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2022 Events .

We're running an unparalleled programme of industry events alongside our film programme: masterclasses, workshops, panels and more. Browse and book your events here. Please note, you must have purchased a valid Festival Pass to book any of our events.

Script Labs

  • Booking Required I Free With Valid Festival Pass We’re offering scriptwriters the opportunity to wrap out some ideas with our established workshop leaders. These essential sessions will enable you to take your writing to the next level. Whether you’re looking to develop an idea, start a new project, or look for some inspiration for your writer’s block, these sessions are sure to help both emerging and established screenwriters alike.
    00:00 - 00:00

Masterclasses

  • Booking Required I Free With Valid Festival Pass Masterclasses will run in-person, 1-5 November. These will then be recorded and will be available to watch back On Demand as part of our digital platform, 1-30 November. Masterclasses are included as part of our full access passes, though online booking is required for in-person events due to venue capacity.You cannot attend masterclasses with a single screening or digital-only ticket. All masterclasses should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment, due to capacity.
    00:00 - 00:00

Panels

  • Booking Required I Free With Valid Festival Pass Panels will run in-person, 1-5 November. These will then be recorded and will be available to watch back On Demand as part of our digital platform, 1-30 November. Panels are included as part of our full access passes, though online booking is required for in-person events due to venue capacity. You cannot attend panels with a single screening or digital-only ticket. All panels should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment, due to capacity.
    00:00 - 00:00

Networking

  • Booking Required I Free With Valid Festival Pass Build relationships, seek out collaborations, make lasting memories. Our Networking Sessions are represented by key organisations who will advise on how to navigate the film festival circuit and pitch to distributors.
    00:00 - 00:00

Workshops

  • Booking Required I Free With Festival Pass New to 2022, we are running a series of practical workshops in York Theatre Royal’s Studio, alongside London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Canon. These workshops are centred around expanded realities, and are essential for those looking to try out new technologies. Topics include How to Write in 360 and Making Augmented Realities. Pre-booking is essential for all sessions due to capacity.
    00:00 - 00:00

Special Events

Tuesday 1 November

Wednesday 2 November

  • Establishing a Unique Style In this session, our Official Selection filmmakers break down their methods of direction and the importance of finding and honing a unique directorial voice and vision
    10:30 - 11:30
  • Scoring a Film: How to Create Atmosphere Jim Williams (Beast, Kill List, Titane) explores the ways in which the score enriches the overall cinematic experience
    10:30 - 11:30
  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • Screenwriting Fundamentals This lab is aimed at emerging and early-career screenwriters, and is essential for those looking to develop their craft and take it to the next level
    12:00 - 13:00
  • What is "Ethical Cinema"? ICA on Contemporary Representation This session is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the UK’s leading institutions about what constitutes “ethical” cinema
    12:00 - 13:00
  • The Art of Conversation: Refining Your Pitch This networking session is open to all filmmakers, and is the perfect place to test your skills and spark a conversation about your works in progress. Hosted by The Pitch Film Fund.
    12:00 - 13:30
  • Studio AKA: Animating the World Studio AKA have worked with Apple, Netflix, BBC and more. Join Director Phillip Hunt to explore the studio's most compelling ideas
    13:30 - 14:30
  • The Role of the Executive Producer Join Lizzie Francke (This is England, The Souvenir) in conversation with MarBelle, discussing her work as an Executive Producer for the BFI Film Fund
    13:30 - 14:30
  • Sustainability on a Film Set: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Join Amelia Price (Spiderman: Far From Home, Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation) as she discusses the importance of Sustainability Consultancy, and the challenges of reducing your carbon footprint
    15:00 - 16:00
  • The Writer's Journey Paul Abbott and Sean Conway (Shameless, Hit & Miss) are chaired by BBC's Assistant Commissioner Alice Ramsey to offer advice on creating authentic drama
    15:00 - 16:00
  • Directing Comedy: Context, Timing and Pacing In this session, Kingsley (This is Going to Hurt, Ghosts) talks about how to construct, and pull off, award-winning comedy
    16:30 - 17:30
  • Editing Your Trailer: How To Captivate the Audience Join trailer-makers from Intermission Film (Cada, Babyteeth) and Picture Production Company (Midsommar, Judy, Singin’ in the Rain) to discuss discuss the ins and outs of putting together the perfect trailer
    16:30 - 17:30
  • Mid-Week Mixer This is the perfect opportunity to ease yourself into the week ahead. Our first party of the festival includes a free gin and tonic upon entry (first-come, first-served) and is hosted by Doubletree.
    19:00 - 22:00

