While experiencing independent film, ASFF also invites you to explore and discover the beautiful city of York. All our screenings take place in a rich variety of iconic and historic sites, all within walking distance of one another. Locations include medieval halls and purpose-built theatres as well as cinemas and luxury hotels, offering a unique meeting point between the historical and the contemporary. The city and its unique atmosphere provides a memorable backdrop and during the festival it becomes transformed into a playground for lovers of film.


Belfrey Hall

52A Stonegate

The Belfrey Hall sits in a world of its own behind Stonegate, in a courtyard facing the Norman House, and overlooked by York Minster.

Bootham School

49-57 Bootham
YO30 7BU

The Bootham School Arts Centre, shortlisted for a 2014 design award, is York’s stunning new arts venue. Fully accessible.

City Screen

13-17 Coney Street

Overlooking the River Ouse, City Screen is the heart of independent film in York and the venue for our Opening Night. Fully accessible.

City Screen Basement

13-17 Coney Street

The Basement is situated below City Screen Picturehouse. The venue has hosted an eclectic mix of events including live music and DJ nights.

Explore York

Library Square, Museum Street

Explore York is the first venue of its kind in the country – it combines libraries and archives in a way not seen anywhere else. Fully accessible.

Friargate Theatre

Lower Friargate

Home to Riding Lights Theatre Company, Friargate Theatre features a 100-seat studio theatre and a café-style performance space.

King’s Manor

Exhibition Square

One of York’s most attractive sites, this group of Grade I medieval buildings is a vivid evocation of the past with a sure place in the future.

National Centre for Early Music

St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate

An award-winning medieval church and home of the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival. Fully accessible.

Pitcher & Piano

Ebor Hall, Coney St, York

Located on Coney Street, Pitcher & Piano is a great bar to visit to relax with old friends and new. There is a large selection of wines and cocktails.

Thirteen Thirty One

13 Grape Lane

Situated in York’s lively Latin Quarter, this gastro-bar is a hive of activity, housing a luxury cinema with reclining seats and table service.

York St John University

Lord Mayor’s Walk
YO31 7EX

This prestigious civic university with an award winning campus in York city centre has roots going back to the 1840s. Fully accessible.

York Theatre Royal

St Leonard’s Place

Newly refurbished for 2016, York’s premier theatre venue has a history dating back to the early 18th Century. Fully accessible.

Yorkshire Museum

Museum Gardens

The museum was founded by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society in 1830 and is situated inside the York Museum Gardens. Fully accessible.