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.
Film Festival Forum
Join us for the Aesthetica Film Festival organisers, providing opportunities for festival organisers to connect, collaborate and promote their work.
Film Festivals Networking Lunch
Friday 9 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 9 November 16:00 – 20:30
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: email@example.com
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.
Bolton Film Festival seeks out innovative and groundbreaking short films from independent film-makers. Whether it’s drama, documentary, animation, comedy, VR or experimental the festivals aim is to showcase emerging and established talent to an audience of like-minded film fans ranging from industry experts and the general public.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kendal Mountain Festival takes place from 15 to 18 November with a packed programme of film, literature, art and talks sharing the most captivating stories and ideas from those inspired by the mountains, wilderness and their wider cultures. It is one of the leading festivals for discovery and connection, delving into a sense of adventure in the landscape.
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 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.
LISFE is an annual festival taking place in Leiden, the Netherlands that brings together various art forms and offers a platform to talented filmmakers, artists, musicians and students. By combining cinema with installations, cineconcerts, VR, Interactive Documentaries and other innovative storytelling techniques, we offer our audiences a truly unique ‘experience’.
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 challenging cinema.
The Oska Bright Film Festival provides a platform for the very best international films made by and starring people with learning disabilities. The Festival takes place every two years. In 2017, 3500 people saw sixty short films. In the intervening years Oska Bright tours the UK and abroad screening films and running workshops.
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.
Screentest is the UK’s National Student Film Festival based in London, and has been championing and showcasing student film for 14 years. Held annually in spring over one weekend, more than 100 student shorts are shown, with emphasis on shorts with big ideas. Students of all ages and experiences can submit their films.
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 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.
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 York Theatre Royal.
The Festival Hub will be open from 09:30 - 17:00, Wednesday 7 - Sunday 11 November 2018. 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.
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.
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.
For information regarding refunds and deliveries, view our Refund and Delivery Policy.