Thursday 3 November

  • Building Your Team: How to Find Your Cast Casting director Nicci Topping discusses the skills and responsibilities of a casting department, and the process of matching actors to roles
    10:00 - 11:00
  • Film4: From Shorts to Features Join Production and Development Executives Max Park and Amy O’Hara in conversation with a Film4-supported filmmaker as they discuss the creative journey from shorts to features
    10:30 - 11:30
  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • The Possibilities of Narrative Through VR This unique panel uncovers the changing role of VR as a synthesis of new technologies and the human imagination
    11:30 - 12:30
  • Storytelling and Shorties: A Writing Workshop with Gal-Dem Communicating films in writing is a skill, be it through reviews, features, or profiles, or in marketing and promotional copywriting. This two-hour workshop is hosted by gal-dem, an award-winning media company committed to sharing the perspectives of people of colour from marginalised genders.
    11:30 - 13:30
  • Building a Believable World: The Elements of Production Design Cristina Casali (The Personal History of David Copperfield, The Death of Stalin) talks about her BAFTA-winning work as an industry leading production designer
    12:00 - 13:00
  • Collaboration: Idea Generation Come along to meet other like-minded producers, directors, actors, cinematographers and academics who are interested in crafting new partnerships, building relationships and sparking dialogues about the future of the moving image, together.
    12:30 - 14:00
  • Working with Editors In this unique lab, we bring together a panel of experienced script editors to look at some of the fundamental questions used when assessing scripts and how you make the most from the process
    13:00 - 14:00
  • Framing, Lighting, Focus: The Cinematographer's Vision BAFTA-longlisted Director of Photography Sashi Kissoon will discuss the importance of framing, lighting and lens, and provide top tips on how to devise successful images, no matter the budget, equipment or timeframe
    13:30 - 14:30
  • Writing in 360: Non-Linear Narratives In the world of 360, the writing needs to adapt to a whole new set of parameters based around interactivity. Participants will learn how to write, and think, in 360.
    14:00 - 16:00
  • Genre Rules & How to Break Them This exciting panel of writers and directors will show you how to make your work stand out from the crowd.
    14:30 - 15:30
  • Presenting Real Stories: Producing Oscar-Winning Documentaries Join double BAFTA- and Oscar-winning documentary producer Simon Chinn for a masterclass in producing award-winning non-fiction.
    15:00 - 16:00
  • Audience Choice: Who Decides What's On-Screen? Join the BFI's Jason Wood in talking about their curation process, and how to identify cinema that both challenges and stimulate audiences on the large-scale
    16:00 - 17:00
  • Following Your Own Path: From Acting to Directing Explore Phillip Barantini's (Boiling Point, Band of Brothers, Chernobyl) transition from acting to directing, in discussion with Terri White.
    16:30 - 17:30
  • Ubisoft: Games that Influence the World Ubisoft writer and designer Tom Knights (The Division, Dawn of Time) shares his creative journey into narrative design
    17:15 - 18:15
  • Telling Authentic Stories: The Ethics of Representation Our panel considers the ethical implications and changing parameters of this complex genre
    18:30 - 19:30
  • Meet the Filmmakers This is the place to make connections for the rest of the week, and meet with fellow filmmakers and aficionados. A relaxed social where we invite our Official Selection to make their selves known to each other and make friendships within the festival circuit.
    20:00 - 23:00

