Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014 Opens for Entries!

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2014 is open for entries, inviting submissions from filmmakers who are driving the genre of film with innovative and inspirational works. We’re on the look out for both aspiring and established filmmakers, and are accepting films in all genres: animation, drama, documentary, music video, comedy, thriller, experimental and artists’ film.

Enter this year for a chance to have your film screened at ASFF 2014. The finalists will be screened in 15 unique and iconic venues across the city of York during the four day event (Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 November). There will be additional prizes for the winners and runners-up that will help to showcase their films to a wider audience, including screenings in various guest programmes at key UK film festivals, editorial in Aesthetica Magazine, features on the ASFF blog and an opportunity to be included in a highlights compilation. Cash prizes and awards will also be presented to the winners on the closing night of the festival.

This year, ASFF screened 300 films from 36 different countries and attracted filmmakers from around the world. Curt Apduhan, ASFF 2013 Official Filmmaker and Director of Anniversary (Drama category) travelled from the USA to take part in the festival and found it an enriching experience: “Attending ASFF and being part of the Meet the Filmmakers panel discussion was a special moment that made my journey from Los Angeles priceless. The opportunity to be together with fellow filmmakers from around the world in a free and open discussion about short film is what makes ASFF so unique.”

Taking part in ASFF is a fantastic opportunity to get your work seen by the right people and learn more about filmmaking from industry successes. This year saw representatives from BAFTA, Film 4, Warp and more descend upon York for the event to watch the Official Selection and to lead masterclasses, dispensing crucial industry tips. Natasha Rosewell and Cullum Carver-Jones, ASFF 2013 Official Filmmakers and Directors of Evil Urges (Comedy category), benefited from the chance to network and be inspired for future projects: “ASFF was a truly great experience for us. One of the biggest highlights was the networking opportunities; we were able to talk to and connect with a whole range of industry professionals and fellow filmmakers, opening doors for potential partnerships in the future. We had a great time, both at the festival and in the beautiful city of York, and we look forward to going back again!”

ASFF 2014 is now open for entries and the deadline for submissions is 31 May 2014. For more information and to enter visit

1. Film still from Alter Ego, Rusch Meyer (Robert Staffl & Simon Ruschmeyer), 2012. (ASFF 203 Official Selection, Experimental category).