab hold of every opportunity in front of us.

EASY TIGER

WEDNESDAY 2 November, 17:30 Venue: Friargate

Karel Tuytschaever Belgium, 2022, 1:00:00

An unexpected moment in a session with a client confronts a psychologist with his own inner world. Alienated by the isolation of his seemingly perfect city life, the psychologist encounters an extreme inability to understand and embrace his own human nature. The psychologist's inescapable desires for his male client force him to look at who he does not want to be – it is the only way that he can find out who he really is. This film examines how audiovisual work can provide, as much as possible, the same experience for both hearing and non /partially-hearing viewers.

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THURSDAY 3 November, 21:00 Venue: Friargate

Jorge, a father thousands of miles away from his son, creates an alternate world, planet b234, where he can cope with the anxiety, depression and desperation of being separated from one’s child. Geographical barriers are no match for Jorge’s fertile imagination, but it comes at the cost of his sanity and the very relationship that he is fighting for. This is a story that reminds you of the bonds between family members and the impact that distance can have on relationships; however, we are brought to a future where humans live on different planets.

MOTHER MIDNIGHT

FRIDAY 4 November, 17:30 Venue: NCEM

Mike Beech Republic of Korea, 2022, 1:36:16

Twenty-something Jiwon attempts to deal with the loss of her mother and her father’s worsening and continuous drinking. As he grapples with alcoholism and they both come to terms with loss, there are moments of desperation. Faced with a violent neighbour threatening the family and a complicated love life, she accepts the aid of a local shaman. Slowly, Jiwon begins to accept her divergent path. Life never leads you where you think it’s going to, and in particular, when you think it’s going to. It’s a bird’s eye view into a world that we rarely get to see.

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SATURDAY 5 November, 15:00 Venue: YSJU

Drug dealer Guo-hao hopes to make enough money so that he and his girlfriend can leave their life of crime behind. One day, he is contacted by Michael, a drug broker with an offer to buy a batch of rare cocaine. Guo-hao teams up with longtime buddy Da-wei to borrow money from local crime boss Uncle Ma to complete this deal. On the day of the exchange, however, Michael is found dead and the drugs are already gone. The owner of the cocaine threatens to kill Guo-hao if he fails to come up with the drugs or money. At the same time, Uncle Ma dispatches his henchmen to recover the loan.

ALL IS VANITY

WEDNESDAY 2 November, 13:30 Venue: Friargate

In All is Vanity, an eccentric photographer, his eager assistant, a jaded make-up artist and a bored model gather together for a hip fashion shoot in a London warehouse. They're never used this warehouse location before, but it's not anything out of the ordinary. But when one of their group vanishes overnight, events take a turn for the surreal and bizarre. Those remaining attempt to solve this strange disappearance in a funny, endlessly inventive and reflexive puzzle piece. The tongue-in-cheek performances explore the egos and idiosyncrasies of a fashion shoot gone wrong.

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The films in this programme are about to transmit a message. Promotion takes on a new meaning when it’s a film about the climate crisis, gender inequality and miscarriage. How is film used to communicate? How does advertising change the role film plays in reaching the masses? In this section, reels highlight how film is used to communicate and deliver messages.

ADIDAS COMBAT SPORTS X MATTEO SIGNANI Daniele Quadrelli Italy, 2021, 02:00

Matteo Signani, 42-years-old, is the European Union Boxing middleweight champion. His strong discipline and the constancy of his training define the sportsman, the champion and the man.

LIVING WITH SKY-FRAME – LAKE LUCERNE Boris Noir Germany, 2021, 01:00

Our minds are the source of infinite possibilities. There is no limit to what we can create. But even when creating everything we could wish and hope for, there comes a time for dreams.

BUD Claire Yasamin Norowzian UK, 2021, 03:26

As we live through a global pandemic, everyone’s lives have been thrown upside down and our mental health has taken a major hit. Humans don’t take the benefits of nature seriously enough.

NYC! SOUND (BACK) ON Gilad Avnat, Stav Nahum Israel, 2021, 01:15

This is an audio-visual homage to New York. 900+ sounds sam pled. Six days of shooting. Days of editing. As New Yorkers await a full reopening, the directing duo celebrates the spirit of the city.

DIRTY MONEY

Sinan Sevinç, Dominik Ströhle Germany, 2021, 00:57

Have you ever thought about the journey a dollar bill makes before landing inside your wallet? There is scrutiny on hygiene; no one seems perturbed about handing another person cash.

UNIQLO - FIND YOUR COLOUR Biko Voigts Germany, 2022, 01:30

A light-hearted film that follows a security guard through a major gallery as he dances and interacts with the artwork; meanwhile, the entire time his jumper is changing colours.

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Enea Colombi Italy, 2021, 01:06

The film works as a bridge between the two whose shared values include an appreciation for the craftsmanship, origi nality, elegance and quality of the Made in Italy campaign.

LOVE HAS NO LABEL

Ben Galster UK, 2022, 01:35

This is a portrait series about queer people. The characters talk about their fight to be accepted and quest to find love. It mes merises, something that is honest and stays away from clichés.

IT

Christoph Amort Austria, 2022, 01:47

In a world where depression manifests itself through halfdead bodies, sufferers still encounter a lack of understanding in the form of naive advice to lead a more active lifestyle.

THE NORTH FACE SS22 Leone Italy, 2022, 01:00

Fuelled by the desire to never stop exploring, The North Face SS22 takes us on a journey into another dimension. Produced by C41, the campaign celebrates the brand’s timelessness.

RAY-BAN - YOU’RE ON

Iacopo Carapelli Italy, 2022, 01:00

This film encourages us to live in the moment and embrace the most authentic version of ourselves. A tribute to how unique each one of us is, this campaign inspires us to break free and speak up.

ASUS - WOW THE WORLD | LEONE Leone Italy, 2021, 01:31

For this year’s concept, these Young Creators uncage their possi bilities in a world with a futuristic touch. Worldwide global cam paign for Asus, starring GenZ and five of its great creative talents.

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HYLO – RUN

Lorenz Obermeier Germany, 2021, 00:59

A beautiful example of how to develop engaging content for sports shoes. There are otherworldly qualities that make it a successful campaign film for Hylo Athletics.

‘WHO’S COUNTING?’

Ben Lankester UK, 2021, 05:15

Who’s Counting? tells the story of a couple as they endure the pain and trauma of successive miscarriages. This film is challenging, as it shares details about a painful experience.

ALGORITHM

Matthew Frost USA, 2021, 03:32

Olivia Wilde hijacks her own Vogue short. In this metafilm, we see Olivia Wilde talking to the camera in a self-referential way. It is humorous and enjoys poking fun at the industry.

PUDDING

Christian Schilling Germany, 2022, 01:00

A pudding-delivery man enters the jelly-store to pick up the fresh load of jelly, but then everything starts to wobble. It’s a lighthearted touch on branding and advertising. Fun and engaging.

BIN BOY

Bauddhayan Mukherji India, 2022, 03:43

Bin Boy brings the responsibility of waste segregation to every one’s doorsteps, literally. This film revolves around a young boy who takes a stand by sitting in his trash-filled dustbin.

CATHERINE RAYNER: THE CREATIVE FLOOR PROJECT

Eathan Currie UK, 2020, 00:58

Award-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has a beautiful studio and practise. This film showcases her passion and her work. This is part of a wider series about different artists in the community.

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Maximilian Bungarten, Felizitas Hoffmann Germany, 2022, 01:20

Elif, a young scientist and astronaut in space, remembers the Earth through the scent of Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream. An example of how a campaign film can captivate and energise.

H.E.R. - BACK OF MY MIND

Charles Todd USA, 2022, 08:20

Todd explores storytelling through experimental mixed-media, bold visuals and cinematic narrative for artists and commercial clients. This film for HER shows a different side to the RnB artist.

SMALLPOX

Mario Dahl Germany, 2022, 02:45

In Smallpox , a young girl infected with a dangerous virus receives no proper medicine from her parents. Her older sister promises to help, and so she brings the sick child to a place of hope.

Sven Dreesbach USA, 2022, 01:34

Bird’s Eye View takes the viewer onto a journey back to a time when our lives had only just begun. It is told with the ethereally beautiful underwater photography of a free diver.

IT WAS US

Robert dos Santos USA, 2022, 01:20

The story is about a couple who are prompted into the memory of their love when they unbox the VR goggles, which allowed them to meet for the first time. A story about love.

WE ARE AVAILABLE | ORIGO STUDIOS X WEAREENIGMA

Gergő Simon Hungary, 2022, 01:24

We have all been to “those” kind of meetings, where all the nonsense ideas are running wild. Can you imagine a dog food commercial with a car chase and a burning cowboy?

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Tuesday City Screen 12:00-13:00

Thursday Friargate 17:30-18:30

Saturday Friargate 11:30-12:30

Sunday Yorks. Museum 14:00-15:00

Life is filled with choices, like forks in the road, and we must choose our direction, knowing that each path changes us, providing a different experience, and almost always a different outcome. Sometimes, we choose our paths and, other times, life chooses them for us. However, we all arrive at moments in time when we stop and think ... what if ? It’s a big question.

BREATHLESS PUPPETS

Naaman Azhari UK, 2021, 16:39

Forced apart in childhood by the expectations of their cultures and the disapproval of their fathers, two men with a passion for dance reconnect through the tragedy of the pandemic.

DO NOT FEED THE PIGEONS

Antonin Niclass UK, 2021, 08:40

Even in a lonely, revolting and boring place such as a coach station, a little bit of harmony can always be found. A true insight into the extraordinary that can often be found in the banal.

THE SEINE’S TEARS

Belaid, Benard, Mayeur, Moulin, Pinot, Vicente, Singer, Letailleur France, 2021, 08:49

On 17 October 1961, Algerian workers went to the streets by the masses to stage a protest against the mandatory curfew, which was imposed by the local police enforcement officers.

Lesley-anne Rose UK, 2021, 08:31

Type is a stop motion animation about a young woman with chronic allergies that isolate her from the world. In her search for friends, she finds a parasite that can solve all her problems.

THE RECORD

Jonathan Laskar Switzerland, 2022, 08:38

An antique music instrument dealer receives a magical vinyl record from a traveller: “It reads your mind and plays your lost memories.” The antique dealer listens to it again and again.

7 LBS 8 OZ

Yoo Lee USA, 2021, 07:08

When a young mother moves into 8 th street, Jersey City, New Jersey, she learns about the value of the community and how perception determines her personal experiences.

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How do we know what the difference is between fact and fiction? Reality depends upon the truth, but this is reliant on how it is interpreted. The truth depends on how it is remembered, and we act upon those memories. However, the truth has multiple interpretations. What if we allow these ideas to be the focus of our imagination? Would it still be real?

MEMENTO MORI

Paul O’Flanagan Ireland, 2021, 08:46

A storm brews over Victorian Dublin as a post-mortem photogra pher returns to his practice in the gloomy townhouse in which he resides. His latest subject is a recently-deceased young woman.

THE CIRCLE Jack Spring UK, 2021, 03:57

The Circle is an animated project touching on the fragility and cyclical nature of life, love and relationships. An intimate and relatable narrative about how we interact with each other.

IDODO

Ursula Ulmi Switzerland, 2022, 10:00

Idodo adapts a local legend by the Ziag Zagaz clan of Papua New Guinea into film and brings the diverse and unique cultural heritage of Papua New Guinea to an international audience.

A GUITAR IN THE BUCKET Boyoung Kim Republic of Korea, 2021, 14:51

In a world where you can rent everything from vending machines, a girl wants to be a guitarist. People choose another direction and path for her to follow, but she has her own ideas about her future.

A GOAT’S SPELL

Gerhard Funk Germany, 2022, 09:00

A conquest before breakfast, a clueless goat next to the house, a couple of promising airplanes far up in the sky. Then things and events fall apart. The goat seems to be linked to all of that.

LITTLE HURTS

Debra Solomon USA, 2022, 10:30

A routine errand at the dry cleaners unleashes a free-for-all of fat-shaming, body image demons and family dieting obsessions. An eye-opening animation about how society deals with the body.

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Sunday NCEM 10:00-11:00

This programme reflects on notions of difference and how some members of society manifest that through distance and hurtful rhetoric. It exists everywhere around the world, but we must do all that we can to reach true equality and an inclusive society. As humans, we should be united. We are only safe together, strong as one, like a circle of trust.

SALVATION HAS NO NAME

Joseph Wallace UK, 2022, 16:50

In this film, a troupe of clowns gather to perform a story about a priest and a refugee, but as their misguided tale unfolds, the boundaries between fiction and reality begin to crumple and fray.

A NIGHT FOR THE DOGS

Max Woodward Canada, 2022, 06:00

On a frigid December night, a fire breaks out in an apartment building. Standing out in the cold, a young man watches as the inhabitants huddle together, plotting and scheming their revenge.

IN BETWEEN Effie Pappa Greece, 2022, 06:48

Three different characters, caught in a frenetic everyday loop in pursuit of time. Never finding the right moment to eat, cross the street, or go to the toilet. Until time suddenly freezes.

OSKAR

Max Vannienschoot Canada, 2022, 08:30

Astride his motorcycle, Oskar speeds through serene landscapes along the North Sea, hoping to avoid a storm over the horizon. Exhausted, he stops on a vast and bright beach.

LOSING IT

Sascha Vernik Austria, 2022, 09:30

After losing the tool he relies on most, a fraud information worker decides to go back in time to prevent it. This is a story of what ifs and controlling the things we cannot in ordinary terms.

THE SAUSAGE RUN

Thomas Stellmach Germany, 2021, 09:45

This film tells the story of a little lamb with the help of multiple zoetropes, loosely based on Grimm’s fairytale Little Red Riding Hood . The roles of the humans and animals are exchanged.

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There are no heroes in these stories. Sometimes we just need to connect and reconnect with other people, places and times. Life will often throw up obstacles and we can become distracted. It often gets in the way. We forget about what is important, and what it means to stay connected. It’s these connections that make us human and help us to see the world differently.

THE CLEARING

Daniel Hope UK, 2021, 12:33

In a desperate battle with his ballooning ego, Bill struggles in vain to re-woo Deb with his below-par outdoor skills and shocking behaviour, until their last-ditch camping trip takes a sinister turn.

ANOTHER PRESENCE

Simon Ball UK, 2022, 12:00

Another Presence recounts the unique experiences of people living with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), the third most common form of dementia. It can cause dream-like symptoms.

DAWTA Jessica Ashman UK, 2021, 07:24

Dawta has a power she is unaware of, until she is propelled through time and space to a utopian planet. Inspired by family history of trans-racial fostering and concepts of inherited trauma.

YOUR MOUNTAIN IS WAITING Hannah Jacobs UK, 2021, 07:45

Martha, a young woman confined by her surroundings, has stopped listening to her intuition and her life is suffering. A strange encounter forces Martha to see her world differently.

ECHO

Sergio Kotsovoulos Greece, 2021, 11:36

Ellie avoids talking because she hears an echo of what she thinks to be the thoughts of the speaker. She survives thanks to her landlady. Day by day, their routines echo each others.

I GOTTA LOOK GOOD FOR THE APOCALYPSE Ayce Kartal France, 2021, 06:00

An animated exploration of confronting apocalyptic change, such as a pandemic, using clips from real gaming videos and animated re-creations of Internet videos.

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These films examine, in very different ways, the relationship between bodies and their environments, what we are as ‘things in the world,' and how our minds and bodies interact with their material and cultural environment. From documentary to dance to absurdist reimagining, this provocative collection challenges our embodied relationship with the world around us.

A DRIFTING UP

Jacob Lee UK, 2022, 09:48

It takes six weeks to come off anti-depressants. This is a personal story. I tried to dance my way through it. The film is a journey of from isolation to connection, and an artistic montage of city life.

SISYPHOS

Sorcha Kennedy UK, 2021, 04:12

A loose re-imagining of the myth of Sisyphus. In an absurd daily ritual, a woman serves bread to occupants of an empty church. The bread becomes a body and the eternal process begins again.

UNTITLED Sweatmother USA, 2022, 09:00

Paul B. Preciado says, “Trans bodies [...] though living, speak in languages unknown to the coloniser." Through creation, the artist does a live performance of synthesizing a “woman."

Marian Edusei UK, 2021, 05:38

Shades interrogates how institutional racism has influenced Black people and understandings of Black identity. It explores diversity of thought within Black culture, touching on universal themes.

A VOID

Jordy Sank

South Africa, 2021, 26:29

Magdaleen, a 75-year-old widower, lives with the imaginary figure of her late husband. An exploration of grief, loss and lone liness. Commissioned by kykNET, a South African Broadcaster.

MULIKA

Maisha Maene

Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2022, 13:35

An “afronaut” emerges from the wreckage of a spaceship at Mount Nyiragongo. As he descends, he begins to under stand what he must do to change the future for his people.

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From the visuals that defined the psychedelic 1960s to a visual poem created by artificial intelligence, this collection surveys the use of the word and moving image as we enter an era of artificial intelligence. Is embodied cognition a necessary part of the creative process? What – if any – are the alternatives to our evolving, hyper-digital world?

AT HOME WITH THE BOYLE FAMILY

Stuart Heaney, Chris de Selincourt UK, 2022, 13:12

Set in 1963 at the West London home of Scottish artists Mark Boyle and Joan Hills, this dramatises their invention of the liquid light show that would define the psychedelic 1960s and beyond.

MEMENTO MORI AS 3,684 CYANOTYPE SUNPRINTS

C = P USA, 2022, 03:00

This film is a sequence of 3,684 separate Cyanotype Sunprints, developed using a process invented in 1847. Frame-by-frame, the images were fixed using UV light and developed in vinegar.

THE GIFT Jasmina Cibic Slovenia, 2021, 29:56

The nation is broken. In order for it to heal, a perfect gift must be given. One that can reconcile the divisions in times of deep polit ical and social crisis. It draws from speeches by politicians past.

HYSTERESIS

Robert Seidel Germany, 2021, 05:05

This film intentionally corrupts AI strategies, intimately weaving a transformative fabric between Robert Seidels’s projections and the queer performer Tsuki’s vigorous choreography.

ABSENCE OF SENSE FOR THE ABSENCE OF SENSE

HyeunJoo Woo, JiYoon Park Republic of Korea, 2021, 07:35

I lost something. But I can’t think of what I lost, and sleep pours out. This story is inspired by the study of subjective habits lost due to technologically designed gestures.

SO LONG (WE DREAMT OF THIS) Lewis Heriz UK, 2021, 06:00

A voice speaks of the new technology: the final promise of a “pure” communication. The film acts as a research project, a statement of intent as much as an experimental short story.

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This collection of films is centred on the theme of exclusion. From a Ukrainian mother’s attempt to bury her son as a hero, a short film about new motherhood and the effects of postpartum depression, to an honest visual narrative that challenges our idea of what institutional racism feels like, this collection challenges stereotypes and assumptions.

NICE TO MEET YOU ALL

Guen Murroni UK, 2021, 11:00

This film is a celebration of a woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder who survived human trafficking. It challenges stereo types and dispels myths and stigmas around mental health.

GLORIOUS REVOLUTION

Masha Novikova UK, 2021, 20:13

In 2014, at the height of the Ukrainian revolution, a mother loses her son who is killed while protesting in Independence Square. She attempts to bury him as a hero.

A LOST HOME

Dominic Gilday UK, 2022, 16:28

Kashmiri-born and Peckham-based artist Raqib Shaw prepares for the most important exhibition of his life at the Venice Biennale 2022. He was forced to flee due to the Kashmiri insurgency.

HEAR MY CRY

Beth Buxton, Aaron Bevan-Bailey UK, 2022, 04:47

Jennifer Louise Martin’s paintings continue to explore emotion and the female psyche, along with the projection of the artist’s experience in becoming a mother and postpartum depression.

MOTOCICLISTA

Eugen Merher Germany, 2022, 03:41

This girl wants to ride motorcycles when she grows up. Behind her wish lies the longing for independence. However, as she is getting married at a very young age, her dream may never come true.

RAGE WITH WORDS

Ben McCarthy, Courtney ‘CourtsWrites’ Hayles UK, 2020, 09:16

Rage with Words is an introspective, artistic and honest visual narrative that will challenge and provoke the viewers’ idea of what institutional racism feels like.

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Thursday City Screen 12:00-13:30

Saturday City Screen 18:00-19:30

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There are several routes to seeing yourself in a new light. For some, it’s the non-judgemental security of the therapist’s couch; for others, it's a primal return to their roots in nature or sometimes it's the counsel of friends which helps you realise that you can forge a different path. Funny, scathing and uplifting, these films see people ready to embrace change.

PRIMAL THERAPY

Santtu Salminen Finland, 2021, 19:30

A middle-aged man on the verge of a burnout seeks new energy through a very special form of self help therapy. It’s a film about basic human needs and society’s disconnection from those needs.

LADY BRENTLY’S END

Sam Baron UK, 2021, 6:00

A comedy about a liberated woman in Victorian England who must convince her newly widowed sister that life is worth living.

A juxtaposition of modern opportunities and its limitations.

NEITHER SEEN NOR HEARD

Florence Kosky UK, 2021, 7:34

Taking place within a therapist’s session, we experience the patient’s visual internalisations via the responses of others to her trauma, which fuses dialogue from real women’s encounters.

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Neal Suresh Mulani USA, 2021, 15:25

On his 25th birthday, Cary brings his friends to the desert and requests one very unusual gift: for them to list everything they hate about him. A mighty reckoning ensues post-confession.

FACE IT - ABBEY

Jason Edwards UK, 2022, 15:29

In Face it – Abbey , ambitious Abbey is hell-bent on holding back the years and landing a promotion ... with some help from boxing legend Muhammad Ali. But how far will she go for the win?

CANDY

Sarah Grant UK, 2022, 10:04

A body positive comedy that joyfully reclaims female sexuality and self-confidence. Mandy, a plus-size burlesque enthusiast, is practicing for her first public performance.

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Jessie Barnett UK, 2022, 22:24

The baby shower of the decade goes horribly wrong when its hostess is revealed to have spun a web of lies to impress her so-called friends. When she’s publicly ridiculed, she snaps.

ACTION

Benoît Monney Switzerland, 2021, 06:00

On a film set, there are always unforeseen events. Some days, it’s all there is. And sometimes it’s even worse. An escalating delight with one-shot camera work adding to the on-screen set tensions.

James Button , Kristaps Kazaks UK, 2016, 28:27

Dan’s life is turned upside-down when his idiotically innocent housemate, James, accidentally murders someone and the two must work together to get rid of the evidence.

DEATH AND A SALESMAN Tom Elders UK, 2022, 14:13

A young door-to-door salesman’s day goes from bad to worse when he “charms” his way into a crime scene. An enjoyable and expressive performance from the lead.

LEAVE TO REMAIN

Rémy Bazerque UK, 2021, 10:45

Things take an unexpected turn at the “visa and immigration ser vices” when Karim, a young Iranian father living in the UK, is mis takenly threatened with deportation. A timely and relevant film.

SPLIT OR STEAL

Jack Bailey UK, 2022, 07:16

Flashing lights, nervous contestants and a host with a grin plastered on his face. It’s the final part of the nation’s favourite gameshow. Kelly and Jonathan are the contestants in the hot-seat.

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Friday City Screen 12:00-13:30

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These shorts span the gamut of relationship stages: from the best foot forward efforts of early dating to the derailment of mid-relationship crises through to the bitter unspoken resentments which build and fester after spending a lifetime with someone. Each short presents the comic side of our shared compulsion to embark on the endless search for the one.

PATCHED

Wibout Warnaar Netherlands, 2022, 08:08

Hugo is going bald. In Patched, we see Hugo struggling with his baldness. He desperately wants to get a girlfriend, and he is convinced that his hair loss is the reason for his misfortune.

BLEEP

Ben S. Hyland UK, 2022, 08:20

A couple’s relationship is pushed to the brink as they investigate a strange noise that’s woken them up. This is a story about a bicker ing couple and a mysterious noise that punctuates their argument.

THURSDAY NIGHT SORBET

Georgios Hartofilakidis Greece, 2022, 26:24

Four sets of passengers and their romantic antics make the night shift of a rideshare driver one to remember. Straddling both dra ma and comedy, performances across the board are all very good.

BABYDOLLS

Calvin Demba UK, 2021, 10:00

Unable to accept his ex Jess’s departure, Billy finds a website that allows him to design a sexbot in her image. ‘BabyDolls’ claim their custom sexbots have the ability to mirror their buyer’s behaviour.

PET NAME

Dan Boaden UK, 2022, 17:33

It's James's birthday, and Sophie has planned a special trip to the coast, but an explosive discovery about the re-use of an ex-girlfriend's pet name threatens to unravel their relationship.

NORMA

Emily Munster UK, 2022, 09:31

An elderly couple are celebrating a birthday. A lifetime of mutual resentment reveals itself as an unexpected guest. This elegantly conveys the dynamic of a lifetime of resentment.

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Friday Theatre Royal 19:30-21:00

Saturday City Screen 14:00-15:30

Sunday Friargate 19:00-20:30

If friends are the family you choose, it could likewise be said that family are the strangers you’re forced to be bound to for a lifetime, however good or bad that may be. The films in this programme straddle the humorous dichotomy of familial love, where the bond of blood breed animosity but also support us unconditionally as we find our way in the world.

THE RIGHT WORDS

Adrian Moyse Dullin France, 2021, 15:00

Kenza, 15, and her little brother Madhi, 13, regularly humiliate one another on social media. On the bus, Kenza puts her naive and romantic little brother to the test: to profess his love for Jada.

