Tickets, Events & Passes

After ordering, you will be sent a receipt to collect your tickets from the Festival Hub at York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD. Please bring your receipt with you.

All tickets and passes are available from York Theatre Royal open from 9.00 - 18.00.

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.


Our Industry Sessions brought together leaders from across the film sector, offering the opportunity to hear directly from representatives of Industrial Light & Magic, The Association of Camera Operators, BBC, Seed Animation and many more. Topics for 2017 ranged from directing, funding and producing to editing, cinematography and visual effects, giving audiences top top advice directly from those shaping the film world today, enabling them to expand their professional network and explore talent development opportunities.


Commissioning & Fashion Film

A Fashion Film Retrospective: Milestones and Considerations

Friday 10 November, 14:00 – 15:00
Temple Hall, York St John University

Fashion film consultant Niccolò Montanari will provide an overview over how far fashion film has come over the years as a genre. Welcoming SHOWstudio’s Head of Fashion Film Raquel Couceiro to discuss the topic, the talk will highlight outstanding examples of fashion films in order to explore the wide range of content that falls under this term.

Nowness: How to Get Your Short Commissioned

Friday 10 November, 15:30 – 16:30
Quad South, York St John University

Nowness is an online global video channel that launched in 2010. It celebrates the art of the short, exploring themes of art, design, fashion, beauty, music, travel, fashion and food. Michael Lewin, commissioner at Nowness will explore their unique programming, discussing what they look for in inspiring shorts and how to release your films online.

Distribution & Editing

Editing: Has Digital Technology Democratised Production?

Friday 10 November, 10:30 – 11:30
Temple Hall, York St John University

Renowned Editor Jaime Estrada-Torres will share his experience of working with notable filmmakers such as Stanley Kubrick and Werner Herzog. Estrada-Torres will reflect upon working with both analogue and digital, looking at how the evolution of technology has opened editing up to all practitioners with little need for investment.

Distribution: How to Find an Audience for Your Film

Friday 10 November, 10:30- 11:30
Quad South, York St John University

Thunderbird Releasing have distributed films such as Paterson, Toni Erdmann, A Quiet Passion and My Life as a Courgette. Kevin Chan, Acquisitions Manager will explain how distribution works and what he looks for in a film in the contemporary cinematic landscape. Moreover, he will explore how to develop your audience.

Virtual Reality & Animation

Emerging Technologies: VR & the Digital Future

Friday 10 November, 14:00 – 15:00
Fountains, York St John University

This session is hosted by Peter Collis, Head of 360/3D Film Production at INITION. Collis will explore the emergence of VR filmmaking and examine factors in VR cinematography including stereoscopic capture, spatial audio and the editing process: he will also highlight some of the obstacles when working with VR and how to overcome them.

Animation: The Importance of Self-Initiated Work

Friday 10 November, 14:00 – 15:00
Quad South, York St John University

Seed Animation Studio has created content for clients including MTV, Nickelodeon and Coca-Cola. Founder Neil Kidney will draw upon his unique, industry-led experience and discuss the importance of including your own imagination in projects. Moreover, he will provide relevant information about what it’s like to work in a hands-on studio.

Visual Effects

Visual Effects: Creating New Possibilities & Ideas

Friday 10 November, 12:30 – 13:30
Temple Hall, York St John University

This session will be hosted by Julian Foddy from the acclaimed VFX Company, Industrial Light and Magic (Lucasfilm’s VFX studio), whose credits include Kong: Skull Island, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Using examples of their work, the speaker will discuss visualising new worlds.

Computer Graphics are Art: The Role of Design in Modern VFX

Friday 10 November, 12:00 – 13:00
Quad South, York St John University

Stu Aitken Creative Director, Axis Animation and Paul Schleicher Executive Producer, axisVFX have worked on a variety of games. They will discuss the principles of design to ensure that your VFX and animation budget makes it to the screen. They will give an insight in to how the pre-production process can be used to ensure you impact your audience.

Events & Networking

Build your contacts list and gain industry tips at ASFF 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. Expand your contacts list and interact with your peers at Morning Coffee Hour - a daily networking opportunity to kickstart a day of screenings.

Opening Night

Wednesday 8 November, 18:30-23:00
City Screen Picturehouse

Raising the curtain on ASFF’s seventh 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, followed by an after-party. Guests will receive an ASFF VIP Bag filled with goodies. Limited Availability.

Youth Engagement Programme

Thursday 9 November, 9:00 – 11:30
Various Locations

A specially curated programme of short films from the Official Selection, these screenings are designed to show the best of short film to young people aged 11-14. These young festivalgoers can nominate their favourite film for the York Youth Award. This programme will inspire young people to develop a life-long relationship with cinema.

Aesthetica Motown Party

Thursday 9 November, 20.00 – 23.00
City Screen Basement

Kick back in the City Screen basement bar and enjoy the sounds of Motown, Funk and Northern Soul. This is a great event to attend, network with fellow attendees, filmmakers and delegates and have a chat about all things film related. Or grab a drink and just enjoy an electric and fun atmosphere with some of the best hits from the era.

