It’s now less than one week until the BAFTA Accredited Aesthetica Short Film Festival commences in the historic and enchanting city of York. In the build up to this year’s festival ASFF have been hard at work collaborating with 15 iconic venues, to provide its audiences with an immersive and unique cinematic experience. With 300 films screening across four exciting days of international creativity, this site-specific festival will be engaging its audiences with an outstanding selection of independent film in some of York’s most culturally stimulating locations, including medieval halls, boutique cinemas, galleries, museums and more. From 6-9 November, get ready to discover a city and film festival like no other.
With 15 film screening locations, plus a festival hub and dedicated industry networking sites, we take a look at the fantastic venues opening their doors to ASFF attendees in 2014 :
York’s official tourist information centre transforms itself into the ASFF Hub, where tickets and passes will be available from our lovely festival team.
York Theatre Royal
Group screenings, industry sessions and masterclasses will be taking place at York Theatre Royal. Built on medieval ruins, this historic site has been a theatre since 1744 and blends architectural styles from three centuries.
York St John University
This prestigious civic university with an award winning campus in York city centre has roots going back to the 1840s, and will be hosting a selection of masterclass sessions, along with special guest country screenings: Iraq and Lebanon.
One of York’s most attractive sites, this group of Grade I medieval buildings is a vivid evocation of the past with a sure place in the future. A wide range of genres can be viewed in this exquisite building.
New School House Gallery
This award-winning gallery, housed in a Grade II listed former schoolhouse and known for showing the best in contemporary and decorative art, will be home to our Artist’s Film and Experimental Film exhibition screenings.
Thirteen Thirty One
Situated in York’s lively Latin Quarter, this gastro-bar is a hive of activity, housing a luxury cinema with reclining seats and table service. Alongside a medley of short film genres and special guest country screening Japan, 1331 will be ASFF’s Friday Night Party venue.
According To McGee
A white cube space dedicated to showing contemporary art in the centre of York, According to McGee guarantees visitors a warm welcome. Screening throughout the festival will be a selection of Music Video, Animation, Experimental and Artists’ Films.
De Grey Rooms
Originally used as an officers’ mess, the De Grey Rooms (Grade II listed) feature a sweeping neo-classical ballroom and will be ASFF’s Awards Ceremony venue.
Dean Court Hotel
A 4 star luxury hotel located in the shadow of York Minster, Dean Court Hotel is the venue for our networking sessions, 7-9 November.
Overlooking the River Ouse, City Screen is the heart of independent film in York and the venue for our Opening Night.
The museum was founded by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society in 1830 and is situated inside the York Museum Gardens: an excellent location for Meet the Filmmakers.
Treasurers House York
This was the first house ever given to the National Trust complete with a collection of antiques from a 300-year period. The place to be for an array of film genre screenings.
Reel Cinema is a distinctive Art Deco venue where you can relax and enjoy the latest Blockbuster movie in nostalgic cinematic surroundings. This wonderful building sees exclusive masterclass sessions with Kathrine Ferguson and BAFTA-nominated Lisa Gunning, as well as numerous screenings.
The Organ Factory at Middletons Hotel
Six beautiful listed buildings set in secluded courtyard gardens, Middletons is an oasis of calm in the heart of York and the site of new ASFF event Meet the Film Festivals.
Home to Riding Lights Theatre Company, Friargate Theatre features a 100-seat studio theatre and a cafe-style performance space. A great variety of film genre screenings.
National Centre for Early Music
An award-winning medieval church and home of the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival, the NCEM offers a range of screenings from 7 November.
The Bootham School Arts Centre, shortlisted for 2014 design award, is York’s stunning new arts venue and will be home to Creative England’s iShorts screening.
For more information about ASFF screenings and special events, see the programme here.
For ASFF tickets and passes visit www.asff.co.uk/tickets.
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