BROKEN: A LOCKDOWN STORY

TJ O’Grady Peyton Ireland, 2021, 04:28

A man plunges from the sky, a militia chase down two siblings, a woman weeps in a derelict house: vignettes from a surreal family, visions from an unreliable narration who speaks only in idioms.

GOOD EVENING

Antoine Giorgini France, 2022, 22:54

Tim claims to have discovered a makeshift camp in the garage and pretends it was set up by a migrant. Alex and Valentine, who understood he was creating a hoax, decide to pretend to believe it.

KOWALSKY Émile V. Schlesser Luxembourg, 2022, 13:50

Once a wealthy family, the Kowalsky’s fortune is gradually falling apart. When the only son comes begging his widowed mother for help, an ugly row escalates. A dark and twisted satire.

LE POMPON

David Hourrègue France, 2022, 12:58

Sandra is a struggling single mum. But today, she holds her revenge. Her son Ryan will catch the pompon! This is a story about parenthood and memories of childhood.

THAT?

Madeleine Shenai UK, 2022, 15:15

A teenage girl and her father learn to overcome their anxieties after the most embarrassing moment of her young life. The film is a celebration of how much we can learn from young people.

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Tuesday Yorks. Museum 19:30-21:00

Thursday NCEM 10:00-11:30

Saturday NCEM 13:00-14:30

sunday City Screen 10:30-12:00

Why on earth would a group of squaddies play a stomach-churning game, or a man coerce a significantly smaller claus trophobic man into crawling down a hole, or a woman shack up with her new lover and her recently deceased husband? We’re not entirely sure, but this selection of WTF comedies will have you scratching your head in between the laughs.

DOFFICE

Leclercq David Belgium, 2019, 20:00

An old guy works into the same office, everyday. But one day, a young colleague arrives and puts his world upside down. A fun, inventive and wordless physical comedy.

JULIA

Jack Donnelly UK, 2021, 07:31

Touring actors, Jasper and Dario, arrive at “dig”’ one evening and walk into a peculiar setup. They inflate tensions with their host when one causes a blow-up between him and his unusual “wife."

Ian Killick UK, 2021, 10:47

Donny and Marie awake to find a baby has appeared in their apartment. Unsure what to do, and bewildered by the intrusion, they seek guidance from the eccentric Dr. Hoofenhoffer.

THE DIAMOND Vedran Rupic Sweden, 2021, 13:46

Stefan is lonely with a blinding ambition to make friends. One day he stumbles upon a diamond in the woods. Unable to reach it, the solution presents itself in the form of an even smaller man.

EVERYBODY NEEDS SOME(DEAD)BODY

George Mills, Hannah Seligman UK, 2021, 19:33

After a lonely housewife’s dead husband returns from the grave unexpectedly, she finds herself in a strange love triangle with her deceased spouse and her new boyfriend.

SOGGY BISCUIT

Emma Jesse UK, 2021, 10:09

A group of soldiers travelling through a war-torn British countryside take cover for the evening ... they decide to play a bizarre game. A short dark comedy exploring toxic masculinity.

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Tuesday Yorks. Museum 18:00-19:00

Thursday City Screen 16:00-17:00

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In Sheila, a founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem finds herself in a world of memory. In Don’t Play with L(Kn) ives, untold stories are told through hip-hop. AGATHI (THORN) explores masculine hypersensitivity in conservative Greece and One Night shares the turmoil of domestic abuse. Movement, words and silence are used to both question and declare.

SKIN AND SCALES

Darcy Wallace UK, 2021, 03:38

Two dancers explore touch and connection to nature, self and each other through the embodiment of alternate forms of animal and mystical creature.

SHEILA

Gabri Christa USA, 2021, 08:03

A dancer blows out a candle and finds herself in a magical world of memory, dance and presence. Featuring Sheila Rohan, one of the founding members of Dance Theatre of Harlem.

AGATHI (THORN)

Alexander Stamatiadis Greece, 2022, 04:48

In a remote gas station in the heart of winter, a place where time stands still, three strangers cross paths and reshape time. An audiovisual journey that explores masculine hypersensitivity.

ONE NIGHT

Isla Badenoch UK, 2021, 06:44

Based on real-life events, One Night is a short dance film about the emotional journey a woman takes to find the strength to change her life. It is a tale of awakening, overwhelm and release.

DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA

Krystal S Lowe UK, 2020, 04:23

Three women travel from their homelands to seek adventure, and they find it, as well as each other and Wales. They chose to belong to both Wales and their homelands.

DON’T PLAY WITH L(KN)IVES

Omari ‘Motion’ Carter UK, 2021, 14:58

Don’t Play with L(Kn)ives is an original Hip Hop Screendance piece that explores knife crime in the UK. Bringing together some of the UK’s finest Hip Hop dancers, a live violinist and spoken word artist.

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Every movement creates something new. Touching a flower triggers the creation of music, releasing fury conjures euphoria and danger and entering the woods manifests the energy of Wunderlust. Viscera examines rages whilst Dear Black Child reconnects with joy. IO|OI pairs human and CGI dancers whilst Herbarium immerses us in a world of flora and colour.

WORLD OF KOKORO

Clare Chong Singapore, 2021, 01:45

A dance film made in collaboration with Floral Kokoro, where the first point of contact with a single flower triggers the creation of music, allowing her to ascend and become one with nature.

VISCERA

Phoebe Davies, Nandi Bhebhe UK, 2022, 14:00

Viscera is an experimental performance film. It evolved through a research process centring on the deconstruction of rage in all its forms, physical, non-physical, emotional and vocal.

UNYIELDING SLEEVE

Xudong Wang UK, 2021, 03:45

Human is no longer just a subject but reduced to an object of cul ture, symbols and language. A sing-song girl has being learning long sleeves dance since she was a child in the Tang Dynasty.

DEAR BLACK CHILD Tobi Onabolu UK, 2021, 18:40

A Joyful Project in collaboration with Tobi Onabolu presents “Dear Black Child”, a story about the many ways we individually as Black people can develop practices to reconnect with joy.

IO|OI

Francesco Lorusso Italy, 2021, 08:46

How can a person change the world around them? Art is the most important tool that human beings have at their disposal to change thought, to move what seems to be fixed and sediment.

HERBARIUM

Iwona Pasińska Poland, 2021, 13:00

ZIELNIK/HERBARIUM is the fifth choreographic film directed by Iwona Pasinska. It is a fairytale episode, told with tenderness and gushing with the intense colours of flowers and élan vital.

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Nostalgia and joy collide in this selection, which reflects on moments that shape our lives. In Twinkleberry, a filmmaker cel ebrates their “super gay” school, while in Venetian Men and The Twins an Italian coach trip and an obsession with the Olsen twins provide unexpected catalysts for self-discovery. Love You, Bye reminds us that coming of age is an ongoing process.

VENETIAN MEN

Celia Willis UK, 2021, 08:56

A film about a road trip, male beauty and the gaze of teenage girls. Actually, it was a coach trip ... Two 15-year-old girls leave South London in 1994 and find their teenage gaze in Venice.

THE TWINS Zara Meerza USA, 2021, 09:44

Seen through the nostalgia-tinged lens of director Zara Meerza’s teenage obsession, this film follows three decades of fascination with the world’s most famous twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

TWINKLEBERRY

Daisy Ifama UK, 2022, 12:20

The story of my “super gay” school year that had 30+ queer stu dents in one year group during 2005 to 2012, in a small town on the border of the Midlands and the West Country in England, UK.

RUN WITH HER Lia Campbell UK, 2021, 13:08

Endurance running creates a secure world for 16-year-old Emmy, where everything can be quantified and controlled. We follow the changes it brings to her relationships with others.

21 Christine Seow Singapore, 2022, 15:32

Lin hopes to turn over a new leaf as she graduates from a juvenile rehabilitation centre with stellar scores in the exam. This films revolves around the decisions of life and death.

LOVE YOU, BYE Lily Freeston UK, 2022, 19:49

Set in Manchester and bathed in muted colours, Love You, Bye is an intimate 16mm portrait of two close friends navigating childhood, womanhood and the precarious cusp between the two.

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thursday City Screen 14:00-15:30

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saturday YSJU 13:00-14:30

sunday NCEM 15:00-16:30

A sculpture of Saddam Hussein’s arms, a disused power station and a series of love letters open up compelling stories in these explorations of memory and inheritance. Family archives and oral histories are mined, but as On Black Pain reminds us, some legacies are carried by the body. Elsewhere, buildings reclaimed by nature become souvenirs of lost lives.

UNTIL THE TIDE CREEPS IN Jessi Gutch UK, 2021, 17:45

Canvey Island is outside London. It suffered the worst natural disaster in modern British history, in which a storm surge flooded the small island in 1953. Today, people still live there.

SANA QUE SANA

Gabriella E Aguirre USA, 2022, 13:30

Sana Que Sana is an exploration of healing as emergence from betrayal. It approaches a family’s discovery of their patriarch’s biggest secret amid his accelerating dementia: his absolution.

ON BLACK PAIN Jameisha Prescod UK, 2022, 05:01

Three Black British people live with chronic pain. The story is told through dreamy visual sequences and intimate phone interviews. A poetic voice reflects on western medicine’s racist colonial past.

THE VICTORY ARCH Joe Preston UK, 2022, 12:29

Victory Arch is a statue commissioned by Saddam Hussein. Built by British sculptors, it was designed to proclaim Saddam’s power, but within 15 years of its completion he’d been overthrown.

FAWLEY

Chu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch UK, 2022, 25:47

With its giant 200 metre chimney, Fawley power station was a classic Brutalist structure built in the UK on the edge of the New Forest between 1964 and 1971. It was the first of its kind.

HOME

Christine Saab UK, 2022, 17:13

A young filmmaker comes across her parent’s old love letters. Sent between Japan, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, they chronicle the nuances of a mixed race identity.

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wednesday City Screen 19:30-21:00

thursday NCEM 21:00-22:30

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Saturday Yorks. Museum 21:00-22:30

Sunday City Screen 12:30-14:00

What makes a man? In these eye opening docs, filmmakers grapple with questions of modern manhood. Night Rides, Just Like You and Forest Coal Pit consider what it means to be a son, a brother or a father, while Holy Cowboys demonstrates how toxic masculinity is manipulated by extremists. In Look For The Diamonds, the struggle turns inward, looking for solace.

NIGHT RIDE

Todd Karehana New Zealand, 2021, 10:00

A 66-year-old mother has an unusual ritual of returning to her old family home to care for stray cats. Worrying about the impli cations of her obsessive routine, her son wants to understand why.

JUST LIKE YOU

Sebastien Rabas UK, 2022 22:00

A handyman from the south coast seeks to understand his opiate addiction by exploring inter-generational trauma in his family, trying to break the cycle before it affects his young daughter.

FOREST COAL PIT

Siôn Marshall-Waters UK, 2021, 14:38

Two elderly brothers live together on a small farm where they have been since childhood. This super 8mm portrait explores the mundane, vibrancy and intimacy of their relationship.

HOLY COWBOYS

Varun Chopra India, 2021, 24:17

In small-town India, where cows are sacred, a teenage boy and his friends set off on a quest to become saviours, only to be caught in the web of growing Hindu nationalist extremism.

WHERE I LAY MY HEAD

Miles Blacket UK, 2021, 07:34

A spellbinding meditation on grief and coastal erosion. Experimental energy and a strange rhythmic score. Themes include: grief, loss, landscape, coast, home, family and activism.

LOOK FOR THE DIAMONDS

James Slater UK, 2022, 12:35

Joel Goldberg has four kidneys, but none of them work. He has to go on dialysis every day in order to survive, but he refuses to let his condition define him. He has a positive outlook in spite of this.

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friday City Screen 10:00-11:30

saturday City Screen 20:00-21:30

sunday YSJU 19:00-20:30

From Louisiana to Scotland, via Nigerian party culture and Indigenous Bolivian tradition, these films reflect on the nature of home through lenses of diaspora and displacement. In This is Forever and 3 Promises, attempts to build a home are chal lenged by bureaucracy, while in Belle River environmental catastrophe looms. Still though, we find joy even in adversity.

BELLE RIVER

Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau, Yannick Nolin USA, 2022, 11:18

Spring flooding in Mississippi in 2019 hits record highs. In Louisiana, the residents of Pierre-Part are preparing for the worst.

Local authorities will soon be forced to open the floodgates.

THE BAYVIEW Daniel Cook UK, 2021, 18:18

On the north east coast of Scotland, an extraordinary family have turned the previously derelict Bayview hotel into a place of respite for international fishermen when they come to land.

HAIR UNCOVERED Cathy Heffernan UK, 2022, 11:46

When Mim was nine-years-old, she started wearing a headscarf. It was the rule in Iran – from that age onwards, it would be her re sponsibility to ensure she didn’t tempt men with her hair on show.

PROMISES

Mohamed Boteen Shalaby UK, 2022, 30:00

Mohamed's mother made him make three promises. One day in an airport, he breaks one of the promises. This chal lenges the relationship between himself and his mother.

THIS IS FOREVER

Susy Pena UK, 2021, 15:19

With dreams of being the best ancestor she can be for her teenage son, an Indigenous Bolivian single mother applies for a visa to remain in the UK while embarking on a journey of healing.

ÓWÀMBÈ

Tobi Kyeremateng UK, 2022, 11:55

Cultures live on through traditions, and in community halls across Britain, Nigerians created a spirit of celebration. Welcome to Ówàmbè – the life and soul of Nigerian party culture.

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Sometimes it’s the family that we choose that have the biggest impact. In this selection, we celebrate friendships that span time and space. In Prayers for Sweet Water, we meet transgender sex workers finding strength in intergenerational connec tions, while in It’s Personal, two artists blur the boundaries between friendship and work to reflect on the nature of care.

LEAVERS

Lewis Khan UK, 2021, 03:52

Shot over three consecutive years at the prom night of a south London secondary school, Leavers is an intimate look at how multiple generations have marked their last days of school.

EVA AND RAMONA

Minka Jakerson Sweden, 2022, 15:00

Eva and Ramona met in the summer of 1971 as 10-year-olds in the former GDR. They formed a lifelong friendship between East and West. Later, their friendship was banned by Stasi.

A PORTRAIT

Carlotta Beck Peccoz UK, 2020, 03:20

A Portrait follows a journey to Dungeness and Prospect Cottage. Christopher Hughes reminisces his life and friendship with Derek Jarman. The film was originally made for and won Straight 8 2020.

PRAYERS FOR SWEET WATERS

Elijah Ndoumbe South Africa, 2021, 16:00

A Burundian refugee relies on faith as she searches for belonging. An elder dedicated to her community reflects on wisdom from the past. A genZ navigates finding safety and family in online spaces.

IT’S PERSONAL

Kyla Harris, Lou Macnamara UK, 2021, 31:24

Kyla requires 24-hour personal assistance with everything from having a wee to making her artwork. In a hybrid-documentary/re ality TV, Kyla and Lou explore what it means to be a “key worker."

LIVE TILL I DIE

Ågerstrand, Ekman, Teigen, Hedin Hetteberg Sweden, 2022, 23:27

In a nursing home on the outskirts of Stockholm, a relationship develops between Monica, an empathetic care worker, and Ella - a 99-year-old resident who doesn’t have any close family.

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After a shared experience of the pandemic and isolation from others, this strand celebrates the ways in which people leave a lasting impact on one another. A celebration of ships in the night, the woulda coulda shouldas, and the meaningful ways in which strangers or friends leave an invisible mark. A tribute to those unspoken moments and meaningful glances.

HOME

Nia Childs UK, 2022, 12:27

What does it feel like to be free? Kay and Jenna are reuniting for the first time since Kay has been in prison. The lines are blurred as they try to renegotiate their friendship after being kept apart.

ELEVATE

Dylan Bloom USA, 2021, 14:58

Tiffany works the graveyard shift as a security guard at a high rise.

Over the course of one night on shift, her morality is tested. She is taken in new directions and forced to choose right from wrong.

Under the cover of darkness, two strangers bond over a shared secret. One big question remains: how well do they really know each other? This is a story of trust and understanding.

A mysterious visitor breaks into a house while its owner isn’t home. Throughout the film, our main character covers her tracks as she moves through a well-rehearsed routine.

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Olivia J. Middeton UK, 2022, 17:29

Annette lives a discontented life working in a road-side cafe until Morgan enters one day, and the pair become transfixed. They are inevitably drawn into a deeply intense romantic attraction.

A FOX IN THE NIGHT

Keeran Anwar Blessie UK, 2022, 11:35

Excited for a night out on the town, flamboyant and confident Lewis is suddenly cautious and uncomfortable when a friend asks him to pick up a little something from his dealer, Daniel.

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A meditation on the pains and pleasures of growing up. This programme captures the fragility of those final summer days, the heartbreak that comes with the pressure of trying to fit in, the sacrifices we make, and the gradual dawning of consequences and responsibility as the sun sets on more innocent days and we cling onto the glory of childhood freedom.

YANNI

Rachid Allaoua Canada, 2022, 20:06

Yanni, a teenage Quebecer of Algerian descent, lives in a small town with his single mother. When a Muslim family moves to town, he is forced by his bully to commit a hateful act towards them.

SYNTHBABE

Margareta F.A. Orkan Norway, 2022, 17:42

Ina is a 17-year-old with a focus on social status. Her little sister Marte is more interested in playing. During a day at a water park, Ina is forced to reconsider which values are most important to her.

AIN’T NO MERCY FOR RABBITS

Aliza Brugger USA, 2021, 16:03

When grandma gets sick, Roan must learn to survive on her own in a world without drinkable water. A glimpse into a world of drought and survival, reminding us of the fragility of the planet.

SHARING

Mykea Fairweather Perry UK, 2022, 09:45

Sharing explores a mother and daughter relationship through the confines of shared custody. The films looks at the ways in which children are forced to live two lives between both parents.

BEAUTY BOYS

Florent Gouelou France, 2019, 18:00

Leo, 17 years-old, has a strong taste for make-up. His big brother, Jules, who fears being laughed at, stands against this passion.

On the night of the open stage, Leo shows up in full drag.

ONE OF THE BOYS

Myriam Guimond Canada, 2021, 09:01

On a hot summer day in the countryside, Ines, a young teenager, gets involved in a friendly ball game between boys her age. Among them is Malik, the one she has a crush on.

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Friday City Screen 14:00-15:30

Sunday Bootham 15:00-16:30

A selection of films that explore the surreal, the sinister, and the uncanny. Protagonists reflecting on past mistakes, erotic and spiritual experiences in mundane spaces, and metaphorical board games make up this dream-like series of curious films that attempt to draw us out of reality. You can’t put your finger on it, but perhaps something is not quite right.

WHO? HOW? AND WHERE?

Victoria Garza Mexico, 2021, 11:29

A group of women are playing a board game where you have to guess who is the killer and the weapon, but when a player thinks she has won, the other friends let her know this game never ends.

MUD CRAB

David Robinson-Smith Australia, 2022, 12:25

Reflecting on her culpability, a woman recounts the traumatising assault she witnessed of a young man in an Australian coastal town. There are heartbreaking moments of reckoning throughout.

TRANSFER

Sage Mears, Aaron Pagniano USA, 2020, 11:11

In Transfer, Max has the most important interview of his life. He must be in good form in order to achieve his goals, but questions remain about what he really wants in life.

PUBLIC PLEASURE

Ruby Cedar UK, 2022, 08:40

In the smoking area of an eery and unsettling party, two women find themselves deeply engrossed in conversation as they turn each other on through their erotic accounts of the banal everyday.

THE LONE WOLF

Filipe Melo Portugal, 2021, 23:29

One night on Viva FM’s late night show, host Vitor Lobo gets a phone call from an old friend. The conversation takes a surprising turn as Vitor is forced to remember his past.

TUO TUO

An Chu Taiwan, 2022, 13:36

During his weekend leave from the military, Hai goes home to help at the family deer farm. The smell of grass and blood mix with his memories. How will Hai deal with the past and the future?

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So often in life we miss things or they miss us, they’re hidden or left unsaid. Who’s to say if you’ll benefit from speaking out or holding back? These are stories of certainty, determination, regret and wonder, where secrets see the cold light of day and personal truths remain under wraps. We are reminded our our continuous inner dialogues and private thoughts.

THE BARBER

Dhivya Kate Chetty UK, 2022, 15:00

Whilst waiting for her asylum claim to be assessed in Glasgow, a Kurdish refugee’s infatuation with a charismatic Turkish barber forces her to confront her past trauma in order to face the future.

SPIRIT

Christine Boateng, Claudia Owusu Ghana, 2021, 07:33

On a quiet afternoon away from the supervision of adults, a girl petitions God about why things are the way they are. With mo ments of deep introspection, we gain insight into a child's mind.

HALF GUARD

Mark O’Connor UK, 2021, 11:18

After a series of perceived transgressions, Lucas decides to con front Israel to restore order to the class. Ultimately, he must con sider if what’s out of control is his classroom or his own behaviour.

Lana Barić Croatia, 2021, 14:40

Željka is a 40-year-old woman living a quiet life in an isolated village. An unexpected visit will take her back to the past, which shakes up her daily routine and brings back powerful memories.

AFTER NOON

Alexios Koukias-Pantelis Greece, 2021, 11:27

Nefeli meets Panos two years after their breakup, during lock down in Athens. Nefeli has moved on with her life, but she soon realises that old feelings start to stir within her after the encounter.

I LOVE YOU, I HATE YOU

Sam Pilling UK, 2021, 22:56

A story about love, life, trauma and letting go. The film explores the power of drawing a line under situations and circumstances, and the strength it takes to make a decision to let something go.

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The women at the centre of this programme all have one thing in common: they’re not content to let others – be that men, societal expectations or even nature – determine the boundaries of their existence. From a politician bucking against attempts to make her more appealing to a woman who brings a city to a standstill, these films celebrate women’s agency.

CHIATURA

Toby Andris France, 2021, 16:00

After the death of her husband in a mining accident, a cable car operator in the city of Chiatura, Georgia, launches her own personal battle against the entire city to fight for justice.

LE PAIN

Pepijn Tebrunsvelt Belgium, 2021, 10:00

A historical short film that follows a house search during WWII.

A German soldier investigates if a Jewish family is hiding in a farmhouse that only seems to be inhabited by a Belgian girl.

OUT OF THE BLUE Céline Baril France, 2021, 30:00

Instead of enjoying her vacation in a peaceful peninsula of Turkey, Anna feels stuck in a strange torpor while her boyfriend, Thomas, doesn’t seem to notice. Then a young girl disappears.

BLOOD AND GOLD Yamin Tun

New Zealand, 2021, 13:00

In New Zealand, 1861, through the snow-capped mountains, an injured woman flees on a stolen horse. After she encounters a horrific scene and intervenes, she must make a difficult decision.

PORTRAYED

Nicole Rixon, Ryan Goodman UK, 2021, 07:36

A picture tells a thousand words. A woman hears them all. When running for office, there are so many hurdles to a successful cam paign. Are they the right policies? Can we make a real change?

ASKA

Clara Milo Canada, 2021, 14:01

Two young disciples must throw their mother’s ashes into the mouth of a volcano in order to prevent its collapse into a flood of flames, which would destroy everything around them.

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The comfort and security of a place you can feel at home and free to be yourself is of paramount importance for all of us, but unfortunately it's not something that we can all count on. This diverse selection of films sees people gamble everything to reach it, others try to understand their place in it and the misunderstood are denied the sanctuary of it.

STUCK

Kemi Anna Adeeko UK, 2022, 06:39

A young immigrant family discover the UK for the first time through characters they meet in a cafe, which shows the harshness that immigrants can face in everyday situations.

DASH

Rory Fleck Byrne Ireland, 2021, 14:56

A small town stable man struggles with his femininity amidst a rugged rural landscape. As his favourite horse is set to be euthanised at the end of the week, he is forced to make a decision.

THE BANISHMENT

Yılmaz Özdil Turkey, 2021, 20:00

Ziko the sleepwalker is banished from his village for committing a “serious sin” while asleep. This decision is also announced to all the surrounding villages so that no one hosts Ziko or feeds him.

39

Martín Delfino Guevara Spain, 2022, 13:00

39 is a short film based on true events about the horrific and tragic crime of the 39 Vietnamese people who died hidden in the back of a lorry in Essex, England, in 2019.

A DEAD SEA

Nahd Bashir Israel, 2021, 12:22

Kamel, a Palestinian man in his 50s, suffers from autism and travels with his paralysed sister to the Dead Sea to receive medical treatment, in the hope that the seawater will help him.

I WAS NEVER REALLY HERE

Gabriel Bihina Arrahnio Germany, 2022, 22:51

Sam (17, German-Ghanaian) and his mother Rita are awaiting the arrival of their old friend Gifty and her son Kwesi (19, Ghanaian). As Kwesi enters Sam’s life, he begins to fall in love.

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Each of these short films centre around courage. Their characters all embody the boldness to reveal their true selves to forces around them, whether that be political, supernatural or patriarchal. Often feeling powerless, characters confront their wildest fears, desires and dreams, while at the same time navigating and circumventing those trying to limit them.

SIDERAL

Carlos Segundo France, 2021, 15:00

In Natal, the northeast of Brazil, the country is preparing to launch its first manned spaceship. A couple lives with their two children near the space centre, who dream of other horizons.

BLUE NOISE

Simon Maria Kubiena Germany, 2021, 16:30

An apprentice craftsman is not only dazed by the noise at work.