Friday 4 November

Saturday 5 November

Sunday 6 November

  • Kids' Workshops: How to Make a Film (Ages 10-14) This workshop will help young participants harness their creativity to tell meaningful stories. You will work with Spark Media Arts to learn the skills of directing, editing and storytelling.
    10:00 - 12:00
  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • Last Chance Encounters On 6 November, the 12th edition of the Aesthetica Film Festival draws to a close, but there is still an opportunity to make some important connections before you leave – ones that might help you with your next idea.
    12:00 - 13:30
  • Awards Ceremony To bring our 12th edition to a close, we welcome filmmakers, delegates and audiences to attend our prize giving ceremony.
    16:00 - 19:30

Tuesday 1 November

Wednesday 2 November

  • Establishing a Unique Style In this session, our Official Selection filmmakers break down their methods of direction and the importance of finding and honing a unique directorial voice and vision
    10:30 - 11:30
  • Scoring a Film: How to Create Atmosphere Jim Williams (Beast, Kill List, Titane) explores the ways in which the score enriches the overall cinematic experience
    10:30 - 11:30
  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • Screenwriting Fundamentals This lab is aimed at emerging and early-career screenwriters, and is essential for those looking to develop their craft and take it to the next level
    12:00 - 13:00
  • What is "Ethical Cinema"? ICA on Contemporary Representation This session is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the UK’s leading institutions about what constitutes “ethical” cinema
    12:00 - 13:00
  • The Art of Conversation: Refining Your Pitch This networking session is open to all filmmakers, and is the perfect place to test your skills and spark a conversation about your works in progress. Hosted by The Pitch Film Fund.
    12:00 - 13:30
  • Studio AKA: Animating the World Studio AKA have worked with Apple, Netflix, BBC and more. Join Director Phillip Hunt to explore the studio's most compelling ideas
    13:30 - 14:30
  • The Role of the Executive Producer Join Lizzie Francke (This is England, The Souvenir) in conversation with MarBelle, discussing her work as an Executive Producer for the BFI Film Fund
    13:30 - 14:30
  • Sustainability on a Film Set: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Join Amelia Price (Spiderman: Far From Home, Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation) as she discusses the importance of Sustainability Consultancy, and the challenges of reducing your carbon footprint
    15:00 - 16:00
  • The Writer's Journey Paul Abbott and Sean Conway (Shameless, Hit & Miss) are chaired by BBC's Assistant Commissioner Alice Ramsey to offer advice on creating authentic drama
    15:00 - 16:00
  • Directing Comedy: Context, Timing and Pacing In this session, Kingsley (This is Going to Hurt, Ghosts) talks about how to construct, and pull off, award-winning comedy
    16:30 - 17:30
  • Editing Your Trailer: How To Captivate the Audience Join trailer-makers from Intermission Film (Cada, Babyteeth) and Picture Production Company (Midsommar, Judy, Singin’ in the Rain) to discuss discuss the ins and outs of putting together the perfect trailer
    16:30 - 17:30

Thursday 3 November

Friday 4 November

Saturday 5 November

Sunday 6 November

  • Kids' Workshops: How to Make a Film (Ages 10-14) This workshop will help young participants harness their creativity to tell meaningful stories. You will work with Spark Media Arts to learn the skills of directing, editing and storytelling.
    10:00 - 12:00
  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • Last Chance Encounters On 6 November, the 12th edition of the Aesthetica Film Festival draws to a close, but there is still an opportunity to make some important connections before you leave – ones that might help you with your next idea.
    12:00 - 13:30
  • Awards Ceremony To bring our 12th edition to a close, we welcome filmmakers, delegates and audiences to attend our prize giving ceremony.
    16:00 - 19:30

Tuesday 1 November

Wednesday 2 November

Thursday 3 November

Friday 4 November

Saturday 5 November

Sunday 6 November

Masterclasses

  • Booking Required I Free With Valid Festival Pass Masterclasses will run in-person, 1-5 November. These will then be recorded and will be available to watch back On Demand as part of our digital platform, 1-30 November. Masterclasses are included as part of our full access passes, though online booking is required for in-person events due to venue capacity.You cannot attend masterclasses with a single screening or digital-only ticket. All masterclasses should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment, due to capacity.
    00:00 - 00:00

