Our London Exec Producer, Luke had a great time judging and speaking at this year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival.
Here he shares his selection of the eight films that had the greatest impact on him in his short but sweet time in York.
Whatever rung you’ve reached on the filmmaking ladder, and from whatever angle you’re approaching the fine art of creating moving image, you will learn something new from attending the festival.
In 2018 I joined Niccolo Montanari for his “Filmmaking as a Tool: Fashion and Branding” Panel. Another hugely positive and enjoyable experience sharing my insights with those of filmmakers, commissioners and platforms. I’m second from the left in this audience member’s Insta post – judging by my thoughtful face I was making A Very Serious Point.
This year I returned to the same stage at the beautiful Yorkshire Museum chairing a Cultural Influencers Masterclass – “Cultural Influencers: Speaking to Global Audiences” – with NOWNESS, Dazed, i-D and COMPULSORY.
As ever, an hour wasn’t nearly enough.
As part of our discussion I asked each panelist to put forward one piece of work that could only have been made for a global platform like the web. Something that probably would not have been commissioned via more traditional media channels. These two films particularly caught my eye, the first a striking portrayal of our apathy towards climate change…
…and the second, an inspiring call to arms to ‘start living’ from this bunch of sixteen year old New Yorkers.
The Judge Won’t Budge
Actually I did a bit.
It was an honour to be invited onto the jury this year for the Advertising and Music Video categories.
It was also a learning curve, finding out what I look for in content compared to my counterparts’ priorities. Debating craft versus narrative.
Here are the Winners and Commendations from my two categories. Personally I’m still in two minds about the music category – what do you think?
To my eye, the influence of Amelie could be seen in a few of the films in the Comedy 1 screening. No bad thing…
Here are the two short comedies that I’d recommend – my One to Watch is quite charming, and my One to Watch Out For generated snorts of laughter from yours truly.
Comedy – One to Watch. Dir. Jennifer Sheridan
Comedy – One to Watch Out For. Dir. Basile Vuillemin
ASFF opens for 2020 entries on 1st December. Submit your work and see you next year!