In a chaotic world, amongst colleagues, an inaccessible father as well as a demanding girlfriend, the young man seeks closeness.

HOLLYWOOD

Leni Gruber, Alex Reinberg Austria, 2022, 28:00

Breakthroughs don’t come easy. Especially for up-and-coming actress Anna. Rejected from a recent audition, Anna returns home to find that her dad has already made other plans for her life.

AUGUST SKY

Jasmin Tenucci Brazil, 2021, 16:17

As the Amazon burns for the seventeenth day, a nurse in São Paulo finds herself drawn to a neo-Pentecostal church. Intrigued and entranced, she enters without expectation.

SANDSTORM

Seemab Gul Pakistan, 2021, 19:52

Zara, a schoolgirl in Karachi, shares a sensual dance video with her virtual boyfriend, who then blackmails her. Zara searches for the strength to reject the confines of a patriarchal society.

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Characters who live in these shorts are outsiders. Several are dared to confront trauma with humility and learn to be kinder to themselves. Through miscommunication and invisible barriers, the main subjects in each film long for a deeper connection when they feel abandoned. This only begs the bigger question: can they transform themselves in the process?

INVISIBLE BORDER

Mark Gerstorfer Austria, 2021, 27:30

A deportation in Vienna in the middle of the night. Police officer Nancy and her colleague Albert have the task of evicting a family. The events of the night leave everyone involved traumatised.

TITAN

Valéry Carnoy Belgium, 2021, 18:56

Nathan is a 13-year-old boy. Driven by his new friendship with Malik, he dutifully prepares himself for a strange and bizarre ritual to become the new member of a teenage gang.

LITTLE SKY

Jess X. Snow Canada, 2021, 14:00

Chinese-American drag sensation, Sky, returns to their hometown to confront their estranged father. The film comments on the struggles of family relationships and expectations set upon us.

THE SILENT WHISTLE Yingtong Li China, 2022, 18:15 19-year-old girl Ming is a loner who works the night shift in a con venience store. One day near the spring festival, her neighbour Rui invites her for dinner, which summons up her hidden past.

BURROS

Jefferson Stein USA, 2021, 14:28

Set in southern Arizona, 20 miles from the Mexico border on the Tohono O’odham Nation, a six-year-old Indigenous girl (Amaya Juan) discovers a Hispanic migrant her age who has lost her father.

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Our world is a shared space, going through constant change and upheaval. There has never been a ‘current climate’ of calm. Though vastly different in premise and portrayal, these films all manage to touch a nerve, awkward, excruciating and raw. With humour and crippling reality, this reel highlights personal moments of struggle, change, discomfort and loss.

ALL GIRLS

Anastasia Bruce-Jones UK, 2022, 14:40

Four teenagers head off on a practice walk for an inter-school competition. If they break the record, all their dreams will come true. But none are prepared for Heather’s ruthless ambition.

THE CUNNING Alexandra Maher UK, 2022, 13:00

A teenager with Down’s syndrome helps herself, and others, to escape from accusations of witchcraft. In 1724, Dolly is locked up with her mother, sentenced to be tarred, feathered and burned.

DESMOND’S NOT HERE ANYMORE Mmabatho Montsho USA, 2021, 15:55

Abigail battles moving her elderly mother with dementia out from the family home. When her mother continually questions Desmond’s whereabouts, it forces her to finally face the question.

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ANGELO Alejandro Plumb Bolivia, 2022, 08:32

Set in the Andean nation of Bolivia, Angelo is a film about a shoeshine boy who uses the power of his imagination to escape the harsh reality that he faces daily on the streets.

LAMENT

Rubén Sánchez Spain, 2022, 12:12

Anna has several run-ins with boys who try to take advantage of her and her vulnerability. She receives a call from her sister on holiday after friends left her abandoned at a train station.

I HAVE HEARD YOU CALLING IN THE NIGHT Paul Bertellotti UK, 2022, 13:29

When Cillian arrives at the platform just before sunrise, aiming for a permanent departure from life, he can’t figure out why there are no trains. Not to be beaten, he calls the information line for help.

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The British are coming! From activism to our classic reserve, from awkwardness abroad to the sharpest wit in the universe, we Brits are talented yarn-spinners. Here are some amazing shorts made by British filmmakers, both light-hearted and not. A truly passionate, inspiring reel of films to make you laugh, cry and wonder. A celebration of the diversity of the UK.

THE BALLAD OF OLIVE MORRIS

Alex Kayode-Kay UK, 2022, 10:29

Based on a true life incident that happened in 1969, where 17-year-old Olive Morris tried to prevent a Nigerian diplomat named Clement Gomwalk from being arrested and assaulted.

THE LOOK

Edoardo Ulivelli UK, 2022, 25:00

An unexpected invitation surprises and takes a shy young man’s vacation in Tuscany on a series of unexpected twists and turns as he navigates an offer on the table.

THINGS WE NEVER SAID Manjinder Virk UK, 2022, 16:07

Three British Asian siblings find themselves in remote Bulgaria where their father is taken ill. An unexpected incident forces them to deal with a truth none of them are ready to face up to.

DEAD WHISTLE STOP Sean Mckenna UK, 2021, 20:00

Daniel’s not going to the office today. A dying man asked him to deliver a letter, so he’s doing that instead. Though he’s not sure who the dying man was or where the person he’s delivering it to is.

MILK

Adam Etheridge UK, 2021, 09:22

A single mum collects her teenage son from hospital following a suicide attempt, but quickly finds herself trapped between the medical advice she receives, and her instincts as a parent.

JOURNEYING

Garry Jenkins UK, 2021, 19:09

A young man carrying the make-up of his past tries his hand at a brand new skill, which enriches his present and starts him on a journey towards a far more positive and better future.

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In these films, characters are faced with pivotal choices, life-making (or breaking) decisions. From the troubled vagabond to the domestic basketball coach, these figures are challenged by moments that will change them and those around them forever. Relatable, impactful and intense, these shorts provoke discussion about what you would do in the similar situation.

JACKDAW

Mac Nixon UK, 2021, 17:00

A troubled vagabond who ends the suffering of strangers must make an impossible choice when the time comes to keep an old promise. He is caught in a hard position between right and wrong.

WINGS

Billy Boyd Cape UK, 2022, 12:55

A love letter from the late Sonya Hale, written as a signal of hope to her son after she’s gone. Emotional, intense and deeply personal, this film grapples with parental relationships.

Pete Schilling Germany, 2022, 16:20

Noah and his brother Tom are hiking through the mountains. They meet a stranger who helps them rediscover their desire to live. Their destination is a breathtaking mountain lake.

Lebanon, Qatar, 2022, 13:15

Roger, a beloved basketball coach, is on his way to work, proudly carrying a chocolate box announcing the birth of his baby boy. His trip is disrupted when he witnesses a horrific act of violence.

DARK MOMENT OF FAITH

Zornitsa - Dimitrova Germany, 2021, 17:17

Vicky is struggling for money. Her mother has just died and the only way to raise money for the funeral is by selling her body. Everything seems very hopeless to her, until she meets Vasco.

INCOMPATIBLE

Maxine Peake UK, 2022, 15:00

Incompatible is a short film that highlights the importance of pro-choice in a world where women are still continuously fighting for autonomy over their own lives and bodies.

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We’re not perfect, are we? Will we ever be? This collection explores aspirations and dreams through the central characters and the heights they often face whilst climbing, even if the pinnacle of hopes seems like it needs something bordering on the supernatural to achieve. Concluding with an original "doomsday musical," this reel will reveal "all the cracks."

BUS GIRL

Jessica Henwick UK, 2021, 11:25

An aspiring young female chef navigates the cut-throat world of high-end cooking. We see the stress behind closed doors and what she must endure in order to succeed at work.

TRIPUDIO

Luigi Piana Italy, 2021, 19:42

Tripudio is the story of a teenager with a stammer who has a deep love of cinema. He dreams of becoming an actor, even if his traditionalist and religious family do not support his ambitions.

LOVELY CREATURE

Richard Hunter UK, 2022, 14:51

Lovely Creature is a film about relationships. This showcases the comedy behind the tragic reality of what happens when a parent gives their child everything they’ve ever wanted.

CANNED

Clemente Lohr UK, 2022, 04:52

Ellen, a mid-20s raver whose lifestyle no longer covers the cracks in her mental psyche, tries desperately to find something hidden in her flat. Vince attempts to teach Ellen the true meaning of love.

BLUE NOTE

Pavel Andonov Finland, 2022, 22:25

Against nurse's advice, Leena is faced with a heartbreaking commitment after spending a wonderful and beautiful day with her terminally ill husband Boris in their summer cottage.

OPERA NIGHT

Hilke Rönnfeldt Denmark, 2022, 15:15

When she discovers a mysterious crack in the fundament of her workplace at the Copenhagen Opera, cleaner Angeli goes on alert and sets out on a Kafkaesque odyssey for help.

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Thursday Friargate 12:00-13:30

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Sunday City Screen 14:30-16:00

A mosaic of deeply intimate and artistically bold pieces grapple with themes of memory, the personal and history. This programme is an excavation of the past, present and future dialogues. This is realised though archival response, collage and testimony, and tactile play offers us an entry point to questions of existence, migration and how we hold our history.

ONE HOME TO ANOTHER

Dominique van Olm Netherlands, 2022, 10:00

The past and present weave themselves together through docu mentation of family moments in and around the Netherlands. A translation of attachment and dislocation on what home means.

THE DEVOTIONS

Mia Georgis UK, 2021, 14:15

Part biography and testimonial, the film explores the intersection of queer culture and Catholicism. Barry Fitzgerald meets Bernárd J Lynch. Both of them are Irish, gay and culturally Catholic.

STILL WE THRIVE Campbell X UK, 2021, 06:21

Archive footage of Black history from the Caribbean, UK, USA and the African continent is interwoven with Black actors speaking direct to the camera. Includes the poem A Negro Dreams of Rivers.

CELLULA FILIA

Piibe Kolka Estonia, 2022, 20:55

A conversation through time between a woman and her great grandmother. Piibe Kolka uses a PXL2000 toy camera to record pixelated visuals to establish a time travelling communication.

THE SEASON OF BURNING THINGS

Asmaa Jama, Gouled Ahmed UK, 2022, 09:04

Using archival footage, sound and familial interviews, the project seeks to track and trace movement / migration between countries. The narrative revolves around water and landscape of the sea.

I’LL BE BACK!

Hope Strickland UK, 2022, 10:54

This conversation piece explores Black metamorphosis alongside institutional collecting practices and colonial violences. Through out, the film shifts across digital, 16mm and archival formats.

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An interrogation of people and their relationship to space, physically or otherwise imagined. From the history of seaweed in northern Scotland to a visual experience of post-Soviet architecture, this compilation explores a wide scape of geogra phies and stories. In dialogue with history, each piece offers insight into the interconnectedness of people and place.

FIREFLIES

Poulomi Basu, CJ Clarke UK, 2022, 15:00

Crash landed and alone, a female astronaut is confronted by the ghosts of her past as she struggles for survival on an inhospitable planet that appears to be sentient.

RELAY-DELAY

Sherry Erskine, Bonnie Sue Stein USA, 2022, 13:11

Erskine and Stein used a penpal structure across great distances to investigate the isolation, normalcy and the restorative prop erties of walking and resting in nature during late quarantine.

SEAWEED Julia Parks UK, 2021, 18:33

A 16mm moving image work that explores the folklore, ecology, and history of seaweed in northern Scotland. The film is voiced by hand harvesters, seaweed farmers and environmentalists.

IN PLAIN SIGHT – PART 1: IN ERMS OF CLAY Heather Andrews UK, 2021, 7:05

This film is based on the true events of the Foot and Mouth Crisis of 2001 in Dumfries and Galloway, told though the eyes of a teenage girl, Fraoch, following her epilepsy diagnosis.

POST-SOVIET SYMPHONY

Alexey Evstigneev Russian Federation, 2022, 11:15

If architecture is “frozen music,” then the façades of houses are its score. We look at architecture of the post-Soviet space, from Baroque and classicism to Art Nouveau and Khrushchev.

ETERNITY ON A LOOP Isabela Costa Brazil, 2021, 11:53

An employee of God takes a break from heaven’s bureaucracy and spends some time on Earth. This film is a beautiful reminder of our time here, right now, on planet Earth.

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Image-making and image meaning. The intersection of the digital and physical. How do we consume images and what power do they have to influence us? From the physical decay of filmic material to a humorous essay on relaxation in an age of heightened anxiety, this collection of innovative work spirals as we consider the overloading of information.

THAT WAS WHEN I THOUGHT I COULD HEAR YOU Matt Whitman USA, 2021, 08:42

That was when I thought I could hear you on petals, on fire, and on the edge of the bridge. A deeply contemplative work about the transient moments we all experience.

THE FILM FACTORY

Silvestar Kolbas Croatia, 2022, 15:12

This essay on photography shows the passage of time with the ageing of the photographic material itself. B&W photographs of the closed Fotokemika factory, which produced paper and films.

IMMACULATE VIRTUAL Ryley O’Byrne Canada, 2021, 08:40

A contemplation of the nature of reality, the body and intimacy in the complicated space where technology and humanity blend. The work is a culmination of writing, research and documentation.

ERODE Charles Newland UK, 2021, 03:21

A film that looks at the hypocrisy and repetition of racist antiGRT rhetoric in Britain, combining dog-whistle Tory soundbites with footage of the insidious reality in a montage style.

CURRENTS / PERPENDICOLARE AVANTI

Federica Foglia Canada, 2021, 13:00

Currents / Perpendicolare Avanti is a camera-less, handmade, 16mm film collage. It is based on the artist’s autobiographical experience as an immigrant inhabiting multiple countries.

HAPPY LIFE

Amélie Hardy Canada, 2021, 16:21

In this anxious and hectic time, this film delves into those unusual outlets that soothe the turmoil of the body and mind. It paints a portrait of a society in search of meaning and relief.

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Dreams are what you make of them. It’s important to remember that we can be anything that we want in this world. There is a lot of hope and aspiration that can be achieved in letting your imagination run wild. We must encourage young people to let their imaginations soar. This programme of films is dedicated to the dreamers out there. The sky is the limit.

ALTERNATE MESOZOIC

Boby, Laudrin, Métivier, Miguet, Sanrame, Schaeffer France, 2021, 05:26

In the Mesozoic area, Rex and his friends are disturbed by a tribe of annoying humans. A meteor shower will crash on the Earth. But dinosaurs are strong and humans will beg them to protect them.

EMILY THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL Matt Hickinbottom UK, 2022, 15:00

Adapted from the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, The Little Match Girl , this animated film takes you on a journey through the life and times of this young girl trying to survive.

LITTLE KARL AND THE ELEPHANTS

Friedrich Kießling Germany, 2021, 08:19

At the start of WWI, little Karlchen has a big dream: to see the famous elephants of the Sarrasani Circus! To earn the entrance fee, he delivers potatoes to a merchant. Based on a true story.

THE SOCIAL CHAMELEON Alex Ross USA, 2022, 09:30

Cosmo doesn’t fit in with the other animals. No matter how hard he tries, he just can’t seem to find his place in the jungle. Then, everything changes when he meets another chameleon.

CAT AND MOTH

India Barnardo Canada, 2021, 07:20

A fluffy white cat wants nothing more than to find the most comfortable spot in the universe to sit, relax and rest, but little does she know someone else has their eye on it too.

LOCKDOWN

Leon Joosen UK, 2021, 11:25

Moley and Dotty find themselves trapped inside Mishmosh’s lab when his state-of-the-art security system is suddenly activated. A fun and engaging tale about what these three moles get up to

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What does it mean to have a true friend? It’s a person in your life who you can always count on and who is there with you in good times and bad. Sometimes we are happy, sometimes we are scared, but one thing is for certain, and that is life is better with friends. This collection explores the relationships between friends and how a good friend makes life better.

SILENCE AND HER ROOMMATE

Liam Harris UK, 2021, 05:00

When Lola moves to university, Silence is an adorable guest who calms her roommate as she navigates a new daunting life. But as Silence grows, Lola’s ties to the outside world start to suffer.

LAIKA & NEMO

Jan Gadermann, Sebastian Gadow Germany, 2022, 15:00

Nemo looks different. Nobody else wears a diving suit and such a huge helmet. But then he meets Laika, an astronaut. They reflect upon their similarities and a beautiful friendship forms.

HARRY THE HAMSTER

Lewis Reeves UK, 2021, 07:09

A young boy’s day out to see Grandad and his grandad’s beloved pet, Harry the hamster, suddenly sours because a dramatic death occurs and an unexpected revelation comes to light.

I MISS HUGS

Ana Songel UK, 2021, 07:45

The story of a single parent and her only daughter who, after migrating to another country, is forced into creating a newfound sense of affection with her mother back home.

LUCE AND THE ROCK

Britt Raes Belgium, 2022, 12:59

One day, out of nowhere, a giant rock lays in the middle of the peaceful village where Luce lives. The villagers can’t even open the door to their houses anymore! Luce becomes angry.

SNOWFLAKES

Sabrina Stoll USA, 2022, 06:24

Six-year-old Charly is stuck in a children’s hospital for weeks. However, all she wants to do is to go outside and play in the snow. Unhappy, she watches thick snowflakes fall from the sky.

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Life is complicated, especially for young people. It is full of choices, but how do we choose our own paths? Sometimes it’s difficult to know which direction we should move in. These films look at the connections of family and friendships, and how these relationships help us to move forward and continuously help us to navigate everything that life brings our way.

I’LL BE FRANK

Carleton Rodgers Ireland, 2022, 15:54

For Danny, with regards to musical taste – he did it his way. He got a kick out of Sinatra, not Sheeran. Regrets? Potential social isolation. Will his love for Ol’ Blue Eyes get under his skin?

THE WELL

Peter Stanley-Ward UK, 2021, 08:35

Known as the outsider, Trish leads three “friends” to a secret well in the hope of building friendships. When they realise the po tential of the well, they get a terrifying reminder to to be careful.

Gillian Harker UK, 2022, 04:00

A girl and her dad bond over a game of Rugby League. This film tells the heartwarming tale of a father-daughter relationship and how familial bonds can never be broken.

SIGNAL

Diarmuid Donohoe Ireland, 2021, 09:00

The friendship of two young boys is put to the test as they set out to build a radio to communicate with something other worldly. Will they be able to speak with an extraterrestrial?

WISH HILL

Aleah Marrow USA, 2022, 08:17

Kaden and Damon find their childhood wearied amidst the enduring pandemic. When quarantine fatigue sets in, Kaden becomes increasingly aware that the “new normal” is capricious.

TELL ME A STORY

Arzalier, Brenci, Daniel, Duru, Gil, Jacob, Munos, Tchirikhtchian France, 2021, 06:05

Every evening, Solen tells a fantastic story, in which she’s the main character, to her little sister Luna. However, Luna’s far from guessing the secret that is hidden between the lines.

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INSIDE

FASHION

FILM

The parameters of fashion film are inviting. It can be dance, documentary, drama or an experimental piece of work. This means that the opportunities to explore identities, and the challenges we face, here and now, on planet earth, are bound less. There’s always a moment of introspection, which manifests through deeply personal stories that resonate universally.

THERMAL

Anne-Charlotte Moulard France, 2021, 07:05

For reasons unknown, a writer lacking inspiration has sought ref uge at a swimming pool, where he hopes to write in peace. Unfor tunately, he soon contends with an incessant flow of spa guests.

A STORY OF WOMEN

Rosalie Charrier France, 2021, 04:22

A book lays on the ground. A woman discovers it. She dives into its lines, reading it aloud: a liberating speech. Through seven different looks, different characters follow and respond.

PAIRED FLOWERS

Hannah Bon USA, 2021, 08:33

A retelling of the Noh theatre play, Takasago and the eternal bond between mother and daughter. The intense but beautiful relationship that only exists between these two people is revealed.

ECHOES OF THE SUBURBS

HIBALL

Australia, 2022, 02:44

Inspired by Adolfo Bioy Casares’s The Invention of Morel , Echoes of the Suburbs is a future speculative fashion film exploring the dividing line between the realms of consciousness.

THE SOUND OF WAVES

Victor Claramunt, San Millán Spain, 2021, 01:23

Feeling the sea is not only for people who sail. Everyone can express the sea within. It can often be about soul searching and the journeys that we go on when finding ourselves.

PEEL

Samantha Mandich France, 2021, 03:43

This film translates Anne’s journey as an artist and a human through dance, fashion and a visual narrative that is una fraid to be experimental and challenge genre constraints.

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THE OPEN

Kit Pilosof Canada, 2021, 02:52

The Open is about learning to embrace your anxiety through the notion of childlike play, instead of battling it. The film features a creative woman – a dancer – suffering from anxiety disorder.

Tuesday City Screen 12:00-13:00

Wednesday City Screen 12:00-13:00

Thursday City Screen 16:00-17:00

Saturday Theatre Royal 21:00-22:00

MIJO

Mazdey Snob Mexico, 2021, 05:00

Mijo is a young dreamer, suddenly blessed with the gift of King Midas. However his ability has a unique twist: whatever and whoever he touches is stylishly pimped up.

OFF THE TOP OF MY HAT

Luca Tichelman, Rens De Waal Netherlands, 2021, 05:17

The film features experimental “alter ego hats” made by participants of Second Skin Tilburg – a multidisciplinary fashion film project for and with young people from Tilburg Noord.

SPACING OUT Omar Perineau USA, 2021, 02:22

The Oasis program was a fleet of fuel carriers dispatched through space. This gave scouting ships the opportunity to refuel and explore deeper parts of the galaxy. The crews were strictly women.

THE GROOVE OF CHAOS

Haonan Huang USA, 2022, 02:18

A psychological exploration of Time Square in NYC during the pandemic, recalling one of the most surreal times in human history when the whole world shut down and changed forever.

COMUNIDAD

Marco Castro USA, 2021, 01:32

Chachi, a first-generation Mexican-American, discusses com munity, brotherhood and equality. Recent census shows Latinx Americans are the largest minority with the lowest income rates.

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We have everyday attachments. Routines keep us in check and the wheels in motion. Every day we are performing different versions of ourselves. We may ask who is this performance for? How do you feel when you look in the mirror? This pro gramme will take you on a number of journeys and invites you to experience those little vignettes of the lives of others.

INNERVISIONS

Adam C Hayes USA, 2022, 02:30

This film captures the surreal elements in Sharon’s bespoke knitwear designs, with a contemporary dance performance by Michelle, which is based on 4 th dimension principals.

SAPIENT

Ryan Renshaw Australia, 2021, 02:46

Featuring Rachel Burke, this film is the culmination of six months labour and involved many hundreds of hours of post-production visual effects rendering.

A SIGNIFICANT NAME

Diane Russo-Cheng USA, 2021, 04:47

A lyrical, unapologetic look at how a name connects to queer Asian identity. A Significant Name tells the story of Banban’s Chinese name, born in Texas to Taiwanese immigrant parents.

REPLICA

Hannah Bon Brazil, 2021, 01:26

A trinity that unites people to become closer. Replica is an experimental fragrance film for Maison Margiela. An inviting fashion film filled with pop colours and a dreamy aesthetic.

THE LONG GOODBYE

Lunatics and Poets, Eori Wakakuwa Netherlands, 2020, 05:15

We are attached to everyday rituals. Framing them as an intimate daily performance. When this becomes a physical memory, will we ever understand what we leave behind?

FIRST LOVE

Kristina Palukaititie Ukraine, 2021, 01:46

We can look very similar while being kids. But we grow up and form ourselves into the unique personalities, and our growth of course includes the traces other people “paint” us with.

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EYES WIDE OPEN

Hilda (Huayi) Xu UK, 2022, 03:38

This film is a compilation of a hip-hop artist’s four paparazzi encounters. Kharis is bathed in light, and we see the moment of him being seen, showing the different states of hyper-visibility.

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friday NCEM 16:00-17:00

saturday

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Sunday YSJU 15:30-16:30

NEOSHIN

Sebastian Selg Germany, 2022, 04:02

CR is a virtual world of utopia that people can access to escape reality. To enter CR, users step into CRYPODs to freeze their bod ies. Thereby, the ageing process of the human body is stopped.

HOOF

Bon, Magaña, Rodriguez, Ramirez Mexico, 2021, 05:12

The fantastical homecoming of an extraterrestrial beauty leads into an extravagant world, one full of unexpected situations. A journey where the worlds of glamour and the absurd collide.

Timur Celikdag UK, 2021, 04:39

Having pushed Earth beyond its limits, next is our quest to colonise Mars. Surveillance, social injustices and being separated from loved ones are things we endured during the pandemic.

TOTALITY TEMPTATION

Celina Collot Switzerland, 2022, 03:52

A group of five ordinary people get ready to go out and interact in the non-places. They find themselves crossing one another without engaging in an endless loop of laps through the spaces.

ARTISTIQUE

Kristýna & Kryštof Jankovec Czech Republic, 2021, 03:16

This film celebrates the synthesis of interior design, fashion and visual arts. This invitation to the Artistique design showroom represents an immersive aesthetic and emotional experience.

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THE ACT OF LOOKING FASHION 3

What does it mean to truly understand someone, something or even ourselves? We are often searching for wider meanings and looking for moments of serendipity. This collection of films dives into moments of loneliness as well as our inner strength, whilst also looking at humankind’s relationship with the Earth. We must ask: is looking different to seeing?

SAPHI

Javier Cano Larumbe Spain, 2022, 02:35

Saphi is an adventure to our origins, back to our roots and the depths of our essence. A journey which connects our inner selves through nature and the world around us.

