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 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 9.30 - 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.


Unlimited Screening Pass

Valid for the entire festival

The Unlimited Screening Pass grants you access to all screenings at all venues on every day of the Festival.

Two Day Screen Pass

Valid for any 2 days of the Festival

The Two Day Pass grants you access to all screenings on any two days. Choose your days upon collection.

Wednesday Screening Pass

Valid on Wednesday 7 November 2017

The Wednesday Screening Pass grants you access to all screenings at all venues on Wednesday 7 November.

Thursday Screening Pass

Valid on Thursday 8 November 2017

The Thursday Screening Pass grants you access to all screenings at all venues on Thursday 8 November.

Friday Screening Pass

Valid on Friday 9 November 2017

The Friday Screening Pass grants you access to all screenings at all venues on Friday 9 November.

Saturday Screening Pass

Valid on Saturday 10 November 2017

The Saturday Screening Pass grants you access to all screenings at all venues on Saturday 10 November.

Sunday Screening Pass

Valid on Sunday 11 November 2017

The Sunday Screening Pass grants you access to all screenings at all venues on Sunday 11 November.

Single Screening Ticket

Valid for any one screening

A Single Screening Ticket admits you to any one screening on any day. Seating is non-allocated.

Masterclasses

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. This year, ASFF is joined by representatives from Aardman Animation, Spring Films, Industrial Light & Magic, Dazed and Confused and the BBC Documentary Commission to name just a few.


Film Festivals

A Filmmaker’s Strategy:
The Festival Circuit

Wednesday 7 November
14:45-15:45
York Theatre Royal Studio

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.


Distribution

Distribution Methods: Realising the Potential of Your Film

Thursday 8 November
12:30-13:30
York Theatre Royal Studio

Studiocanal has produced award-winning titles like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and handles the distribution of one of the world’s largest collections of films that includes Free Fire and The Mercy. Production Executive Marion Comengre speaks about producing films with the intent to distribute, outlining the importance of strategy from conception to realisation. Comengre will also discuss what she looks for in a potential project, considering development goals.


Screenwriting

Screenwriting:
Creating a Breakthrough Story

Thursday 8 November
13:30-14:30
Yorkshire Museum

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.


Documentary

Documentary Filmmaking: Telling the Story

Thursday 8 November
14:00-15:00
York Theatre Royal Studio

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.


Commissioning & Production

A Commissioner’s Guide to Award-Winning Ideas

Thursday 8 November
15:00-16:00
Yorkshire Museum

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.


Branded Content

Branded Content:
Visual Dialogues

Thursday 8 November
15:30-16:30
York Theatre Royal Studio

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.


Video Content

Video Content:
Reaching Your Online Audience

Friday 9 November
10:00-11:00
York St John, De Grey Lecture Theatre

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.


VFX

Visual Effects:
Achieving the Impossible

Friday 9 November
11.00-12.00
Yorkshire Museum

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.


Film Curation

Film Curation:
Cinema for the Public

Friday 9 November
11:00-12:00
York St John, DG 125

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.


Development & Funding

BFI Network:
Nurturing New Talent

Friday 9 November
11:30-12:30
York St John, De Grey Lecture Theatre

BFI NETWORK partners with UK film agencies to discover, develop and fund emerging talent, 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 funding opportunities, Matimba Kabalika, Jess Loveland and Alice Ramsay give advice on emerging from the crowd, establishing networks along the way.


Fashion Film

Fashion on Film: Insights from British Vogue

Friday 9 November
11:30-13:00
York Theatre Royal Main House

Vogue is undoubtedly the world’s most recognisable fashion publication. Minnie Carver, Video Producer for British Vogue, and Jack Howard, Senior Creative Producer for Condé Nast, join 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.


Music Film

Sound on Screen:
A Home for Music

Friday 9 November
12:30-13:30
York St John, DG 125

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.


Animation

Style and Success:
The World of Animation

Friday 9 November
12:30-13:30
Yorkshire Museum

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.


