The Aesthetica Short Film Festival, founded in 2011, is an international film festival which takes place annually in York, UK, at the beginning of November. It a celebration of independent shorts, features, VR and immersive cinema.
De Grey Rooms
Friday 8 November | 11.30-20.00
New to 2019, Aesthetica introduced the Industry Marketplace. The first event of its kind in the UK, it was a platform for attendees and delegates to engage with key organisations from across the sector, including international film festivals, screen agencies, sales agents, global distributors and renowned universities. It was a destination for individuals to meet face-to-face with those changing the industry today – providing a platform for networking and idea generation.
This year’s edition welcomed 40 exhibitors, including BFI Network, Locarno Film Festival, Creative England, Edinburgh Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Hijack Post, London College of Communication and Festival Formula. These industry leaders and cultural pioneers occupied a dedicated exhibition space, attracting around 3,000 international directors, delegates and students. The Industry Marketplace was a dynamic and accessible space for conversation and exchange.
The Industry Marketplace was unique to ASFF 2019, complementing a rich and expansive programme of over 100 events and 450 films. Free to attend for pass-holders, this one-day event reached out to the filmmaking community, providing a prime opportunity to expand contacts lists and share projects amongst likeminded individuals.
Film Festival Exhibitors
Taking place in the iconic art-deco Radio Theatre at BBC’s Broadcasting House in central London, BBC Arabic Festival screens innovative short films and documentaries about current social and political changes taking place in the Arab world.
Bolton International Film Festival screens over 150 short films across three days and five venues, hosting talks and masterclasses with some of the best talent across the industry. It is rated “A Top 100 Reviewed” film festival on FilmFreeway.
In film and TV, Britain’s practitioners are much less diverse than the country itself. BUFF wants to change that. Their board is represented by a cross-section of individuals, promoting better representation in independent cinema.
cellu l’art started out as a project by media science students in 1999 and has since grown rapidly and dynamically, becoming more diverse and more international while still retaining a loveable, friendly and welcoming ambience.
The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. The festival provides a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach audiences.
The longest continually running film festival in the world, Edinburgh International Film Festival is now preparing its 74th edition. Since 1947, the Festival has brought ground-breaking films to enthusiastic and engaged UK audiences.
FILMFEST DRESDEN was founded in 1989 before the collapse of the German Democratic Republic and reunification of the country. The short film festival has become one of the most important film festivals of its kind throughout Germany.
Moving into its fifth year, Indie-Lincs is a “boutique” international film festival that champions low and micro budget films and their filmmakers. Its aim is to help showcase inspiring projects by the best independent practitioners, regardless of budget.
Celebrating LGBT+ film in Cardiff, Wales, UK all year round, including a six-day international queer film festival every October. The Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival awards the largest short film prize in the world – the prestigious £30,000 Iris Prize.
LISFE aims to create a cultural conversation that can be sustained outside of the festival. Fundamental believers in cinema as a tool for social change, LISFE wants to become an outspoken voice in Leiden’s cultural scene, championing diversity.
Hosted in a small town in the middle of Europe and the filmmaking world. Over the course of its 72-year history, the Locarno Film Festival has turned its host town into the eye and stage of international auteur cinema. The 73rd editor runs place 5-15 August, 2020.
Broaching its 17th year, LSFF has been recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge homegrown and international short film. LSFF supports emerging talent alongside the established, with a soft spot for the independent.
BFI NETWORK exists to support and champion new filmmakers looking to kick-start their career. Made possible through National Lottery funding, they provide early feature development funding to producers, writers and directors of all ages.
Creative England uncovers, connects and backs the best original storytellers, emphasising both diversity and collaboration by creating opportunities for new voices, helping to build an inclusive and sustainable industry creative community.
Founded in 1907 in the early days of cinema, Eclair’s diverse services span post-production, theatrical delivery, subtitling and restoration services across the film and television industries, boasting a post-production partnership with Netflix.
Festival Formula is the leading film festival strategy consultancy and submission service in the UK. They focus on helping emerging filmmakers navigate the epic worldwide festival circuit, by targeting the right festivals to submit their projects.
The Goldfinch brand provides a vertically integrated global business model with expertise across finance, production, facilities and management in Film, Television and Video Games. Our track record includes 200+ projects.
Goldfinch First Flights is a Goldfinch Studio initiative to provide first-time Directors with the opportunity to create financially successful independent feature films and launch their profiles as successful filmmakers on the international stage.