VERONICA NOW

Gabriel Juduc Romania, 2021, 02:53

Veronica is each and every one of us. She is the main focus of this intimate film that uses visual allegory to examine the fracture between who we are and how we’re seen by the people we love.

SUMMER WITH JOSEPHINE

Federico Fenucci Italy, 2021, 04:17

On a day of dreamy melancholy, a woman relives the intensity of a summer spent with Josephine. Josephine never speaks. Yet the days pass, each one different from the next.

SONAR

Allexia Galvão Brazil, 2021, 07:23

Solitude and courage unite in SONAR, a fashion film that highlights both loneliness and the strengths we find when we connect ourselves with our deep inner power.

Runqi He UK, 2021, 03:53

The story is based in a simulated universe. All reality – including the universe, the Earth and humans – is the result of a “simula tion.” It’s the equivalent of living in a supercomputer program.

A NEW BEGINNING

Christophe Chudy France, 2021, 03:35

The pioneers of a new era, of a new territory. They are unique, sin gular and beautiful. They free themselves from their social chains and they walk on their own path. They create their own world.

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Estienne Rylle France, 2022, 14:00

Aporia is a parable of five figures of humanity who face the insoluble. Initially thought of as a cinematographic experiment centred around clothing, this film embarks on a poetic experience.

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ETERNAL FEMININE

Andrea Ruiz Spain, 2021, 04:22

What does it mean to be feminine? What does it mean to be a woman? We have grown up in a society that has filled us with pa rameters and stereotypes that we have to comply with as women.

ELEMENTS

Filip Fredrik Fredrik Haglund UK, 2022, 01:00

Elements looks at the designs of three of the most exciting upand-coming designers. The designs find its narrative in different elements as the human-made constructions clash with nature.

UN-SPOKEN WORDS OF A HEARTIST

Nadine Baboy, Muhiba Botan Belgium, 2021 07:26

In the midst of chaos, the word becomes a movement that brings a new breath of hope to humanity searching for authenticity. A word is enough to reveal the essential and to initiate a movement.

PLASTIC VOICES

Luis Castro, Yosu Menacho Spain, 2021, 04:10

A boy, a girl, two cats and a plastic cocktail bag. In other words, this film explores the art of how to love someone through a series of surreal and eventful miscommunications.

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A genre bending programme looking at realities, both altered, defiant and existing. In a post-lockdown world, this pro gramme explores the tools of escapism we use to survive trauma whilst interrogating the intersection of the very present realities, love and life, cognitive dissonance, and the consequence of social consciousness in a post-truth world.

TOPPLE

Sarada Rauch USA, 2020, 02:03

Topple is an original song and video from the album called In the realm of a dying star. The video re-enacts a history of toppled statues, symbolising colonialism and institutionalised oppression.

BROCCOLI CHEDDAR BREAD BOWL

Mike Petrow USA, 2022, 03:11

16 animators come together to create an exquisite corpse ded icated to the broccoli cheddar bread bowl. Not the food per se, but the introspection it seems to represent for rapper Duncecap.

QUIET NIGHTS

Paola Ossa USA, 2022, 04:07

A young man returns to his childhood home after finding out his father has passed. Thomas is then trapped in the house and must confront his abusive relationship with his father.

SPACE

Erik Rojas USA, 2021, 03:54

A man desperate to save the one he loves goes to any lengths to bring her back. This film is about moments of departure and the choices that we must make in order to follow our hearts.

FLYING KITES

Jesseca Ynez Simmons USA, 2022, 04:00

Isicle is in his workshop making something from wood. This substance for his creation is found all around – from the walls to the trees outside, to the musical keys inside his synthesiser.

NICE GIRL

Natalie Camou USA, 2021, 03:25

Brimming with Wes-Anderson-meets-grocery-store irrever ence, Nice Girl stealthily follows a desperate woman battling to overcome inner and outer manifestations of patriarchy.

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MONSTERS

Taisia Deeva Ukraine, 2021, 02:55

The video features children cowering in terror, hiding from the unknown, only to be transported to a futuristic corridor where their anxieties are personified as a shrouded monster.

POPPY ‘HER’

Chris Ullens UK, 2021, 03:44

Somewhere in an enigmatic and dystopian future, a queen gets entertained by her very own brutal talent show. We are reminded of alternative realities with varying degrees of truth.

YI-YU TSAI

Taiwan, 2021, 05:36

To the dearest all who always get messed up in life, no matter by your own self or by others, whisper to your heart, even at the most desperate of moments, GANBATENE (Keep going)!

Aitore Zholdaskali Kazakhstan, 2022, 10:17

MEMO raises important topics. Throughout the video, there is a constant struggle of darkness and light on the screen. The gloomy corridor is contrasted with the morning in the steppe.

BINAURAL GLASS

Shelley Hopkins UK, 2020, 04:29

A mesmerising, transcendent trip: mysterious and otherworldly. These viscous substances are strange yet familiar, in resonance with the granular stretched vocals, strings and binaural beating.

FEEL SO - NUKULUK

Mateo Carlos Villanueva Brandt UK, 2021, 04:06

Tasked with reacting to an idiosyncratic hip-hop electronica track, Feel So is a music video trying to respond to as many stylistic in fluences as the music itself and create a new world in the process.

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How do we care for ourselves and each other in a society that prioritises money over everything else? Are we doomed to internalise capitalism or is there another, better path? In the journey to become human – but kinder – we’ll navigate awak ening spirituality, connection and preconceived notions of societal norms in order to discover what’s at stake for our future.

HEART FAILURE

Will Wightman UK, 2021, 10:27

When Frank falls for his one night stand, he must do everything he can to stop his heart from breaking completely in this innovative musical comedy with many twists and turns.

LLLL - SILENT DAWN Konstantin Enste Germany, 2022, 05:25

A space traveller is about to find the secret behind a happy and fulfilling existence. There is a lot of reward in this film as we, the viewers, are taken on a journey of discovery.

MWANJÉ FT. SAMPA THE GREAT - WILDONES Michael Rodrigues, Tarryn Hatchett South Africa, 2021, 03:20

Wildones is a visual exploration of connection and oneness with the natural world. This beautiful and memorising film is an existential coming-of-age and uplifting project.

FADE INTO YOU David M. Helman USA, 2022, 07:18

A narrative music video for the band American Football. Described as emo, math rock and post-rock, the band has a melodic sound and the video illustrates their blended approach.

I PUT MY HAND INTO A FIST

Lisa Enes Norway, 2022, 04:34

In this music video, we follow Ella through her day while she’s carrying her heavy alter ego, Coach. A persona that feels like a burden by day but that comes to life on a dance floor by night.

RODNEY CHROME - TO THE MONEY Zac Dov Wiesel US, 2022, 02:55

The story of a Ghetto Popstar. After finding a bag of unlimited money in the forest, Chrome’s destiny becomes set in stone. It asks: is everything pre-determined? What choices do we have?

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Christian Padron USA, 2022, 07:34

Built around footage of Samora from childhood up to the present and featuring a collage of men of all ages, this film explores how different conceptions of manhood show up in the body.

“RECORD PLAYER” AJR X DAISY THE GREAT Yuval Haker USA, 2021, 02:34

A surreal music video combining filmed footage and animation. It is a song about our modern day demons, the masks we wear and the knees we scrape in our desire to fit in.

MAKE A BABY Emily Dynes Australia, 2021, 03:40

The official music video for Australian folk outfit The Maes. Shot on 16mm, Make A Baby highlights six different queer couples in different stages of their lives in a soft and intimate journey.

P.E.R.I.O.D. Monika Kozub Germany, 2022, 03:22

An art music video celebrating menstruation and fighting period poverty. With a tongue-in-cheek approach, it aims to spark a conversation about the period stigma and economic issues.

DIFFERENT THAN BEFORE Mayumi Yoshida Canada, 2022, 06:00

The story occurs at the engagement party of Sarah. Just when they are having fun singing karaoke on stage, a group of racist hecklers shout rude comments and racial slurs at them.

ATOM

Quentin Curtat, Cédric Richer France, 2021, 06:45

ATOM isn’t a fully narrated story about the death of our sun, nor is it about those few humans who are observing it. ATOM is about the cosmic laws that bind us all together.

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Film is an art form, and those who make them often do not conform to conventional storytelling means. This selection of films are transformative in their storytelling, messing with our perception of narrative and asking us to consider our lives and the world in a different way. We are invited into ethereal moments, left to decide what we would do in that situation.

VOICES

Abbie Lucas UK, 2022, 10:54

After moving into their new home, Tara and Drew are alarmed when they overhear their neighbours arguing. But as the voices turn to screams and violence, is it their responsibility to act?

THE BOTTOM

Morgan Ruaidhrí O’Sullivan, James Kautz USA, 2021, 08:35

At the edge of a mysterious lake, a reckoning between friends becomes a fight for life – as one man’s subtle mind games threaten the other’s grip on an increasingly fading reality.

O, GLORY!

Joe Williams, Charlie Edwards-Moss UK, 2021, 15:45

Set in the late 1970s, a psychiatric doctor and his assistant are called to an isolated country house to examine Deborah, whose brother believes she is losing her mind.

CREATOR Andre LeBlanc USA, 2021, 14:05

A computer designed to flag violent internet content starts creating its own, with its inventors as the subjects. A dystopian look at our reliance on technology and the power it could hold.

VIA[DOLO]

Daniel Keeble UK, 2021, 06:58

A young woman embarks on a traumatic journey as she overcomes an invisible force. Her way of suffering, with its dreamlike, hyper-real aesthetic, is coupled with symbolic meaning.

REPRISE

Kenji Ouellet Germany, 2021, 21:58

Reprise concentrates all cinematic “mind-bending” devices in a subtly ironic way. It is a catalogue of plot twists: retroactive dream presentation, lying flashback, unconscious death and more.

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Technology is beginning to take over and completely inform almost every aspect of our lives. This programme of films offers us some stark warnings about the negative impact of our own reliance on technology and the ways in which we can be manipulated through its use. We must ask one critical question: are we truly in charge of our own destiny?

MOLAPHONE

Daniel Padró Spain, 2021, 14:32

All Francisco is trying to do is cancel his contract with his phone provider. It should be simple, but what was supposed to be a mere formality becomes an involved Kafkaesque nightmare.

OVERPOWER

Tom Goodall Australia, 2021, 11:28

Two pilots fight the central computer of a highly automated plane to try and keep it from crashing down to earth. This is a cautionary tale of where over-automation could lead.

In retaliation, a submarine commander must follow orders and, despite her doubts, press the launch button which will trigger the earth’s final nuclear apocalypse.

Elliot Gaynon UK, 2021, 12:38

This contemporary thriller explores the extremist right-wing radicalisation of a young white man in the digital age through the eyes of his father, following their communication breakdown.

ANACONDA

Joshua D Amar USA, 2021, 12:23

After being catfished into an online sexual encounter, a college student flees a horrific vision of a stranger who might be blackmailing him with a non-consensual recording.

OVERWRITE

Alia Sheikh UK, 2021, 19:59

One nightmarish night in the life of a security guard. Someone is robbing his bank. Someone who looks exactly like him ... we are asked to suspend our reality and think “what if?”

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Tuesday City Screen 21:30-23:00

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Saturday NCEM 17:00-18:30

Sometimes nothing is scarier than what lurks inside the human mind. This selection of shorts range from atmospheric psy chological horrors with serial killers to ghosts and creatures. It reminds the viewers that fear is an emotion that holds such great power over us. We are asked to suspend what we believe to be real and true, but try to remember – it’s just a movie.

THE GLOOM

Dani Viqueira Spain, 2020, 13:47

Laura studies for her medical degree. You don’t have time for your husband’s hypochondria. Nor for fights. But when everything goes dark and Laura enters the gloom, time is all she will have.

DEEP CLEAN

B Welby UK, 2021, 14:59

Maddie is tasked with cleaning the house of a hoarder, an old woman who recently died. As she starts to become increasingly paranoid that she is not alone, Maddie faces a horrifying reality.

THE EVIL IS INSIDE Martin Sharpe Australia, 2022, 11:52

A recently divorced father confides to a friend that he’s been seeing demons in the family home. It is a cautionary tale against outsourcing your morality to the supernatural.

BOWLHEAD Thomas Simon France, 2022, 13:21

A passionate bowler resorts to nefarious ways to improve his game. This film challenges the boundaries of genre, and it crafts a storyline with multiple and layered meaning.

PART FOREVER

Alan Chung-An, Ou Taiwan, 2021, 12:33

There is a custom in Taiwan that the soul of a dead person would go home to visit his family within three days after his death. Therefore, the family would wait in the mourning hall all night.

FISHWIFE

Beth Park UK, 2021, 17:14

Fishwife is a dark and mysterious period piece which treads the line between horror and fantasy. In traditional horror, a woman’s fate is used as a plot point to terrify and excite an audience.

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We often get so caught up in our own lives that it is easy to forget there is a world of politically motivated problems out there. This programme looks at the macro and the micro worlds that surround us and our place within these systems. These charged films expose and ask us to consider the injustices that people face, often through no fault of their own.

NAFAS NAKESH (DON’T BREATHE)

Milad NASIM SOBHAN Iran, 2022, 14:38

To exert more tyranny and suppression, the ruling power has done something to its dissenters so that they exhale smoke when they breathe, and the agents must take such people into custody.

THE CRIMINALS

Serhat Karaaslan Turkey, 2021, 24:00

Late at night in a small Turkish town, a young couple tries to find a hotel room to spend the night together. They are rejected from all hotels for not having a marriage certificate.

USELESS

Raquel Guerrero Spain, 2022, 07:52

Tito, a neighbourhood boy that everyone is always teasing, wants to prove his worth. He’s already been through several initiation tests, and he is now doing car doughnuts in a vacant parking lot.

THE MOTHS WILL EAT THEM UP Luisa Martiri, Tanya Modini Australia, 2021, 13:49

A psychological thriller that exposes the terror of gendered violence against women. It explores how some men choose to be bystanders – ignoring other violence as “none of their business."

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France, November 2015. After the Paris terror attacks, the state of emergency is proclaimed to facilitate the work of police forces. A policewoman helps colleagues to conduct a search.

SAFE

Josema Roig USA, 2019, 09:58

In the middle of the night, a startled little girl wakes up her brother. She has heard a noise lurking outside, but sometimes danger hides right where you can see it: in plain sight.

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VR focuses on an experiential interfaces, moving beyond the observation of two-dimensional filmmaking. The immersive technology allows users to interact with objects and environments in innovative new ways.

For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication. The Lab takes place in City Screen Basement, 1-6 November, 11:00-21:00. To attend the VR Lab, pre-booking is advised.

Alongside the VR Lab, we present daily VR panel discussions which tap into some of today’s most pressing issues in new technologies, from ethics and representation to data mining and empathic narratives.

Online audiences can access the eight 360° films with an athome VR headset, from 1-30 November. Purchase your Festival Pack, with at-home VR headsets, at asff.co.uk.

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MIDNIGHT STORY

Antonin Niclass UK, 2022, 12:00

An old lady, voiced by Miriam Margolyes, is waiting for the last coach in a sad, rundown old bus station. Looking for distraction, she starts observing the lonely travellers around her. Suddenly, the pigeons manage to create a connection – and a moment of harmony – between them all. Midnight Story is the VR adaptation of the BAFTA winning short film Do Not Feed the Pigeons.

MONOLITHS

Lucy Hammond UK, 2022, 11:00

Three women. Three voices. Three stories open the world of the English northern landscape in virtual reality, highlighting what it means to come from it, live in it and belong to it. Monoliths will combine the soundscapes of real locations in the north with the stories of three northern women. Their stories and origins are tied to the landscape where they come from and have grown up.

GENESIS

Joerg Courtial Germany, 2021, 13:02

With Genesis you embark on a 24-hour journey to experience the dramatic milestones in the evolution of earth and mankind with a previously unknown intensity. Chaos, catastrophe and rebirth mark the history of our Earth, yet mankind exists. 4.7 billion years of evolution condensed into 24 hours reveals: we are children of galactic luck, born in the final second of eternity.

GLIMPSE

Benjamin Cleary, Michael O’Connor UK, 2021, 22:00

Glimpse is a highly emotive visual feast set in the imaginative mind of a heartbroken panda named Herbie who has recently broken up with his girlfriend Rice. Herbie is an illustrator and using his art we delve back through the memories of his relation ship from the heartbreaking end to the beautiful beginning. A dreamlike voyage through his mind, his heart and his illustrations.

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Martin Charrière Switzerland, 2021, 12:35

Did you know that the famous painter Paul Klee built hand puppets for his son ? This animated VR experience recreates a puppet theatre using the work of Paul Klee rendered in 3D.

THE CHOICE

Joanne Popinska Canada, 2021, 28:00

Behind every decision is a human story. Debate about reproductive rights is often heated. Behind every family planning decision there is a human story. The Choice captures a different perspective.

Quentin Darras, Gaëlle Mourre UK, 2022, 15:30

A latest episode of VR series (Hi)Story of a Painting , narrated by Cerys Matthews, explores the extraordinary story of one of today’s most celebrated Baroque artists: Artemisia Gentileschi.

Kerryn Wise, Ben Neal UK, 2021, 15:00

Put on your VR headset and embark on a unique choreographic journey, walking the line between reality and illusion … Façades is a room-scale dance-theatre virtual reality (VR) experience.

CHILD OF EMPIRE

Sparsh Ahuja, Erfan Saadati UK, 2021, 17:00

Child of Empire is an animated VR docu-drama experience which immerses viewers in one of the largest forced migrations in human history: the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan.

KINGDOM OF PLANTS WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

Iona McEwan UK, 2021, 16:37

Immerse yourself in the otherwise hidden lives of plants. Follow David Attenborough deep into this savage world and witness together their desperate battles, their beauty and their sacrifices.

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It is high time, Civil War has struck the mind and the dark figure of Hel is on the rise to power. She has stolen the mind’s Will, and the brain is about to be subject to a new mind order.

DÉJÀ-VU VR

Dennis Stein-Schomburg Germany, 2021, 15:00

In this game, you are placed in a city named “Evia”. Everything you see is out of a “giant perspective”. Walk around, find the timeline and explore the city. There is a lot to discover.

A PASSAGE

Maximilian Villwock Germany, 2022, 14:45

Thetis, a Cypriot-flagged, German-owned container ship, sails the oceans carrying seafarers from Ukraine, Poland and the Philip pines. This is where “A Passage” occurs, an immersive experience.

Tom George Ross UK, 2022, 07:58

Ellie and Alfie break into an old, deserted Nuclear Bunker, filled with labyrinthine rooms, only to find the body of Alfie’s younger brother, who disappeared many years ago.

CASTLE OF UNKNOWING

Damian Thorn-Hauswirth USA, 2022, 05:55

Castle of Unknowing is a VR experience presented as a visual poem. Enter into a virtual reality surrealist allegory, where the viewer explores themes of suffering and transformation.

DISLOCATION

Veljko Popovic, Milivoj Popovic Croatia, 2020, 07:45

Dislocation takes a look at an absurd moment of disbelief and fear. It examines our internal processes and offers a visual depiction of a person forced into extreme circumstances.

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Developing a feature project? Looking for advice and pointers on developing your big idea? Pitching Sessions are a chance to get your project in front of key decision makers from the UK’s leading production companies. Meet one-to-one with Development Executives from the likes of Film4, Goldfinch First Flights, BBC Films, Guardian Documentaries and Doc Society.

Famously, cinema is an empathy machine – a space where we can engage, connect and see the world through the eyes of others. In this strand, we invite curators from around the world to meet our audiences and share diverse perspectives.

This year’s organisations include Oska Bright Film Festival, Iris Prize, Queer East and Directors Notes, amongst many others. These champions of new filmmaking offer compelling narratives that broaden the scope of cinematic representation and tell us stories from around the globe, covering a broad spectrum of experiences.

We hope that these films will offer you the opportunity to experience someone else’s point of view – to immerse yourself in ideas and dreams beyond your own, and in doing so, open yourself up to new horizons, landscapes and cultures.

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Queer East brings LGBTQ+ cinema from East and Southeast Asia to UK audiences and seeks to amplify the voices of Asian communities. This electrifying selection of shorts compiles some of the highlights from previous festival editions, showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers from across the regions. The programme is dedicated to the dreams of youth, to hopes and ambitions that push against cultural boundaries and seek to unleash dynamic visions of the future. These coming-ofage stories capture a generation in flux: kids and adolescents who experience the harsh realities of being different, whilst embracing the promise of queer dreams to bring about meaningful change.

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Lim Jen Nee

Singapore, 2019, 08:00

Six-year old Stanley enjoys dressing up as Queen Elsa, a role he performs with gusto. But his days of singing as Elsa appear numbered, as he will start formal education soon.

KADO (A GIFT)

Aditya Ahmad Indonesia, 2018, 15:00

Isfi dresses as a boy when she is amongst her male friends but wears a hijab to be accepted at her best friend’s house. Two days before Nita’s birthday, Isfi prepares a gift for Nita in her bedroom.

MELT

Moxie Peng China, 2019, 11:00

When Little Jia is asked to read the essay he wrote about Women’s Day out loud to his classmates, he is forced to hide the painful truth that only his friend Dong knows.

THE SUMMER OF 12 You-Lang Kuo Taiwan, 2019, 25:00

Amongst the young members of a swimming team, the onset of early puberty and a growing feeling of coming-of-age begins to turn an innocent camaraderie into something far more intimate.

HANDSCAPE

Yi-Ru Chen China, 2019, 19:00

Xia Qing has a hearing impairment and a deep love of dancing. A rare opportunity arises to join a dance company, so he seeks his mother’s approval by using the silent language of his fingertips.

IN HIS ISLAND

Christian Candelaria Phillipines, 2017, 20:00

A small fishing community struggles amidst an oil spill. A prepubescent and cheerful young boy who is battling with his identity finds comfort in his dreams of becoming a mermaid.

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There is increasing visibility of LGBT+ people in film and TV. However, they have one thing in common: youth! Clearly, they disappear once they reach 25-30 years of age. The Iris Prize film archive suggests otherwise. This collection presents a picture of older LGBT+ people, as diverse and possibly even more outrageous and daring than their younger selves. Even if it is just experience, it appears as confidence to search for love at 80 or engage in shoplifting, all in the name of love.

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In this heartwarming tale, Rita is about to kick the bucket, but before she does, she’s got one final job to do: drag her grand daughter out of the closet. A beautiful story of family bonds.

QUIXOTIC PLAYER

Jay Bedwani

UK, 2015, 17:00

We follow Barry, an anti-war protesting English Literature Professor, in his final week of work, directing his final play. He reflects on his career and the men he has loved and lost.

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Angela Clarke

UK, 2018, 15:00

Bryan Bale grew up in Cardiff at a time when homosexual acts between men were still illegal. As a young man in the 1960s, he moved to London, enjoying everything the city had to offer.

USA, 2016, 06:00

A 70-year-old leaves her husband for a woman she met decades earlier. This is a story of personal reckoning and making those important decisions at a crossroads in life.

CECIL AND CARL

Elvis Leon, Gaston Yvorra USA, 2016, 15:00

Cecil has lived alone in a giant house ever since Carl, his partner of 43 years, was diagnosed with advanced dementia and then admitted to a nursing home. This story focuses on commitment.

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Presented by BFI Doc Society Made of Truth Fund, these four beguiling documentary stories traverse British place and identity. In narratives created by talented emerging filmmakers, rove through England’s diverse relationships, customs and communities in glorious 16mm in Mirrors ; be immersed in a creative and thought-provoking exploration of Black Male experience of sexual trauma and healing in #BlackBoy Joy/Gone ; take a turn with Canvey Island residents and the spectre of an environmental disaster they face in Until the Tide Creeps In and lose yourself in the company of the inimitable Allan in Finding Appiness

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Alice Hughes UK, 2021, 17:45

Trapped behind a sea wall and in the shadow of two hazardous chemical sites, an islander’s vision of a disaster on Canvey is brought to life. A dramatic imagining of a potential catastrophe.

FINDING APPINESS

Natasha Hawthornthwaite UK, 2022, 11:44

After 70 years of keeping a devastating secret, eccentric fashion ista Allan Bradbury is on a journey to recovery. By opening up about his childhood trauma, can he find true appiness in later life?

#BLACKBOYJOY/GONE

Isaac Ouro-Gnao, Ashley Karrell UK, 2022, 25:00

#BlackBoyJoy/Gone is a documentary hybrid short by and for Black men, exploring sexual trauma and healing through first person interviews, collective stories, poetry and dance.

MIRRORS

Paul Daly Uk, 2022, 29:00

Shot on 16mm film, Mirrors is a lucid diary and poetic map of an island, its relationships, customs, rifts and bonds, depicting its diverse individuals, communities and historic events.

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These films have been selected to explore what happens when we pause and understand who we are. From a boy who wants to fly to the moon to feel connection, to a stranger in a cafe delivering an eerie message to someone half his age, the stories encourage us to look deeper at ourselves, whilst also questioning our motives and re-evalu ating our worldview along the way. Two of the films ( Flight and Sugar cake ) were shown at We Are Parable’s first ever international event, The Shot List, and it is the first time they are being screened in the UK.

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After finding himself at a crossroads in life, a Jamaican boy sets out to fulfil a dream ten times his size: to fly to the moon, despite his circumstances and father’s opposition.

SUGARCAKE

Joshua Paul Jamaica, 2022, 12:06

A security officer sees no way out of his current situation, until he meets Sugarcake, a sex worker. The story takes many interesting twists and unexpected turns, as we look into the lives of others.

