All films in the Official Selection are in competition to receive a number of awards. These awards recognise outstanding talent in filmmaking practice. The winning films are selected by a jury of industry experts, and are presented at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony.
Previous winners have gone on to achieve further award success, including Oscar wins (The Silent Child, Chris Overton in 2017 and Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary, in 2016).
All category winners are nominated for the award for the best film in the festival. Only one film can win this prestigious title. The winner receives £1,000 in prize money.
Image: Black Sheep, Ed Perkins
(Best of Fest, NFS Screenplay Award and Best Doc at ASFF 2018)
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 York.
Image: Turning Tide, Andrew Muir
(People's Choice Award Winner 2018)
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 genre strands at ASFF.
Image: Dances With Circles, Paul McLean,
(Winner of Best Dance at ASFF 2018)
York Youth Award
ASFF's Youth Engagement day features a series of specially curated Official Selection film screenings for school pupils aged 11-14. The students critically engage and vote for their favourite.
Image: Camlo, David Moody
(York Youth Award Winner 2018)
Film Hub North Polaris Award
The Film Hub North Polaris award celebrates the achievements of a filmmaker based in the North of England. The award is sponsored by Film Hub North and BFI Network.
Image: Venus, Faye Carr Wilson,
(Winner of Film Hub North Polaris Award at ASFF 2018)
The Hijack Visionary Filmmaker Award
New for this year, the Hijack Visionary Filmmaker Award recognises directors with exceptional vision and a unique cinematic voice. The winner receives a generous post production package including grade, audio mix, online and deliverables for their next short film.
ASFF is officially recognised by BAFTA, which means that if your short film is screened or accepted into two or more recognised festivals, it may be eligible. More details.