HIJACK is a boutique post-production house and DIT service established in 2014. Their portfolio includes acclaimed productions such as The Party, The Pass and Good Omens, as well as advertising campaigns for brands such as Adidas, Nike, and Ikea.
Northern Film + Media is the North East of England’s creative industries development agency. They work with businesses and professionals specialising in screen-based arts through talent development projects and production services.
One Bright Dot is a forward-thinking animation, audio and VFX studio based in West Yorkshire. Offering bespoke post-production services for independent filmmakers, their portfolio includes projects for clients such as BBC, BAFTA and the FA Cup.
Scottish Documentary Institute is Scotland’s only dedicated production and talent development body for creative documentary. It is committed to expanding the art of documentary and building a more diverse filmmaking community.
Film School Exhibitors
Designed to reflect the diversity that exists within film globally, exploring topics that impact filmmakers and audiences across the world, this course looks at film through areas such as distribution, marketing, buying and fundraising.
The School has strong links with media and film organisations including the BBC, Panasonic, Sky, Adobe, BAFTA, the Royal Television Society and the British Film Institute, which can create opportunities for networking and future employment.
As a modern, civic university, LJM is integral to the life of the city, but is also global in its approach, forging international partnerships to facilitate world-leading research and collaboration to tackle some of today’s global issues.
Middlesex University serves over 25,000 students, hailing from around 140 countries. It comprises six schools based across north London, offering degree programmes in Art and Design, Media and Performing Arts, and Science and Technology.
NFTS has developed some of the world’s top talent – including Oscar-winning directors. It received both the 2018 BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
The School has strong links with media and film organisations including the BBC, Panasonic, Sky, Adobe, BAFTA and the British Film Institute, creating opportunities for work experience, networking and future employment.
Taught within RCS and on location, this conservatoire-based programme explores the main aspects of drama filmmaking, from the development of film craft skills, directing, producing and writing short and long form content for film and television.
With a wide range of high-end film equipment, a passionate teaching team and a reputation for producing well-rounded graduates, film production at Solent University will help prepare you for life as a film production professional.
London College of Communication is for the curious, the brave and the committed: those who want to transform themselves and the world around them. The Screen School encourages collaboration across disciplines to mirror the real world.
MA Fashion Media Production cultivates innovative media practitioners and filmmakers. It bridges the gap between core communication disciplines such as journalism, photography and styling with digital media.
This unique programme is equally divided between filmmaking and screenwriting, which no other university currently offers. It provides real links to the journalistic side of Media Studies, with its work linking students directly to producers.
UEL combine theory and practice, teaching you not just how to make films and videos but throwing you into every aspect of the film world, from screenwriting to cinema history. Each year, you’ll make your own films, from fiction to documentaries.
Bringing together theory and practice, our Film and Media course draws from the University of Stirling’s legacy as a pioneer in Film and Media research and teaching. We’re currently ranked 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Media and Film Studies.
Whether your interest is in filmmaking, documentary production, directing, cinematography, scriptwriting or editing, this course provides an excellent environment for you to develop your career and enhance practical production skills.
Our everyday lives are filled with moving images. We’re seeing the expansion of virtual and augmented reality and starting to discover how filmmakers will use this technology in the future.The industry needs creative filmmakers to produce new content.
Terms and conditions:
Times and Venues
Event details, including speakers, times and venues are subject to change.
Upon purchasing your Festival Pass and / or Event Tickets, you will receive a receipt by email. This receipt is not your pass or ticket, and must be exchanged for a pass or ticket at the Festival Hub at York Theatre Royal.
The Festival Hub will be open from 09:30 on Tuesday 6 November 2018. Tickets cannot be collected before this time.
Entry to Venues
Seating at screenings is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is not reserved at screenings, and a Festival Pass or ticket does not guarantee you a seat at your chosen screening.
Festival staff will be present at all venues, and will be able to advise you on venue capacity and available seats when you arrive.
Please note that the majority of screenings will be certificate 12A with some certificate 15.
A special Family Friendly programme will be screened throughout the Festival. Family Friendly screening 1 is suitable for young children, while Family Friendly 2 & 3 are suitable for children aged 8+. Please see the festival programme for Family Friendly screening times.
Please note that in order to purchase a Student Ticket, you must have a valid student card as proof of ID. The student card must be valid during the festival and must be shown in order to collect your Festival Pass. Festival Passes with a student discount cannot be issued without a valid student card.
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