ASFF 2021: Programme Announcement

ASFF 2021: Programme Announcement

The 2021 Aesthetica Film Festival programme is now available to read, spanning the month of November, over 300 films, 100 industry events and 100 speakers from across the globe. To read the programme, click here.


This year’s festival is has been curated into six conceptual strands: 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 is Free. Inside each strand are 9-12 programmes of films that span across over 12 short film genres, feature-length narratives and documentaries, as well as virtual reality experiences. These strands embrace the world in which we live, offer a view of the present moment, and look to the future.

Guest Programmes

Diversity plays a large part in the programme this year, with industry events and screenings that have LGBTQ+, communities, Black Lives Matter, women, gender and identity at the core. We’ve taking a look at on-screen representations, whilst subverting the status quo. As part of this year’s Guest Programmes, ASFF looks at 9/11, commemorating 20 years since the terrorist attack. Complementary programmes spotlight works from Ireland, China, Kenya and North Africa, with Scottish Documentary Institute, We Are Parable, Girls in Film South Africa and more.

Industry: Masterclasses & Networking

The 2021 industry programme is extensive: looking at everything from VFX, animation and cinematography, to editing, screenwriting and virtual reality. Alongside industry giants such as Sally Potter, Maxine Peake, Gamba Cole, Craig Roberts, Framestore, ILM, Film4, Chanel 4, BBC Film, we sit down to chat with some of the UK’s leading rising stars such as Alice Seabright, Francis Lee and Prano Bailey-Bond, who are all Aesthetica alumni. Alongside the industry and film programmes are multiple opportunities to network and connect, as well as pitch projects to the likes of Film 4, BBC Film, Guardian Documentaries, StudioCanal and DocSociety.

Download the programme here.

In person from 2-7 November in York, UK. On Demand from 2-30 November.

Tickets start from £25, find out more here