Supporting and Championing Short Film

We are looking for filmmakers who are driving the genre of short film forward through inspirational and innovative works. Whether you are an established or emerging practitioner, we want to hear from you.

We are accepting films in all genres: Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video and Thriller.

The Official Selection of films will be shown in 18 venues across the City of York from 8 to 12 November 2017. There will be additional prizes for Best Film in each category, Festival Winner, The Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay and the People’s Choice Award. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work to an international audience of filmmakers, industry and film fans.

Submission Timeline

  • Entries open December 2016
  • The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2017
  • The Official Selection will be announced in September 2017
  • ASFF 2017 takes place in the City of York, UK from 8 – 12 November 2017
  • Winners will be announced at the ASFF Awards Ceremony on 12 November 2017


  • Festival screenings at ASFF 2017
  • Awards for Festival Winner (£1,000), the Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay (£1,000), Best Film in each category and People’s Choice
  • Festival screenings in various guest programmes at other film festivals and events
  • Editorial in Aesthetica Magazine and on Aesthetica’s online channels

Submission Guidelines

  • The maximum running time for any submitted film is 30 minutes.
  • All films must be English language, dubbed into English or subtitled in English.
  • Your entry form must include your name, address, telephone number and email so that we can contact you.
  • Your film must not be in breach of any copyright, including music or sound used in your film.
  • The link to your video included in your submission form must not expire.
  • We will accept submissions of films that have previously screened elsewhere, including at other festivals.
  • View our FAQ page for more information.

Technical Requirements

Should your film be selected for screening at ASFF 2017, there are specific technical requirements the screening copy of your film must meet.
View the list of technical requirements here.

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