REFLECTION

David Anderson UK, 2021, 15:26

In the early morning at a riverside greasy-spoon café in Kent, a lone stranger cuts an odd figure. The exhausted waitress is barely holding it together when her teenage son arrives.

This film follows true life events based on an incident that happened in 1969, when a 17-year-old tried to prevent Clement Gomwalk from being arrested and assaulted.

HACKNEY DOWNS

Carl Earl-Ocran UK, 2022, 13:25

Old wounds resurface when a neurotic, overworked law grad is forced to face his estranged friend and former sparring partner, now an amateur boxer in East London.

HARD TO REACH

Darryl Foster UK, 2022, 13:51

Morey wants to make it through to the end of the day without succumbing to a breakdown but, on the hottest day of the year, the tension humming underneath only intensifies on a field trip.

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Following on from T A P E’s programme in last year’s Aesthetica Film Festival: Roots, Seeds, Flowers, Fruit, this programme explores experimental and mythical works that surrender themselves to water. Whether destructive, isolating, replenishing, symbolic or a complete rebirth, the films explore the power of heritage and ancestry. Ebbing and flowing between reality and mysticism, we ponder the shape of water and the many forms it takes in our construction of stories.

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Areena Ang UK, 2022, 06:08

An experimental split-screen video that emulates a family photobook. Moving from the personal to the wider community, the film illustrates climate change phenomena in Malaysia.

BORN AGAIN Candice Onyeama UK, 2022, 20:23

The film follows Nwa, a British-Nigerian woman tormented by her inability to have children. However, a transformative baptism leads her on a journey of healing and rebirth.

LISTEN TO ME

Carla Andrada

Spain / UK, 2016, 07:00

Taking the poetic power of the sea as main elements, Andrada subverts the role traditionally imposed on women. Images that, when fading out, reflect a world whose sensitivity is mutating.

THEY MET UNDER A CEILING OF SKY Catriona Gallagher UK, 2021, 21:00

A film written, shot and performed by multiple selves of the artist in an island summer house. Stranded for seven days, the artist made a film using only herself in front and behind the camera.

CHANSON POUR LE NOUVEAU-MONDE (SONG FOR THE NEW WORLD)

Myriam Charles Canada, 2021, 09:00

Many years after the disappearance of her father in Scotland, a young woman recalls her childhood on a Caribbean island, which brings about memories of a past she’s long forgotten.

THE SEASON OF BURNING THINGS Asmaa Jama & Gouled Ahmed UK, 2022, 09:00

A moving-image collaboration unfolding from the creators’ perspectives in the Somali diaspora. The piece takes the lead from East African mythos and Islamic imagery to explore mythmaking.

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This programme looks at how documentary stories are told and asks questions about who is telling them and what happens when a com munity or individual turns the camera on themselves. Do you need to have lived experience in order to tell an authentic story? How do you accurately represent someone or something? Featuring films from and by northern filmmakers, this programme asks: does proximity to your subject inform how the filmmaker identifies with, interprets and shapes the stories they tell? A panel discussion will look at the ethics of docu mentary, authentic storytelling, co-creation and accountability.

A PROTEST, A CELEBRATION, A MIXED MESSAGE

Rhea Storr UK, 2018, 12:00

Can you write about this? Do you think I’m Black enough? Do you think I’m white enough? Viewer: a message to you. Black bodies exist in rural spaces too – I am sure I am a mixed message.

CREATIVE SPACES

Tarik Skalli UK, 2021, 08:04

A film about the relationship three artists have with the city in which they grew up in. Unable to leave due to lockdown, the three of them reflect upon inspirational places from over the years.

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Alfie Barker UK, 2021, 10:00

A docu-drama spotlighting the strength of community in a neighbourhood that unite when they are forced to the edge of extinction. This is what it means to be hanging on.

VICTORIA STREET

Asma Kabadeh, Aaron Hopper UK, 2021, 02:20

This is a spoken word film performed by Warda Yassin, Sheffield’s poet laureate. Victoria Street explores her local community alongside her experience growing up in Broomhall, Sheffield.

LLOYD’S STORY

Sami Baghdadi, Mohamed Ibrahim, Yousuf Idris, Fahmie Sabran UK, 2020, 08:35

A short film about hope, resilience and men’s mental health. Lloyd Samuels explores finding a way through the childhood trauma he experienced as a result of racial oppression.

TICTOC

Mark Waters UK, 2020, 22:25

In the 16 years that Felix has grown up, he has had to contend with the unpredictable and consuming nature of Tourette’s Disorder, whilst navigating the usual tribulations of adolescence.

BREADLINE

Carol Salter UK, 2020, 11:00

In a forgotten seaside town in the north of England, 78-year-old Dave hands out food to those in dire need. After 10 years of austerity, the portrait of a volunteer-run food bank hits home.

ELDERS

Glen Milner UK, 2015, 07:27

After leaving India for the industrial north of England in the 1960s, Karim and Katari Chand never imagined they would end up being married longer than any other couple in the world.

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She Weaves A Dream explores finding freedom in creativity, each lensed by artists and filmmakers based in the South West Asian and North African region. Across animation, lyrical documentary, absurd comedy, fantastical drama and feminist twists, each of our characters find liberation through imagination. This selection has been curated by Yasmin Jenoui and Melanie Iredale of Birds’ Eye View, together with programmers at Flying Broom Women’s Film Festival in Turkey, Beirut International Women Film Festival in Lebanon, and Regards de femmes: festival international de film de femmes in Tunisia.

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From the kitchen table to the bottom of the ocean, three generations of women express their shared grief in the aftermath of war by weaving their memories and dreams.

LOVE IN GALILEE

Layla Menhem, Nader Chalhoub

Lebanon, 2021, 20:00

Pressured into an arranged marriage, Faten is disillusioned by notions of love. On returning to her hometown, a newfound outlook opens her up to a freedom that transcends expectations.

TURKISH GOTHIC: PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY Burcu Uğuz Turkey, 2020, 13:00

An artist is commissioned to paint the portrait of an upper-class family. The couple is confronted by the ways constructed notions of class, gender and family have influenced their inner dynamics.

BINT WERDEN (BECOME)

Maysaa Almumin Kuwait, 2020, 14:00

Desperate for meaningful connection, a lonely office worker finds solace in a dying cockroach. This absurd companionship takes a dark turn as she struggles to find a grip on her life.

I AND THE STUPID BOY

Ben Haia Tunisia, 2022, 14:00

On the way to her hot date, Nora is startled by her manipulative ex, Kevin. His sexist taunts give way to a tense chase through an abandoned building, but the tables turn when Nora regains power.

WARSHA

Dania Bdeir Lebanon, 2022, 15:00

Mohammed, a Syrian migrant, volunteers to work on one of the most dangerous cranes in Beirut. At a soaring feat, and safe from peering eyes, he finds the freedom to express his true inner self.

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Whilst most of us are adept at keeping our darkest thoughts at bay with no intention of ever enacting them in our day-to-day lives, there are those who find themselves unable to quell the nagging compulsion to give in to their inner demons. As a result, they wreak havoc upon those unfortunate enough to be in their orbit when bad thoughts turn into dark deeds. This collection of films explores the inherent darkness of the human condition, taking us into a bleak netherworld without hope, a romance where taboo desires can be finally realised and situations where psychosis and ill intentions uncomfortably walk hand in hand.

Kelsey Bollig France / USA, 2020, 11:36

The Fourth Wall is about the labyrinth of sanity. It’s the interworking of one woman’s mind as she faces her decaying acting career and the moronic newcomers replacing her.

LEAD BALLOONS

Lisette Donkersloot Netherlands, 2021, 08:25

Lead Balloons is set in a dystopian reality where we follow Abe, a perpetual coward who decides to end his life with the help of a suicide service: a mysterious, self-driving death cab.

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Andree Ljutica USA, 2020, 16:37

When Paul refuses to leave, Benny’s easy night of sex and drugs takes a strange turn in this 16-minute single take film exploring notions of male-on-male intimacy, sexuality and violence.

FLYTRAP

Connor Radding USA, 2019, 06:54

Flytrap follows a germaphobe as he struggles to live with the unsanitary habits of his housemate. A relatable, tense watch, elevated with cramped visuals and a huge dose of paranoia.

PRAY FOR THE CHILDREN

Jared Hogan USA, 2018, 14:00

An unsettling 14-minute short film that centres around a young man haunted by visions of death. This is a bold, daring piece of filmmaking that’s certain to split opinion.

TANTRUMS

Zander Coté USA, 2020, 09:39

A troubled teenager manipulates those closest to him in odd and uncomfortable ways. Thanks to a series of long, static takes, our discomfort grows with the film’s gradual tone of claustrophobia.

STUFFED

Theo Rhys UK, 2021, 19:18

A taxidermist dreams of stuffing a human and meets a man online that is so afraid of ageing that he volunteers to be her specimen. Unexpectedly, a romantic spark develops between them.

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Scottish Documentary Institute returns to Kenya to collaborate with Docubox to grow documentary talent across East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda). Over a period of 12 weeks, filmmakers are mentored in the making of their shorts and helped in connecting the personal, the social and the historical in their stories. They come together for a week in Nairobi to finish their editing and network with each other. The six films produced tackle topics from the environment to the legacy of war, each framed through a decolonialising lens.

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AGAINST ALL ODDS

Thok Koang Thor Sudan, 2022, 9:42

Anita returns to Kakuma refugee camp, once the home she shared with 185,000 refugees from South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Burundi. Her vision is to fuse the modern and traditional sounds.

IF TURTLES COULD TALK

Juma Adero

Kenya, 2022, 20:00

Jumba beach is an area inhabited by exotic marine life, green sea turtles and the fishermen who poach them. Three locals do everything in their power to protect the endangered species.

MIEZI KUMI

Dylan Habil Kenya, 2022, 11:45

Miezi Kumi is a short documentary of the love between Zacharia Mutai, his family and the last two northern white rhinos, which he has to take care of for ten months in a year.

YULE MZEE

Moses Irungu Kenya , 2022, 15:14

Despite his age, 70-year-old-Peter Macharia goes against all odds to build a career in marathon, a young man’s sport. The documentary explores the challenges he faces on his journey.

THE COMMANDER’S DAUGHTER

Oroma Gladys Uganda, 2022, 11:40

The Commander’s Daughter is a film about a formerly abduct ed woman’s struggle to ensure that her daughter, who was born in captivity, does not become a child-mother like her.

FORGIVEN NOT FORGOTTEN

Emmanuel Nturanyenabo Rwanda, 2022, 11:50

Francois was afraid to stand in front of Benoit to confess his role in the genocide. Benoit was angry and wished to take revenge. When Francois asked for forgiveness, Benoit had forgiven him.

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PAKISTAN STORIES: THE FEMALE GAZE

In order to celebrate 75 years of Independence, British Council Paki stan brought together Scottish Documentary Institute and Patakha Pic tures to mentor 10 female filmmakers in the making of five trailblazing short documentaries. The films are gentle and intimate, despite explor ing some of the important injustices faced by women. Their filmmakers are both reinventing our understanding of being a woman in Pakistan and also redefining the film industry with their powerful new work.

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MY MOTHER’S DAUGHTER

Ahmen Khawaja, Mariam Khan Pakistan, 2022, 14:45

This is the story of a teenage girl who was abducted and forced into marriage a few years ago by a suspected pedophile. She managed to escape and now lives in hiding with her mother.

SINF E TAAL (WOMEN OF MELODY)

Amna Maqbool, Beenish Sarfaraz Pakistan, 2022, 10:10

Xhighini is an endangered folk instrument of Hunza, GilgitBaltistan. Young Asiya is one of the few players of Xhigini. She hopes to preserve and protect the intangible heritage.

WAYS OF SEEING

Seema Iqbal, Sehrish Kanwal Pakistan, 2022, 12:21

Muhammad and his sister were both born blind. Despite being a bright child, he got bullied at school. He found himself being the first blind student attending Karakoram International University.

Farzeen Aziz, Bushra Pervaiz Pakistan, 2022, 12:40

Saima is a woman born in a male body. After a life of discrim ination, she is in the process of getting herself a new identity card with gender XX, in order to facilitate moving abroad.

A FEMINIST’S STRUGGLE

Areeba Naveed, Fatima Syed Pakistan, 2022, 11:50

“My body, my choice” is the feminist slogan that actually has different meanings to different generations in Pakistan. This film explores those divisions and the factions they create.

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Oska Bright is the world’s leading festival for films made by, or featuring, people with learning disabilities or autism. With less than five per cent of disabled people working in the UK film industry, the festival is driven to make change happen. Working internationally with industry partners and funded by the BFI, the team produces the BAFTA-qualifying Oska Bright Film Festival, promotes accessible screenings, runs training for venues and develops skills for aspiring filmmakers. Oska Bright puts people with learning disabilities or autism where they should be: on the big screen.

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Eyre and Ely UK, 2020, 15:40

This film follows two teenage boys. Both are named Sam, and they meet at the swings of their local park each week to escape their dysfunctional home lives, where they slowly fall in love.

AN IRISH GOODBYE

Tom Berkeley, Ross White Ireland, 2021, 23:29

Set against the backdrop of a working farm, this black comedy follows the reunion of estranged brothers Turlough and Lorcan following the untimely death of their mother.

DANCING TO ART

Nadira Amrani UK, 2019, 06:01

Four Corali dancers have chosen works from Tate Britain and developed individual responses to them. This film shows people having the freedom to enjoy the gallery however they want.

MATTRICIDE

Gemma Rigg UK, 2021, 03:00

A humorous stop motion thriller following one woman’s fight with urban fly-tipping. If Hitchcock made The Birds with mattresses instead of crows, it would look something like this.

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Lianne Mackessy Australia, 2020, 03:42

After feeling overwhelmed by unrealistic beauty standards, Kira, a young woman with Down syndrome, is led to change her online appearance to gain employment.

GALOOT

Devon Leaver USA, 2021, 08:34

Galoot is an experimental film following the journey of a space creature named Galoot, which immerses the viewer in the experience of growing up on the autism spectrum.

BEBE AI Rebekah Fortune UK, 2021, 12:20

A young couple with Down’s syndrome must overcome prejudice and danger to try and save the AI baby they want to adopt. A film about the disposability of disability.

DA HUMBUG

Johnny Schumann UK, 2020, 02:18

A heartwarming tale about a grumpy old man who dislikes Christmas but receives an unexpected gift that opens his eyes to the true importance of the festive period.

THE SECRET LIFE OF TOM LIGHTFOOT

Ray Jacobs and Arty Party UK, 2021, 10:00

Tom is anxious. He holds a secret in his human heart; a wing beat and a flutter, and it’s bursting to take flight. This is a tale of magical realism to be witnessed and shared.

THIS IS NEWS RADIO Andrew Kavanagh Australia, 2020, 07:00

Two weary journalists rediscover their passion for the job at a busy news radio station through their love of freestyle percussion. An absurdist take on how news is really recorded.

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New to 2022, we’re working together with Street Life Hub to bring you our first fringe event: Unite. Create. Transform. Discover the transformative power of art in an exhibition that brings together award-winning artists who invite you to explore work that disrupts the status quo. 1 - 30 november Unite. Create. Transform. 10 contemporary artists. Engage with the here and now. 29-31 coney street

NORWAY IN FOCUS: SURREAL SHORTS

This programme is curated from the 2022 Norwegian Short Film Festival by the festival’s assistant director and filmmaker Anika Salvesen. Held every year in July, the festival is the oldest and biggest short film festival in Norway, and it is the only Oscar-qualifying festival in the country. The competition programme for international short films attracts filmmakers from all over the world to Grimstad, and the festival also facilitates networking and connections between the Norwegian and the international film communities. The festival is an important arena for new talent.

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The middle-aged alcoholic Runar believes he has scored the perfect date. However, things take a strange turn when he realises he has been impregnated with her alien eggs.

FANITULLEN (THE DEVIL’S TUNE)

Lars Joar Hegdal, Ole Kristian Øye Norway, 2022, 10:54

The local fiddler Ragnar is madly in love with Synnøve. But, she is to be married to the richest man in the village; a big, obnoxious brute. Ragnar throws his violin into a dark pond.

WHY I DANCE?

Andreas Strand Renberg

Rwanda/Norway, 2021, 25:00

Why I Dance is a dance documentary by Sånafest. French chore ographer Louis Clément da Costa worked with a group of dancers in Kigali, Rwanda. The theme they explored was “freedom.”

THE DIRECTOR

Ingrid liavaag, Linda Gathu Norway, 2022, 13:00

A newly graduated female director wants to put on an Afrofuturistic performance at the National Theatre. She is invited to pitch, but the meeting does not go according to plan.

BEAR HUG

Margrethe Danielsen France / Norway, 2022, 10:33

An eager little bear is waiting for his birthday guests to arrive at his party. Slowly, he realises that he has been rejected. But the determination to celebrate his birthday is still strong.

OBSERVATION

Christoffer Lossius Norway, 2022, 20:00

When the couple Peter and Thea show up for the teacherparent talk in their son’s kindergarten, they are met not only by their kid’s teacher but two other employees as well.

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Defined by Space is made by some of the best Norwegian contemporary documentary filmmakers with a focus on architecture. The programme fo cuses on how we define space and how space influences and defines us, the inhabitants. Space can be easily invaded and taken from us; it can become political; we can immerse ourselves in its beauty or simply become one with it. The films offer audiences an opportunity to experience all of the mentioned synergies and intrusions and give the viewer an opportunity to be defined by space. This programme has been curated by Anika Salvesen, filmmaker and assistant director at The Norwegian Short Film Festival.

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Odveig Klyve Norway, 2021, 05:00

Some are looking for a beautiful view. Some lose their view. A huge cruise ship is approaching a small town. View is a sensory film that comments on Norway’s cruise tourism industry.

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Birgitte Sigmundstad Norway, 2017, 17:00

Hammersborg, Protecting the Bygone Future is shot in the government quarters in Oslo where the terrorist attacks of 22 July, 2011 took place. The film tells the story of these buildings.

BAUTA

Paul Tunge, Egil Håskjold Larsen Norway / Italy, 2018, 20:53

A visual, meditative journey through iconic Norwegian modernist and brutalist architecture. This film takes viewers through a meditative journey of time and design moments.

MANIFESTO

Ane Hjort Guttu Norway, 2020, 27:00

Manifesto is a fictional story about an art school. Secretly, however, the institute operates as an autonomous, experimental school with its own rules for teaching, evaluation and reporting.

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LISTENING PITCH: FILM PREMIERES

The Listening Pitch is an innovative collaboration between Audible and Aesthetica, looking for original stories that demonstrate how listening helps us to understand different points of view. This year’s awards were given to the following filmmakers: Sparsh Ahuja, Omi Gupta, Jade Ang Jackman and Ross McClean. We will also screen the 2021 winning film Blind as a Beat . After each screening, there will be a short Q&A with the filmmaker. Saturday 5 November. Venue: NCEM York, YO1 9TL.

Free drink upon arrival. Bar and a live DJ performance post-screening with duo Human Capital.

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Free with Festival Pass but pre-booking is advised.

BIRDSONG

Sparsh Ahuja, Omi Gupta UK, 2022

Birdsong explores the dying whistling traditions of the Hmong people of northern Laos, whose sonic exchanges straddle the boundary between music and speech. The film follows the personal stories of three individuals from Long Lan village as they reflect on their vanishing musical language.

SPEED OF SOUND

Jade Ang Jackman UK, 2022

Speed of Sound is a sonic portrait of self-professed adrenaline junkie Carina Edlinger, whose determination and athletic prowess led her to win gold at the Beijing Winter Paralympics. She skis 80kmph down a snow laden mountain at two per cent vision with nothing but her guide’s voice and rush of the wind.

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Allister’s home is difficult to miss; the roof is crowded by countless 20ft aerials. This is the consequence of an intricate system of radios Allister has used to communicate. Since an operation removed his voice box, Allister has struggled to maintain these connections.

BLIND AS A BEAT Jessi Gutch, Liz Jackson UK, 2021

A celebration of the power of listening, set against the backdrop of a film director’s failing eyesight. Told through four phases of loss, the film portrays a journey: from ex-documentary filmmaker who used sight as a primary sense, to someone who is using hearing predominately.

LIVE DJ PERFORMANCE

H uman Capital 21:30-23:00

Experience a live hardware performance from duo Human Capital, who will create an evolving soundscape in real time –shifting from dreamy ambient to cerebral IDM. Alistair Beecham and Alex Hughes are based between Manchester and York, hosting radio and club nights in the North of England. @human.capital.leeds

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176 AWARDS CEREMONY Every film in ASFF’s Official Selection is in competition for one of our prestigious awards, chosen by an experienced jury. These accolades have a track record of launching and nurturing exciting careers in film, and we invite you to be a part of this exciting event. SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER 16:30-19:00 join us to celebrate the 2022 winning films.

New Wave is your introduction to the next generation of filmmakers.

We are the only festival in the UK that offers a dedicated strand celebrating graduate filmmakers. This is your chance to see work by fresh talent and to meet the visionaries who will shape the future of film.

Each New Wave screening is either introduced or followed by a panel with filmmakers, industry professionals and academics. In these discussions, we dig deeper into the craft and artistry of filmmaking and explore the contem porary issues shaping the industry (and the world) today. This year’s events will cover ideas authenticity in storytelling, budget-filmmaking and how fashion questions everything from identity politics to the climate crisis.

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NEW WORLDS, OLD WORLDS: FILMMAKING IN THE PRESENT

Filmmaking is our best method of time-travel. It can take us to complex futuristic societies or tell untold stories from years gone by. However, whether we’re looking ahead or back into the folds of history, storytelling is always rooted in the here and the now. This selection of films brings you on a journey that moves both backwards and forwards. It helps us to learn more about ourselves through shifting timelines and complex narratives. These producers use recollection and speculation to understand the present moment. This screening delves into the archive and celebrates a decade-long partnership with Aesthetica Film Festival. Followed by a panel discussion.

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Ceri Roberts UK, 2014, 10:43

In a world torn apart by an epidemic, two sisters are kicked out of the relative safety of their compound and forced to overcome adversity to survive in the outside world.

WITHOUT WIRES

Alex Woodcock UK, 2008, 15:59

In the Great War, Joseph’s narrowing odds of survival are no match for his passion for the past. Did the decisions he made years ago lead him here, or did he fall foul of fate?

EDEN

Annie Sutton UK, 2016, 19:45

In a lone bunker, a young woman is forced to communicate with an outside traveller. Possible hope is found but is not all it seems. Will the two strangers work together to overcome the wasteland?

FLAPWING & THE LAST WORK OF EZEKIEL CRUMB Alasdair Beckett-King UK, 2006, 09:56

Suspended in the Half-Moon Laboratory, Ezekiel Crumb is inspired by the appearance of a butterfly. He decides to derive energy from the sonorous emissions of mushrooms.

THE TOWN THAT STEEL BUILT

Josh Marshall UK, 2013, 10:30

This poetic documentary explores the history of Teesside and its industrial heritage before a period of decline and stagnation changed the face of communities there forever.

THE MOURNER

Joe Henderson UK, 2022, 10:02

Thinking she played a large role in his life, Jed is invited to give a speech at Joyce’s funeral. As he stands in front of the mourners, Jed believes he has given the best speech of his life.

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Never before in human history has the global community been so accessible. We benefit through mass communication, and sites like TikTok and Instagram create digital relationships. Since 2020, we have developed new ways of living and different ways to experi ence culture and make films. The stories we tell each other and ourselves have also evolved. In this showcase, we ask the question: what are we telling and why? Graduates from Regents University, London, take centre stage and invite us to consider how vast the world is but how, as humans, our experiences mirror each other.

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VIOLETA Cristina Ríos Cisneros UK, 2022, 15:25

A desperate waitress attempts to expose her abusive manager during an important dinner with a potential investor. A taut drama that considers power structures and how to set ourselves free.

UNEXPECTED DELIVERY

Olivia Rosa Alscher UK, 2022, 15:00

When the world runs out of new souls, an eccentric priest, who is about to become a father, needs to recycle the soul of a sinner. An intriguing story that asks questions about who we are inside.

WHAT MOM LEFT US

Jonna Stendahl UK, 2022, 20:00

A young woman sets out to find a magical stone in the hope that it can save her sister’s life. A unique story about the power of family, kinship and love that transcends our sense of reality.

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Natalie Dykes Singapore, 2022, 11:46

Whilst preparing for her own death, a woman sits to read a letter that was written for her some time ago. What does the letter contain? Can it save her from a destiny in the making?

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UNDERSTANDING THE BODY AS A CREATIVE SITE

The showcase celebrates the future of the fashion media, commu nication and performance industries through a shared understand ing of the body as a creative site. They work at the intersections of disciplines, communities and across borders to create meaningful experiences and creative solutions to critical issues of our times.

As we have evolved to working and learning in the digital and the physical world, the films presented here embody this vision. These films bring to life complex themes of identity and culture, embrac ing new and innovative ways of rethinking practice and process.

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TRACES OF LOVE

Zoe Cheung, Lauren Bilodeau UK, 2022, 02:41

Traces of Love is a fashion film based around a British Asian character dealing with their internal struggles on her queer relationship and her culture’s expectations.

ROOMIES

Ajun Yao, Haizhu Dong (Hazel), Yingzi Wu (Chelsea) UK, 2022, 02:41

Roomies is an absurdist fashion film inspired by Miu Miu, incorporating silent film and fashion. It finds connections between order and freedom in everyday life with two actors.

