Valid on Sunday 11 November 2017
The Sunday Screening Pass grants you access to all screenings at all venues on Sunday 11 November.
After ordering, you will be sent a receipt to collect your tickets from the Festival Hub at York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, York YO1 7HD. Please bring your receipt with you.
All tickets and passes are available from York Theatre Royal from Tuesday 6 November between 9.00-18.00.
You can also purchase tickets from City Screen, York Theatre Royal Box Office, National Centre for Early Music, Micklegate Social and 1331 Bar & Restaurant.
Family Tickets: Family passes are available to groups of four individuals made up of of two adults and two children (ages 14 and under). Each member of a family group will receive a pass allowing them access to all screenings on a first come first serve basis. Age restrictions on film screenings apply - please see the festival programme for more details.
Please Note: All 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. If you would like to go to a particular screening, it is advised to arrive early.
The Sunday Screening Pass grants you access to all screenings at all venues on Sunday 11 November.
A Single Screening Ticket admits you to any one screening on any day. Seating is non-allocated.
The Wednesday Screening Pass grants you access to all screenings at all venues on Wednesday 7 November.
The Thursday Screening Pass grants you access to all screenings at all venues on Thursday 8 November.
The Friday Screening Pass grants you access to all screenings at all venues on Friday 9 November.
The Saturday Screening Pass grants you access to all screenings at all venues on Saturday 10 November.
The Two Day Pass grants you access to all screenings on any two days. Choose your days upon collection.
Every year, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival welcomes industry leaders from a range of disciplines to speak about their craft, offering a unique opportunity to gain first hand insights in areas such as animation, VFX, documentary production and camera operation. In 2018, ASFF was joined by representatives from Aardman Animation, Spring Films, Industrial Light & Magic, BBC Writers Room as well as filmmaker Mark Cousins and Actor / Director Alice Lowe.
Compulsory works with international directors and artists including GERIKO and Juno Calypso, creating stylish content for brands and musicians such as Adidas, Google, Hugo Boss and Bonobo. Director and Co-founder Chris Toumazou offers advice on navigating the various creative directions available for emerging filmmakers, highlighting the advantages of concentrating on specific goals and aspirations, establishing yourself as a brand.
Simon Nelson, Development Executive for BBC Writersroom, has over two decades of experience working across a multitude of genres in both theatre and TV. In this insightful masterclass, Nelson offers advice about realising the potential of your ideas and how to break into an increasingly competitive industry, whilst considering techniques for refining your creative voice and creating robust and compelling dialogues for today’s audiences.
With over 10 years’ combined experience of festival submissions for an array of clients, Festival Formula’s Katie McCullough and Ian Bignells explore the current landscape of international film festivals. Offering detailed tips and strategies on a range of topics, McCullough and Bignells will help you to identify your niche, as well as providing advice on how to maximise budgets whilst marketing your film effectively, finding a place within the wider festival circuit.
STUDIOCANAL has produced award-winning titles and handles the distribution and international sales of one of the world’s largest collection of films. Production executive, Marion Comengre, speaks about producing films with the intent to distribute, outlining the importance of working closely with financiers, distributors and sales agents. Marion will also discuss what distributors look for in a potential project, considering various development goals.
Film4 has become synonymous with high quality filmmaking, having developed and co-financed some of the most successful UK films of recent years including Academy Award®-winners such as 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire, Room, Ex Machina, as well as the record-breaking documentary Amy. Lauren Dark, Commissioning Editor for new talent, shares insider knowledge of identifying a worthwhile project and how to make your film stand out.
Spring Films’ portfolio of factual work includes the beautifully crafted, Emmy, Peabody and RTS Award-winning Night Will Fall and Werner Herzog’s Emmy nominated Into the Inferno, as well as Herzog’s latest work, Meeting Gorbachev. Executive Producer Richard Melman offers his extensive experience in documentary production, discussing methods of finding and following a compelling subject, acquiring commissions and producing unique films.
Award-winning screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, The Look of Love, Nowhere Boy, Control) provides an insightful and engaging look into the world of writing for the big screen, discussing the development of creative ideas, bringing realistic characters to life and penning engaging dialogue. Greenhalgh offers a comprehensive overview of a hugely competitive industry, with tips on making yourself known and getting your voice heard.