Filmmaking

Inspirational Narratives:
Mark Cousins in Conversation

Friday 9 November
13:00-14:00
York St John, De Grey Lecture Theatre

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 Wells, 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.


Fashion Film

Filmmaking as a Tool:
Fashion and Branding

Friday 9 November
14:00-15:00
Yorkshire Museum

Fashion 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 and its impact as a tool for marketing content.


Artists' Film

Art on Screen:
New Directions in Practice

Friday 9 November
14:30-15:30
Bootham School

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.


Filmmaking

Individual Methods:
Finding Your Voice

Friday 9 November
14:00-15:00
York St John, DG 125

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.


Producing

Comedy and Drama:
Enduring Productions

Friday 9 November
14:30-15:30
York St John, De Grey Lecture Theatre

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.


Gaming & Virtual Reality

On the Horizon:
Immersive Gaming

Friday 9 November
15:30-16:30
York Theatre Royal Studio

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.


Spotlight

Writer, Director, Actor:
Alice Lowe in Conversation

Friday 9 November
15:30-16:30
York Theatre Royal Main

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.


VFX

Narratives Without Boundaries: VFX Redefining Cinema

Friday 9 November
15:30-16:30
Yorkshire Museum

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? Making reference to his expansive career, Framestore Technical Director Johannes Richter (Gravity, Avengers: Infinity War and Guardians of The Galaxy) examines the changing nature of storytelling in the 21st century and how VFX opens up new possibilities.


Diversity

Diverse Perspectives: Creating an Inclusive Industry

Friday 9 November
16:00-17:00
York St John, De Grey Lecture Theatre

Minnie Ayres, Director of Operations for Triforce Creative Network, sheds light on the pressing issue of underrepresentation within the film industry as a whole. In this enlightening session, Ayres 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.


Sound

Elements of Sound:
Bringing Cinema to Life

Saturday 10 November
11:00-12:00
York St John, Temple Hall

Home to some of the most successful features of the past 75 years, Pinewood and Shepperton 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 Shepperton Studios audio post production team join ASFF to discuss the importance of combined sound elements in crafting the sensory experience of cinema.


Festival Programming

Programmer Insights:
Finding Success at Festivals

Saturday 10 November
12:00-13:00
York St John, DG 125

A panel of programmers from Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and Sheffield Doc Fest let down their guard to answer any questions you might have about the complex world of film festival 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.


Camera Operation

Life Behind the Lens: The Role of the Camera Operator

Saturday 10 November
12:45-13:45
York St John, Temple Hall

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.


VR Filmmaking

New Technologies:
Is VR The Future?

Saturday 10 November
13:15-14:15
York St John, De Grey Lecture Theatre

Somewhere Else has produced VR films and immersive experiences for Adidas, UEFA, Samsung and has even created a 4-Dimensional brewery tour for Budwesier. Co-founder Christophe Mallet highlights the use, practicalities and challenges of virtual filmmaking, considering how the process changes approaches towards storytelling and narrative. Mallet also calls into question whether the development of modern technologies signals a renaissance of contemporary cinema.


Animation

Exploring Animation in a Digitised World

Saturday 10 November
14:00-15:00
York St John, DG 125

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.


Women in Film

Rethinking Roles:
Women in Industry

Saturday 10 November
15:00-16:00
York St John, De Grey Lecture Theatre

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.


Editing

Editing in the 21st Century:
The Digital Cutting Room

Saturday 10 November
16:00-17:00
York St John, Temple Hall

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.


Events & Networking

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.


Special Events

Opening Night

Wednesday 7 November
18:30-23:00
City Screen

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. The screening is followed by a drinks reception, a great opportunity to meet delegates and filmmakers alike. All guests will receive an Official ASFF VIP Bag.


Screen School VR Lab

Wednesday – Saturday 10:00-23:00 Sunday 10:00-18:00
Keregan Room, York Theatre Royal

This year, we invite film lovers to consider the ever increasing possibility’s of filmmaking as we launch our VR lab in partnership with London College of Communication. Join us as we explore new dimensions and immersive experiences created by some of the worlds most innovative filmmakers working with exciting new technologies.