KALA PANI

Nitin Parmar UK, 2021, 03:03

“Kala Pani” (black water) is an ancient Hindu religious concept that represents the taboo of travelling by sea outside of India, resulting in the loss of one’s cultural and religious identity.

ARIEL’S FREEDOM Christine Skowron UK, 2020, 02:20

An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s famous last play The Tempest . This film explores the unique perspective of Ariel’s loneliness and desire for freedom from Prospero’s control.

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Republic of Korea, 2021, 03:50

How reinterprets the meaning of heavy duty fashionwear with dépaysement (surrealism). The audience will feel intimacy and warmth through the details of fashion that can be overlooked.

THE OPEN Kit Pilosof UK, 2021, 02:52

The Open follows a dancer as she learns to embrace her anxiety instead of battling it through childlike play. She is trapped and not in control; on the other side, she is fearless and free.

UNDER THE LIGHTS Charlie Ellis UK, 2022, 03:14

We follow a tormented individual who has physically taken on the attributes of the industrial and monotone surroundings of London’s skyline. He despairs over being left to fend for himself.

BECOMING A POSTHUMAN Rafal Arkadiusz Miszczak UK, 2021, 03:14

This is the story of the birth of the first artificially bred being that was created to replace the human race and its escape from the laboratory to the real world. A post-human being.

THE ULTIMATE SAMSARA Chenshuo Xu, Guanzhen Gao, Ziyi Wang UK, 2022, 03:46

This film looks at authenticity of digital identity in Chinese rituals, portraying digital fantasia between folktale, metaverse and reincarnation. It is an exploration of hybrid identity and cultures.

A PLACE WHERE WE BELONG Asmae El Ouariachi UK, 2022, 09:27

Five powerful Muslim women creatives are being interviewed and filmed within their practice in the creative industry. You are not defined by your race or religion.

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BEAUTY

Zaccaria Slater UK, 2021, 02:17

Questioning traditional beauty through plaster, Yang Liu creates a character transformation from a pleated dress to a fat suit that takes inspiration from the masters such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

BEAUTY OF GROTESQUE

Frankie Bogg UK, 2022, 02:22

This film is based on fashion’s obsession with non-conformities and the grotesque. Focusing on youth culture, radical fashion, individuality, current affairs and highlighting diversity.

ROSEBUD

Luke Edwardson UK, 2022, 01:06

Presenting as a superficial 3D world, the VR space is built on the queer compulsion to parody social consensus. Statues are models of a queer friend and flowers are queer coded.

THE END OF SILENCE

Maria Dyshkant UK, 2022, 07:01

Alice, a 40-year-old Deaf woman, found herself isolated from society with the sudden onset of hearing loss at a time when all healthcare was focused on tackling Covid-19.

THE TEMPEST

Francisco Sampaio UK, 2022, 03:03

This film shows Shakespeare’s Prospero neglecting his duties as Duke of Milan. He is now able to regain power over his story by taking a pill. But this power is somewhat flawed.

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Runqi He UK, 2021, 03:57

The story follows a protagonist appearing in a new dimen sion. The surreal sense leads the audience to rethink: per haps the virtual world is the beginning of the real world.

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Catch up on Demand all films are available to view on our platform until 30 November.

For the third year running, we’re offering audiences the opportunity to attend the festival in York, as well as online. This is the ultimate film festival experience, as it combines the freedom to take part in our valuable events, whilst being able to log-in and catch-up in your own time.

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Whether you are a cinematographer, screenwriter, actor, director, producer, or even just a film aficionado, we've got you covered. This year's selection of masterclasses is world-class, bringing together some of the biggest names, organisations and agencies to offer their advice. For 2022, we welcome BAFTA, Oscar and BIFA-winning directors, actors and producers, who each represent prestigious organisations such as Ubisoft, BFI, Framestore, BBC, Channel 4, ICA, Guardian Documentaries, BBC Writersroom, Aardman, Film4, Industrial Light & Magic and more. Our speakers include Director Tom Kingsley (This is Going to Hurt), Executive Producer Lizzie Francke (This is England, The Souvenir), VFX Supervisor Stuart Penn (Avengers: Endgame, Avatar and Moonknight), Actor Philip Barantini (Band of Brothers, Chernobyl), Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Tell Me Who I Am) and Carly Brown (The Crown, Belfast). Industry sessions and workshops are included with festival passes, but these must be booked in advance. Please check whether the event is tak ing place in-person or virtually, as your ticket will correspond with this.

MASTERCLASSES, PANELS & LIVE TALKS

HEAR FROM WORLD-CLASS SPEAKERS.

Masterclasses will run in-person, 1-5 November. These will then be recorded and will be availa ble to watch back On Demand as part of our digital platform, 1-30 November. Masterclasses are included as part of our full access passes, though online booking is required for in-person events due to venue capacity. You cannot attend masterclasses with a single screening or digital-only ticket. All masterclasses should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment, due to capacity. *Programme is subject to change. For the most up-to-date schedule, please regularly check the digital programme and the timetable at the Festival Hub, located at City Screen.

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The A-Z of Filmmaking: From start to finish

Making a film is an all-encompassing task and a complex journey from start to finish, with many unforeseen challenges and interrup tions as well as new discoveries and collaborations. It’s not often that we take stock of the whole filmmaking process: to learn about all the steps involved, or to consider a project’s timeline on a practical, molecular level. Join our Official Selection as they discuss what it takes to create for the big screen – from developing character and plot to editing, grading and the final stages of post-production.

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1 November | 12:00

Venue: York Explore

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Award-winning direction: Making your mark

In 2017, Daniel Graham made his directorial debut with the art house drama Opus Zero, starring Willem Dafoe. In the space of just five years, Graham has gone on to direct and produce with some of the world’s leading actors, including Timothy Spall and Russell Crowe. His latest venture, Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher, stars Ray Winstone, Steven Berkoff and Julian Glover. In this session, Graham will speak about how to get the best out of your cast, leaning into the art of collaboration whilst maintaining a clear, distinct vision.

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Filmmaking as Resistance: Human Rights on Screen

As a writer, director and cinematographer, Saeed Taji Farouky’s work deals with resistance and colonialism, with documentary and narrative projects spanning Palestine, Morocco, Myanmar and Afghanistan, amongst others. His 2015 documentary, Tell Spring Not to Come This Year, received multiple awards, including the prestigious Amnesty International Film Prize. He was an educator and trainer with Amnesty International for over 10 years and has recently engaged with radical approaches and militant cinema. Farouky leads this session on making films as a form of resistance and how to engage meaningfully with culturally diverse narratives.

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1 November | 13:30

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 2 November

BBC Film: Innovative Voices

BBC Film’s commitment to nurturing new talent, and their continued collaboration with the industry’s most revered writers and directors, puts them at the forefront of independent filmmaking. Recent credits include the Oscar-winning The Power of the Dog , starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Clio Barnard’s Ali & Ava , and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir: Part II. Head of Development Claudia Yusef talks to Susan Shaw about how BBC Film is supporting a raft of new talent and shares insights into the development process in the industry.

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Virtual Production: Revolutionising the Filmmaking Process

Filmmakers are becoming increasingly ambitious in the worlds they are building on-screen with the astounding advances of technology. Virtual production is pushing the industry into a new era, offering a non-linear process with more efficient and collaborative methods. Visualisation, CGI, motion capture and LED live-action are all techniques that belong to the toolset of modern content creation. Representatives from Tele port Studios, Prox & Reverie, Sky Studios and XR Stories, chaired by Steve Jelley, discuss virtual production and filmmaker decisions.

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1 November | 15:00

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 2 November

Steve Jelley / adam loveday-brown Martin Taylor / Ella Kennea

Creating Epic Worlds: The Work of the Production Designer

In this session, award-winning production designer Sonja Klaus teaches us what it takes to construct a world that is unique and unforgettable. With credits including Taboo (starring Tom Hardy), Gladiator (starring Russell Crowe & Joaquin Phoenix) and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus , Klaus’ career has been dedicated to building some of the most epic and atmospheric worlds on our screens. Hear about her journey into the production design industry, from West End theatre productions to multiple award-winning blockbusters.

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Scoring a Film: How to Create Atmosphere

Music plays a vital role in any film. It has the capacity to move and uplift, or unsettle and provoke. Jim Williams is an expert in generating atmosphere. He has composed music for films such as Beast (starring Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn), Possessor, Ben Wheatley’s Kill List and the BAFTA-nominated Titane (2021). Most recently, Williams has produced the soundtrack for the upcoming psychological thriller, Resurrection . John Stringer, University of York's Senior Music Lecturer, talks to Williams about the ways in which the score enriches the overall cinematic experience.

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Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 3 November

Establishing A Unique Style

Finding a distinctive style is fundamental to connecting with audiences and making memorable work. Most successful filmmakers have produced a portfolio that is instantly recognisable, whether through its aesthetic, subject or cast. In this session, our Official Selection filmmakers break down their methods of direction and discuss the importance of finding and honing a unique directorial voice and vision. They will draw on their diverse personal influences and inspirations, whilst guiding you on how to create projects that are original, skilfully crafted and, crucially, memorable.

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Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 3 November

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What is “Ethical” Cinema? ICA on Contemporary Representation

Nico Marzano is the Head of Cinema at the Institute of Contempo rary Arts London and founder of Frames of Representation – an innovative documentary film festival which interrogates the ethics of filmmaking whilst expanding the parameters of art and activism. This session is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the UK’s leading institutions about what constitutes “ethical” cinema. Who, or what, gets programmed into the gallery space, and what do these works offer in terms of cultural terrains and new visual languages?

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2 November | 12:00

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 3 November

SCRIPT LAB: screenwriting fundamentals

Telling a compelling story within the confines of a short film can be tricky. Leading Script Consultant Philip Shelley runs a script consultancy and has worked with some of the best new talent in the UK via his Channel 4 Screenwriting course. Shelley will draw on his 20 years' experience working with new writers to cover the essentials of writing shorts, from the basics of story structure, character and dialogue as well as a host of top tips and insights. This lab is aimed at emerging and early-career screenwriters, and it is essential for those looking to develop their craft and take it to the next level.

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Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 3 November

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Head of Cinema, ICA London

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The Role of the Executive Producer

Lizzie Francke shares invaluable insights into her work as an Executive Producer for the BFI Film Fund, in conversation with MarBelle, Co-Founder of Directors Notes. Starting out as a critic and curator, Francke has since worked with renowned filmmakers including Andrea Arnold, Lynne Ramsay and Ben Wheatley. As a champion of new and emerging talent, Francke works to bring pioneering voices to the big screen. Her credits include This is England (Stephen Graham) and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir

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2 November | 13:30

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 3 November

Studio AKA: Animating the World

Studio AKA is the multi-BAFTA-winning, Emmy-winning and Os car-nominated studio behind both Hey Duggee and the titles to HBO Max series Raised by Wolves . Their clients include Apple, Netflix, BBC, Disney, Guinness, TSB and Ridley Scott Associates. The team’s renowned practice includes commercials and title sequences across documentary, drama and shorts, with an emphasis on story, design and character. Studio AKA Partner and Director Philip Hunt takes us behind the scenes, sharing the studio's most compelling ideas.

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2 November | 13:30

Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 3 November

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Sustainability on a Film Set: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

How can filmmakers take responsibility for the environmental impact of their WIPs? Amelia Price has worked on set for nearly 20 years. Starting out in the production office, she moved to the loca tions department, working on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Spiderman: Far From Home . She has been instrumental in evaluating and reforming production companies’ environmental policies. Price offers a timely masterclass on the importance of Sustainability Consultancy and the challenges of reducing your carbon footprint.

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2 November | 15:00

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 3 November

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Script LAB: the writer's journey

Paul Abbott and Sean Conway have worked together on Shameless and the Chloë Sevigny-fronted Hit & Miss. Abbott’s multi-BAFTAaward-winning career includes television classics Cracker, Touching Evil, Clocking Off a nd State of Play . Conway is the co-creator and executive producer of the HBO series We Are Who We Are and previously he worked as writer and executive producer on Ray Donavan . Chaired by Alice Ramsey, Assistant Commissioner at the BBC, this event will offer advice on creating authentic drama whilst exploring the origin stories of some of TV’s best loved characters.

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2 November | 15:00

Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 4 November

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Directing TV Comedy: Context, Timing and pacing

Tom Kingsley is a BAFTA-winning film and television director, best known for directing the first two series of the smash hit BBC sitcom Ghosts and Jamie Demetriou’s quadruple-BAFTA-winning comedy Stath Lets Flats for Channel 4. He worked on the second half of the BBC’s This is Going to Hurt , starring Ben Whishaw, and is currently directing one of Russell T Davies’ 60th Anniversary Specials of Doctor Who . In this illuminating and engaging session, Kingsley talks about how to construct, and pull off, award-winning comedy.

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Editing Your Trailer: How to Captivate the Audience

Trailers are the first opportunity a filmmaker has to share their work with wider audiences. They need to be eye-catching and seamless whilst communicating the essence of the work. Join representatives from Intermission Film – who have created trailers for films includ ing The Worst Person in the World, Coda and Babyteeth – and Picture Production Company, who have made work for Peaky Blinders, Judy, Singin’ in the Rain and more. They will discuss how to put together the perfect trailer. This session will be chaired by Nyree Jillings.

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2 November | 16:30

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 3 November

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building your team: How to Find Your Cast

The art of casting requires a sharp eye for talent and a deep un derstanding of the actor's role. As public debate about on-screen representation continues, both the skill and responsibility of a cast ing department is being recognised. Casting director Nicci Topping works across film, tv, commercials and music promos. Her feature film credits include the BAFTA-nominated Northern Soul, which stars Steve Coogan. In this session, Topping welcomes us into the world of casting and explores the process of matching actors to roles.

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3 November | 10:00

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 5 November

Nicci topping Casting Director

Film4: From SHort Content to Features

Film4 is renowned for working with some of the most distinctive and innovative talents, both in the UK and overseas. This cultural powerhouse has developed and co-financed many award-winning films, including The Father, Last Night in Soho, Rocks , Saint Maud and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Join Production and Development Executive Amy O’Hara in conversation with Film Director Glenn Kitson as they discuss the creative journey from a range of short content to features, including how to make the jump.

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3 November | 10:30

Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 4 November

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The Possibilities of Narrative Through VR

Hear from BBC’s Alia Sheikh, Sky VR’s Richard Nockles and UAL's Ana Despina-Tudor as they discuss the boundless possibilities of VR narratives. This unique panel session uncovers the changing role of VR as a synthesis of new technologies and the human imagination as it becomes a limitless storytelling device. As the industry of ex panded realities continues to grow, adapt and innovate, we must ask questions about who controls the narrative, and how can we expand the viewer experience in more authentic and meaningful ways?

Date & Time: 3 November | 11:30

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 4 November

SCRIPT LAB: working with Script editors

The relationship between writers and script editors is key. In this unique lab, we bring together a panel of experienced script editors to look at some of the fundamental questions used when assessing scripts and how to make the most from the process. Roger Hyams is a freelance writer, filmmaker and script editor, previously Head of Drama Development at Talk Back Productions, and script editor for the BBC. Anna Seifert-Speck is currently lead tutor for the National Film and Television School’s Script Development Diploma and a Script Consultant for the British Film Institute, amongst others.

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3 November | 12:00

Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 4 November

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Building a Believable World: The Elements of Production Design

Production Designers are responsible for ensuring a film's visual cohesion with – and contribution to – the overall narrative and atmosphere. If a scene holds inconsistencies, the spell can be broken in seconds. Anthea Nelson has worked across film, TV, opera and commercials, and she discusses her extensive experience as a leading production designer with Richard Knight. Her credits include BAFTA-winning Girls in Love (adapted from the Jacqueline Wilson novel), Netflix Original Free Rein and BBC's Marvellous .

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3 November | 13:00

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 4 November

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Script LAB: genre rules & how to break them

What are the rules to creating a successful script, and how do we break them? What are the expected conventions and how do we go against these? This session will look at how you can use genre to think outside of the box. We’ll explore how to avoid common tropes and clichés and make work that both surprises and excites audiences. With genre bending lending itself to both critical and commercial appeal, this lab will include discussions on what makes scripts work and why. This exciting panel of writers and directors will show you how to make your work stand out from the crowd.

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3 November | 13:30

Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 4 November

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Framing, Lighting, Focus: The Cinematographer’s Vision

As a BAFTA-longlisted Director of Photography, Sashi Kissoon works across drama, music video and advertising. He has worked for renowned companies including BBC, HBO and Big Talk, and he is known for working on Netflix’s upcoming The Three-Body Problem and Clint Dyer’s Death of England: Face to Face (2021), which was nominated for Best Single Drama at this year’s BAFTAs. In this ses sion, Kisson will talk about the importance of framing, lighting and lens, and he will also provide his top tips to devise successful imag es, no matter the budget, equipment or timeframe for your work.

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3 November | 14:30

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 4 November

Presenting Real Stories: producing Oscar-Winning Documentaries

Simon Chinn is a double BAFTA- and Oscar-winning documentary producer and co-founder of Lightbox. His films include Tell Me Who I Am, Whitney, Tina, Searching for Sugar Man, My Scientology Movie and LA92. Chinn has collaborated with Academy Award-winning di rectors such as James Marsh, Kevin Macdonald, TJ Martin and Daniel Lindsay and has completed major projects for the likes of Netflix, Channel 4, BBC 2, National Geographic, Hulu and FX. Jason Solo mons chairs this session in producing award-winning non-fiction.

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3 November | 15:00

Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 4 November

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audience choice: who decides what's on-screen?

Who decides which films are seen on the big screen and how are these decisions made? Jason Wood is an industry-leading film pro grammer and the BFI’s new Executive Director of Public Programmes and Audiences. Over his career, Wood has worked for renowned companies including Picturehouse, Curzon, Artificial Eye and HOME. He will talk with Mia Bays about the BFI’s curation processes, the importance of knowing your audience and how to identify cinema that both challenges and stimulates audiences on the large-scale.

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3 November | 16:00

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 4 November

following your own path: From Acting to Directing

Hear from Philip Barantini, director of the multi-BIFA-winning and BAFTA-nominated thriller Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham. Barantini has 20 years' experience in front of the camera and has claimed roles in many hit series, including Band of Brothers (alongside Damian Lewis), The Responder (Martin Freeman), Time (Sean Bean) and Sky’s acclaimed Chernobyl , as well as feature film Ned Kelly (Heath Ledger). He will talk about his transition into directing – a move which has propelled him to critical acclaim. This is an essential masterclass for those moving between disciplines.

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Executive Director / Director of BFI

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Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 4 November

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Ubisoft: Journeys into Narrative Design

Video games now provide an immersive cinematic experience. The role of the narrative designer is vital in helping players find meaning in this reality. Ubisoft senior narrative designer, Tom Knights, has worked on Tom Clancy’s The Division and Natural Motion’s Dawn of Titans , as well as lecturing and teaching for the likes of Creative Scotland, Napier University and Xpo North. In this session, Knights explores how stories are told in games, from trailers and cutscenes to gameplay. He shares advice on how to approach the challenges and his best practices for storytelling in an interactive medium.

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3 November | 17:15

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 4 November

Telling Authentic Stories: THE ETHICS OF REPRESENTATION

How do you tell someone else's story, and who has the power to tell it? What are the challenges of presenting authentic experiences onscreen? When documentaries are influenced by the narrative form, the boundaries blur between capturing the truth, creating art and entertaining audiences on the large-scale. Our panel of documen tarians, chaired by Mia Bays, highlight the ethical considerations and implications of representing real-life stories on-screen, as well as considering the changing parameters of this complex genre.

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writing for screen with BBC Writersroom

BBC Writersroom works with both emerging and established writers, championing the next generation of creative talent. With over 20 years' experience, Simon Nelson has worked successfully as a storyliner, script editor and producer before joining the Writersroom as Development Executive. Nelson discusses the “dos" and “don’ts" of crafting a compelling script, making sure that it will stand out from the crowd. Discover how to refine your voice, avoid those tricky clichés and maximise the potential of your writing for the screen.

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4 November | 10:00

Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 5 November

Working to a Brief: Content with Impact

Natalia Guarín is a multi-genre producer whose work spans music, commercial, narrative and documentary content. Starting out in Photography and Art History, Guarín became fascinated by the breadth of Production and has since worked with esteemed brands including Adidas, Prada and Google, as well as renowned companies like Vice, Somesuch and Nowness. She is currently the Head of Pro duction for the independent creative agency, Look Studios. Guarín gives a masterclass on how to make impactful branded content.

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Venue: York Theatre Royal Available On Demand 5 November

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Expanding Realities: The Ethics Behind the Technology

We are able to virtually enter the lives of others and witness new experiences from a first-person perspective through different modes of storytelling, documentary and reportage. In theory, this means that immersive, creative technology should be bringing us closer together, but there are other, more complex issues to consider. What biometric data are we gathering, and under whose terms? What are the psychological impacts of this type of immersion? How much of ourselves should we be giving over? Furthermore, how might VR be harnessed beyond the creative sphere in more intrusive ways?

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4 November | 11:30

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 5 November

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Ridley Scott Associates: The Future of Storytelling

Ridley Scott is a British film director and producer whose movies are acclaimed for their visual style and rich details. His best-known films include Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Thelma & Louise (1991), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001) and The Martian (2015). RSA Films is a global commercial production company founded by directors Ridley and Tony Scott. In this must-see session, director Tom Dream, ECD Christine Jones and social media executive Yelita Ali discuss how to translate ideas from commercial to the personal.

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4 November | 11:30

Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 5 November

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Visual Effects: Realising the Impossible with ilm

Industrial Light and Magic's Senior Animator Juan Guiraldes has helped to build some of the most captivating and convincing worlds in recent cinema, working on numerous blockbuster projects such as Star Wars , Avengers , Jurassic World , Aladdin , Abba Voyage and Transformers , to name a few. In this masterclass, Guiraldes draws on a 20-year career, considering how recent technological advances are changing the way we visualise and bring imagined universes to life.

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4 November | 13:00

Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Available On Demand 5 November

immersive filmmaking: identity and belonging

Andrew Kötting is a multi-disciplinary artist, filmmaker and writer who first came to prominence with his debut feature film Gallivant , which won Channel 4’s Director’s Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival. Kötting’s work has moved from absurdist live-art pieces to darkly comic shorts, then to award-winning features. Join him in conversation with James Boaden, Senior Lecturer, History of Art (University of York) as they discuss an approach which combines history and folklore to explore themes of identity and belonging.

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Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 5 November

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Acquisition and Audiences: Channel 4 on Feature Film

Channel 4’s feature film department boasts credits including Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire , Rose Glass’s Saint Maud and Sarah Gavron’s Rocks . This masterclass covers the role of the audience and acquisitions criteria. As Editor for Acquired Feature Film at Channel 4, Dan Borgonon is responsible for the negotiation and purchase of some of the most exciting work that makes it onto our screens at home. Here, he talks about the changing role of the moving image in the expanding online sphere.

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4 November | 14:30

Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 5 November

Diversifying Cinema: Levelling the Playing Field

As the inclusivity and equality of the film industry continues to be called into question, it is crucial to consider how we can incite positive change at every level of production possible. Who is being represented in the films being made? Who makes these decisions? How can we change this? Delphine Lievens is a freelance distribution consultant, where she focuses on uplifting marginalised voices. Lievens invites us to raise our expectations of the film industry to create a more representative distribution and exhibition model.

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4 November | 14:30

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 5 November

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Freelance Distribution Consultant

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developing Award-Winning Animations: Bold Narratives & Memorable Characters

From hand-drawn characters to digital environments, the world of animation knows no limits. Hear from Francesca Adams, CoDirector and Storyboard Artist at the multi-BAFTA-winning Blue Zoo, Simone Giampaolo director on Netflix’s Bad Dinosaurs , Blinkink’s Executive Producer, Bart Yates, and multi-genre animator and lecturer Alice Dunseath. Join them as they discuss the boundless potential of animation when working across narrative film, documentary, shorts, adverts, games and more. This panel discussion is chaired by Evgenia Golubeva, writer for Hey Duggee .

Date & Time:

4 November | 16:00

Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 5 November

Simone Giampaolo / Bart yates Alice dunseath / evgenia golubeva

Financing Your Film: Budgeting for Success

Finding the best route for financing a project is often one of the first and biggest challenges to making a film. Perseverance is key when funding opportunities are limited. Whether you are applying for screen agency funds or approaching private sources, pitching your film as an investment is vital. It's important to recognise its value and contribution. Official Selection filmmakers offer advice on how to effectively fund your film and how to make sure your proposal stands out from the crowd, whilst ensuring you stay on budget.

Date & Time:

4 November | 16:00

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 5 November

Official Selection filmmakers

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Writing Real Life: In conversation with Tony Schumacher

Best known for his BBC police drama The Responder, starring BAFTA and Emmy-winning actor Martin Freeman, Tony Schumacher is a break-out writer from Liverpool. Working his way around the world as a roofer, a jeweller, a bouncer, a barman and a binman, he returned to Liverpool to become a response policeman. Schumacher entered the entertainment industry through acting, claiming roles in Channel 4’s long running series Shameless and Ken Loach’s Route Irish. BBC Writersroom's Chantelle Lunt talks to Schumacher about his journey and the process of adapting real life into drama.

Date & Time: 4 November | 17:30

Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 5 November

Building Your Crew: How to Find a Producer

Producers are integral to the filmmaking process. They are often in charge of acquiring the rights to produce the film, making sure that schedules are followed and overseeing the project being edited once filming has wrapped. They are also essential to securing funding, with many distributors keen to see filmmakers secure producers before moving forward. But how do you find the right producer for your film? Our Official Selection dig into the world of recruitment: sharing pointers on how to develop a synergistic team.

