Our Hybrid Festival: How It Works

Our Hybrid Festival: How It Works

This year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival launches on 2 November. The 11th edition returns to the heart of York for a vibrant mixture of screenings and events that will take place in person, across 12 venues. Audiences will also be able to experience films and live-streamed discussions on our digital platform, via phone, tablet, computer, or Smart TV. There are three ways to attend the festival: in-person, virtually, or through a mixture of both.

2-30 November, York and Online

For the first time ever, audiences will get the chance to attend ASFF in person in the historic city of York, as well experience it through the online sphere. This is the ultimate film festival experience, as it combines the freedom to watch films on the big screen, catch masterclasses and take part in our invaluable networking events, whilst being able to log-in and catch-up in your own time. Tickets are available as one-day, two-day or full-month passes and all digital content, including the full film programme, will be available online until 30 November.

2-7 November, York

With cinemas re-opening, audiences can gather in venues to experience the festival’s programme in the way it was intended: on the big screen. Tickets will be valid for the duration of the in-person ASFF, between 2-7 November. A range of options are available, whether visitors are just planning to attend for a day or want to engage fully with everything the festival has to offer. Most events are free to attend with a day pass, but will require booking in advance.

2-30 November

Audiences will also have the option to log into our virtual edition from the comfort of their own homes. For the second year running, we will be running an online version of the festival, with specially curated films and online events to be released each day. Each day, we will be releasing films as part of daily themed strands. For 2021 this includes: How it Was, How it is, How it Will Be; Humanity on the Edge; When Life Gives you Lemons, Make Lemonade; Pleased to Meet You; Mirror, Mirror; and Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free.

The 2021 Aesthetica Short Film Festival runs in-person from 2-7 November and online from 2-30 November. Tickets start from £25. Find out more and book your tickets here