Experience the festival in your own way with the following tickets and passes from 5 – 8 November 2015.

Screening Passes

Purchasing Tickets
Screening Tickets are no longer available to purchase in advance. Tickets can now only be purchased from:

Visit York – until 16:00
City Screen – until 17:30
Friargate Theatre – until 19:30
1331 Bar – until 20:30


Unlimited Screening Pass
5 – 8 November
£30 (concessions available)

An all-inclusive pass for all screenings, valid for all 4 days of the Festival.

No Longer Available


Single Screening Ticket
Valid from 5 – 8 November
£5 (concessions available)

This ticket is valid for one screening at any venue from 5 – 8 November 2015.

No Longer Available


Early Doors Screening Pass
Thursday 5 November
£15 (concessions available)

This pass is valid for the duration of Thursday 5 November 2015.

No Longer Available


1 Day Screening Pass
Friday 6 November
£15 (concessions available)

This pass is valid for the duration of Friday 6 November 2015.

No Longer Available


1 Day Screening Pass
Saturday 7 November
£15 (concessions available)

This pass is valid for the duration of Saturday 7 November 2015.

No Longer Available


1 Day Screening Pass
Sunday 8 November
£15 (concessions available)

This pass is valid for the duration of Sunday 8 November 2015.

No Longer Available

Masterclasses at ASFF 2015

Directing, Writing and Producing


Warp Films:
Crossing Creative Platforms

Friday 6 November, 11:30 – 12:30
York St John University

With distinctive films such as ’71, Berberian Sound Studio and Four Lions, Head of Production Barry Ryan will talk about how This is England has progressed from feature film to a TV phenomenon with its cast of characters becoming part of a generation’s consciousness. This masterclass session looks at the work’s evolution and what it took to take that leap.


White Lodge: Fashion Film, From Concept Through to Completion

Friday 6 November, 13:00 – 14:00
York St John University

Production Company White Lodge creates original creative film content for companies such as Vogue, Karen Millen and Louis Vuitton that develops a consistent brand voice through visual imagery and video. Executive Producer and founder, Stephen Whelan, explains their creative drive, some of their recent and outstanding projects and the rise of fashion film in today’s visual culture.

Making an Impact:
The World of Advertising

Friday 6 November, 14:45 – 15:45
York St John University

With a decade of directing behind him, Price James has worked for clients including LG, Mr Kipling, PayPal and Turkish Airlines. Previously at Ridley Scott Associates, Price is now a director at BAFTA winning production company Agile Films. He has won numerous awards and most recently nominated for Ad of the year 2015 from the Advertising Producers Association.


Professor Linda Ruth Williams and Dr Shelley Cobb: Women Calling the Shots

Friday 6 November, 11:30 – 12:30
York St John University

With only one Best Director Oscar win (Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009) by a woman in history of The Academy Awards and with 75% of blockbuster crews being male, Professors Linda Ruth Williams and Shelley Cobb of the University of Southampton ask why and what needs to change in today’s developing film industry.


Cinematography & Camera Operation

Branded Content


Association of Camera Operators: Finding the Right Angle

Friday 6 November, 12:00 – 13:30
Grand Opera House

With members of the Association working on some of the biggest films of all time including Elizabeth, Star Wars, Gravity and James Bond, the Association of Camera Operators panel returns to ASFF by popular demand to speak about their role in production, their unique view of filmmaking and their wider understanding of storytelling. The speakers will be announced closer to the festival.


British Society of Cinematographers: Creating the Big Picture

Friday 6 November, 14:30 – 15:30
York St John University

With camera credits that include Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Lion in Winter, The Great Gatsby and Hellraiser, Robin Vidgeon has been working in the field for nearly 60 years and is one of the guest tutors at Met Film School. With a career that spans TV, feature film and shorts, this is an in-depth look at the work of the cinematographer and he will provide insight into getting into the industry.


