Aesthetica Short Film Festival is Awarded BAFTA Accreditation

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is delighted to announce it is now a BAFTA recognised festival. An established and dynamic player on the film festival circuit, ASFF is a celebration of independent film from across the world and an outlet for championing and supporting short filmmaking. BAFTA accreditation supports ASFF as a major platform for showcasing the very best of independent film being produced today.

Filmmakers selected for ASFF 2014’s Official Selection benefit significantly from the festival being BAFTA recognised, as those competing at BAFTA qualifying festivals such as ASFF are exposing their films to a BAFTA committee, which otherwise would not be in a position to consider their work. ASFF’s new status supports its aim to champion outstanding short films, be a key destination for discovering fresh talent and to nurture today’s emerging film professionals.

As ASFF moves into its 4th year, programming is underway to bring audiences a rich selection of films from across the world, in genres including advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller as well as a family friendly programme. Screening venues are located throughout the City of York and include medieval halls, art galleries and cinemas enabling audiences to create their own unique viewing experience.

This year’s masterclass programme presents insights into crucial parts of filmmaking such as funding, editing and production with representatives from leading film organisations including BAFTA, Association of Camera Operators, BlinkInk, Indiegogo, Double Negative, Ridley Scott Associates, Channel 4 and Beggars Group among others.

Key masterclass speakers also include Director and Screenwriter Biyi Bandele (Half of a Yellow Sun); Film Critic Anna Smith (BBC, Empire, Time Out, Sight&Sound, Guardian), and Fashion Filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson (Chloe, Selfridges and Lady Gaga). The masterclasses are open to aspiring filmmakers and those who simply love film.

There will be several opportunities for industry networking and a chance to meet programmers from across the UK and the world at our Meet the Film Festivals event. Receive top tips on how to get your film noticed by representatives from major festivals including Raindance Film Festival, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Bradford Film Festival, British Urban Festival, Cabriolet Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Encounters, London Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Short Shorts & Asia Film Festival.

ASFF’s popular Meet the Filmmakers event offers a chance for all to meet some of the artists whose work is at the heart of ASFF 2014. There are also special screening programmes from Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland), Clermont-Ferrand Festival (France) and Creative England’s iShorts, as well as ASFF’s guest countries: Japan, Iraq and Lebanon.

ASFF 2014 runs 6 – 9 November across the City of York. For more information visit

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1. Peter Sluszka (Hornet Inc) Bat for Lashes: Lilies. ASFF 2013, Music Video Category,