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.
Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace
Friday 9 November 16:00-20:30
Join us for the Meet the Film Festivals Market Place, providing opportunities for filmmakers to connect with festival organisers and discover new events to showcase your work.
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.
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.
Based in the heart of Essex, Chelmsford City a cultural hub of the South East, famous for its many festivals and events. Chelmsford Film Festival is a celebration of film culture that showcases the best international short films, bringing together film makers, industry professionals and audiences to celebrate some of the most outstanding films of the year.
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.
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.
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.
High Peak Independent Film Festival, located in the town of New Mills, began in 2016. The aim of the Festival is to provide a platform for filmmakers from across the globe to showcase their work and act as a meeting point for filmmakers. In 2019, the festival returns, running across five days featuring films screenings, events and the 10hr Film Challenge.
Now in its 4th year, Indie-Lincs is an International film festival that champions low and micro budget film. You will not find sequels, remakes or book adaptations here. The festival aims to help the best independent filmmakers showcase original works and network successfully with their audience and the independent filmmaking community.
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.
Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling. Operating in the heart of UK, it’s a hub for documentary and non-fiction content across all platforms, from feature length to short form, and including interactive, augmented reality and 360 projects.
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 on Tuesday 6 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.