ASFF 2017 Events

Build your contacts list and gain industry tips at ASFF Events. Our masterclass programme invites delegates to discuss and debate key themes and issues in the world of cinema. Meet industry leaders at our networking sessions, and connect with UK and international festivals at the ever-popular Meet the Film Festivals marketplace. Expand your contacts list and interact with your peers at Morning Coffee Hour – a daily networking opportunity to kickstart a day of screenings.


Opening Night

Opening Night

Wednesday 10 November, 18:30-23:00
City Screen Picturehouse

Raising the curtain on ASFF’s seventh anniversary edition is the Opening Night at York’s own riverside arthouse cinema and live performance venue, City Screen. The event features a dynamic taster of top films from the festival’s Official Selection, followed by an after-party. Guests will receive a complimentary drink, as well as an ASFF VIP Bag filled with goodies.

Youth Engagement Programme

Youth Engagement Programme

Thursday 9 November, 9:00 - 11:30
Various Locations

A specially curated programme of short films from the Official Selection, these screenings are designed to show the best of short film to young people aged 11-14. These young festivalgoers can nominate their favourite film for the York Youth Award. This programme will inspire young people to develop a life-long relationship with cinema.

Basement Presents: Aesthetica Motown Party

Basement Presents: Aesthetica Motown Party

Thursday 9 November, 20.00 - 23.00
City Screen Basement

Kick back in the City Screen basement bar and enjoy a tribute to the nostalgic era of Motown music. This is a great event to attend, network with fellow attendees, filmmakers and delegates and have a chat about all things film related. Or grab a drink and just enjoy an electric and fun atmosphere with some of the best hits from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Opening Night Showcase Screening

Opening Night Showcase Screening

Friday 10 November, 10:30 - 11:30
York Theatre Royal

Here is your chance to view the films that kicked off ASFF 2017. The Opening Night films present a range of genres and filmic styles from comedy, drama and animation to thriller, fashion and music video. The presentation is a great introduction to ASFF for first-time festival visitors – a chance to see in one screening the breadth of films on offer.

Friday Night Party: Soundtrack to My Life

Friday Night Party: Soundtrack to My Life

Friday 10 November, 21:00 - Late
1331 Bar & Restaurant

Located in York’s vibrant Latin Quarter, 1331 is the ideal place to start the weekend ahead. Alongside its role as a festival venue and ASFF’s official restaurant and bar, 1331 is a go-to place throughout the festival, playing host to the festival’s Friday Night Party, where you can connect with friends old and new in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Networking Sessions

Networking Sessions

Daily, Various Times
See the Networking page for details

The perfect platform to interact with film aficionados and experts alike, we offer a professional, yet relaxed environment in which to discuss both current and future projects, and to establish connections. Returning to the Dean Court Hotel, a stone’s throw from the beautiful York Minister, ASFF welcomes representatives from institutions throughout the UK.

Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace

Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace

Friday 10 November, 16:00 - 21:00
Belfrey Hall

Speak with the programmers behind leading UK and international festivals and tune in to what they are looking for at this unique networking event. This is a prime opportunity to chat to creatives from organisations including London Short Film Festival, British Urban Film Festival, Cabriolet Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Encounters and more.

Meet the Filmmakers Social

Meet the Filmmakers Social

Saturday 11 November, 19:00 - 21:00
York Theatre Royal

Get to know the creatives at the heart of ASFF 2017 at York Theatre Royal on Saturday night. This event invites filmmakers and guests to network with established and emerging practitioners from the Official Selection. This is your chance to expand your contacts and liaise with industry professionals, fellow filmmakers and creatives.

Special Showcase Screenings

Special Showcase Screenings

Daily, Various Times
Various Venues

A series of independently curated guest showcase screenings from organisations throughout the UK. This year’s guest institutions include London College of Fashion, Plymouth College of Art, the University of Lincoln, Random Acts, London Film School, Falmouth University and Northern Film School. Screenings are free with a valid Festival Pass.