Caviar has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, creating visually stunning campaigns for clients such as British Vogue, Google, Netflix, Adidas and Nike. Executive Producer Ellie Goodwin explores the changing landscape of branded content, looking at everything from initial approaches to obtaining commissions, working with clients to develop exciting and innovative ideas, and producing both memorable and communicative campaigns.
Style and culture magazine Dazed & Confused is renowned and revered for championing radical fashion and youth culture. But staying relevant in today’s increasingly connected world calls for new ways of distributing content. Bec Evans, Film and Video Producer for Dazed Digital, examines the ways in which video content is changing the way we receive information. She also looks at the importance of establishing a recognisable brand aesthetic.
For cinephiles, film curation is the dream career – but what does that entail? Pooling his years of curation, programing and filmmaking practice, Jason Wood, Artistic Director for HOME Manchester, dissects the role of curator, revealing the importance of knowing your audience and identifying cinema that is unique, challenging and stimulating. Wood also highlights the possible entry routes in to such a position – a must for any aspiring film aficionado.
Julian Foddy, VFX Supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic (Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ready Player One, Transformers: The Last Knight) returns to ASFF to discuss the creation and implementation of visual effects in film. Covering the conception of new worlds, undiscovered territories, unique character design and impressively realistic effects, Foddy will show how the impossible can be made possible with VFX, whilst exploring what the future holds.
The BFI NETWORK works across the UK to discover, develop and fund emerging filmmaking talent and helping them to realise their potential. Successful projects include ASFF 2015 Documentary Winner Across Still Water (directed by Ruth Grimberg) and Riz Ahmed’s Daytimer. Looking at development and short film funding opportunities, Jess Loveland and Alice Ramsey give advice on making successful applications and building new, collaborative networks.
Vogue is undoubtedly the world’s most recognisable fashion publication. Minnie Carver, Video Producer for British Vogue joins Fashion Film Consultant and Curator, Niccolo Montanari for a curated screening of original films and discussion. This groundbreaking session provide an overview of both editorial and branded approaches to fashion film, analysing its role in establishing a consistent brand identity within contemporary culture.
Realised Realities specialises in helping individual developers realise their VR and immersive projects. In this session, Founding Members of Sony Playstation’s VR project and Company Directors, Simon Benson and Jed Ashforth, define the role of changing technologies in gaming, as well as the possibilities it provides in the evolution of producing truly immersive stories, environments and experiences in an industry that continues to push boundaries.
A household name, Aardman Studios is responsible for hugely popular animated titles such as Chicken Run, Early Man and the long running Wallace & Gromit franchise. Animation Director Merlin Crossingham joins ASFF to share insider knowledge of Aardman’s instantly recognisable style, character profiles and stop-motion technique, commenting on the studio’s commercial success as well as the relevance of its titles in today’s cinema worldwide.
Mark Cousins is an acclaimed filmmaker and author known for Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise and I Am Belfast. His upcoming film, The Eyes of Orson Welles, was nominated for the Golden Eye award at Cannes Film Festival. Cousins’s work explores themes of adolescence, personal and political legacies and the human gaze. In this Q&A, Cousins discusses his career, including the influences behind crafting a distinct cinematic voice.
Chris Shepherd is a BIFA-winning and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker whose work is a hybrid of live action and animation. Chris works in the short form, with commended films such as ASFF’s 2017 Animation winner Johnno’s Dead, as well as a collaboration with Illustrator David Shrigley, alongside well-known commissions for the likes of BBC, Channel 4, Canal+ and Arte. In this session, Shepherd focuses on defining yourself as a filmmaker.
Fashion Film Consultant Niccolo Montanari is joined by Ananda Pellerin (Nowness), Tom Ivin (i-D), Raquel Couceiro (SHOWstudio) and Luke Toyne (Maker Projects) in an exchange of approaches, techniques and experiences in filmmaking. Touching on the development of individual concepts and the creation of bold and dynamic campaigns, they will discuss the cultural relevance of film today and its impact as a tool for marketing international content.