Rankin Film: The Relationship Between Cinematography and Storytelling

Friday 6 November, 16:00 – 17:00
York St John University

Jordan Rossi, Junior Producer at Rankin Film Productions, speaks in conversation with a Director and a Cinematographer about how visual storytellers approach their craft. RFP’s output ranges from shorts to feature documentaries and music videos, and includes talent scheme Collabor8te, factual TV for Sky Arts, branded content for O2, and films for Channel 4.


Shooting People: Branded Content: Keeping the Creative in the Corporate

Saturday 7 November, 13:30 – 14:30
York St John University

Presented by Shooting People, this panel discussion will demystify the world of branded content and provide an insight into how it can help you make a living in the corporate film industry, without sacrificing your creative goals. Panellists include filmmakers who have worked for brands such as Guardian, New York Times, Samsung, Microsoft and Dunlop, as well as the Global Video Production Manager for Lush.

Animation, VFX, Gaming & Special Effects


Studio AKA:
Innovative and Unique Animation

Friday 6 November, 13:00 – 14:00
York St John University

Philip Hunt, Creative Director at Studio AKA, will talk about their unique style and how to stay fresh in a fast-paced industry, drawing on their experience producing shorts such as BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated A Morning Stroll, and innovative work for clients including Nickelodeon, Guinness, Toyota, Dyson, the BBC Winter Olympics and Disney.


Ubisoft Reflections:
Cinematic Gaming Interaction

Friday 6 November, 12:30 – 13:30
York St John University

With narrative game play building increasingly cinematic experiences; scriptwriters are crossing over from film, TV and gaming. Games designer and scriptwriter Ian Mayor whose credits include WATCH_DOGS and Tom Clancy’s The Division addresses the new immersive world of gaming whilst working with one of the world’s most influential video game developers.


Making the Impossible Possible

Friday 6 November, 16:00 – 17:00
York St John University

Creating mind-blowing imagery for films including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jupiter Ascending, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Framestore has won every major industry award including the 2014 Oscar and BAFTA for Best Visual Effects for Gravity. This session will explore how the company breaks new ground and offers advice on how you can enter this truly global industry.


Real SFX Special Effects Supervisor, Danny Hargreaves

Friday 6 November, 17:30 – 18:30
York St John University

Working on projects from James Bond and BBC’s Doctor Who and Sherlock to Sky’s Da Vinci’s Demons, Danny Hargreaves, the director of BAFTA and Emmy Award winning company Real SFX speaks about the company’s diverse work in fire, explosives and models across TV and film, and how they became the go-to company for special effects.

Acting & Performing

Working with Industry


National Theatre Live:
Changing Cinema

Friday 6 November, 11:00 – 12:00
York St John University

Experienced by over 3.5 million people around the world, National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre from the London stage to cinemas including War Horse, and Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein. Head of Digital Development Toby Coffey and producer Emma Keith will discuss capturing the aesthetic of the stage on camera and how it’s changing the way people are watching film.


Delivering Performance for Screen

Friday 6 November, 14:00 – 15:00
York St John University

With alumni including Sir Kenneth Branagh, John Hurt, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hiddleston, RADA is a world-renowned training centre. As both actor and director, Edward Hicks (Head of Film, TV and Radio) is ideally placed to talk about work on both sides of the camera. Here he will talk about the actor-director relationship, how to get the best from your cast and how screen acting has evolved.


Channel 4:
Commissioning the Short Form

Friday 6 November, 15:30 – 16:30
York St John University

With over 70 international awards for his productions – including four BAFTAs, an Emmy and three RTS Awards for programmes including The Big Fish Fight, a campaign led by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Channel 4’s Big Art Project and Jamie’s Dream School, producer Adam Gee will address what he looks for when commissioning short form video content and explain what to do to get noticed in the industry.