Tuesday 1 November

Wednesday 2 November

  • Establishing a Unique Style In this session, our Official Selection filmmakers break down their methods of direction and the importance of finding and honing a unique directorial voice and vision
    10:30 - 11:30
  • Scoring a Film: How to Create Atmosphere Jim Williams (Beast, Kill List, Titane) explores the ways in which the score enriches the overall cinematic experience
    10:30 - 11:30
  • Screenwriting Fundamentals This lab is aimed at emerging and early-career screenwriters, and is essential for those looking to develop their craft and take it to the next level
    12:00 - 13:00
  • What is "Ethical Cinema"? ICA on Contemporary Representation This session is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the UK’s leading institutions about what constitutes “ethical” cinema
    12:00 - 13:00
  • Studio AKA: Animating the World Studio AKA have worked with Apple, Netflix, BBC and more. Join Director Phillip Hunt to explore the studio's most compelling ideas
    13:30 - 14:30
  • The Role of the Executive Producer Join Lizzie Francke (This is England, The Souvenir) in conversation with MarBelle, discussing her work as an Executive Producer for the BFI Film Fund
    13:30 - 14:30
  • Sustainability on a Film Set: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Join Amelia Price (Spiderman: Far From Home, Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation) as she discusses the importance of Sustainability Consultancy, and the challenges of reducing your carbon footprint
    15:00 - 16:00
  • The Writer's Journey Paul Abbott and Sean Conway (Shameless, Hit & Miss) are chaired by BBC's Assistant Commissioner Alice Ramsey to offer advice on creating authentic drama
    15:00 - 16:00
  • Directing Comedy: Context, Timing and Pacing In this session, Kingsley (This is Going to Hurt, Ghosts) talks about how to construct, and pull off, award-winning comedy
    16:30 - 17:30
  • Editing Your Trailer: How To Captivate the Audience Join trailer-makers from Intermission Film (Cada, Babyteeth) and Picture Production Company (Midsommar, Judy, Singin’ in the Rain) to discuss discuss the ins and outs of putting together the perfect trailer
    16:30 - 17:30

Thursday 3 November

Friday 4 November

Saturday 5 November

Sunday 6 November

  • Kids' Workshops: How to Make a Film (Ages 10-14) This workshop will help young participants harness their creativity to tell meaningful stories. You will work with Spark Media Arts to learn the skills of directing, editing and storytelling.
    10:00 - 12:00

Networking

  • Booking Required I Free With Valid Festival Pass Build relationships, seek out collaborations, make lasting memories. Our Networking Sessions are represented by key organisations who will advise on how to navigate the film festival circuit and pitch to distributors.
    00:00 - 00:00

Tuesday 1 November

  • Welcome: Filmmaker Meet & Greet For the opening of this year’s festival, we welcome all filmmakers to introduce themselves and form new and exciting collaborations for the days ahead. This is a great first meeting place, and opportunity to find your feet.
    12:00 - 13:30

Wednesday 2 November

  • The Art of Conversation: Refining Your Pitch This networking session is open to all filmmakers, and is the perfect place to test your skills and spark a conversation about your works in progress. Hosted by The Pitch Film Fund.
    12:00 - 13:30

Thursday 3 November

  • Collaboration: Idea Generation Come along to meet other like-minded producers, directors, actors, cinematographers and academics who are interested in crafting new partnerships, building relationships and sparking dialogues about the future of the moving image, together.
    12:30 - 14:00

Friday 4 November

  • New Opportunities: Industry Connections This relaxed setting is a great place to share news of your work, whether you’re discussing your project with distributors, or looking to find out more about the funding opportunities that are available post-pandemic.
    12:00 - 13:30

Saturday 5 November

  • Festival Formula: Developing Your Festival Strategy This session, hosted by Festival Formula, will be based around finding your place within the circuit, exploring today’s landscape amongst other like-minded directors, producers, actors and more. 
    11:30 - 13:00

Sunday 6 November

  • Last Chance Encounters On 6 November, the 12th edition of the Aesthetica Film Festival draws to a close, but there is still an opportunity to make some important connections before you leave – ones that might help you with your next idea.
    12:00 - 13:30

