Filmmaking Mastery
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
by DianaBestwishTetteh
1w ago
Today, we’re taking a trip down masterclass memory lane in preparation for the release of the 2024 Programme. Over the years, a remarkable list of industry experts have shared their insights in our masterclass series. Today, we’ve brought together some interesting and thought-provoking reflections from notable figures, such as Sally Potter OBE (Orlando, The Roads Not Taken), Asif Kapadia (Creature, Diego Maradona) and Dame Judi Dench (Skyfall, Chocolat). Sally Potter OBE “I don’t think you can really make an interesting film unless you love the history of ci ..read more
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Lessons in Bravery
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
by DianaBestwishTetteh
2w ago
How do you face your fears? This is a question young Vanja learns to answer in Marita Mayer’s award-winning short film I’m Not Afraid! Dressed in a tiger onesie, the little protagonist steps outside into the dark night during a game of hide and seek. A series of scary, unrecognisable shapes jump out from the shadows. Gradually, however, Vanja realises that not everything is as alarming as it seems. Led by Norway-based animator and director Marita, the project premiered at the Berlinale in 2022 and went on to achieve huge success at festivals around the world, such as winning the award for Best ..read more
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June: Exciting News from #ASFFAlumni!
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
by DianaBestwishTetteh
2w ago
It’s time to spotlight all of the wonderful things our #ASFFAlumni have been getting up to! Here are all of the headlines, from Duncan Cowles’ Feature-Length Debut to Stacha Hicks’ film festival win. Duncan Cowles Premiered Feature-Length Debut at DocFest Silent Men is award-winning ASFF alumnus Duncan Cowles’ first full length documentary and audiences had the opportunity to watch it for the first time at DocFest! Part therapy, part road trip, the movie follows a deadpan filmmaker who asks men how they show their emotions as he confront his own struggles with opening ..read more
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Playing in a Dreamscape
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
by DianaBestwishTetteh
1M ago
Desta: The Memories Between was a highlight from of our first-ever Games Lab! Here, players follow the titular protagonist as they fall into a dream world every night. It’s a vibrant space that is filled with the uncanny memories of people and places that Desta has encountered in the real world. Dodgeball is how we navigate this zone of uncertainty. Desta, along with various other intriguing characters, takes turns aiming and throwing the ball – unlocking new dialogue with each hit. In this way, the game becomes a tool for having difficult conversations and forging connections through honesty ..read more
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Strength in Vulnerability
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
by DianaBestwishTetteh
1M ago
Multi award-winning documentarian Duncan Cowles will premiere his first feature-length project at Sheffield DocFest this summer. The film is called Silent Men and it explores the stigma and taboo surrounding male mental health in the UK. It’s a project that digs deep into our notions of masculinity and how such societal pressures hold men back from opening up about their emotions. What are the consequences of keeping them bottled up? And how does it feel to express these long-suppressed feelings and receive support? Today, Duncan explores how these questions – paired with his own desire to get ..read more
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Pride 2024: An Exploration of Queer Cinema
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
by DianaBestwishTetteh
1M ago
June is Pride Month, as people all over the world come together to celebrate LGBTQIA+ voices. It’s a time to celebrate how far we’ve come as well as fight against the discrimination and injustice that still persists around the world. Cinema is a way to spotlight fresh perspectives, tackle complex subject matters and open audiences’ hearts and minds. Today, we are bringing you a roundup of exciting UK-based queer film events to add to your calendar. Queer 80s | Barbican, London | 5-26 June Time travel through the movie screen back to the 1980s, a decade when LGBTQIA+ representation and creativ ..read more
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The Joy of Animation
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
by DianaBestwishTetteh
1M ago
Cardiff Animation Festival (CAF) celebrates the diverse beauty of animation. Established in 2018, the event has grown into a highlight on every animation-lover’s calendar. This year’s edition followed in the footsteps of the hybrid format, which began in 2022. Attendees enjoyed 3 days of in-person events in the welcoming and ever-lively Chapter Arts Centre (and other nearby Cardiff venues), followed by an online programme filled with workshops, filmmaker Q&As and Watch Parties. This year’s films came from established and emerging creatives from around the world and ASFF-fans will recognise ..read more
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Meet the Vanguard of Documentary Filmmaking
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
by DianaBestwishTetteh
1M ago
The Listening Pitch is a cinematic exploration of the unheard. For the past four years, Aesthetica and Audible have come together to offer a £20,000 grant for filmmakers to make a documentary about the power of listening. This year’s theme asked: What can we hear if we listen right now? We challenged documentarians to amplify unheard voices and share unheard stories. Today, we are proud to announce the two winners of the 2024 grant are: Liberty Smith’s Greensound (Main Prize) and Ornella Mutoni’s One Thousand Hills Between Us (Runner Up). Both Liberty and Ornella will premiere their projects a ..read more
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Award-Winning Drama Shorts from the Festival
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
by DianaBestwishTetteh
2M ago
Strap in for a trip down memory lane! Today we’re cruising back through the amazing drama shorts that have won in this category throughout the years. From broken relationships to beauty pageants, which one is your favourite? The Golden West (2023) Tom Berkeley & Ross White Having fled the Great Famine, two warring Irish sisters seek their fortunes in the gold rush. But with winter fast approaching and nothing to show for their efforts, their age-old feud threatens to become deadly. Invisible Border (2021) Mark Gerstorfer Set in Vienna, Austria, this tense and thought-provoking ..read more
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Studio Spotlight: Failbetter Games
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
by DianaBestwishTetteh
2M ago
Plunge into the depths of Fallen London, the Gothic world of mystery and shadow created by Failbetter Games. We were thrilled to have the indie game developer’s Gothic romance game, The Mask of the Rose, as part of our first-ever Games Lab last year! Do you want to learn more about the studio? Then this is your introduction to Failbetter’s expansive gameography, from where it all began with Fallen London to newer releases like Sunless Skies. About Failbetter Games Failbetter are an independent games studio founded by game writer Alexis Kennedy. The London-based compan ..read more
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