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.

This was my third time taking part in ASFF, having first hosted an industry masterclass in 2016: “The ABC of Creating Captivating Campaigns”, encapsulated in these blogs – part 1 and part two.

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.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival, ASFF 2019, Jim Poyner Photography.

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…

NOWNESS – I want You To Panic. Dir. Nina Holmgren

…and the second, an inspiring call to arms to ‘start living’ from this bunch of sixteen year old New Yorkers.

I-D – 1616 Series (NYC) Dir. Tom Ivin

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? 

Advertising Winner: Nike – L’Incredibile! Dir. LEONE

Advertising Commendation: Sony RXO – In Dreams, In Reverse. Dir. William Suen

Music Videos – Winner: Shahmaran – Sevdaliza. Dir. Emmanuel Adjei

Music Videos – Commendation: You’re Not Alone – Agoria. Dir. Hernan Corera, Cornas-Cavia

Light Relief

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!