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Aesthetica Film Festival highlights

Aesthetica Short Film Festival has returned for its 10th year. The live industry events took place from 3rd to 8th November, but insightful panel discussions and over 400 films are still available to watch until 30th November.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the yearly film festival based in York has moved online. Despite not taking place within York this year, through adapting to become a virtual event it has been able to incorporate more international film makers and reach wider audiences.

The website is well organised, offering different two channels and on demand panel discussions and films that are easy to navigate.

Some of the key festival moments to catch up on include:

Simon Nelson from the BBC Writersroom conducting an event on creating captivating narratives, offering viewers 10 important steps on how to create a well-structured script.  In addition, he discusses how they are sent approximately 14,000 each year and how those scripts with the emotionally compelling characters create the more captivating stories.

Channel 4’s commissioner editor Will Rawson provides a masterclass on the channel and talks about how people can get involved within our region. He highlights how distinctive true stories are the most successful to be approved for screen and emphasises that diverse and interesting opinion is key.

York St John University’s showcase screening of “Points of View: Yours, Mine, theirs” focuses on differing demographic perspectives. Including short film “Lockdown Gothic”, created by Mhairi Fox, with a Victorian take upon a mother’s quarantine experience in 2020.  The short film “Lockdown Gothic” can be found below.

Industry Panel ‘Equality in Focus: Redressing the balance’ hosted by Kate Rolfe discusses framework to improve the hiring process of the industry to create more diversity. They address the need for active, long-term improvement which could be established through stopping ignorant assumptions and by coordinating focused trainee schemes

The short film We are George Floyd, created by Julian Marshall, provides viewers with a visual response to the Black Lives Matter movement within New York City. It depicts a powerful narration of the real need for change both in American and globally.

Finally, Dame Judi Dench participates in a question and answer event about her career, from starring in the Shakespeare Company to playing M in James Bond. Dame Judi expresses her desire to play challenging roles in the future and how filming has operated for her during lockdown. She speaks in support of the arts, wishing they were granted more funding but strongly feels that it will survive as its apart of us all.

Further films and over 100 events can be found on the Aesthetica Short Film Festival website.