Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015: Prizes and Networking Opportunities

The fifth edition of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival will take place from 5-8 November in York. A dynamic and essential player in the short film festival circuit, ASFF engages with viewers through a unique screening programme across the city’s historic and contemporary spaces. Each year, the festival invites international filmmakers to submit short film works in a wide variety of category, including advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, dance, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller, is screened in venues such as cinemas, museums, galleries and medieval halls.

ASFF 2015 is open for entries. We are looking for innovative filmmakers who challenge the short film genre and push the boundaries of this highly experimental art form. The festival is an excellent way to showcase new work and to connect with a wider audience. Alongside the opportunity to screen at ASFF, selected films will compete for Best Film in each category as well as the People’s Choice award.

Films will also gain eligibility to enter the EE British Academy Film (BAFTA) Awards. Official Selection animation The Bigger Picture by Daisy Jacobs went on to win Best Short Animation at this year’s BAFTAs. Additional ASFF 2015 prizes include: screenings in various guest programmes at other film festivals, screenings as part of the ASFF Film Tour, and editorial in Aesthetica Magazine and across Aesthetica’s online channels.

On top of these fantastic opportunities, the festival hosts many networking events with filmmakers and industry professionals including Q&As, Meet the Film Festival, and Meet the Filmmakers, and hosts masterclass events with from organisations such as BAFTA, Channel 4, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Association of Camera Operators, Raindance, Double Negative and Beggars Group.

Entries are open until 31 May. The Official Selection will be announced in September 2015.

For submission guidelines and to submit your film, visit

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1. ASFF 2014, Opening Night at City Screen, York. Photo: Jim Poyner.