Date & Time: 5 November | 10:00

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 6 November

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world-building: A VFX Masterclass from Framestore

From lavish period dramas to mind-bending multiverses, visual effects transport us through the most spectacular imagined worlds, lives and stories. Technology is driving the film and TV industry forward, and ambitious VFX allows filmmakers to push the boundaries of storytelling. VFX Supervisor Stuart Penn talks about his awe-inspiring visuals at Academy Award-winning studio Framestore and shares insights into the making of blockbusters, including Avengers: Endgame, Gravity, Avatar and Moon Knight.

Date & Time:

5 November | 10:30

Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Available On Demand 6 November

Career Strategy: building your network

Sara Putt Associates is a leading UK independent agency that has assisted clients in securing work, building networks and producing enviable career strategies for more than 30 years. This session will focus on women and their various journeys through the film industry: looking at points of entry, establishing networks and overcoming obstacles, as well as the importance of building yourself as a brand and establishing a portfolio of clients. Led by Sara Putt, Deputy Chair of Women in Film & TV and Chair of BAFTA.

Date & Time:

5 November | 11:30

Venue: York Explore

Available On Demand 6 November

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working with actors: Navigating the industry

Screen International Star of Tomorrow Manjinder Virk is a director, writer, actor and producer who has starred in Midsomer Murders , Call the Midwife and The Thick of It , to name a few. She received Best Newcomer at BFI London Film Fest 2010 and her film, Out of Darkness , starring Tom Hiddleston, won Best of Fest at ASFF 2013. Virk is joined by Victoria Valcheva and Seyan Servan to talk about navigating an actor's needs and the intersection between forms, sharing the lessons she learnt from theatre and her current process.

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Venue: Yorkshire Museum

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Visit asff.co.uk to find out more about the festival team, jurors, programmers and advisory board, as well as any upcoming opportunities. Meet the filmmakers Join us on Thursday 3 November for our Meet the Filmmakers social. We invite our Official Selection to make themselves known to each other and forge friendships within the festival circuit. This is the perfrect opportunity to relax with a drink, meet like-minded filmmakers and develop your existing connections. All welcome. Rose Within the Walls, 20:00-23:00 1 Tower St, York YO1 9WD

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Making the Cut: An Editor’s Guide

Carly Brown has over 10 years’ experience in film, television and branded content, and she has worked on productions for the BBC, HBO, Disney+ and Sky. Her credits include The Crown , Industry , and the Oscar-winning Belfast . Brown takes us into the cutting room, offering advice on how to assemble raw film footage and refine a project’s rhythm, atmosphere and narrative flow to expand upon the director's overall vision. She will also discuss transitioning between genres and making the step up from Assistant Editor to Editor.

Date & Time:

5 November | 13:30

Venue: Yorkshire Museum Available On Demand 6 November

Creating Your Own Platform: NFTs and the Metaverse

Over the last couple of years, NFTs have skyrocketed. But they’re spreading into the public domain, with classic films such as the 1963 Charade (Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn) being sold as a nonfungible item. But what, really, are NFTs, and how can they be used by filmmakers to set their own price point, reach audiences and access a digital income? Is it too good to be true? Where do films sit within the accelerating metaverse? This panel will guide participants through the complex landscape of blockchain-driven content.

Date & Time:

5 November | 14:30

Venue: York Explore Available On Demand 6 November

Ana-Despina Tudor / Steve Cooke Despoina Zachariadou / Shelley Mannion

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Exploring Ethics and Cinematography: In Partnership with Canon

Canon Ambassador Elisa Iannacone is a cinematographer, photographer, author and advocate for equality and human rights. She has worked on six continents, producing work for clients including National Geographic, Newsweek and the BBC. Covering the Rabaa massacre in Cairo and domestic violence in refugee camps in Iraq, her work examines the human condition on the front line and in the aftermath of trauma. She discusses her process and journey as a conflict reporter. This session contains graphic imagery of conflict and discussions of sexual violence.

Date & Time:

5 November | 15:00

Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Available On Demand 6 November

Binaural sound: Hearing in 3D with Ray Mia

Ray Mia is an immersive audio producer and director with over 150 mixes to his name, as well as various credits as the founder of nu merous successful production studios. With developing technology allowing for an increasingly immersive sound experience, what is it like to listen in 3D? Binaural sound uses a two microphone set-up to simulate a live performance. In this session, Steve Melia, Audible Video Producer, leads a conversation about how to build binaural sound and create a recording in a way that mimics human hearing.

Date & Time:

5 November | 15:45

Venue: York Explore

Available On Demand 6 November

Steve melia / ray mia

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Routes to Success: Becoming a Screen Star

Claire Oakley’s debut feature, Make Up , a psycho-sexual comingof-age tale, was released in 2020 to critical acclaim. She has since directed three episodes of upcoming tv series Culprits for DisneyPlus and is developing features with the BFI and BBC, as well as writing her own TV series. In 2019, she was chosen as a Screen Star of Tomorrow and, in 2014, she co-founded Cinesisters, a mentoring group for female-identifying directors, which now has over 200 members. In this screen masterclass, Claire Oakley will consider her trajectory from shorts to features to high-end TV.

Date & Time:

Venue: Yorkshire Museum

5 November | 16:30 Director

Available On Demand 6 November

Perfecting Your Pitch with Guardian Documentaries

Guardian ’s Head of Documentaries, Lindsay Poulton, is passionate about commissioning and curating compelling films that sit at the intersection of journalism and creative documentary, including the Oscar-winning Colette (2021) and the BAFTA-winning The Black Cop (2021). In this session, Poulton offers her top tips for pitching to the Guardian and how she recognises an award-winning story in the making. The session will include a screening and in-conversation.

Date & Time:

5 November | 18:00

Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Available On Demand 6 November

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WORKSHOPS

TEST OUR YOUR IDEAS. LEARN SOMETHING NEW.

New to 2022, we are running a series of practical workshops in York Theatre Royal’s Studio, alongside London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Canon. These workshops are centred around expanded realities and are essential for those looking to try our new technologies and gain insight from industry professionals.

Topics include Writing in 360 and So You Want to Make Your Own Augmented Reality? Sessions last two hours. Free with Festival Pass. Pre-booking is essential.

Storytelling and shorties: a writing workshop with gal-dem

Communicating films in writing is a skill, be it through reviews, features, profiles, or in marketing and promotional copywriting. This two-hour workshop is hosted by gal-dem, an award-winning media company committed to sharing the perspectives of people of colour from marginalised genders. In 2021, they launched the series Shorties , a culture series that spotlights films with bold ideas and fresh perspectives. You will meet Culture Editor Kemi Alemoru, who started Shorties , and Editorial Assistant Riann Phillip.

Date & Time: 3 November | 11:30

Venue: York Theatre Royal Studio Capacity: 20

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Writing in 360: non-linear narratives

When starting a film, you might begin with a script or the treatment of an idea. In the world of 360, the writing needs to adapt to a whole new set of parameters based around interactivity. In the realm of immersive media, the process is turned upside down and inside out; the narratives need to contain much more nuance and intricacy. Filmmakers need to embed the opportunities and challenges of immersive tools in their project and consider how the story fits together. Participants will learn how to write – and think – in 360.

Date & Time:

3 November | 14:00

Venue: York Theatre Royal Studio Capacity: 16

Open Your Eyes to Cinema Cameras: A Practical Workshop with Canon

Are you looking to enhance your cinematography skills? Here is your opportunity to explore the full range of cameras from the compact right through to cinema cameras. In this session, you will be able to try out the functionality of each camera. You will be set a task in groups in this workshop, which will help you to understand the myriad of filming possibilities available. This workshop is a practical walk-through of the latest Canon Cinema EOS range and will ensure you understand which camera is right for your work.

Date & Time:

3 November | 16:30

Venue: York Theatre Royal Studio Capacity: 20

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Creating Fashion in a 3D world: from the physical to the virtual

The Fashion Innovation Agency uses emerging technologies to disrupt existing practices in the fashion and retail industries, working with everyone from Microsoft to PANGAIA. This workshop uses emerging technologies to take fashion beyond the physical. Play with 3D world generation and the animation of characters in a purely digital format and discover the future of fashion and filmmaking. Participants will be introduced to mobile scanning and experiment with apps using their mobile phones to create 3D assets.

Date & Time:

4 November | 11:00

Venue: York Theatre Royal Studio Capacity: 20

how to make a 360 film: From conception to postproduction

360 filmmaking has become increasingly accessible, but how, in reality, does it work? How does it differ from traditional cinema? In this practical workshop, participants will learn how to address both the challenges, and the freedoms, that immersive filmmaking presents. Attendees will be able to experiment with 360 cameras, both on the large- and small-scale – from the professional to the portable – as well as stitching and editing the footage with the latest software. Participants must bring their own laptops to take part.

Date & Time:

4 November | 13:30

Venue: York Theatre Royal Studio Capacity: 16

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A Dive into Cinema Camera Technologies: A Practical Workshop with Canon

Cameras have come a long way in recent years. It used to be that capturing that cinematic quality was only reserved for those with the biggest budgets. Let the camera do the work for you! During this practical session, delegates will be taken through the best camera set up for interviews and getting to grips with the professional auto-focus system. Here is your opportunity to test out a variety of cameras and hear from experts on the new technologies available. Have a debate around auto-focus and meet other filmmakers.

Date & Time:

4 November | 16:00

Venue: York Theatre Royal Studio Capacity: 20

XR tools in filmmaking: from high-end to DIY

Roderick D Morgan, Artistic Director of Trajectory Theatre, has worked with the National Theatre, National Dance Company of Wales, the National Gallery, the Young Vic and the StoryFutures Academy. In this workshop, we will look at how large production studios are using immersive technology, from pre-visualisation to virtual production. Participants will get hands-on experience with affordable alternatives, learning more about the expanded realities that are changing our world. Attendees must bring their own laptop.

Date & Time:

5 November | 14:00

Venue: York Theatre Royal Studio Capacity: 20

Roderick D Morgan

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Date & Time: 5 November | 16:30

Venue: York Theatre Royal Studio

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KIDS' WORKSHOPS

FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

We believe in the power of film and that it is for everyone. We also believe that chil dren and young people should be encouraged to make, create and participate. We are offering young people the chance to learn how to direct, edit and make their own films.

These three-hour workshops centre on physical and personal journeys and hope to in spire a lifelong love of film. Children will need to arrive with a snack and a water bottle.

Pre-booking is essential for all sessions due to capacity at our venues.

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Do you Want to be a Director? (Ages 7-10)

Dan Farrell, Spark Media Arts, presents these workshops, saying: "We believe that young people deserve the chance to tell their own story and express their point of view. Our community filmmaking and media projects offer empowering experiences. Our passionate and creative team put young people at the fore of each of our pro jects. Through our activities we build confidence and aspirations, as well as valuable skills for the future. We aim to provide a safe space for children and young people to express their voice, share their experiences and interact with the world in new and interesting ways."

Date & Time:

5 November | 10:00

6 November | 10:00

Venue: York St John Creative Centre

How to Make a Film: Creative workshop (ages 11-14)

This workshop will help young participants harness their creativity to tell meaningful stories. They will work with Spark Media Arts to learn the skills of directing, editing and storytelling. You will be inspired to collaborate with peers to create films that are reflective of what it means to be a young person today. Every participant will develop skills as a director, camera operator, first assistant director and clapper loader. They will gain an insight into the professional filmmaking process, focusing on techniques and skills to take away.

Date & Time:

5 November | 14:00

6 November | 14:00

Venue: York St John Creative Centre

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Networking Sessions, Pitching Events and Workshops are a key part of the festival programme and where connections are made.
2022 Networking events are represented by key organisations who will advise on how to navigate the film festival circuit and pitch to distribu tors. The workshops centre around expanded realities and immersive tech. Here, we offer both in-person and virtual attendees the opportunity to meet and interact with representatives from some of the world’s leading organisations, from BBC and Film4 to StudioCanal and Guardian Docs.
more about these events in the following pages, and be sure to book where necessary. *Guests are subject to change at any time.

Viridian FX: Integrating Visual Effects on a Budget

Visual effects can often be seen as too expensive or complicated for low er-budget filmmaking. Viridian FX, based in the heart of York, are a team of VFX artists and filmmakers committed to finding visually inventive ways to support powerful stories, whatever the budget. Their recent projects range from on-set supervision for low-budget shorts and features to visual effects work on HBO’s House of the Dragon . Whatever your experience, join them for an informal conversation about VFX and the future of storytelling.

1 November | Time 12:00-13:30 | Venue: York Theatre Royal Upper Foyer NETWORKING SESSION 1

The Art of Conversation: Refining Your Pitch

Pitching is an essential skill. Whether you’re seeking funding, looking to build your team or searching for a distributor, learning how to discuss your film is crucial. Successful pitches include being able to summarise a film’s key subject matter, its landscape and its narrative, whilst identifying its potential within the wider market and the contributions it can make on the circuit. Pitches sometimes also include areas for improvement and development. This networking session is open to all filmmakers and is the perfect place to test your skills and spark a conversation about your works in progress. Hosted by The Pitch Film Fund.

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2 November | Time 12:00-13:30 | Venue: Pitcher & Piano NETWORKING SESSION 2

Collaboration: Idea Generation

Collaboration is at the heart of every film; each role works as part of a wider synergistic system to bring stories to life in the most authentic, convincing and inspiring ways. This unique networking session is based around the importance of collaboration and idea generation – considering how to create new and original content through sharing ideas and storyboarding as a team. Come along and meet other like-minded producers, directors, actors, cinematographers and academics who are interested in crafting new partnerships, building relationships and sparking dialogues about the future of the moving image, together.

NETWORKING SESSION 3
3 November | Time 12:30-14:00 | Venue:
York Theatre Royal Upper Foyer

Spotlight: Casting

As one of the industry’s leading casting platforms, Spotlight is an es sential resource for talent agents, casting teams, performers and film makers. It connects performing artists with new and exciting roles in the entertainment industry. This session offers firsthand industry insights and is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to cast their next cre ative project. Join Spotlight’s team of casting consultants and BIFA-win ning casting director Carolyn McLeod to find out more about the casting process and get answers to any of your important casting questions.

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Independent Film 4 November | Time 12:00-13:30 | Venue: York Theatre Royal Upper Foyer NETWORKING SESSION 4

Festival formula: Developing Your Festival Strategy

Festival Formula is the leading film festival strategy consultancy and submission service in Europe. They focus on helping filmmakers navigate the worldwide circuit, increasing their probabilities of acceptances and helping them save time. Drawing on extensive experience in the industry, Festival Formula creates bespoke strategies tailored to the budget and assets of each film. This session, hosted by Festival Formula, will be based around finding your place within the circuit and exploring today’s landscape amongst other like-minded directors, producers, actors and more.

NETWORKING SESSION 5
5 November | Time 11:30-13:00 | Venue: York Theatre Royal Upper Foyer

of the Aesthetica

Festival draws to a close, but there is still an opportunity to make some important connections

you leave – ones that might help you with your next idea. This last

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PITCHING SESSIONS

SHARE YOUR NEXT BIG IDEA.

Developing a new short or feature project? Looking for advice and pointers on developing your big idea? Pitching Sessions are your chance to get your work in front of key decision-makers from the UK’s leading production companies. Meet one-to-one with Development Executives from the likes of Film4, Goldfinch First Flights, BBC Film, StudioCanal, Guardian Documentaries, The Pitch Film Fund and BFI Doc Society.

This is a major opportunity to receive invaluable feedback on your work. Successful applicants are invited to a 20-minute, 1-on-1 Pitching Session with a representative from one of our guest organisations. All of these pitching sessions take place in-person at the Malmaison hotel or virtually.

You must register for a full industry pass to be eligible to apply for pitching. Free to enter. Find out more and submit your proposal at asff.co.uk/pitching-sessions by Friday 14 October 2022.

BBC Film (Narrative)

BBC Film is at the forefront of independent filmmaking in the UK, developing and co-producing feature-length productions. Committed to developing new talent, it collaborates with some of the foremost writers and directors, with new releases including Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir. BBC Films was awarded the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

Date 1 November Malmaison

Time 12:00-14:00

Goldfinch First FLights (Narrative shorts)

First Flights is an incubator for first-time feature film directors and producers, supporting each individual to create financially successful features and launch their international profiles. The First Flights team is adept at spotting emerging creative talent, working with individuals to produce their first feature. Goldfinch has worked with Gary Oldman, Anjelica Houston, Bill Nighy and Sam Riley.

Date 2 November Malmaison

Time 12:00-14:00 14:30-16:30

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THE PITCH FILM FUND (narrative shorts)

The Pitch Film Fund specialises in reinventing classical narratives, providing filmmakers with the opportunity to make short films inspired by the Bible. The Pitch exists for emerging talent, providing unique training and development opportunities and offering a £50,000 production award each year. The Pitch brings groundbreaking short films to audiences around the world – with commissions like White Gold being longlisted for an Oscar.

Date 2 November Malmaison

Time 09:30-11:30

Scottish Documentary Institute (Doc Features)

Scottish Documentary Institute specialises in documentary training, production and distribution, supporting filmmakers through a diverse programme of high quality training programmes. It has produced over 100 films, screening in 60 countries, garnering recognition as being at the cutting edge of the documentary sector. Bridging art and industry, it is committed to film driven by the emotional experience.

Date 3 November Virtual Time 10:30-12:30

Film4 (NArrative)

Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division, developing and co-financing projects from the most distinctive talents the UK and rest of the world. Academy Award-winners include Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri , Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire , and their most recent releases include Andrea Arnold’s American Honey.

Date 3 November Malmaison

Time 13:00-15:00

BBC (Scripted television drama)

Usman Mullan is a Development Producer at BBC Writers room. He looks after writer development across TV, radio and digital platforms, producing UK-wide new writing talent initiatives, development programmes, opportunities and events for writers. He specialises in identifying, developing and nurturing new screenwriting talent across the BBC, with experience in scripted development across multiple genres.

Date 3 November Malmaison

Time 13:00-16:00

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B-Side Productions (Narrative Feature)

Passionate about collaboration and great storytelling, B-Side Productions endeavour to support and enable great new and emerging talent to flourish and are developing a varied slate of TV and Film projects. Former BBC Film Development Executive, Dionne Farrell, has worked on many hit film and television productions including EastEnders, Ammonite and 24 Hours in Police Custody.

Date 3 November Malmaison

Time 16:30-18:30

Doc Society (Documentary)

The BFI Doc Society Fund works to support and develop storytellers from all parts of the UK, backing feature and short creative documentaries with bold cultural and social ambitions. Founded in 2005, it is committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences across the globe. Hannah Bush Bailey works across the funds feature slate and Made of Truth Short Scheme.

Date 4 November Malmaison

Time 11:00-12:30

Guardian Docs (Documentary)

The Guardian is renowned for its agenda-setting journalism and Guardian Documentaries is an expression of their core editorial purpose and ethos. They curate and commission independent filmmakers from around the world and are committed to telling stories with unique artistic vision. They have won critical acclaim, including a 2022 BAFTA Film Award for The Black Cop and an Oscar in 2021 for Colette .

Date 4 November Malmaison

Time 15:30-17:30

Studiocanal (Narrative Feature)

STUDIOCANAL is Europe’s leader in production, distribu tion and international sales of feature films and TV series.

STUDIOCANAL has fully financed box office hits Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Paddington 1 and 2 and Shaun the Sheep Movie. Their upcoming films include Shekhar Kapur’s What’s Love Got to Do With It , which stars Lily James and Emma Thompson, The Railway Children Return and Tenor.

Date 5 November Malmaison

Time 12:00-14:00 14:30-16:30

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233 vr & 360 soirée meet. network. create. the future of film starts here. A destination for those working – or interested in – new technologies and the role they play in the future of cinema. Meet other individuals interested in virtual reality and generate ideas about the future potential for VR entertainment. Open to all. Friday 4 november, YTR Upper Foyer 17:30-18:30

OPENING NIGHT CEREMONY

Tuesday 1 November 18.00-21.00, City Screen

Aesthetica launches its 12th edition with a screening of inspiring and thought-provoking works from the 2022 Official Selection. Curated by Festival Director Cherie Federico, our Opening Night Ceremony spans a broad range of themes, topics and genres, providing a taster of what’s to come over the week, whilst asking questions about the power of film. The screening will start promptly at 18:30.

HEY, SUNSHINE PARTY

BY HILTON

Ease into the week ahead with our first part of the festival. Hosted by Doubletree at Hilton, a picturesque venue with a view of the city walls, our throwback to the 1970s and 1980s is the perfect opportunity to grab a free drink (first-come, first-served) and experience the classics: The Stranglers, Blondie, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Abba & more. Pop in, grab a drink and make some new connections. Free arrival drink.

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MEET THE FILMMAKERS

Thursday 3 November, 20:00-23:00, rose within the walls, YO1 9WD

Come and enjoy a drink opposite one of York’s best-known historical land marks: Clifford’s Tower. Attendees receive a free gin and tonic upon entry, on a first-come, first-served basis. This is the place to make connections for the rest of the week and meet with fellow filmmakers and aficionados. A relaxed social where we invite our Official Selection to make themselves known to each other and forge friendships within the festival circuit. Free drink on arrival.

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VR & SOIRÉE360

This fantastic event is an opportunity for invited guests to network and meet colleagues from London College of Communication: Screen School VR Lab. The VR & 360 Soirée includes a welcome drink and a chance to chat about new technologies. This event is a destination to meet those changing the face of VR, Immersive Experiences and at the forefront of new technologies.

Friday 4 November, York Theatre Royal Upper Foyer, 17:30-18.30

FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY

Friday 4 November, 20:00-23:00, 1331

Helping to carry Aesthetica Short Film Festival through into a weekend of social events and inspiring cinema, 1331 hosts the renowned Friday Night Party. Located in York’s vibrant Grape Lane, the party provides the ideal location to join in with the festivities or re-group with new friends. Grab a drink, connect with other industry guests and prepare for the busy weekend of screenings and events.

THE LISTENING PITCH FILM PREMIERE

Aesthetica and Audible have teamed up once again to run The Listening Pitch. The competition included an open brief for submissions, looking for original stories that demonstrated how listening helps to understand different points of view. Join us for the premiere of the three winning films and a screening of the 2021 winning film Blind as a Beat. Welcome drink served upon arrival, followed by a live DJ set post-screening.

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The exhibition brings together award-winning artists who invite you to explore, discover and engage with themes from our rapidly

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threats posed by the climate crisis.

These 10 works – both individually and collectively – disrupt t he status quo. Together, they offer personal and universal narratives whilst asking key questions about life right here in the 21st century. We are also pleased to premiere Olana Light, who has created a site-specific work that asks us to think more deeply about the impact our

have on the planet.

Artists include: Kit Monkman, Baff Akoto, Jenn Nkiru, Natalia García Clark, Pernille Spence and Zoë

Unite. Create.

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Bart

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Seb Agnew and Omar

29-31 Coney Street, YO1 9QL.

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history.
transformative. It
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importantly,
reminds
humanity.
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November,
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Irvine,
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BEDERN HALL, YO1 7AL

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Project supported by Audible, Aesthetica, London College of Communication. FRINGE EVENT:
INSTALLATION Artist Jin Chia Ching Ho premieres a new work: Sounds We’ve Never Heard Before.
and London College of Communication have teamed up to commission a new work by one of the UK’s most exciting sound artists. Jin was asked to
we understand sound in a world that has changed the way that people listen – creating
unique experience.
provides us with a deep meditative experience at York’s
Bedern
five-channel Genelec speakers, this installation presents the audio
wood, water, fire and earth. In Chinese philosophy, these elements are believed
they form the foundation of all material things and maintain balance
Jin recorded
five elements, resulting in a one-hour sound piece. Join us for deep listening. Sit or lie on the cushions provided and soak up the experience. Free with Festival pass. No need to pre-book. 1 NOVEMBER 12:00 -20:00 2 AND 3 NOVEMBER 10:30-20:00 4 NOVEMBER 10:30-17:00 Every day you have the chance to come and see Jin make live music in the venue and ask her questions about the piece. Performance times 14:00-15:00 daily.

SOUNDS WE’VE NEVER HEARD BEFORE

YORK DUNGEON WALKING TOUR

5-6 November (11:30, 13:00 and 15:00). Free with your Festival Pass. Meet outside of York Dungeon, YO1 9RD

The York Dungeon have something that will make peasants of all ages laugh or scream their way through 2,000 years of York’s history during ASFF. The Little Peasant’s Walking Tour is suitable for every age. Discover the toe-curling tales of the city, as two of their favourite Dungeon resi dents, the ever so bonkers and slightly sarcastic Dungeon Jester and their smelliest peasant Smedley, are released onto the streets of the city to take little peasants and their families on a journey to discover York’s extensive haunted history, with plenty of fun and laughs along the way.

