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Aesthetica Film Festival In York Given BAFTA Accreditation
Lauren Masterman, York Correspondent
Screenshot from Alter Ego, 2012. Experimental Finalist in ASFF 2013. Directed by Rusch Meyer
Aesthetica Magazine is the brainchild of Cherie Federico and Dale Donley, founded when they were students at York St John in 2002. It now has a readership of 168,000 and international distribution but remains true to its roots with a head office in the Centre of York.

This arts and culture magazine covers literature, visual arts, music, film and theatre but, beyond the publication, Aesthetica celebrates the excellence of artists from across the world through the coveted Aesthetica Art Prize and The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF).

With the ASFF coming up in November, organisers have announced that the festival has been awarded BAFTA accreditation; an unprecedented accolade for a festival after only four years. This accomplishment will give filmmakers the opportunity to have their work seen by a BAFTA committee and establish the ASFF in York as a major player on the national and international film circuit.

Screenshot from Out Of Darkness, 2013. Drama Winner in ASFF 2013. Directed by Manjinder Virk


Cherie Federico, ASFF Director, commented: "Filmmakers competing at BAFTA qualifying festivals such as ASFF are exposing their films to a BAFTA committee, who otherwise wouldn't be in a position to consider their work. We are honoured to receive this recognition, which supports our aim to champion outstanding short films, be a key destination for discovering fresh talent and to nurture today's emerging film professionals."

Running from November 6th-9th, the programme of events will include film screenings at venues located throughout the City of York such as medieval halls, gastro-bars, art galleries and cinemas, this year's masterclass series presents insights into crucial parts of filmmaking such as funding, editing and production with representatives from leading film organisations including BAFTA, Association of Camera Operators, BlinkInk, Indiegogo, Double Negative, Ridley Scott Associates, Channel 4, Beggars Group and more.

Screenshot from Bat For Lashes: Lilies, 2013. Music Video Finalist in ASFF 2013. Directed by Peter Sluszka


Masterclass speakers include Director and Screenwriter Biyi Bandele (Half of a Yellow Sun); Film Critic Anna Smith (BBC, Empire, Time Out, Sight&Sound, Guardian), and Fashion Filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson (Chloe, Selfridges and Lady Gaga).

There is also a Meet the Filmmakers event, which gives attendees the opportunity to meet some of the artists involved in ASFF 2014.
For more information and tickets visit: www.asff.co.uk

Aesthetica Film Festival In York Given BAFTA Accreditation, 10th September 2014, 17:03 PM