Aesthetica Film Festival 2020 Programme

  • Kate Simpson

2020 has had its challenges for the film and events industry but Aesthetica has responded with a programme that is rich, diverse and captivating. The 10th Anniversary Edition of the Aesthetica Film Festival will take place 3-30 November in a new and exciting way – comprising digital and live-streamed events. Films in competition at this year’s Aesthetica Film Festival span a range of genres including animation, documentary, drama, dance, fashion and thriller. The festival also welcomes renowned talent from a huge range of crafts, who will offer their insights into acclaimed productions and exploring their motivations and expertise. This year’s industry programme includes over 50 masterclasses, spotlights and panel discussions in the most exciting edition to date. Guest speakers include Oscar-Winning Director Andrea Arnold (Wasp, Fish Tank, American Honey), BAFTA-winning filmmaker Sarah Gavron (This Little Life, Suffragette, Rocks), BIFA-winning and Emmy-nominated Documentarian Jeanie Finlay (Seahorse, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch), celebrated Filmmaker Sam Feder (DISCLOSURE, Boy I Am), Oscar Winning Sound Designer Glenn Freemantle (Gravity, Annihilation), double Oscar-winning VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin (Inception, Interstellar), as well as leading animators, cinematographers, editors, production designers and representatives from Film4, BBC Films, Framestore and many more. Films in competition will be released in 6 Strands from 3-8 November, with 10 programmes per day. The strand titles include: Just Another Day on Earth, Humans and their Environment, Connections: People, Places and Identity, Breaking Down Barriers and Keep on the Sunny Side of Life. Guest programmes have also expanded for 2020. These include: Perspectives Indigenous Cinema: Celebrating Visual Narrative Sovereignty (Native Spirit FF), Cinesisters: A Platform for Female Voices (Cinesisters), Tales from Isolation (Short of the Week), TransFormation, TransAction (Transgender Media Portal), BFI Doc Society Presents: Documenting Modern Britain (Doc Society), Hanoi Stories (Scottish Documentary Institute), Fresh Perspectives: Making Space for Disability (OSKA BRIGHT), The True Glory: Remembering WWII (IWM), I Still Can’t Breathe (Directors Notes, Can We Talk DXB), The Future of AI: People and Data (DC LABS), Iris Prize Presents: LGBT+ Shorts (Iris Prize), Short Films from Brazil (Sao Paolo Short Film Festival), Perspectives from the Arctic Circle: Norway on Film (Norwegian Short Film Festival). ASFF 2020 takes place virtually 3-30 November.