Film Screenings & Industry Engagement at Future Now: the Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium

Future Now: The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium is a brand new event taking place on 26 – 27 May, presenting an opportunity to connect with industry professionals in a discussion about today’s visual culture through panel discussions, talks, Q&As, portfolio reviews and film screenings.

The event, held at York St John University, welcomes over 40 high-profile speakers from a variety of major cultural institutions as well as leading independent artists including those who have been shortlisted for this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize.

Tackling themes in today’s artistic climate through lectures, portfolio reviews and panel discussions, the Future Now symposium focuses on the arts ecosystem within a broader social context. The symposium is a place for an exchange of ideas, offering support, talent development and networking opportunities for those working in the sector.

There will be Film Screenings running across the two days at the Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium, presenting an opportunity to experience the shortlisted and longlisted artist film works in a cinema context. The film screening programme includes Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s shortlisted feature-length documentary Estate: A Reverie, Ruben van Leer’s longlisted work Symmetry and a specially curated selection of films from the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). These will be the winning experimental films from the last three editions of ASFF, showcasing the exceptional talent of emerging and established filmmakers.

Future Now is an opportunity for you to meet the UK’s leading art organisations, publications and curators. Topics include Talent Development and Responsibility; Funding and Commissions; The Impact of Art Prizes; Progression Routes; Digital and Moving Image; Video Art and Technology; Building the Artists’ Career, and the Permanence of Print amongst others.

There is a One-Day Pass or a Two-Day Pass available. A One-Day Pass entitles you to attend four sessions on one day of the symposium, and a Two-Day Pass permits you access to four sessions on each day of the symposium; in total, 8 sessions.

To book passes, visit:

1. Diana Olifirova, Mirror. ASFF Official Selection 2015: Experimental Category.