Panels

  • Booking Required I Free With Valid Festival Pass Panels will run in-person, 1-5 November. These will then be recorded and will be available to watch back On Demand as part of our digital platform, 1-30 November. Panels are included as part of our full access passes, though online booking is required for in-person events due to venue capacity. You cannot attend panels with a single screening or digital-only ticket. All panels should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment, due to capacity.
    00:00 - 00:00

Tuesday 1 November

Wednesday 2 November

  • Establishing a Unique Style In this session, our Official Selection filmmakers break down their methods of direction and the importance of finding and honing a unique directorial voice and vision
    10:30 - 11:30

Thursday 3 November

Friday 4 November

Saturday 5 November

Tuesday 1 November

Wednesday 2 November

Thursday 3 November

Friday 4 November

Saturday 5 November

Sunday 6 November

Script Labs

  • Booking Required I Free With Valid Festival Pass We’re offering scriptwriters the opportunity to wrap out some ideas with our established workshop leaders. These essential sessions will enable you to take your writing to the next level. Whether you’re looking to develop an idea, start a new project, or look for some inspiration for your writer’s block, these sessions are sure to help both emerging and established screenwriters alike.
    00:00 - 00:00

Wednesday 2 November

  • Screenwriting Fundamentals This lab is aimed at emerging and early-career screenwriters, and is essential for those looking to develop their craft and take it to the next level
    12:00 - 13:00
  • The Writer's Journey Paul Abbott and Sean Conway (Shameless, Hit & Miss) are chaired by BBC's Assistant Commissioner Alice Ramsey to offer advice on creating authentic drama
    15:00 - 16:00

Thursday 3 November

  • Working with Editors In this unique lab, we bring together a panel of experienced script editors to look at some of the fundamental questions used when assessing scripts and how you make the most from the process
    13:00 - 14:00
  • Genre Rules & How to Break Them This exciting panel of writers and directors will show you how to make your work stand out from the crowd.
    14:30 - 15:30

Special Events

Tuesday 1 November

  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • Opening Night Ceremony Aesthetica launches its 12th edition with a screening of inspiring and thought-provoking works from the 2022 Official Selection. **Please Note: Pre-booking is required for the Opening Night Ceremony**
    18:00 - 21:00

Wednesday 2 November

  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • Mid-Week Mixer This is the perfect opportunity to ease yourself into the week ahead. Our first party of the festival includes a free gin and tonic upon entry (first-come, first-served) and is hosted by Doubletree.
    19:00 - 22:00

Thursday 3 November

  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • Meet the Filmmakers This is the place to make connections for the rest of the week, and meet with fellow filmmakers and aficionados. A relaxed social where we invite our Official Selection to make their selves known to each other and make friendships within the festival circuit.
    20:00 - 23:00

Friday 4 November

  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • VR & 360 Soiree The fantastic event is an opportunity for invited guests to network and join us at the London College of Communication: Screen School VR Lab. The VR Soiree includes VIP access to the Screen School VR Lab, alongside welcome drinks and a fantastic dinner.
    17:30 - 18:30
  • Friday Night Party Helping to carry Aesthetica Short Film Festival through into a weekend of social events and inspiring cinema, 1331 hosts the renowned Friday Night Party. Located in York’s vibrant Grape Lane.
    20:00 - 00:00

Saturday 5 November

  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • Audible: The Listening Pitch Premiere Join us for the premiere of the three winning films, and a screening of the 2021 winning film Blind as a Beat. Drinks served upon arrival, followed by a live electronica DJ set post-screening. 
    19:00 - 23:00

Sunday 6 November

  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • Awards Ceremony To bring our 12th edition to a close, we welcome filmmakers, delegates and audiences to attend our prize giving ceremony.
    16:00 - 19:30

Tuesday 1 November

Wednesday 2 November

Thursday 3 November

Friday 4 November

Saturday 5 November

Sunday 6 November

  • Kids' Workshops: How to Make a Film (Ages 10-14) This workshop will help young participants harness their creativity to tell meaningful stories. You will work with Spark Media Arts to learn the skills of directing, editing and storytelling.
    10:00 - 12:00
  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • Last Chance Encounters On 6 November, the 12th edition of the Aesthetica Film Festival draws to a close, but there is still an opportunity to make some important connections before you leave – ones that might help you with your next idea.
    12:00 - 13:30
  • Awards Ceremony To bring our 12th edition to a close, we welcome filmmakers, delegates and audiences to attend our prize giving ceremony.
    16:00 - 19:30

