The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is a major UK and BAFTA Qualifying short film festival. Taking place in 18 venues across the city of York, the festival is an exciting cinematic event. It invites audiences to explore York and experience outstanding film from across the world. The Official Selection of films spans 11 genres: Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video and Thriller. There are over 400 films in the Official Selection.


We look for committed, hard-working, enthusiastic and friendly volunteers who have a passion for film and are interested in working behind the scenes at ASFF. Whether your interest is in watching films, events management or being a part of something exciting in York, there are lots of reasons to join ASFF as a volunteer.


 Digital Volunteer- Social Media

  • Tweeting and Instagramming live events from Across ASFF 2018.
  • Have a good understanding of social media.
  • Very good written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the Aesthetica House Style.

Office & Customer Service Role

  • Be interested in evening planning and delivery.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Basic Admin Skills.
  • Helping out at the festival hub and delivering items across the festival.

Venue Assistants

  • Assisting the Venue Coordinator in any way necessary.
  • Checking passes and tickets for the venue.
  • Making sure the venue stays clean and is tidy.
  • Knowledges of the film festival and the programme.
  • Answering questions from delegates and filmmakers.
  • Must have a passion for cinema.
  • Excellent customer service skills.

Quality Control Volunteer

  • This role consists of helping our Technical Team to check the quality is consistent across the films being shown at ASFF 2018.
  • Watching and checking each film for any technical issues.
  • Working closely with our Technical Administrator. - Andy Guy:

Aesthetica Short Film Festival are working with the BFI on their Diversity Standards and in particular we welcome volunteer applications from underrepresented groups. 

Application and Selection Process

  • Register your interest in volunteering by emailing Andy Guy:
  • You will then be sent an Online Form, which you must complete by 1 October
  • Please note, we do not accept applications by email, CV or covering letters
  • If you have any queries regarding the application process, please email Andy Guy:

Key Dates

  • 1 October: Deadline for applications
  • Mid-October: You will be notified about the outcome of your application
  • Final week in October: Essential volunteer meetings
  • 7 November – 11 November: Festival preparations and duration of festival