Artangel specialises in art installation and artists’ film, commissioning and championing leading practitioners that include Clio Barnard and Francis Alÿs. Curator of Artangel’s collection, Phoebe Roberts, gives an overview of the organisation’s vast archive, discussing the development of video art as a standalone genre and its steps into the future. She also highlights how the artists’ film is benefiting from interest in moving-image, curated content and augmented realities.
Baby Cow has produced some of the UK’s best loved TV, including Gavin and Stacey, The Mighty Boosh and Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle, as well as features like Philomena and 24 Hour Party People. Speaking about the company’s huge portfolio, Producer / Editor Joe Fraser and Development Executive Meghan Cruz investigate what it takes to make productions that endure, looking at developing character-driven narratives that truly speak to a variety of audiences.
Film and Television have transformed the way that we listen to music and engage with artists. Craig McNeil, Director of Creative Projects for the Beggars Group of record labels (XL, 4AD, Rough Trade, Matador, Young Turks), looks at how capturing music on screen can build figures to icon status through heavily stylistic music videos, unforgettable live performances and enlightening documentaries that define genres, eras and subcultures.
Actor and screenwriter Alice Lowe (Prevenge, Sightseers, The World’s End, Hot Fuzz) has a wealth of experience both in front and behind the camera. In this insightful and encouraging session, Lowe shares her diverse experiences of the changing film industry, looking into methods of taking an idea from script to screen, as well as overcoming the career obstacles presented by an industry that still adheres to a certain amount of imbalance and adversity.
The rapid development of VFX allows audiences to experience entirely unique and wildly imaginative stories. But what role does VFX now play in the narrative process and how will it evolve in years to come? ASFF is joined by Academy Award-winning VFX studio Framestore (Blade Runner 2049, Avengers: Infinity War, Gravity, Christopher Robin) as they examine the changing nature of storytelling in the 21st century and how VFX opens up new possibilities.
Minnie and Fraser Ayres, Co-founders of Triforce Creative Network, shed light on the pressing issue of underrepresentation within the film industry as a whole. In this enlightening session, they will highlight the perceived career obstacles posed by gender, sexuality, race or disability, offering practical advice on training initiatives and opportunities, whilst addressing the urgent need for a more diverse industry that is all-inclusive.
Home to some of the most successful features of the past 80 years, Pinewood Studios have become synonymous with world class international productions. Sound and Foley editors Jemma Riley-Tolch (Tomb Raider, Mute) and Lilly Blazewicz (Wonder Woman, Annihilation) from Pinewood’s audio post team join ASFF to discuss the importance of combined sound elements in crafting the sensory experience of cinema.
A panel of programmers from Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Underwire and Sheffield Doc/Fest let down their guard to answer any questions you might have about the complex world of film curation. This is an ideal opportunity to find out about the selection process, discover what makes an eye-catching film and how to succeed in a competitive and highly subjective marketplace.
Somewhere Else has produced VR films and immersive experiences for globally renowned brands such as Canal+, Adidas and UEFA. In this session, Creative Strategist Daniel Fraga highlights the use, practicalities and challenges of virtual filmmaking, considering how behavioural design, world-building and Audience Experience (AX) changes approaches towards storytelling and narrative. Why is “presence” so powerful and how does it work?
The Association of Camera Operators returns to ASFF to share their renowned experience. ACO members have worked on some of the most iconic films and TV series of all time, including The Phantom Thread, Wonder Woman and Black Mirror. Drawing upon their time within the industry, a panel of seasoned ACO members will discuss how camera technique and knowing your equipment contributes to successful and iconic visual storytelling.
The Brothers McLeod are BAFTA-winning animators and filmmakers whose work spans short film and commercial work, collaborating with the likes of Aardman, BBC, Disney and Dreamworks. Drawing on their own experiences and extensive portfolio, the duo will cover the process of bringing a simple sketch to life using digital technology, and consider the question of whether traditional animation techniques are still relevant in today’s globalised, digital world.
