ASFF 2016 Events

Build your contacts list and gain industry tips at ASFF Events. Meet today’s top film-world professionals at our networking sessions, including representatives from Creative England, Film London, Edinburgh International Film Festival and more. Connect with UK and international festivals at the popular Meet the Film Festivals event; a unique chance to find out exactly what programmers are looking for. Expand your contacts list and interact with your peers at Meet the Filmmakers.

Youth Engagement Programme

Thursday 3 November, 9:00 – 11:30
Various Locations

A specially curated programme of short films from the Official Selection, these screenings are designed to show the best of short film to young people aged 11-14. These young festivalgoers can nominate their favourite film for the York Youth Vote Award. This programme will inspire young people to develop a life-long relationship with cinema.

Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace

Friday 4 November, 16:00 – 21:00
Belfrey Hall

Speak with the programmers behind leading UK and international festivals and tune in to what they are looking for at this unique networking event. This is a prime opportunity to chat to creatives from organisations including London Short Film Festival, British Urban Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Encounters, and more.

London College of Fashion Drinks Reception

Friday 4 November, 18:00 – 19:00
Barley Hall

Immerse yourself in the fashion film arena at the London College of Fashion’s drinks reception. This is your chance to speak with creatives from one of the country’s leading institutions and to learn about steps being made by the ever-popular genre towards new stylistic ways of storytelling within an atmospheric location. Limited Capacity.

Friday Night Party

Friday 4 November, 21:00 – Late
1331 Bar & Restaurant

Located in York’s vibrant Latin Quarter, 1331 is the ideal place to start the weekend ahead. Alongside its role as a festival venue and ASFF’s official restaurant and bar, 1331 is a go-to place throughout the festival, playing host to the festival’s Friday Night Party, where you can connect with friends old and new in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

2015 Winners Showcase

Saturday 5, 17:15 / Sunday 6, 16:00
York Theatre Royal (Studio)

Last year saw ASFF celebrate its fifth anniversary, and with it came a dynamic and distinctive array of short lm. We’re providing audiences with an opportunity to view or rediscover highlights from 2015 with screenings of winning films, from Best of Fest winner Petros Silvestros’s A Confession, to Shezad Dawood’s Towards the Possible Film.

Meet the Filmmakers Social

Saturday 5 November, 19:00 – 21:00
York Theatre Royal

Get to know the creatives at the heart of ASFF 2016 at York Theatre Royal on Saturday night. Sponsored by Creative England, this event invites filmmakers and guests to network with artists from the Official Selection. This is your chance to expand your contacts and liaise with industry professionals, fellow filmmakers and a vast array of creative practitioners.

Awards Ceremony & After Party

Sunday 6 November, 19:00 – Late
National Centre for Early Music

The National Centre for Early Music plays host to the festival’s closing ceremony, offering an elevated and historic finish to ASFF’s four-day run. Festival Winner, Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay, category winners and the People’s Choice will be announced and congratulated within NCEM’s medieval hall. An ideal way to wrap up a memorable weekend. Book early.

Networking Sessions

Daily, Various Times
See the Networking page for details

The perfect platform to interact with film aficionados and experts alike, this year’s networking sessions offer a professional, yet relaxed environment in which to discuss both current and future projects, and to establish new connections. Returning to the Dean Court Hotel, a stone’s throw from the beautiful York Minister, ASFF welcomes representatives from instutions throughout the UK.

Special Showcase Screenings

Daily, Various Times
See Showcase Screenings for details

ASFF 2016 sees a series of independently curated guest showcase screenings from cultural organisations throughout the UK. This year’s guest institutions include London College of Fashion, Plymouth College of Art, the University of York, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Northern Film School and Northern Ireland Screen. The Showcase Screenings are free with a valid Festival Pass.


Daily, 11:00 – 17:30
Explore York

ASFF’s Videotheque provides an opportunity to experience the entire programme in one location. Held within the recently refurbished Explore York, this new festival resource invites ASFF pass holders to delve into our Official Selection catalogue, plus specially curated line-ups. Missed a film? Looking for something particular? See it at the Videotheque.

Morning Coffee at McGee’s

Daily, 11:00- 12:00
According to McGee

Join us for an intimate Q&A session with this year’s Official Selection filmmakers as they discuss topics such as Funding Your Film, Working with Actors, and Realising your Dream. Hosted by York contemporary art gallery According to McGee, and with visiting filmmakers every day, the Panel is an ideal way to kick off your day of screenings and festival events, networking over a cup of coffee.

Special Screening: Battle of the Somme

Daily, 13:00 – 14:30
York Army Museum

The landmark documentary and acclaimed film Battle of the Somme presented a pivotal moment in World War One history to audiences across Britain in 1916. To mark its Centenary, the festival partners with the Imperial War Museum, London, to bring audiences a unique showing of the film within the walls of the York Army Museum.

Cinema Bambino

Daily, Various Times
See Cinema Bambino for details

New for 2016 are ASFF’s specially tailored baby screenings for parents and carers of babies from 0 months to two years old. As an inclusive festival, we have organised showings in a relaxed and welcoming environment where you can park your buggy and enjoy great film. Films are selected for adult viewers and rated 15 max.
Free with Festival Pass.

Terms and conditions:

Times and Venues

Event details, including speakers, times and venues, are subject to change.

Collecting Tickets

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 Visit York.

The Festival Hub will be open 9:00 - 17:00 Thursday 3 - Sunday 6 November 2016. 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.

Restricted Screenings

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.

Student Tickets

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.

Refund Policy

For information regarding refunds and deliveries, view our Refund and Delivery Policy.