Evolution of Short Film Panel: From Online Shorts to Cinematic Releases

Friday 6 November, 16:00 – 17:00
York St John University

BAFTA nominated animator Iain Gardner (Programmer at Edinburgh International Film Festival), Philip Ilson (Director of London Short Film Festival), Andy Evans (Producer of Set Fire to the Stars starring Elijah Wood) and Avi Grewal (Commissioning Editor of Nowness) will examine how the medium is developing online and on the screen. This group panel discussion will also examine the future of short film.

Documentary & Journalism

Artists’ Film & Moving Image


Craig McNeil, Beggars Group: Documenting Music

Friday 6 November, 12:30 – 13:30
York St John University

Having produced documentary work for The Pixies, Tobias Jesso Jr and Badly Drawn Boy among others, Craig McNeil, Director of Creative Projects, addresses how music documentaries are made, what they need to feature and why and when they are needed. This session will cover all aspects of directing, producing and editing from one of biggest independent record labels in the world.


Dogwoof: Promoting and Selling Documentary Globally

Friday 6 November, 10:00 – 11:00
York St John University

Distributing award-winning films including The Age of Stupid, Dreams of a Life, The Spirit of ’45 and Blackfish, and with a BAFTA win for Best Documentary for Joshua Oppenheimer’s ground-breaking The Act of Killing, Dogwoof is the UK’s leading documentary distributor. Gain insight into their process of finding and distributing the best in documentary to a wide international audience.


Writer and Broadcaster Karen Krizanovich: Understanding and Communicating Films

Friday 6 November, 17:30 – 18:30
York St John University

With extensive experience in film journalism and a unique perspective through a background in film finance, writing and research, Karen Krizanovich writes for publications such as CNN, Newsnight, The Times, The Independent, The Telegraph and The Guardian, to see the way in which film is communicated in today’s modern, fast paced, media-savvy world.


Maggie Ellis, Head of Artists’ Moving Image at FLAMIN

Friday 6 November, 14:15 – 16:15
Bootham School

Together with filmmakers Richard Heslop, Andrea Luca Zimmerman, Stephen Sutcliffe and Rachel Maclean, this session looks at the evolving world of artists’ film and the Jarman Award. Led by the Head of Artists’ Moving Image at FLAMIN, the panel will discuss where film and video art is right now and reflect upon the cross-over between contemporary fine art practice and mainstream cinema.

Editing & Funding

Directing & Journalism


Robbie Gibbon: Big Screen and Television Storytelling – The Craft and Technology of Film Editing

Saturday 7 November
Session 1: 10:30 – 11:30
Session 2: 12:00 – 13:00
York St John University

With credits that include Doctor Who, My Mad Fat Diary and The Reckoning and feature films like The Trip to Italy and Wasteland, Robbie Gibbon has extensive experience in the art of editing, assistant editing and directing. He will look at the theory behind the practice as and demonstrate pre and post production processes.


Festival Formula: Realising the Potential – from Festival Strategies to Crowd Funding

Saturday 7 November, 15:00 – 16:00
York St John University

Behind successful campaigns with films featuring at festivals including Raindance, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Tribeca and more, Festival Formula founder Katie McCullough talks about building your digital presence, how to get your work out there and how to make a positive impact in today’s film industry.


Tim Pope, Director:
How I Got My First Break

Saturday 7 November, 12:00 – 13:00
York St John University

CADS Lifetime Achievement winner Tim Pope has worked on music videos for the likes of The Cure, Fatboy Slim, David Bowie and Neil Young. Director of feature film The Crow: City of Angels and co-founder of Cowboy Films, the production company behind BAFTA winner The Last King of Scotland, Pope will discuss his creative journey and what he has learned along the way.


Little White Lies: Independent Viewpoints on Film-Writing

Saturday 7 November, 10:30 – 11:30
York St John University

Celebrated film magazine Little White Lies showcases and discusses film in all its diverse guises with a growing audience of over 100,000 film-lovers. David Jenkins, Editor at the publication, will explore how film journalism is expanding across traditional print and new digital platforms and the importance of talking honestly and openly about the medium of film.