Tuesday 1 November

Wednesday 2 November

Thursday 3 November

  • Building Your Team: How to Find Your Cast Casting director Nicci Topping discusses the skills and responsibilities of a casting department, and the process of matching actors to roles
    10:00 - 11:00
  • Film4: From Shorts to Features Join Production and Development Executives Max Park and Amy O’Hara in conversation with a Film4-supported filmmaker as they discuss the creative journey from shorts to features
    10:30 - 11:30
  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • The Possibilities of Narrative Through VR This unique panel uncovers the changing role of VR as a synthesis of new technologies and the human imagination
    11:30 - 12:30
  • Storytelling and Shorties: A Writing Workshop with Gal-Dem Communicating films in writing is a skill, be it through reviews, features, or profiles, or in marketing and promotional copywriting. This two-hour workshop is hosted by gal-dem, an award-winning media company committed to sharing the perspectives of people of colour from marginalised genders.
    11:30 - 13:30
  • Building a Believable World: The Elements of Production Design Cristina Casali (The Personal History of David Copperfield, The Death of Stalin) talks about her BAFTA-winning work as an industry leading production designer
    12:00 - 13:00
  • Collaboration: Idea Generation Come along to meet other like-minded producers, directors, actors, cinematographers and academics who are interested in crafting new partnerships, building relationships and sparking dialogues about the future of the moving image, together.
    12:30 - 14:00
  • Working with Editors In this unique lab, we bring together a panel of experienced script editors to look at some of the fundamental questions used when assessing scripts and how you make the most from the process
    13:00 - 14:00
  • Framing, Lighting, Focus: The Cinematographer's Vision BAFTA-longlisted Director of Photography Sashi Kissoon will discuss the importance of framing, lighting and lens, and provide top tips on how to devise successful images, no matter the budget, equipment or timeframe
    13:30 - 14:30
  • Writing in 360: Non-Linear Narratives In the world of 360, the writing needs to adapt to a whole new set of parameters based around interactivity. Participants will learn how to write, and think, in 360.
    14:00 - 16:00
  • Genre Rules & How to Break Them This exciting panel of writers and directors will show you how to make your work stand out from the crowd.
    14:30 - 15:30
  • Presenting Real Stories: Producing Oscar-Winning Documentaries Join double BAFTA- and Oscar-winning documentary producer Simon Chinn for a masterclass in producing award-winning non-fiction.
    15:00 - 16:00
  • Audience Choice: Who Decides What's On-Screen? Join the BFI's Jason Wood in talking about their curation process, and how to identify cinema that both challenges and stimulate audiences on the large-scale
    16:00 - 17:00
  • Following Your Own Path: From Acting to Directing Explore Phillip Barantini's (Boiling Point, Band of Brothers, Chernobyl) transition from acting to directing, in discussion with Terri White.
    16:30 - 17:30
  • Ubisoft: Games that Influence the World Ubisoft writer and designer Tom Knights (The Division, Dawn of Time) shares his creative journey into narrative design
    17:15 - 18:15
  • Telling Authentic Stories: The Ethics of Representation Our panel considers the ethical implications and changing parameters of this complex genre
    18:30 - 19:30
  • Meet the Filmmakers This is the place to make connections for the rest of the week, and meet with fellow filmmakers and aficionados. A relaxed social where we invite our Official Selection to make their selves known to each other and make friendships within the festival circuit.
    20:00 - 23:00

