Documentary filmmaker Alex Ayre has been selected out of thousands of entries to screen his short film ‘Tern’ at this year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), a major UK and BAFTA-recognised film festival now in its seventh year, which takes place from Wednesday 8th – Sunday 12th November in York.
Alex will be representing Newcastle at this year’s event, with thousands of visitors expected to journey from all over the world to York to celebrate independent filmmaking at its finest.
‘Tern’, which has already earned Ayre the title of “One to Watch” at this year’s North East Young Filmmaker Awards, was made on the North East coast with kickboxers from Millennium Martial Arts in Blyth.
The film is centred on 21-year old fighter, John “The Joker” Cairns. With his friends by his side and his roots firmly planted in his seaside surroundings, John must carry the wins and losses of young manhood on his shoulders as he chases his dreams. A visual documentary, Tern explores themes of masculinity and friendship by taking a nostalgic trip along the coastline that John and his peers call home.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Ayre works in Newcastle for Northern Stars Production based at Tyneside Cinema. His previous work includes ‘The Brink’ which was filmed in the North East as part of the national Random Acts programme for bold and daring new work by young filmmakers, before being broadcast on Channel 4.
Alex Ayre said: “I’m thrilled that Tern will be showcased at Aesthetica. The film itself has proved an important step in my evolution as a filmmaker, and I’m delighted that such an established festival will showcase John and the boys’ story. I’m excited to be making the trip down to York to see it myself!”
Regarded as a creative hub for the avant-garde, ASFF is a hotbed for talent discovery and a key annual event for emerging filmmakers to meet eminent personalities from the world of film. Aiming to connect emerging and established filmmakers, the festival attracts those passionate about creating original and compelling short films.
Alex will have the chance to meet and network with those shaping the industry today, gain expert advice from key representatives at specialist masterclass events and build relationships with international practitioners working in a range of genres.
Chosen for the Official Selection, ‘Tern’ is in competition to receive several awards, each recognising outstanding talent in filmmaking practice. These include Best in Category, Festival Winner, People’s Choice Award, amongst other prestigious awards chosen by a jury of industry experts and presented at the Festival’s Closing Night Awards Ceremony.
Previous ASFF alumni have gone on to exchange ideas and collaborate with some of the world’s most acclaimed talents, achieving further award success with wins at the Academy Awards, BAFTA and Sundance Film Festival.
Screening passes and event tickets for this year’s festival can be purchased online at www.asff.co.uk/tickets.