The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a five-day BAFTA Recognised event celebrating the work of both emerging and established filmmakers working in Shorts, Features and VR. Supporting and showcasing the power and craft of independent cinema, the festival offers a hive of idea generation whilst screening innovative works from international practitioners.
Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace
Friday 10 November 16:00 – 20.30
Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace is a prime opportunity for filmmakers to expand their industry contacts and speak with the programmers who are behind some of the top UK, European and international festivals. This is a chance to find out what they are looking for, and promote your work across established film festivals and emerging cinema platforms.
The British Urban Film Festival is widely regarded as the home of urban film coverage in the UK. Many of the UK’s leading actors and actresses have starred in, written, produced and directed films shown at BUFF including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jimmy Akingbola, Sadie Frost, Clint Dyer, Ashley Walters, David Essex, Aml Ameen and Noel Clarke.
ICFF is a non-commercial, non profit-earning organization, working purely for the promotion of educational films and the art of filmmaking. The purpose of the festival is to promote entertaining, educative cinema among young audiences and to explore the possibilities of using the visual medium as a tool for better entertaining, educational, material, human and spiritual upliftment.
Ireland’s oldest film festival and Cork’s flagship cultural happening, the Cork Film Festival lights up and delights the Rebel City in November. As well as playing a rich selection of the best of contemporary world cinema, it has a lively and varied music on film programme, and a timely event series which uses films to explore some of the burning issues of our time.
Established in 2003, ADIFF is Ireland’s premier film festival and takes place in Dublin. At the heart of ADIFF is its audience, for whom the festival organises an all-encompassing event, carefully curated and ranging from the weird and wonderful to the glamorous and exclusive. ADIFF turns the city into a mecca for cinema-goers of all generations.
EIFF is world renowned for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema – and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in scale, ambitious in scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema, EIFF highlights the most exciting film talent, in a city that is both historical and thought-provoking.
Often referred to as the Sundance of Europe, The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. The festival proudly celebrates and risk-taking storytellers, offering new narratives to the broadest audiences possible with the intent on building careers.
Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring. It draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises, and has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (The Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (The Independent).
Glasgow Short Film Festival, the largest competitive short film festival in Scotland, just celebrated its ninth year of championing new international film talent and celebrating diverse forms of cinematic expression. Taking inspiration from the post-punk cinematic new wave of early eighties New York, GSFF declares war on all boring films.
In March 2004 the first international short film festival for artists’ film was held in Gstaad, Switzerland, with the prize being The Golden Cow of Gstaad. Many artists made use of the possibility to present their works and the quality of the programme was high, attracting films from as far away as Iran, Argentina and Uruguay.
The Iris Prize Festival is a six-day celebration of LGBT film, which takes place in Cardiff. The programme includes screenings of the 35 short films, each competing for the award, and is the only LGBT short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. The festival winner receives £30,000 to make their next film in the UK.
Kinofilm is Manchester’s international short film and animation festival, founded in 1995. The festival has a standout reputation for showcasing some of the best short films from around the globe, whilst being renowned for seeking out challenging films from universal narratives. Kinofilm takes place in November at various venues around the city.
London Short Film Festival is an annual event that presents the best in cutting-edge UK independent film. January sees the takeover of London’s best independent cinemas and venues to showcase shorts, with over 75 events across 10 days and 25 venues. The festival is renowned for its cross-arts programming, presenting stimulating and challenging cinema.
The Oska Bright Film Festival provides a platform for the very best international films made by and starring people with learning disabilities. The Festival takes place every two years. In 2017, 3500 people saw sixty short films. In the intervening years Oska Bright tours the UK and abroad screening films and running workshops.
Now in its 13th year, The River Film Festival received over 5,000 short films from 118 countries for its 2017 edition. The festival’s screen floats on a raft moored in the 16th century port that linked Padua to Venice. A free festival, it seeks to offer opportunities to young filmmakers and to promote cinema culture in the area in an innovative an exciting setting.
Screentest: The National Student Film Festival is an exhibition platform for promoting and exhibiting young filmmaking talent. Submission is free and unlimited, which allows for a varied programme of over 100 films in most genres and categories. The annual weekend event also features industry workshops and panels.
What started as a year-long project to mark the Bechdel Test’s 30th anniversary is now an ongoing celebration of films that succeed in representing women in a progressive light. The festival hosts events in London and aims to go nationwide. They screen throughout the year and cover as many genres as possible.
The Smalls are a global community of 16,000+ independent filmmakers and production companies; emerging talent and winners of BAFTAs, Cannes Lions and Academy Awards. The Smalls Film Festival, now in its 12th year and established as one of the UK’s largest short film festivals, celebrates the work of The Smalls community.
For the past fourteen years, Two Short Nights Film Festival has been celebrating short films and the people who make them. The festival is proud to nurture new talent through selected screenings, workshops and their famous 48 Hour Film Challenge. The festival takes place at Exeter Phoenix, one of the South West’s foremost multi-artform venues.
Based in the heart of London, the UK Film Festival celebrates great films from the UK and around the world. Within five years it has established a tradition of promoting films year-round that have later have gone onto to be Oscar nominees and winners. UKFF has also connected new filmmakers to industry including television exposure by Channel 4.
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 Visit York.
The Festival Hub will be open 9:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 8 November - Sunday 12 November 2017. 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.
For information regarding refunds and deliveries, view our Refund and Delivery Policy.