Youth Engagement Programme

Thursday 8 November
09:00-11:30
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 festival goers can nominate their favourite film for the York Youth Award. This exciting programme will inspire young people to develop a life-long relationship with contemporary cinema.


Time of the Season:
ASFF Brings Back the 60s

Thursday 8 November
20:00-23:00
City Screen Basement

Kick back in the City Screen Basement bar and enjoy the sounds of the 1960s. Take advantage of this great opportunity to mingle with filmmakers from the Official Selection, ASFF representatives and fellow attendees, and chat about all things film related. Or grab a drink and simply enjoy the electric atmosphere and the sounds of a defining era.


Opening Night
Repeat Screening

Friday 9 November
10:00-11:00
York Theatre Royal Main House

Here is your chance to view the films that kicked off ASFF 2018; the Opening Night screening covers a range of genres and filmic styles. 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, masterclasses and networking – a brilliant chance to see the breadth of films on offer.


Film Festivals
Networking Lunch

Friday 9 November
12:00-14:00
1331 Bar & Restaurant

This year, ASFF invites attending festivals to join us for our Film Festivals Networking Lunch at 1331. This is a great opportunity for festival organisers to meet up and discuss strategies, programming and potential collaborations, encouraging partnerships and an exchange in practices in an informal setting. Free for festival representatives.


Meet the Film
Festivals Marketplace

Friday 9 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. This is an invaluable networking opportunity; chat to organisers from those shaping the industry, from London Short Film Festival and British Urban Film Festival to Edinburgh International Film Festival and Audi Dublin Film Festival.


Friday Night Party

Friday 9 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 legendary Friday Night Party, where you can connect with friends old and new in a relaxed, dynamic and friendly atmosphere.


Meet the Filmmakers Social

Saturday 10 November
19:00-21:00
Everyman Cinema

Get to know the creatives at the heart of ASFF 2018 at Everyman Cinema 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 in York’s new, vibrant cinema.


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 a tea or coffee and chat to filmmakers who are screening at ASFF as part of the 2018 Official Selection. Network, discuss future collaborations, and plan the rest of your festival experience in a friendly, all-inclusive and relaxed environment.


Awards Ceremony & After Party

Sunday 11 November
16:30-19:00
Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Museum plays host to the festival’s closing ceremony, offering an inspiring finish to the five-day run. Festival Winner, Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay, Category winners, People’s Choice and the Youth Award winner will be announced and congratulated. The ideal way to end to end the five day celebration of filmmaking talent.



Daily Events

VR Discussions

Daily
Various Times
York Theatre Royal

Running along side our new VR lab, we invite industry professionals and practitioners to share their experiences of working with the technologies of today. In these relaxed discussions, our guests explore the challenges of VR filmmaking, considering practical techniques, imaginative directions, and the potential of new realities.


Morning Coffee Sessions

Daily
11:00-12:00
City Screen Basement

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 micro 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.


Industry & Filmmakers Networking Sessions

Daily
Various Times
York Theatre Royal

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. Held at York Theatre Royal, ASFF’s bustling hub, we welcome representatives from arts organisations across the UK to engage with attendees about their work.


Pitching Sessions

Daily
Various times
York St John University

New for 2018, we are giving a selection of filmmakers the chance to pitch their feature 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 receive invaluable feedback to help you develop your narrative or documentary feature film.


Showcase Screenings & Panels

Daily
Various Times
Various Venues

An imaginative series of curated guest screenings and discussions from the UK’s leading organisations. For 2018, we welcome guest institutions such as London College of Fashion, the University of Lincoln, Random Acts, London Film School, Falmouth University, Northern Film School and York St John University. All screenings are free with a valid Festival Pass.


Cinema Bambino

Daily
See festival brochure for times and venues

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. Free with Festival Pass.


Subtitled Screenings

Daily
See festival brochure for times and venues

At Aesthetica, we firmly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience and enjoy cinema. As part of our wider efforts to make film as accessible 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 our 2018 festival brochure.


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 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.

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.