2016 Winners Showcase

2016 Winners Showcase

Saturday 11, 17:15 / Sunday 12, 16:00
York Theatre Royal (Studio)

Last year saw ASFF celebrate its sixth anniversary, and with it came a dynamic and distinctive array of short film. We’re providing audiences with an opportunity to experience afresh or rediscover highlights from 2016 with screenings of winning films, from Best Drama winner Dejan Mrkic’s Silence to Best Comedy 90 Grad Nord by Detsky Graffam.

Filmmakers Meet & Greet

Filmmakers Meet & Greet

Daily, 15:00 - 16:00
City Screen Basement

Head down to the City Screen basement to catch up with friends old and new. This is a laid-back hour where you can grab yourself a coffee and chat to filmmakers who are screening at ASFF as part of the official selection. Network, discuss future collaborations and plan the rest of the festival in a friendly, all-inclusive and relaxed environment.

Morning Coffee Hour

Morning Coffee Hour

Daily, 11:00- 12:00
City Screen Basement

Join us for an intimate Q&A session with the Official Selection filmmakers as they discuss topics such as Funding Your Film, Working with Actors, and Realising your Dream. Taking place every day of the festival at the centrally-located City Screen cinema, the Panel is an ideal way to kick off screenings and festival events by networking over a cup of coffee.

Videotheque

Videotheque

Daily, 11:00 - 17:30
Explore York

ASFF’s Videotheque provides an opportunity to experience the entire programme in one location. Held within the recently refurbished Explore York, this new festival resource invites pass holders to delve into our diverse Official Selection catalogue, plus specially curated line-ups. Missed a film? Looking for something particular? See it here.

Cinema Bambino

Cinema Bambino

Daily, Various Times
See Cinema Bambino for details

Returning for a second year are ASFF’s specially tailored screenings for parents and carers of babies from 0 months to two years old. As an inclusive festival, we have organised showings in a relaxed and welcoming environment where you can park your buggy and enjoy great film. Films are selected for adult viewers and rated 15 max. Free with Festival Pass.

Special Screening: The Battle of the Ancre

Special Screening: The Battle of the Ancre

Daily, 13:00 - 14:30
TBA

The Battle of the Ancre is the official record of the British Army’s winter campaign on the Somme in 1916. Ancre contains evocative and haunting images of trench warfare, notably of the waves of troops advancing into no-man’s land, the use of horses and the first views of the tank – the secret weapon to break the deadlock on the Western Front.

Awards Ceremony & After Party

Awards Ceremony & After Party

Sunday 12 November, 19:00 - Late
National Centre for Early Music

The National Centre for Early Music plays host to the festival’s closing ceremony, offering an elevated and historic finish to the five-day run. Festival Winner, Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay, category winners and the People’s Choice will be announced and congratulated within NCEM’s medieval hall. The ideal way to end the weekend.

Terms and conditions:

Times and Venues

Event details, including speakers, times and venues are subject to change.

Collecting Tickets

Upon purchasing your Festival Pass and / or Event Tickets, you will receive a receipt by email. This receipt is not your pass or ticket, and must be exchanged for a pass or ticket at the Festival Hub at Visit York.

The Festival Hub will be open from 12:00 on Tuesday 7 November 2017, then from 9:00 – 17:00 Thursday 8 – Sunday 12 November 2017. Tickets cannot be collected before this time.

Entry to Venues

Seating at screenings is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is not reserved at screenings, and a Festival Pass or ticket does not guarantee you a seat at your chosen screening.

Festival staff will be present at all venues, and will be able to advise you on venue capacity and available seats when you arrive.

Restricted Screenings

Please note that the majority of screenings will be certificate 12A with some certificate 15.

A special Family Friendly programme will be screened throughout the Festival. Family Friendly screening 1 is suitable for young children, while Family Friendly 2 & 3 are suitable for children aged 8+. Please see the festival programme for Family Friendly screening times.

Student Tickets

Please note that in order to purchase a Student Ticket, you must have a valid student card as proof of ID. The student card must be valid during the festival and must be shown in order to collect your Festival Pass. Festival Passes with a student discount cannot be issued without a valid student card.

Refund Policy

For information regarding refunds and deliveries, view our Refund and Delivery Policy.