Sara Putt – Deputy Chair of Women in Film & TV and Managing Director of Sara Putt Associates – leads a celebration of women working in the film landscape. Joined by three past participants of WFTV’s mentoring scheme, the panel discuss their successes and experiences in production and technical roles, highlighting new opportunities and career progression whilst commenting on the issue of underrepresentation in a complex artistic industry.
Mick Audsley is a BAFTA-winning Editor whose portfolio spans over 30 features, including Murder on the Orient Express, Everest, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. His current project is Armando Iannucci’s new film, The Personal History of David Copperfield. Speaking about his comprehensive experiences, Audsley considers the editing process as a transformative tool, whilst providing a glimpse into the increasing challenges of digital filmmaking.
Build your contact list and gain industry tips at ASFF's Events. Our industry sessions programme invites delegates to discuss and debate key themes and issues in the world of cinema. Meet industry leaders at our networking sessions, and connect with UK and international festivals at the ever-popular Meet the Film Festivals marketplace. Interact with your peers at Morning Coffee Hour – a daily social event that kickstarts a busy day of screenings.
Kicking off ASFF’s eighth edition is the Opening Night at York’s own riverside arthouse cinema and live venue, City Screen, with a dynamic and diverse taster of films from the festival’s Official Selection, selected by our Director. The screening is followed by a drinks reception, which is a great opportunity to meet delegates and filmmakers alike. All guests will receive a free Official ASFF VIP Bag.
A specially curated programme of short films from the Official Selection, these curated age-appropriate screenings are designed to show the best of short film to young people aged 11-14. These young festival goers can nominate their favourite film for the York Youth Award. This exciting programme will inspire young people to develop a lifelong relationship with cinema and moving image.
Join York St John for tea and cake in the Upper Foyer of York Theatre Royal. Meet and connect with both delegates and filmmakers from the university and discuss intriguing topics from their showcase including women in film: what does it take for a female practitioner to break into the industry? Share perspectives in a welcoming environment. Free for festival pass-holders.
This special evening invites attendees to consider the practicalities and challenges of VR filmmaking, as well as the potential of VR, its role in the future of cinema and its purpose beyond the realm of filmmaking. Debate and discuss one of today’s most pertinent topics: looking at how new technologies are affecting visual media. Private VR Sessions included for all attendees. Invitation only.
Relax in Micklegate Social and enjoy the nostalgic sounds of the 1960s. Take advantage of this great opportunity to mingle with filmmakers from the Official Selection, delegates, ASFF representatives and fellow attendees, and chat about all things film related. Or simply grab a drink and enjoy the electric atmosphere, and the sounds of a defining era amongst new friends.
Here is your chance to view the films that launched ASFF 2018; the Opening Night screening covers a range of genres and filmic styles, selected by our Director. This is a great introduction for ASFF first-timers as well as an opportunity for festival veterans to ease themselves into a full five days of screenings and networking – a brilliant chance to see the breadth of films on offer.
This year, ASFF invites attending festivals to join us for a Film Festivals Networking Lunch at Grape Lane’s 1331. This is a great opportunity for festival organisers to meet up and discuss strategies, programming and potential collaborations, encouraging partnerships and creating a platform for cultural exchange in an informal setting. Free for film festival representatives.
Speak with today’s programmers behind leading UK and international festivals and tune in to what they are looking for. This is an invaluable networking opportunity; chat to organisers from those shaping the industry and build your contacts with the likes of London Short Film Festival, British Urban Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Dublin International Film Festival.
UAL’s London College of Fashion is one of the UK’s leading institutions, using the subject of fashion to shape lives and drive economic and social transformation. Join alumni and university professors alike in this relaxed social to discuss the future of a changing art form and its wider relevance within today’s content-driven, media circulated landscape at the iconic Everyman.
Located in York’s vibrant Latin Quarter, 1331 is the ideal place to start the weekend ahead. Alongside its role as a festival venue and ASFF’s official restaurant and bar, 1331 is a go-to place throughout the festival, playing host to the legendary Friday Night Party, where you can connect with friends old and new in a relaxed, as well as networking with creatives in a dynamic atmosphere.