Opening Night Repeat

Friday 10 November, 10:30 – 11:30
York Theatre Royal

Here is your chance to view the films that kicked off ASFF 2017. The Opening Night films present a range of genres and filmic styles from comedy, drama and animation to thriller, fashion and music video. The presentation is a great introduction to ASFF for first-time festival visitors – a chance to see in one screening the breadth of films on offer.

London College of Fashion Drinks Reception

Friday 10 November
18:00 – 19:00 Barley Hall

Immerse yourself in the fashion film arena at the London College of Fashion’s drinks reception. This is your chance to speak with figures and creatives from one of the country’s leading institutions and to learn about the ever-popular genre within the atmospheric location of Barley Hall, a reconstructed medieval townhouse. Capacity is limited.

Friday Night Party: Soundtrack to My Life

Friday 10 November, 21:00 – Late
1331 Bar & Restaurant

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 festival’s Friday Night Party, where you can connect with friends old and new in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Industry & Filmmakers Networking Sessions

Daily, Various Times
See the
Networking page for details

The perfect platform to interact with film aficionados and experts alike, we offer a professional, yet relaxed environment in which to discuss both current and future projects, and to establish connections. Returning to the Dean Court Hotel, a stone’s throw from the beautiful York Minister, ASFF welcomes representatives from institutions throughout the UK.

Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace

Friday 10 November, 16:00 – 20:30
Belfrey Hall

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 chat to creatives from organisations including London Short Film Festival, British Urban Film Festival, Cabriolet Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Encounters and more.

Screen Agencies Reception

Saturday 11 November, 17:30 – 19:00
Pitcher & Piano

Engage with industry representatives and filmmakers from Creative England, Scottish Film Talent Network, and Ffilm Cymru Wales within the riverside bar Pitcher & Piano. This is your chance to meet with all the agencies in one location to learn more about funding and opportunities for filmmakers. Limited Capacity.

Meet the Filmmakers Social

Saturday 11 November, 19:00 – 21:00
York Theatre Royal

Get to know the creatives at the heart of ASFF 2017 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 creatives.

Special Showcase Screenings

Daily, Various Times
Various Venues

A series of curated guest showcase screenings from organisations throughout the UK. This year’s guest institutions include London College of Fashion, the University of Lincoln, Random Acts, London Film School, Falmouth University and Northern Film School and York St John University. Screenings are free with a valid Festival Pass.

Filmmakers Meet & Greet

Daily, 15:00 – 16:00
City Screen Basement

Head down to the City Screen basement to catch up with friends old and new. This is a laid-back hour where you can grab yourself a coffee and chat to filmmakers who are screening at ASFF as part of the official selection. Network, discuss future collaborations and plan the rest of the festival in a friendly, all-inclusive and relaxed environment.

Playback Tour

9 – 19 November
York Explore

Watch from over 200 short films made by young artist filmmakers in one interactive exhibition made up of individual touchscreens. These award-winning films span a range of art forms and topics – from krumping and parkour dance shorts, to an animated tale of teenage love that unearths our desire to be as cool as the zines we read.

Morning Coffee Sessions

Daily, 11:00- 12:00
City Screen Basement

Join us for an intimate Q&A session with the Official Selection filmmakers as they discuss topics such as Funding Your Film, Working with Actors, and Realising your Dream. Taking place every day of the festival at the centrally-located City Screen cinema, the Panel is an ideal way to kick off screenings and festival events by networking over a cup of coffee.


Daily, 11:00 – 17:30
Explore York

ASFF’s Videotheque provides an opportunity to experience the entire programme in one location. Held within the recently refurbished Explore York, this new festival resource invites pass holders to delve into our diverse Official Selection catalogue, plus specially curated line-ups. Missed a film? Looking for something particular? See it here.

Cinema Bambino

Daily, Various Times
Various Venues

Returning for a second year are ASFF’s specially tailored screenings for parents and carers of babies from 0 months to two years old. As an inclusive festival, we have organised showings in a relaxed and welcoming environment where you can park your buggy and enjoy great film. Films are selected for adult viewers and rated 15 max. Free with Festival Pass.

Awards Ceremony & After Party

Sunday 12 November, 19:00 – Late
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 the five-day run. Festival Winner, Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay, category winners and the People’s Choice will be announced and congratulated within NCEM’s medieval hall. The ideal way to end the weekend.

Terms and conditions:

Collecting Tickets

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 Visit York.

The Festival Hub will be open 9:00 - 17:00 Thursday 3 - Sunday 6 November 2016. Tickets cannot be collected before this time.

If you would like to collect your tickets after 17:00 during the Festival, you can do this at 1331 Bar and City Screen.

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.

Restricted Screenings

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.

Times and Venues

Event details, including speakers, times and venues, are subject to change.

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 collect your Festival Pass. Festival Passes with a student discount cannot be issued without a valid student card.

Refund Policy

For information regarding refunds and deliveries, view our Refund and Delivery Policy.