Special Ticketed Events


Random Acts: Meet & Greet Session

Friday 6 November, 15:00 – 16:30
York St John

Random Acts in the North. 72 artists needed. Could you be one of them? If you’re working creatively in any art form, are aged between 16 and 24 and living or studying in the North of England, join the Random Acts session to find how you could be one of 72 artists making short films as part of our Random Acts education, training and production programme. Meet the people behind this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Drop in to find out more.


York Youth Programme

Thursday 5 November, 9:00 – 12:00
Various locations

A specially curated programme of short films from the Official Selection, these screenings are designed for young people aged 11-14 to show them the very best of independent film. The young people form part of a panel in which they vote for their favourite film, which is then awarded the York Youth Vote. This programme is a great introduction to short film and will inspire young people to develop a life-long relationship with cinema.


ASFF Videotheque

Friday 6 November, 10:00 – 17:00
Saturday 7 November, 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday 8 November, 11:00 – 15:00
Explore York

ASFF’s very first Videotheque will delight festival-goers with an opportunity to experience the entire programme in one location. Held within the recently refurbished Explore York, this new festival resource invites ASFF pass holders to delve into our Official Selection catalogue plus special line-ups. Missed a film? See it at the Videotheque.


Opening Night

Thursday 5 November, 18:30 – 23:00
City Screen

Raising the curtain on ASFF’s fifth anniversary edition is the Opening Night at York’s own riverside arthouse cinema and live performance venue, City Screen. The event features a dynamic taster of top films from the festival’s Official Selection in a specially curated screening, followed by an after-party. Guests will receive a complimentary drink, as well as an ASFF VIP Bag filled with goodies. Celebrate the opening with us.


Friday Night Party

Friday 6 November, 22:00 – late
Free with Valid Festival Pass

Located in York’s vibrant Latin Quarter, 1331 is the ideal place to start the weekend ahead. Alongside its role as ASFF’s official restaurant and bar, the venue plays host to the festival’s upbeat Friday Night Party, where you can connect with friends old and new in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. An idyllic spot in the city centre, 1331 is a go-to place throughout the festival with a variety of film screenings in its luxury Brandy Brown’s Little Cinema.

Meet the Film Festivals

Meet the Film Festivals

Friday 6 November, 17:30 – 19:00
Middletons Hotel

Speak with the programmers behind leading UK and international festivals and tune in to what they are looking for at this unique networking event. This is a prime opportunity to expand your film industry contacts and chat to creatives from a variety of organisations including London Short Film Festival, Raindance, ECU Film Festival, Festival Tous Courts, Edinburgh International Film Festival, River Film Festival, and Glasgow Short Film Festival.

Networking Sessions

Networking Sessions

See Networking for details
Middletons Hotel

The perfect platform to interact with film aficionados and experts alike, this year’s networking sessions offer a professional, yet relaxed environment in which to discuss both current and future projects, and to establish new connections. Returning to the Dean Court Hotel, a stone’s throw from the beautiful York Minister, networking in 2015 welcomes representatives from Film London, Creative Scotland, Showroom Workstation, and more.


Meet the Filmmakers

Saturday 7 November, 20:00 – 21:30
Yorkshire Museum

Get to know the creatives at the heart of ASFF 2015 at Yorkshire Museum on Saturday night. Sponsored by Creative England, this event invites filmmakers and guests to network with artists from the Official Selection. Meet the Filmmakers is your chance to expand your contacts list and liaise with industry professionals, fellow filmmakers and a vast array of creatives. This social event is the ideal place to network and is accompanied by music and a bar.

5th Anniversary Screening & Panel

6 & 7 November, 18:00 – 20:00, NRM
8 November, 13:30 – 15:00,
Friargate Theatre
Free with Valid Festival Pass

Celebrate ASFF’s fifth anniversary with this stimulating compendium of short film from previous years. Since its inception, the festival has championed independent filmmaking from around the world, and in 2015, ASFF proudly welcomes back a plethora of past winners from years one to four. Showing across two special screenings, this programme will be accompanied by a panel discussion.