Friday 4 November

Saturday 5 November

Sunday 6 November

Tuesday 1 November

Wednesday 2 November

Thursday 3 November

Friday 4 November

Saturday 5 November

Sunday 6 November

Tuesday 1 November

Wednesday 2 November

  • Establishing a Unique Style In this session, our Official Selection filmmakers break down their methods of direction and the importance of finding and honing a unique directorial voice and vision
    10:30 - 11:30
  • Scoring a Film: How to Create Atmosphere Jim Williams (Beast, Kill List, Titane) explores the ways in which the score enriches the overall cinematic experience
    10:30 - 11:30
  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • Screenwriting Fundamentals This lab is aimed at emerging and early-career screenwriters, and is essential for those looking to develop their craft and take it to the next level
    12:00 - 13:00
  • What is "Ethical Cinema"? ICA on Contemporary Representation This session is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the UK’s leading institutions about what constitutes “ethical” cinema
    12:00 - 13:00
  • The Art of Conversation: Refining Your Pitch This networking session is open to all filmmakers, and is the perfect place to test your skills and spark a conversation about your works in progress. Hosted by The Pitch Film Fund.
    12:00 - 13:30
  • Studio AKA: Animating the World Studio AKA have worked with Apple, Netflix, BBC and more. Join Director Phillip Hunt to explore the studio's most compelling ideas
    13:30 - 14:30
  • The Role of the Executive Producer Join Lizzie Francke (This is England, The Souvenir) in conversation with MarBelle, discussing her work as an Executive Producer for the BFI Film Fund
    13:30 - 14:30
  • Sustainability on a Film Set: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Join Amelia Price (Spiderman: Far From Home, Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation) as she discusses the importance of Sustainability Consultancy, and the challenges of reducing your carbon footprint
    15:00 - 16:00
  • The Writer's Journey Paul Abbott and Sean Conway (Shameless, Hit & Miss) are chaired by BBC's Assistant Commissioner Alice Ramsey to offer advice on creating authentic drama
    15:00 - 16:00
  • Directing Comedy: Context, Timing and Pacing In this session, Kingsley (This is Going to Hurt, Ghosts) talks about how to construct, and pull off, award-winning comedy
    16:30 - 17:30
  • Editing Your Trailer: How To Captivate the Audience Join trailer-makers from Intermission Film (Cada, Babyteeth) and Picture Production Company (Midsommar, Judy, Singin’ in the Rain) to discuss discuss the ins and outs of putting together the perfect trailer
    16:30 - 17:30
  • Mid-Week Mixer This is the perfect opportunity to ease yourself into the week ahead. Our first party of the festival includes a free gin and tonic upon entry (first-come, first-served) and is hosted by Doubletree.
    19:00 - 22:00

Thursday 3 November

Friday 4 November

Saturday 5 November

Sunday 6 November

Workshops

  • Booking Required I Free With Festival Pass New to 2022, we are running a series of practical workshops in York Theatre Royal’s Studio, alongside London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Canon. These workshops are centred around expanded realities, and are essential for those looking to try out new technologies. Topics include How to Write in 360 and Making Augmented Realities. Pre-booking is essential for all sessions due to capacity.
    00:00 - 00:00

Tuesday 1 November

Wednesday 2 November

Thursday 3 November

  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • Storytelling and Shorties: A Writing Workshop with Gal-Dem Communicating films in writing is a skill, be it through reviews, features, or profiles, or in marketing and promotional copywriting. This two-hour workshop is hosted by gal-dem, an award-winning media company committed to sharing the perspectives of people of colour from marginalised genders.
    11:30 - 13:30
  • Writing in 360: Non-Linear Narratives In the world of 360, the writing needs to adapt to a whole new set of parameters based around interactivity. Participants will learn how to write, and think, in 360.
    14:00 - 16:00

Friday 4 November

  • Creating Fashion in a 3D World: From the Physical to the Virtual This workshop uses emerging technologies to take fashion beyond the physical. Participants will be introduced to mobile scanning and experiment with apps using their mobile phones to create 3D assets.
    10:30 - 12:30
  • Screen School VR & Immersive Experiences Lab For the fifth year, we present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication.
    11:00 - 20:00
  • How to Make a 360 Film: From Conception to Postproduction 360 filmmaking has become increasingly accessible, but how, in reality, does it work? Attendees will be able to experiment with 360 cameras, both on the large- and small-scale – from the professional to the portable – as well as stitching and editing the footage with the latest software.
    13:00 - 15:00

Saturday 5 November

Sunday 6 November

No events available!