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8-30 November 2023 .

Aesthetica is the destination for independent cinema. We are delighted to be hosting the 13th edition of the festival both in-person in York and online. Our live events may be over, but you’ll find a world of incredible films, immersive VR and insightful masterclasses over on our festival platform until 30 November. Discover the best new independent film from across the globe.

Screen at Aesthetica .

Great film is transformative. We are looking for bold stories that are told differently. We focus on the topics that are the most meaningful, pressing and present in our world and welcome a diversity of subject matter and styles. We accept shorts across multiple genres: Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video and Thriller, as well as features, VR, 360 and immersive projects.

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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.