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Breathless Puppets 88 Naaman Azhari naaman.azhari@outlook.com Dawta 91 Jessica Ashman hello@jessla.co.uk

Do Not Feed The Pigeons 88 Antonin Niclass antonin.niclass@gmail.com

Echo 91 Sergio Kotsovoulos sergiofk@gmail.com I gotta look good for the apocalypse 91 Ayce Kartal distribution@lesvalseurs.com

IDODO 89 Ursula Ulmi ursula@ulmifilm.com

In Between 90 Effie Pappa mina@marnifilms.gr

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Little Hurts 89 Debra Solomon djsolomon@mindspring.com

Losing It 90 Sascha Vernik studio@revkin.at Memento Mori 89 Paul O’Flanagan submissions@festivalformula.com Oskar 90 Max Vannienschoot

Salvation Has No Name 90 Joseph Wallace loran@delavalfilm.com

The Circle 89 Jack Spring hello@jackspring.co.uk

THE CLEARING 91 Daniel Hope hello@danielroberthope.com

The Record 88 Jonathan Laskar info@papierperfore.ch

The Sausage Run 90 Thomas Stellmach thomas@stellmach.com

The Seine’s tears

Belaid, Benard, Mayeur, Moulin, Pinot, et al. carlos.decarvalho@pole3d.com

TYPE 88 Lesley-anne Rose danamariebruce@gmail.com

Your

Hannah Jacobs Info@hannah-jacobs.com

ARTISTS’

A

Jacob

jacobjohnlee1@gmail.com

A

Dominic Gilday naomi.bloomsday@gmail.com

A

Jordy Sank jordy@sanktuaryfilms.com

Absence

HyeunJoo Woo, JiYoon Park ubacstudio@gmail.com

AT

Stuart Heaney, Chris de Selincourt c.deselincourt@lcc.arts.ac.uk

Glorious Revolution

Masha Novikova masha.novikova@lfs.org.uk

Hear My Cry 94 Beth Buxton, Aaron Bevan-Bailey jennifer@jenniferlouisemartin.com

HYSTERESIS 93 Robert Seidel info@robertseidel.com

Memento Mori as 3,684 Cyanotype Sunprints 93 C = P chris@chrispeters.com motociclista 94 Eugen Merher e.merher@gmail.com Mulika 92 Maisha Maene leogopfert@gmail.com

Nice To Meet You All 94 Guen Murroni guenmurroni@yahoo.com Rage With Words 94 Ben McCarthy, Courtney ‘CourtsWrites’ Hayles courtneyhaylesltd@gmail.com

Shades 92 Marian Edusei marianedusei@gmail.com

Sisyphos 92 Sorcha Kennedy sorcha-kennedy@outlook.com So Long (We Dreamt of This) 93 Lewis Heriz hello@lewisheriz.com

The Gift 93 Jasmina Cibic jacqui@primitive.film

Untitled 92 Sweatmother jacqui@primitive.film

Comedy

Action 96 Benoît Monney benoit.monney@gmail.com

BabyDolls 97 Calvin Demba pmurmann19@gmail.com & Alicefcraymond@gmail.com

BabyThump 99 Ian Killick ikillick7@gmail.com

Bleep 97 Ben S. Hyland ben.s.hyland@gmail.com

Broken: A Lockdown Story 98 TJ O’Grady Peyton tjogradypeyton@gmail.com

Bye Bye Baby 96 Jessie Barnett submissions@festivalformula.com

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Mountain Is Waiting 91
FILM
Drifting Up 92
Lee
Lost Home 94
Void 92
of sense for the absence of sense 93
HOME WITH THE BOYLE FAMILY 93
94

CANDY 95 Sarah Grant mishamccullagh@gmail.com

Death and a Salesman 96 Tom Elders Him@tomelders.com

Doffice 99 Leclercq David Kokakolaiskool@gmail.com

Everybody Needs Some(dead)body 99 George Mills, Hannah Seligman aeneneseligman@gmail.com

Face It - Abbey 95 Jason Edwards

Good Evening 98 Antoine Giorgini toinegiorgi@yahoo.fr

Julia 99 Jack Donnelly submissions@festivalformula.com

Kowalsky 98 Émile V. Schlesser info@emileschlesser.com

Lady Brently’s End 95 Sam Baron kirsty.mann@gmail.com

LEAVE TO REMAIN 96 Rémy Bazerque tibo@sweetdoh.com

Le Pompon 98 David Hourrègue boris@fulldawaprod.com

Neither Seen Nor Heard 95 Florence Kosky submissions@festivalformula.com

Norma 97 Emily Munster emilymunster1@gmail.com

PATCHED 97 Wibout Warnaar wibout.warnaar@gmail.com

Pet Name 97 Dan Boaden dan@hereticproductions.com

Primal Therapy 95 Santtu Salminen Salmisensanttu@gmail.com

Soggy Biscuit 99 Emma Jesse oli@olifalcon.com

Split or Steal 96 Jack Bailey , Jordan Gill jbaileywork8@gmail.com, jordangill121@gmail.com

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know 95 Neal Suresh Mulani nmulani96@gmail.com

THAT? 98 Madeleine Shenai mntbeyts@gmail.com

The Corpse Series 96 James Button , Kristaps Kazaks james@jamesbuttonfilms.com

The Diamond 99 Vedran Rupic submissions@festivalformula.com

THE RIGHT WORDS 98 Adrian Moyse Dullin

Thursday Night Sorbet 97 Georgios Hartofilakidis georgiosfilms@gmail.com

DANCE

AGATHI (THORN) 100 Alexander Stamatiadis alexandros4k@gmail.com

Daughters of the Sea 100 Krystal S Lowe Krystalslowe.artist@gmail.com

Dear Black Child 101 Tobi Onabolu tobi@tobionabolu.com Don’t Play with L(Kn)ives 100 Omari ‘Motion’ Carter info@motiondancecollective.com

Herbarium 101 Iwona Pasińska renelisso@wp.pl

IO|OI 101 Francesco Lorusso info@brogadoitefilm.com

One Night 100 Isla Badenoch islabadenoch@gmail.com Sheila 100 Gabri Christa gabrichrista@gmail.com Skin and Scales 100 Omari ‘Motion’ Carter darcyjwallace@gmail.com

Unyielding Sleeve 101 Xudong Wang 759982426@qq.com

Viscera 101 Phoebe Davies, Nandi Bhebhe

World of Kokoro 101 Clare Chong workwithcllre@gmail.com

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Documentary

21 102 Christine Seow seowfilms@gmail.com

3 Promises 105 Mohamed Boteen Shalaby shalaby.mh@gmail.com

A Portrait 106 Carlotta Beck Peccoz hello@carlottabeckpeccoz.com

Belle River 105 Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau, Yannick Nolin projets@spira.quebec

Eva and Ramona 106 Minka Jakerson annika@cinenicfilm.se

Fawley 103 Chu-Li Shewring, Adam Gutch chuli@flyingant.org.uk

Forest Coal Pit 104 Siôn Marshall-Waters jecawheeler@gmail.com

Hair Uncovered 105 Cathy Heffernan abi@slickfilms.co.uk

Holy Cowboys 104 Varun Chopra anna@thecornershop.tv

Home 103 Christine Saab saab.christine@gmail.com

It’s Personal 106 Kyla Harris, Lou Macnamara

Just Like You 104 Sebastien Rabas sebatienrabas@gmail.com

Leavers 106 Lewis Khan lewis@lewiskhan.co.uk

Live Till I Die (2022, 23’) 106 Ågerstrand, Ekman, Teigen, Hedin Hetteberg marina-evelina.cracana@filmandtell.com

Look For The Diamonds 104 James Slater rosie@zomdicfilms.com

love you, bye 102 Lily Freeston lily.freeston1@gmail.com

Night Ride 104 Todd Karehana tkarehana@gmail.com

On Black Pain 103 Jameisha Prescod jameishaprescod@gmail.com

ÓWÀMBÈ 105 Tobi Kyeremateng jameishaprescod@gmail.com

Prayers for Sweet Waters 106 Elijah Ndoumbe eli.ndoumbe@gmail.com

Run With Her 102 Lia Campbell festivals@scottishdocinstitute.com

Sana Que Sana 103 Gabriella E Aguirre ge.aguirre612@gmail.com

The Bayview 105 Daniel Cook festivals@scottishdocinstitute.com

The Twins 102 Zara Meerza

The Victory Arch 103 Joe Preston joefredpreston@hotmail.com

This is Forever 105 Susy Pena susypeme@gmail.com

Twinkleberry 102 Daisy Ifama

Until The Tide Creeps In 103 Jessi Gutch alicewhughes@gmail.com

VENETIAN MEN 102 Celia Willis celiawillis@gmail.com

Where I Lay My Head 104 Miles Blacket milesblacket@gmail.com

DOC.

FINITE: The Climate

78 Rich Felgate richfelgate@gmail.com Hide & Seek 78 Victoria Fiore hello@victoriafiore.com

On the bridge 79 Guillaume Samuel, Guillaume Frédéric info@cine3d.ch

The Balcony Movie 80 Pawel Lozinski katarzyna@kff.com.pl

The Hermit of Treig 79 Lizzie MackEnzie naomi@arunaproductions.com

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of Change

DRAMA

39 112 Martín Delfino Guevara martin@bastionfilms.es

A90 107

Olivia J. Middeton carys@finiteproductions.co.uk

A Dark Moment of Faith 117 Zornitsa - Dimitrova hello@zornitsa-dimitrova.com

A DEAD SEA 112 Nahd Bashir nahdtop@gmail.com

A Fox In The Night 107 Keeran Anwar Blessie keeran.blessie@gmail.com

After Noon 110 Alexios Koukias-Pantelis al.koukias@gmail.com

Ain’t No Mercy for Rabbits 108 Aliza Brugger alb2297@columbia.edu

All Girls 115 Anastasia Bruce-Jones anastasiabrucejones@gmail.com

Angelo 115 Alejandro Plumb alex.plumb0@gmail.com

Aska 111 Clara Milo ardamilofilm@gmail.com

AUGUST SKY 113 Jasmin Tenucci

Beauty Boys 108 Florent Gouelou festivals@yukunkun.fr

Blaues Rauschen 113 Simon Maria Kubiena info@refreshingfilms.com

Blood and Gold 111 Yamin Tun morgan@thehothouse.co.nz

Blue Note 118

Pavel Andonov andonovpavel@gmail.com

Brothers 117 Pete Schilling

Burros 114 Jefferson Stein jeff@jeffersonstein.com

Bus Girl 118 Jessica Henwick submissions@festivalformula.com

Bystander 117 Rachel Aoun rachel@rachelaoun.com

CANNED 118 Clemente Lohr clementeflohr@gmail.com

Chiatura 111 Toby Andris tobyandris@gmail.com DASH 112 Rory Fleck Byrne tobyandris@gmail.com Dead Whistle Stop 116 Sean Mckenna jamie@paisleyfilms.co.uk

Desmond’s Not Here Anymore 115 Mmabatho Montsho submissions@festivalformula.com Die unsichtbare Grenze 114 Mark Gerstorfer info@refreshingfilms.com

Elevate 107 Dylan Bloom dylanboomfilms@gmail.com Ghost 107 Pernell Marsden pcmarsden@gmail.com Half Guard 110 Mark O’Connor markoconnor1000@gmail.com Hollywood 113 Leni Gruber, Alex Reinberg info@refreshingfilms.com Home 107 Nia Childs jessi@figfilms.co.uk

Hornbream 107 Mark Pluck danlane34@hotmail.com

I HAVE HEARD YOU CALLING IN THE NIGHT 115 Paul Bertellotti stephen.hagan@mac.com

I Love You, I Hate You 110 Sam Pilling sam.pilling@pulsefilms.co.uk Incompatible 117 Maxine Peake me@shakyradowlingcasting.com

I Was Never Really Here 112 Gabriel Bihina Arrahnio frithjof.stueckemann@filmuniversitaet.de Jackdaw 117 Mac Nixon

dan.bailey@broadsidefilms.co.uk Journeying 116 Garry Jenkins garry@deep-cut.co.uk

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Lament 115 Rubén Sánchez info@distributionwithglasses.com

Le Pain 111 Pepijn Tebrunsvelt pepijn@studiogotley.com

Little Sky 114 Jess X. Snow jess@jessxchen.com

Lo Sguardo (The Look) 116 Edoardo Ulivelli ulivellidirector@gmail.com

Lovely Creature 118 Richard Hunter richardpeterhunter@gmail.com Milk 116 Adam Etheridge

Mud Crab 109 David Robinson-Smith contact@davidrobinsonsmith.com

Mulaqat / Sandstorm 113 Seemab Gul distribution.sayonarafilm@gmail.com

One of the Boys 108 Myriam Guimond guimond.myriam@gmail.com

Opera Night 118 Hilke Rönnfeldt hilkeroenn@gmail.com

Out of the blue 111 Céline Baril festivals@manifest.pictures

Portrayed 111 Nicole Rixon, Ryan Goodman nicolemrixon@gmail.com

Public Pleasure 109 Ruby Cedar cedarruby@gmail.com

Sharing 108 Mykea Fairweather Perry mykeaperry@me.com

Sideral 113 Carlos Segundo distribution@lesvalseurs.com

Snow White 110 Lana Barić sanja.borcic@zagrebfilm.hr

Spirit 110

Christine Boateng, Claudia Owusu owusuclaudia@outlook.com, christine_boateng@yahoo.com

Stuck 112 Kemi Anna Adeeko kemi@adeeko.net

Synthbabe 108 Margareta F.A. Orkan

The Ballad Of Olive Morris 116 Alex Kayode-Kay fatoedoproductions@gmail.com

The Banishment 112 Yılmaz Özdil yilmazozdil@gmail.com

The Barber 110 Dhivya Kate Chetty office@alysiamaciejowska.co.uk

The Cunning 115 Alexandra Maher

The Lone Wolf 109 Filipe Melo

The Silent Whistle 114 Yingtong Li liyingtong_123@outlook.com things we never said 116 Manjinder Virk

Titan 114 Valéry Carnoy info@helicotronc.com

TRANSFER 109 Sage Mears, Aaron Pagniano sagemears@gmail.com TRIPUDIO 118 Luigi Piana info@madreperlafilms.com Tuo Tuo 109 An Chu johnsonju0072@gmail.com Who? How? and Where? 109 Victoria Garza clavecine@gmail.com

Wings 117 Billy Boyd Cape

Yanni 108 Rachid Allaoua

Experimental Cellula Filia 119 Piibe Kolka len.murusalu@gmail.com

CURRENTS / Perpendicolare Avanti 121 Federica Foglia euriluna@hotmail.it Erode 121 Charles Newland c.w.newland@gmail.com eternity on a loop 120 Isabela Costa imoreiralcosta@gmail.com

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Fireflies 120 Poulomi Basu, CJ Clarke cj@japc.co

Happy Life

Amélie Hardy festival@travellingdistribution.com

I’ll Be Back!

Hope Strickland rhstricklandspence@gmail.com

Immaculate Virtual

Ryley O’Byrne ryleyd@gmail.com

One Home

Dominique van Olm deviiofilms@gmail.com

Post-Soviet Symphony

Alexey Evstigneev valeriya@eastwood.agency

RELAY-DELAY

Sherry Erskine, Bonnie Sue Stein iguana@gohproductions.org

In PLain

Heather Andrews handrewssound85@gmail.com

Seaweed

Julia Parks juliaemilyparks@gmail.com

Still

Thrive

Campbell X ashitey@smokingdogsfilms.com

THAT

Matt Whitman info@mawhitman.com

The

Mia Georgis

The

Silvestar Kolbas silvestar.kolbas@gmail.com

The

Asmaa

ajama083@gmail.com

Alternate

Boby, Laudrin, Métivier,

coline@ecolescreatives.com

India Barnardo indiabarnardo@gmail.com

Matt Hickinbottom info@musicalmotionpictures.co.uk

Harry

Hamster

Lewis Reeves rossreevesltd@yahoo.com

I’ll Be Frank 124 Carleton Rodgers carletonrodgers@outlook.com

I Miss Hugs 123 Ana Songel anasongelgarcia@gmail.com

Laika & Nemo 123 Jan Gadermann, Sebastian Gadow jan.gadermann@gmx.de

LITTLE KARL AND THE ELEPHANTS 122 Friedrich Kießling j.kraemer@youngfilms.de Lockdown 122 Leon Joosen

Luce and the Rock 123 Britt Raes festival@miyu.fr Signal 124 Diarmuid Donohoe info@carbonatedcomet.com

Silence and Her Roommate 123 Liam Harris

Snowflakes 123 Sabrina Stoll tiziana.giamma@gmail.com Tackling 124 Gillian Harker gillian_harker@hotmail.com

Tell me a story 124 Arzalier, Brenci, Daniel, Duru, Gil, Jacob, et al. coline@ecolescreatives.com

The Social Chameleon 122 Alex Ross alex@paper-anvil.com

The Well 124 Peter Stanley-Ward submissions@festivalformula.com

Wish Hill 124 Aleah Marrow aleahmarrowfilms@gmail.com

FASHION

00:00 130 Runqi He kekehe42@gmail.com

A New Beginning 130 Christophe Chudy hello@christophechudy.com

A Significant Name 128 Diane Russo-Cheng diane@dianerusso.com

A Story of Women 126 Rosalie Charrier rosalie.charrier@gmail.com

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121
119
121
To Another 119
120
120
Sight – Part 1: In erms of clay 120
120
We
119
WAS WHEN I THOUGHT I COULD HEAR YOU 121
Devotions 119
Film Factory 121
Season of Burning Things 119
Jama, Gouled Ahmed
FAMILY FRIENDLY
Mesozoic 122
Miguet, Sanrame, Schaeffer
Cat and Moth 122
Emily the little match girl 122
The
123

APORIA 131 Estienne Rylle estienne.rylle@gmail.com

ARTISTIQUE 129 Kristýna & Kryštof Jankovec kristynajankovec@gmail.com, krystof@jankovec.com

Comunidad 127 Marco Castro castro.marco@icloud.com

Echoes of the Suburbs 126 HIBALL hiballproductions@gmail.com

Elements 131 Filip Fredrik Fredrik Haglund haglund.f@gmail.com

Eternal Feminine 131 Andrea Ruiz aandrearg89@gmail.com

Eyes Wide Open 129 Hilda (Huayi) Xu hildaxhy@gmail.com

First Love 128 Kristina Palukaititie anastasi.kulikalova@gmail.com

HOOF 129

Bon, Magaña, Rodriguez, Ramirez vane.bon.m@hotmail.com

Innervisions 128 Adam C Hayes nick@hayeshayes.com

Mijo 127 Mazdey Snob nico@niccolomontanari.com

NEOSHIN 129 Sebastian Selg chenjiayankk@gmail.com

New World Order for The Travel Almanac 129 Timur Celikdag timur@timur-celikdag.com

OFF THE TOP OF MY HAT 127 Luca Tichelman, Rens De Waal lucatichelman@gmail.com

Paired Flowers 126 Hannah Bon hannah@hannahbon.com

Peel 126 Samantha Mandich skmandich@gmail.com

Plastic Voices 131 Luis Castro, Yosu Menacho luis.castroresino@gmail.com, jlopezmenacho@gmail.com

REPLICA 128 Hannah Bon hannah@hannahbon.com

SAPHI 130 Javier Cano Larumbe jcanolarumbe@gmail.com

Sapient 128 Ryan Renshaw ryan@madebykiosk.com

SONAR 130 Allexia Galvão

Spacing Out 127 Omar Perineau mail@omarperineau.com Summer with Josephine 130 Federico Fenucci f.fenucci@gmail.com

The Groove of Chaos 127 Haonan Huang hhhn2018@gmail.com

The Long Goodbye 128 Lunatics and Poets, Eori Wakakuwa mail@lunaticsandpoets.com

The Open 127 Kit Pilosof pilosofkit@gmail.com

Thermal 126 Anne-Charlotte Moulard contact@annecharlottemoulard.com

The Sound of Waves 126 Victor Claramunt, San Millán victorclaramunt@gmail.com Totality Temptation 129 Celina Collot Celina.collot@gmail.com Un-spoken words of a Heartist - Je suis née dans un chaos 131 Nadine Baboy, Muhiba Botan nadinebaboy@gmail.com

Veronica Now 130 Gabriel Juduc gabrieljuduc@gmail.com

Music Video

ATOM 135 Quentin Curtat, Cédric Richer yann@panamaera.fr

Binaural Glass 133 Shelley Hopkins rockshelley@hotmail.com

Broccoli Cheddar Bread Bowl 132 Mike Petrow mikepetrow14@gmail.com

Different Than Before 135 Mayumi Yoshida

Fade Into You 134 David M. Helman davidmhelman@gmail.com

Feel So - Nukuluk 133 Mateo Carlos Villanueva Brandt info@foreignbodyproductions.com

273

FILMMAKER

Flying Kites 132 Jesseca Ynez Simmons jessecasimms@gmail.com

Ganbatene 133 YI-YU TSAI

Heart Failure 134 Will Wightman

I Put My Hand Into A Fist 134 Lisa Enes lisa.enes.helland@gmail.com

LLLL - Silent Dawn 134 Konstantin Enste hello@konstantinenste.com

Make a Baby 135 Emily Dynes hello@emilydynes.com

MEMO 133 Aitore Zholdaskali a.aizha@gmail.com

Monsters 133 Taisia Deeva yulia@festagent.com

Mwanjé ft. Sampa the Great - Wildones 134

Michael Rodrigues, Tarryn Hatchett michaelrodriguesfilms@gmail.com

Nice Girl 132 Natalie Camou ioniesb@gmail.com

P.E.R.I.O.D. 135 Monika Kozub info@berlinboudoir.studio

Poppy ‘HER’ 133 Chris Ullens christopher@ullens.net

Quiet Nights 132 Paola Ossa paolaossa.film@gmail.com

“Record Player” AJR X Daisy the Great 135 Yuval Haker yuval.haker@gmail.com

Rodney Chrome - To The Money 134 Zac Dov Wiesel zacharywiesel@gmail.com

Samora Pinderhughes – Masculinity 135 Christian Padron

SPACE 132 Erik Rojas erikrojasvisual@gmail.com

Topple

Sarada Rauch saradarauch@gmail.com

FEATUREs

All is vanity 83 Marcos Mereles marcosmereles14@gmail.com

EASY TIGER 81 Karel Tuytschaever karel.tuytschaever@telenet.be Hideout 83 Yen Kuang Che filmfestival814@gmail.com

I’LL GO TO HELL 81 Ismahane Lahmar ismahanelahmar@gmail.com

Mother Midnight 82 Mike Beech mefbeech@gmail.com planet b234 82 Keelie Sheridan keelie.a.sheridan@gmail.com

thriller

4:00 AM 139 Mehdi Fikri flavio.armone@lightsonfilm.org Anaconda 137 Joshua D Amar joshuadamar@gmail.com

BOWLHEAD 138 Thomas Simon thomassimondp@gmail.com Creator 136 Andre LeBlanc leblanc.andre1@gmail.com

Deep Clean 138 B Welby bwd.film@gmail.com Fishwife 138 Beth Park bethpark@rocketmail.com

Lone Wolves 137 Elliot Gaynon submissions@festivalformula.com

Molaphone 137 Daniel Padró info@distributionwithglasses.com

NAFAS NAKESH (Don’t Breathe) 139 Milad Nasim Sobhan milad.sobhan@yahoo.com

O, GLORY! 136 Joe Williams, Charlie Edwards-Moss joeefrancis@gmail.com

OVERPOWER 137 Tom Goodall tom@tomgoodall.com

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132

Overwrite 137 Alia Sheikh pfoxell@gmail.com

Part Forever 138 Alan Chung-An, Ou shortfilm8000@gmail.com

Reprise 136 Kenji Ouellet contact@kenjiouellet.net

Safe 139 Josema Roig josema@melbot.es

The Bottom 136 Morgan Ruaidhrí O’Sullivan, James Kautz Morgan@RedSeedFilms.com

The Criminals 139 Serhat Karaaslan flavio.armone@lightsonfilm.org

The Evil is Inside 138 Martin Sharpe martyjsharpe@gmail.com

The Gloom 138 Dani Viqueira alicia@yaqdistribucion.com

The Moths Will Eat Them Up 139 Luisa Martiri, Tanya Modini luisamartiri@gmail.com, tanya@tanyamodini.com

TRIGGER. CHARLIE. ONE 137 Dan Clifton ludwigproduction@gmail.com

Useless 139 Raquel Guerrero info@distributionwithglasses.com

VIA[DOLO] 136 Daniel Keeble dan@flud.digital

Voices 136 Abbie Lucas omar@whoisomarkhan.com

VIRTUAL REALITY

A PASSAGE 143 Maximilian Villwock info@maximilianvillwock.com

Bunker 143 Tom George Ross tom@thomasgeorgeross.com

Castle of Unknowing 143 Damian Thorn-Hauswirth damianswann@gmail.com

Child of Empire 142 Sparsh Ahuja, Erfan Saadati sparshahuja9@gmail.com Déjà-vu 143 Dennis Stein-Schomburg

Dislocation 143 Veljko Popovic, Milivoj Popovic vanja@bonobostudio.hr

Facades 142 Kerryn Wise , Ben Neal info@displace.org.uk

Genesis 141 Joerg Courtial mc@faber-courtial.de Glimpse 141 Benjamin Cleary, Michael O’Connor lee@electricskies.io (Hi)Story of a Painting: The Light in the Shadow 142 Quentin Darras, Gaëlle Mourre gaelle@gaellemourre.com, quentin.darras@gmail.com Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough 142 Iona McEwan ionam@alchemyimmersive.com

Midnight Story 141 Antonin Niclass antonin.niclass@gmail.com

Monoliths 141 Lucy Hammond lucy@pilot-theatre.com

NORN Chapter1: The 9 Daughters of RAN 143 Lina Reinsbakken Lina@nornstudio.com The Choice 142 Joanne Popinska joanne@infiniteframemedia.com

Unframed: Paul Klee’s hand Puppets 142 Martin Charrière

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