Explore York. Experience Film.

The BAFTA Qualifying ASFF: Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent film from across the world, and an outlet for supporting and championing short filmmaking. One of the UK’s most exciting site-specific events,  ASFF invites audiences to create their own unique viewing experience moving between medieval halls, galleries, museums and cinemas. The festival’s fifth edition will take place in 15 iconic venues across the historic city of York from 5 – 8 November 2015.

The programme includes a diverse range of genres from comedy to music video, drama to documentary, animation to artists’ film and fashion to advertising. The fashion film strand was launched at ASFF 2014 sponsored by London College of Fashion to establish an outlet for the industry’s creative talent and as a place for serious discussion about the genre’s identity, responsibility to society and impact upon wider visual culture. In celebration of the inaugural advertising screenings, ASFF 2014 welcomed Ridley Scott Associates and Jigsaw who discussed the art of advertising and gave an insight into films created to promote brand image.

Alongside screenings, ASFF also presents a dynamic series of masterclasses and workshops with leading industry figures, working with such organisations as BAFTA, Channel 4, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Association of Camera Operators, Raindance, Double Negative, Beggars Group and many more. There are also guest programmes, networking opportunities and special events throughout the weekend, as well as screenings from guest countries such as Japan, Iraq and Lebanon.

Filmmakers and film fans also have the opportunity to network and share best practice with programmers from major UK and international film festivals at the Meet The Film Festivals event. Participating festivals for 2014 included Raindance, London Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, British Urban Film Festival and Short Shorts & Asia Film Festival Tokyo. The Meet the Filmmakers event is an evening of screenings followed by an insightful panel discussion.

Also, we are offering discounts for educational group bookings. For more information, please email Lorna Clayton-Rawle.

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