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300 Films | 15 Venues | 6 Days

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This year's international film festival takes place in York, UK, from 1-6 November. It is a celebration of independent film from around the world, showcasing the best new shorts, feature films and VR / 360 stories. In 2022, the festival will take place in a hybrid capacity, running In-Person for six days, and On Demand until 30 November.

The 2022 Festival .

This year's programme is world-class. For 2022, we welcome BAFTA, Oscar and BIFA-winning directors, actors and producers, who each represent prestigious organisations such as Ubisoft, BFI, Framestore, BBC, Channel 4, ICA, Guardian Documentaries, BBC Writersroom, Aardman, Film 4, Industrial Light & Magic, and more. Alongside our industry programme, there will be opportunities to connect: networking, workshops and parties.
Join us at City Screen York | August - September 2022

Season of Film .

Here is your chance to join us at five screenings this August from York’s very own BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival. We have teamed up with City Screen York this August to present a Season of Independent Film, which looks at how the big screen helps us to make sense of the past, present and future. We have five screenings throughout August: Comedy Club, Kids' Indie Animation Club, The Doc Lover, Animation Stations and Foresight: An Urgent Anthology. Join us for films from the festival and experience the joys of independent cinema.

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Film Library .

Discover the best in independent cinema from our Official Selection alumni. Our online film library showcases a diverse selection of shorts from 10 years of Aesthetica Film Festival: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Thriller, Music Video, Dance.

Festival Archive .

The first edition of Aesthetica Film Festival took place in 2011. Browse our archives to explore a decade of independent cinema. Meet key speakers through years, as well as exciting updates from our alumni: rising stars of the future.