ASFF 2013: Explore the Venues

As we gear up to announce the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013 Official Selection in September, we take a look at the festival’s 15 amazing venues. Taking over the enchanting city of York 7 – 10 November, ASFF presents a unique opportunity to experience outstanding independent film whilst exploring one of Britain’s oldest cities. Over 200 films will be showcased across the weekend, combining the historic with the contemporary in an eclectic mix of venues, including medieval halls, cities walls and boutique cinemas, celebrating short film in the York’s most iconic cultural locations. Tickets go on sale next week, visit for more information.

1. York Theatre Royal
Built on medieval ruins, this historic site has been a theatre since 1744 and blends architectural styles from three centuries.

2. York St John University
This prestigious civic university with an award winning campus in York city centre has roots going back to the 1840s.

3. Barley Hall
A stunning medieval house that was hidden for decades before its rediscovery and restoration to its original splendour in the 1980s.

4. St William’s College
Built in 1461 in sight of York Minster, St William’s College, under a license granted by the King, was originally a priests’ college. Not accessible.

5. King’s Manor
One of York’s most attractive sites, this group of largely Grade I medieval buildings is a vivid evocation of the past with a sure place in the future.

6. The New School House Gallery
Award-winning object and art gallery, housed in a Grade II listed former schoolhouse, showing the best in contemporary and decorative art.

7. City Screen
Overlooking the River Ouse, City Screen is the heart of independent film in York and the venue for our Opening Night.

8. Yorkshire Museum
The museum was founded by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society in 1830 and is situated inside the York Museum Gardens.

9. Mansion House
Centrally located, York’s grand Mansion House carries the distinction of having been the official residence of the city’s Lord Mayor for almost 300 years.

10. Micklegate Bar Museum
Situated on the route of York’s famous walls walk, Micklegate Bar has stood sentinel to, and served as a gateway for, the city for over 800 years.

11. According To McGee
A white cube space dedicated to showing contemporary art in the centre of York, According to McGee guarantees visitors a warm welcome.

12. Bedern Hall
14th century Bedern Hall is situated in the heart of York. Originally part of the College of the Vicars Choral, it has historic links with York Minster.

13. Dean Court Hotel
A 4 star luxury hotel located in the shadow of York Minster, the Best Western Plus Dean Court is the venue for our networking sessions.

14. White Stuff
This York city centre branch of the popular boutique fashion and lifestyle store houses a secret nine-seater cinema.

15. Thirteen Thirty One
Situated in York’s lively Latin Quarter, this gastro-bar is a hive of activity, housing a luxury cinema with reclining seats and table service.

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Image courtesy of Jim Poyner ASFF.