Film Festival Forum

Join us for the Aesthetica Film Festival Forum, providing opportunities for both filmmakers and festival organisers to connect, collaborate and promote their work.

For Filmmakers

Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace

Friday 10 November 16:00 – 20:30
Belfrey Hall
Free with Festival Pass

Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace is a prime opportunity for filmmakers to expand their industry contacts and speak with the programmers who are behind some of the top UK, European and international festivals. This is a chance to find out what they are looking for, and promote your work across established film festivals and emerging cinema platforms. This event is free with a festival pass.

For Film Festivals

Film Festivals Networking Lunch

Friday 10 November 12.00 - 14.00
1331 Bar and Restaurant

This year, ASFF invites attending festivals to join us for our Film Festivals Networking Lunch at 1331. This is a great opportunity for festival organisers to meet up and discuss strategies, programming and potential collaborations, encouraging partnerships and an exchange in practices in an informal setting. This event is free to attending festival representatives.

Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace

Friday 10 November 16:00 – 20:30
Belfrey Hall

Meet the film festivals provides an fantastic platform to promote a festivals activities, calls for entries and to speak with filmmakers and potential submitters. This event is perfect for broadening your your organisations network and to engage with programmers and coordinators from a range of exciting festivals. Held in the beautiful and relaxed setting of Belfrey Hall, this is a great opportunity for building your festival profile and inspire collaborations.

Join the Film Festival Forum

Every year we welcome an array of festivals from across world to get involved in our Meet The Film Festivals event as well as take part in our numerous networking opportunities, experience screenings of over 400 films in the beautiful heart of York.

Attending festivals representatives receive:

  • A stand at our Meet The Film Festivals event.
  • One free delegate pass per representative entitling full access to the festival and its events.
  • Discounts on accommodation and meals.
  • Logo placement in our festival brochure (40,000 in circulation).
  • Logo Placement on the ASFF website.
  • A delegate profile on the ASFF website.
  • Mentions on our social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook).

For interested festival organisers, please register your interest by sending an email to Andy Guy: andy@aestheticamagazine.com


Delegates 2018

Aesthetica Short Film Festival


The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a five-day BAFTA Recognised event celebrating the work of both emerging and established filmmakers working in Shorts, Features and VR. Supporting and showcasing the power and craft of independent cinema, the festival offers a hive of idea generation whilst screening innovative works from international practitioners.

BBC Arabic Film Festival


The BBC Arabic Festival is an annual, week-long event that screens short films and documentaries about current social and political changes taking place in the Arab world. Screenings take place alongside a series of talks, presentations and performances that highlight current events and general urgent questions regarding the Arab world today.

British Urban Film Festival


The British Urban Film Festival is widely regarded as the home of urban film coverage in the UK. Many of the UK’s leading actors and actresses have starred in, written, produced and directed films shown at BUFF including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jimmy Akingbola, Sadie Frost, Clint Dyer, Ashley Walters, David Essex, Aml Ameen and Noel Clarke.

Cellu l’art Short Film Festival


Every April, cellu l’art Short Film Festival presents international short films in the heart of Germany. Located in the vibrant, yet cosy city of Jena, the festival has evolved steadily during the 18 years of its existence. The programme includes an international competition, country focus specials, open air events, special interest screenings and more.

Dublin Film Festival


Established in 2003, ADIFF is Ireland’s premier film festival and takes place in Dublin. At the heart of ADIFF is its audience, for whom the festival organises an all-encompassing event, carefully curated and ranging from the weird and wonderful to the glamorous and exclusive. ADIFF turns the city into a mecca for cinema-goers of all generations.

Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival


DSFFF saw its first year in early 2017 when it presented an eclectic range of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film over three days in the heart of Dublin. The programme was mainly focused on the promotion of Irish talent, including international feature length narratives and documentaries, as well as a number of classic sci-fi screenings that pushed past reality.

ÉCU


Often referred to as the Sundance of Europe, The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. The festival proudly celebrates and risk-taking storytellers, offering new narratives to the broadest audiences possible with the intent on building careers.

Edinburgh Film Festival


EIFF is world renowned for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema – and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in scale, ambitious in scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema, EIFF highlights the most exciting film talent, in a city that is both historical and thought-provoking.

Iris Prize Festival


The Iris Prize Festival is a six-day celebration of LGBT film, which takes place in Cardiff. The programme includes screenings of the 35 short films, each competing for the award, and is the only LGBT short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. The festival winner receives £30,000 to make their next film in the UK.

IWM Short Film Festival


From suffragette surgeons of WWI through to the devastating modern day Syrian conflict, the IWM Short Film Festival provides imaginative and challenging films responding to past and contemporary conflict. The festival features documentaries, dramas and animations exploring a range of international and controversial themes.

Kerry Film Festival


Kerry Film Festival takes place in the picturesque town of Killarney, Co. Kerry amongst the stunning backdrop of south western Ireland. Highlights include an international short film competition, a programme of features films and a showcase of Kerry filmmaking talent, having become Ireland’s fastest growing festival from 2006 to 2011.

Kinofilm Festival


Kinofilm is Manchester’s international short film and animation festival, founded in 1995. The festival has a standout reputation for showcasing some of the best short films from around the globe, whilst being renowned for seeking out challenging films from universal narratives. Kinofilm takes place in November at various venues around the city.

London Short Film Festival


London Short Film Festival is an annual event that presents the best in cutting-edge UK independent film. January sees the takeover of London’s best independent cinemas and venues to showcase shorts, with over 75 events across 10 days and 25 venues. The festival is renowned for its cross-arts programming, presenting stimulating and boundary pushing cinema.

Open City Docs


Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers. The festival takes place over six days in venues across London and offers a chance to see the best in contemporary documentary as well as filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, workshops, networking and parties.

River Film Festival


Now in its 13th year, The River Film Festival received over 5,000 short films from 118 countries for its 2017 edition. The festival’s screen floats on a raft moored in the 16th century port that linked Padua to Venice. A free festival, it seeks to offer opportunities to young filmmakers and to promote cinema culture in the area in an innovative an exciting setting.

The Smalls Film Festival


The Smalls are a global community of 16,000+ independent filmmakers and production companies; emerging talent and winners of BAFTAs, Cannes Lions and Academy Awards. The Smalls Film Festival, now in its 12th year and established as one of the UK’s largest short film festivals, celebrates the work of The Smalls community.

Underwire Film Festival


Underwire is the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. It was founded in 2010 by Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell to address gender imbalance in film and change the industry from the inside out. The festival has awarded training and mentoring opportunities to over 50 filmmakers, and has screened over 300 films.

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.