Creative England: iShorts

Saturday 7 November, 15:00 – 17:00
Bootham School. Drinks reception
at Barley Hall from 17:30
Free with Valid Festival Pass

iShorts is Creative England’s entry level short film initiative. Supporting filmmakers whose work has not yet attracted financial support from within the industry, iShorts helps a diverse group of talent to take their first professional steps. ASFF are thrilled to welcome back the iShorts team along with a fresh party of filmmakers to discuss their work and screen a select collection of new film.

Opening Night Showcase Screenings

Friday 6 November,
10:30 – 11:30,
Reel Cinema
17:15 – 18:15, Grand Opera House

Here is your chance to view the films that kicked off ASFF 2015. The opening night films present a range of genres and filmic styles from comedy, drama and animation to thriller, fashion and music video. These are the films that start the entire festival and showcase some of the highlights of the entire festival. The presentation is mixed-genres and a great introduction to a first-timer to ASFF, as you can see in one screening the breadth of films on offer.


Awards Ceremony & After Party

Sunday 8 November, 19:00 – 22:00
National Centre for Early Music

The National Centre for Early Music plays host to the festival’s closing ceremony, offering an elevated and historic finish to ASFF’s four-day run. Best of Fest, category winners and the People’s Choice will all be announced and congratulated for their exemplary work in short film within the setting of NCEM’s renovated medieval interior. An ideal way to wrap up a memorable weekend, tickets will include a free drink on arrival. Book your tickets early.


Guest Country Screening: Brazil

See programme for screening times

Associação Cultural Kinoforum transports audiences to the vibrant city of Sao Paulo and beyond. A fusion of drama and documentary, these films juxtapose stories of adolescence and the ancient landscape of Brazil’s rivers with humour and vitality. Youthful political awakening sits alongside a careful contemplation of the capital’s Tietê River and a portrait of indigenous men with a passion for surfing. Free entry with a Festival Pass.


Guest Country Screening: Cuba

See programme for screening times

Muestra Joven brings a collection of innovative and haunting works to ASFF this year, with five character studies of contemporary Cuba. An elderly English teacher and a retiree miner consider their modern livelihoods, while two young musicians tentatively meet as competitors. Casting an eye over themes of isolation and interpersonal relationship, these shorts are portraits of individuals seeking meaning. Free entry with a Festival Pass.


Guest Country Screening: China

See programme for screening times

ASFF turns its attention to independent filmmaking in China with this special screening curated by director Ting Liu. A mixture of observational drama and frank documentary-making, these films delve into the world of punk music and youth culture through the eyes of teenagers living in China today; as well as the older generations adapting to keep up with the rapidly transforming social environment of the country. Free entry with a Festival Pass.

French Language Showcase

See programme for screening times

French cinema and its pioneering band of directors have had a major impact on filmmaking practices today. For the first time, ASFF curates a special foreign-language screening of exemplary works selected from the festival’s own Official Selection. This new French language programme will feature a dynamic array of hand-picked short films from a variety of genres, covering a wide range of contemporary themes. Free entry with a Festival Pass.

Terms and conditions:

Collecting Tickets

Please note that you will need to exchange your email receipt for a Festival pass at the Festival Hub (at Visit York) before you can access the screenings. The Festival Hub will be open for you to collect your pass from 9.00am on Thursday 5 November and will remain open from 9.00am until 5.00pm throughout the festival.

If you would like to collect your tickets after 5.00pm, you can do this at 1331 Bar and City Screen.

Restricted Screenings

Please note that the majority of screenings will be certificate 12A with some certificate 15. All screenings suitable for children aged 4-12 will be classified as Family Friendly and have been programmed throughout each day. 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 pick up your festival pass. Festival passes with a student discount cannot be issued without a valid student card.

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