In this one-off, invitation only event, ASFF provides the opportunity for filmmakers shortlisted for the Film Hub North Filmmaker Award to meet and network with programmers over an informal lunch. Attendees will discuss the changing nature of cinema in today’s industry and be able to ask questions about what makes a film stand out from the crowd. Invitation only; funded by the BFI NETWORK.
Get to know the creatives at the heart of ASFF 2018 at York Theatre Royal on Saturday night. This event invites filmmakers and guests to network with established and emerging practitioners from the Official Selection. This is your chance to expand your contacts and liaise with industry professionals, fellow filmmakers and delegates, learning more about this year’s screenings.
New for 2018, we are giving a selection of filmmakers the chance to pitch their projects to industry professionals from the UK’s biggest funding, production and distribution organisations. This is a key opportunity to receive invaluable feedback on your work and learn how to develop your voice. All individuals must enter via an online form and are then selected by the festival team.
Join us for an intimate Q&A session with filmmakers from the Official Selection as they discuss topics such as documentary production, finding a directorial style and working on low budgets. Taking place daily at City Screen’s Basement Bar, these panels are an ideal way to kick off a busy day of screenings and events by networking over a cup of coffee and learning something new.
Head down to the central City Screen basement to catch up with friends old and new. This is a laid-back hour where you can grab a tea or coffee and chat to filmmakers who are screening at ASFF as part of the 2018 Official Selection. Network, discuss potential collaborations, share ideas and plan the rest of your festival experience in a friendly, informative all-inclusive and relaxed environment.
This year, we invite film lovers to consider the increasing possibilities of filmmaking as we launch our Screen School VR Lab in partnership with London College of Communication. Join us as we explore new dimensions created by some of the world’s most innovative filmmakers. Tickets available to book on a first come, first served basis from the Festival Hub and are released daily.
Running alongside our new VR lab, we invite industry professionals to share their experiences of working with new technologies. In these relaxed discussions, our guests explore the practicalities and challenges of VR filmmaking, considering practical techniques as well as potential developments beyond the realm of filmmaking, and into the wider cultural sphere.
Returning for a fourth year, ASFF creates specially tailored screenings for parents and carers of babies from 0 months to two years old. We have organised an exciting and diverse selection of films, to be experienced in a relaxed and welcoming environment where you can park your buggy and enjoy film. Selected for adult viewers, rated 15 max. Look out for the pushchair symbol in the timetable.
At Aesthetica, we firmly and wholeheartedly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience and enjoy cinema. As part of our wider efforts to make film as accessible and enjoyable as possible, every year we offer fully subtitled screenings across a range of genres to visitors with hearing impairments. Screenings run daily. Look out for the symbol in the timetable.
The MOMENT is an interactive film which uses a Brain Computer Interface to collect attention data from the viewer and turn it into a real-time narrative. Each time the film is watched, the rhythms of the viewer’s brain creates a new narrative combination based on attention spans and interest. In total there are 18 billion possible stories. From Writer / Director Richard Ramchurn.
An imaginative series of curated guest screenings and discussions from the UK’s leading organisations. For 2018, we welcome guest institutions including Manchester School of Art, London College of Communication, London Film School, NAHEMI and York St John University. These are must-attend events for those seeking to be inspired by the next generation of talent in cinema.
We look to the importance of both history and diversity, marking the centenary of WWI with Imperial War Museum, whilst looking back on 100 years of women’s suffrage with Underwire Festival. Iris Prize and British Urban Film Festival return to ASFF with BAME and LGBTQ+ shorts, alongside a programme from female Syrian filmmakers from the Scottish Documentary Institute.
Yorkshire Museum plays host to the festival’s closing ceremony, offering an inspiring finish to the five-day run. The Festival Winner, Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay, winners from each genre, People’s Choice and the Youth Award winner will all be announced and congratulated at this infamous event. Each guest will receive a free drink, courtesy of Marston’s Breweries.
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 9:30 - 18:00, Wednesday 7 - Sunday 11 November 2018. Tickets cannot be collected before this time.
If you would like to collect your tickets after 18:00 during the Festival, you can do this at 1331 Bar and City Screen.
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.
Event details, including speakers, times and venues, are subject to change.
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.