Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016 is Looking for New Filmmaking Talent

Entries are open for the 6th edition of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, one of the UK’s leading short film festivals and most exciting cinematic events. Films 30 minutes’ long and under are accepted within all genres: advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, dance, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller.

ASFF is a festival that celebrates innovation and excellence in filmmaking and presents many opportunities for industry engagement. It provides a chance for both established and emerging filmmakers to get their work seen by vast audiences, plus some of the world’s most acclaimed talents, and connect with festival programmers from the UK and around the world.

Prizes for ASFF 2016 include screenings at the festival, eligibility to enter the BAFTA awards, screenings at a number of other festivals and venues as part of the ASFF Film Tour. There are also awards for Best of Fest, People’s Choice and Best of Category, plus cash prizes to be won, editorial in Aesthetica Magazine (180,000 readership worldwide) and exposure through ASFF’s online channels.

2015 was the festival’s 5th anniversary, and in that time it has screened over 1,500 films from over 65 countries. The festival received 20,000 admissions across the four-day event, and held over 35 masterclasses and industry sessions with representatives from organisations such as Channel 4, Rankin Film, Association of Camera Operators and many more, creating a place for discussion and debate while filmmakers shared best practice and gained essential advice.

For the first time, ASFF hosted a Videotheque in partnership with Explore York where festival-goers could delve into the Official Selection and watch any film. This created a platform for programmers and industry figures to discover new talent. With the majority of films also shown three times during the festival across different venues, ASFF provides multiple ways for films to reach a wider audience.

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Running times up to 30 minutes. Deadline 31 May 2016.

1. Screening of Stutterer by Benjamin Cleary, ASFF 2015 Opening Night. Photo: Jim Poyner