The Island of The Whales | Produced by the Scottish Documentary Institute

Candy Floss | Funded by the BFI Network

Lady Macbeth | Produced by iFeatures

The Florida Project | Distributed by Altitude Films

Carol | Produced by Studiocanal

Notes on Blindness | Produced by Docsociety

Mary Shelley | Distributed by Curzon Artificial Eye

Cartel Land | Distributed by Dogwoof

Pitching Sessions

New for 2018, we are offering a selection of filmmakers the chance to pitch their feature and short film projects to industry professionals from some of the UK's biggest funding, production and distribution organisations. This is a key opportunity to present, discuss and question, receiving invaluable feedback to help you develop your work.

Successful applicants will be invited to a 15-minute pitching session with a representative from one of our guest organisations. Places are limited so we encourage you to apply early. Both short and feature film proposals will be considered for pitching sessions – please see the relevant organisations below. All applications must include a logline and short synopsis. It should be indicated whether the project is a narrative or documentary feature.

Enter Your Pitch

Pitching Delegates:


Narrative Features

Altitude Films

Altitude Film Entertainment encompasses production, finance, international sales and UK distribution. Formed in 2012, the company is committed to fashioning creative partnerships with both emerging and established talents. This collaborative edge is defined by a distinctive and commercial slate, teeming with diverse and eclectic content. Current productions include Jalmari Helander’s Big Game and Owen Harris’ Kill Your Friends.

Curzon Artificial Eye

Since its foundation in 1976, Curzon Artificial Eye has released a wealth of critically acclaimed films to discerning UK audiences by some of the world’s greatest directors, including Michael Haneke, Lars von Trier, Abbas Kiarostami and Andrei Tarkovsky. The institution has also released more Cannes Palme d’Or winners than any other UK distributor, including 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, The Class, The White Ribbon, Amour and Blue Is the Warmest Colour.


Funded in partnership with the BFI and BBC, iFeatures was set up by South West Screen – predecessor agency to Creative England – to support micro / low budget filmmakers and to forge a stronger, more confident on-screen identity for the English regions. iFeatures has proven to be highly successful, with previous renowned productions such as Lady Macbeth, Apostasy and The Levelling enjoying critical acclaim and firmly establishing new talent.


Established in 1999, STUDIOCANAL UK has a reputation for innovation with a passion for film and commitment to creativity as central to its activity in the UK market. The UK Production team works closely with producers, talent and partners to source and develop material, overseeing it through the process of financing and production. Past titles have included Joe Cornish’s critically acclaimed Attack the Block and Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

How To Enter

  • To enter your project into Aesthetica Pitching Sessions 2018, you must purchase an entry fee and submit your application by 30 September 2018.
  • Once you have purchased your entry, please complete the application form at the bottom of this page, providing your unique reference number.
  • Please select your preferred session as well as two alternative sessions.
  • Projects at any stage of production will be considered, but we cannot guarantee that you will be pitching to your preferred company.
  • Pitching sessions take place between 8-9 November. If you are selected for pitching sessions, you will be informed of the date and time of your session three weeks prior to the festival.

Minimum requirements for entry

  • You must have at least two previous film credits.
  • You must have a completed first draft script/treatment.


  • Entry of your project does not guarantee a place in the ASFF pitching sessions.
  • Pitching entries are non-refundable.
  • All entries must be accompanied by a unique reference number. Entries without a reference number will not be considered.
  • Where possible, we will endeavour to match successful applicants with their preferred choice of pitching representative. However, please be advised that due to the number of submissions, it will be necessary to defer to second and third choices.