The Creative England supported iShort In Waiting will receive its industry showcase screening at York's Aesthetica Film Festival this weekend.
Created by artist and filmmaker Cecilia Stenbom, In Waiting follows one man's turmoil as he awaits potentially life changing medical results. The short will be presented by Stenbom as part of an on-stage panel and will be accompanied by a screening of her second short, the equally anxious System.
In Waiting received support from iShorts, Creative England's flagship short film initiative which offered 20 emerging filmmakers a £5,000 production award and a bespoke programme of mentoring and management. Applications for iShorts Round 2 have recently been collected with a list of shortlisted filmmakers due to be revealed later this year.
"Being selected as part of the inaugural iShorts scheme has given my profile a huge boost and some fantastic exposure so far. Our film 'In Waiting' is anchored in the everyday. In a deadpan, humorous way, it tells the story of our fear of terminal illness and the coping mechanisms people use while dealing with the anxiety of the unknown," explains director Cecilia Stenbom.
"As an artist, having primarily made moving image works for the gallery context , 'In Waiting', was a way for me to explore and develop conventional narrative and plot whilst working with the same themes I've always examined within my practice. iShorts was also an opportunity for me to continue to work with producer Gerry Maguire who I had already worked with on previous projects. The experience of seeing 'In Waiting' through from conception to delivery, with support from Creative England, through the iShorts scheme has affirmed my commitment to cinematic storytelling."
Producer Gerry Maguire said, "We're thrilled to experience 'In Waiting' on the big screen for the first time, but to see it screen on the same day as SYSTEM feels like a real coup. iShorts has been a great experience for Cecilia and I, we took away a lot from the training sessions and continue to reap the rewards of being involved in the scheme long after we've delivered. The success of the inaugural iShorts program has proven how much demand there is for quality short film schemes. Opportunities for developing and showcasing new film talent are central to growth and with this scheme, I feel Creative England have really got it right."
Featuring over 300 films from 40 countries worldwide the line-up for the fourth edition of ASFF, York’s international short film festival, offers a stunning selection of world-class, innovative works featuring a number of UK premieres. Residents of York and Yorkshire are invited to experience memorable short film while exploring the city’s most specular locations and hidden gems in a new light.
One of the UK’s most exciting site-specific events, ASFF is the only UK short film festival to transform an entire city centre into pop-up cinema. Moving between medieval halls, galleries, museums and cinemas, audiences are invited to create their own unique viewing experience. This year’s festival will take place in 15 iconic venues across the historic city of York from 6 - 9 November. Find out more about Aesthetica Film Festival here.