All films in the Official Selection are in competition to receive a number of awards, recognising outstanding talent in filmmaking. The winning films are selected by a jury of industry experts, and are presented at the Closing Night Awards.
Previous winners have gone on to achieve further success, including The Silent Child, directed by Chris Overton (Oscar Winner), Stutterer by Benjamin Cleary (Oscar Winner), Grandad Was a Romantic by Maryam Mohajer (BAFTA Winner), Black Sheep by Ed Perkins (Oscar Nominee), and Wale by Barnaby Blackburn (Oscar and BAFTA-Nominated).
All category winners are nominated for the award for best film in Aesthetica Film Festival. Only one film can win this prestigious title. The overall winner receives a cash prize.
Best in Category
Every film in the Official Selection is eligible to win the award for the best film in its category. There is one Best in Category award for each of the short, feature and VR genre strands.
People’s Choice Award
All festival-goers are invited to vote for their favourite film at ASFF. This award is chosen by audiences, and is given to the most popular film. Voting takes place during the festival.
In 2021, ASFF launched four new awards. Selected by Aesthetica, these commendations are awarded for: Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Editing & Best Screenplay.
Hijack Visionary Award
The Hijack Visionary Filmmaker Award recognises directors with exceptional vision and a unique voice. The winner receives a generous post production package from Hijack Post.