Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2019

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a major UK and international film festival. It is an important outlet for moving image and digital culture, creating a platform to champion short film internationally. The festival holds talent development at its core and leaves a lasting legacy by inspiring innovation in film. Its seventh edition ran over an unprecedented five day period, providing even more opportunities for talent development, networking and inspirational film viewing.­

Highlights from ASFF 2019

ASFF Insights

Guest speakers share their experiences of the 2019 BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival.


ASFF2019 was fantastic to be involved in, once again. Having spent the day seeing some great and diverse films spanning numerous genres, once again my VFX masterclass was well attended by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd, with a great Q&A to finish the session…looking forward to coming back next year!
Julian Foddy, VFX Supervisor, Industrial Light & Magic
As a first time attendee at Aesthetica my first thought at the end of the festival was “What took me so long?” Between the diverse screening programme, master classes and numerous opportunities to meet filmmakers and fellow programmers I got to experience first hand the community bound by our mutual love of cinema.
MarBelle, Directors Notes
It was a fantastic experience for me as a filmmaker and for my film too – to experience the face of an audience in a massive cinema. The almost full audience, emotional moment and extremely supportive staff. Thanks for programmers for organising such a celebrational festival. Definitely submitting again.
Nadira Murray, Filmmaker
Can’t speak highly enough of the festival. The organisation and communication was top notch. And All the venues were great. Met a lot of great filmmakers and industry contacts. Next years festival is already in my diary.
Samona Olanipekun, Filmmaker and Winner of Best Experimental at ASFF 2019
It was my first time attending ASFF, and what a buzzing hive of talent it was! I’ve made some wonderful discoveries of the next generation of storytellers, and am privileged to have been able to participate in talks, pitches and judging some of the official competitions!
Dionne Farrell, Development Executive, BBC Films
I had a great time, love the festival, it’s so exciting seeing so many new filmmakers walking the streets and at events, really inspiring.
Charlie Philips, Head of Documentaries Guardian Docs
Aesthetica Short Film Festival is one of the few film-focused events that I attend for its entire duration. It brings together several film genres, such as fashion, music, advertising and experimental, giving me the chance to get to know new talent and stay up to date with what’s going on in the industry.
Niccolo Montanari, Fashion Film Consultant and Curator
• It was an enormous pleasure to be involved in Aesthetica. I really enjoyed it and found the whole thing deeply impressive, and it was lovely to have such an enthusiastic audience!
David Thompson, Producer