"York is a beautiful place and ASFF is a diverse, exciting and innovative festival. Congratulations on delivering such a great festival and I hope I get to come back next year!"

Christine Morrow, Northern Ireland Screen

"Many thanks for staging another great festival and inviting the Association of Camera Operators. Everyone at ASFF 2016 made us all feel most welcome. We all felt the session was a great success."

Philip Sindall, Association of Camera Operators

"Thanks again to you and the team for an amazing festival experience. Hands down the best organised festival we have attended - so much love, passion and effort went into making it all possible; congratulations!"

Dejan Mrkic, filmmaker, Silence

"ASFF 2016 was an excellent festival in a most beautiful and conducive venue. It was very satisfying that your team were able to sell out my masterclass session, which went very smoothly and seemed to go down well."

Adam Gee, Channel 4

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you for another fantastic year of Aesthetica! It was great to have our film selected and great to be able to visit a buzzing York."

Ismar Badzic, filmmaker, A Long Walk To Grimethorpe

"Just wanted to say how brilliant this weekend was, we loved every minute of it. A totally new experience for us AND we couldn’t believe how beautiful York is and how friendly the people are. The festival was everywhere! Something for next year’s calendar already."

Leo Rytina, filmmaker, Claire’s Jigsaw

"Berlinale is of course a massive festival that every filmmaker wants to be part of but it can't beat the personal touch that ASFF has. The quirky venues, the very friendly organisers, the numerous networking events and of course the great variety of the programme are only a few of the elements that make this festival special. I've been going to festivals for more than 15 years and I can easily say that ASFF is by far my favourite film festival in the UK."

Petros Silvestros, Best of Fest and Best Thriller Winner 2015

"We really enjoyed our stay in York and got to see some very high quality films. We would be delighted to come back next year and catch more of the programme. Congratulations on an incredible event."

Megan Nunn, Marketing Director, Screentest Festival

"Thanks again for your Aesthetica hospitality these last few days in York. The Festival gets bigger every year, and it was great to meet up with so many filmmakers, both familiar faces and new ones. York is definitely party city!"

Philip Ilson, London Short Film Festival

"It was a pleasure to visit York and see so much of your festival. I got to speak with a lot of delegates and film-makers and viewed many shorts, some of which I hope we can programme in DIFF in 2016."

Sarah Ahern, Projects Manager, Dublin International Film Festival

"It’s been a fantastic privilege to be one of the judges for the Official Selection Best of Fest Award this year. The range, ambition and sheer quality of the films is absolutely world class."

Kate Kinninmont MBE, CEO of Women in Film & TV (UK)

"It was really a brilliant time for us in York. All the fantastic screenings from so many different places in the world made the festival so great. We had the chance to take part at different events, and we got to know some very interesting people!"

Marie-Anne Hafner and Ursula Stäubli, Co-Directors of The Times Stand Still

"York was beautiful, and I really liked the diversity of the screening rooms, at all these unique historical places. It was great to see our music video for the first time on the big screen."

Martijn Rijnberg, Carla Bozulich: Gonna Stop Killing

"It was very exciting to be at York for the Festival, discovering films, people and the city! Thank you to ASFF for all the incredible organisation and energy!"

David Bart, Director of Vanishing Tigers

"Thank you for a fantastic festival. Our cast and crew had a brilliant time taking in the screenings and workshops, and the award ceremony was great too. We'll definitely be back to visit again."

Keith Allott, Director of Flawless

"We've just flown back to the US, and we'd like to thank the ASFF team for a wonderful experience! We had absolutely the best time at Tim Pope's lecture, enjoyed the lively atmosphere of the screenings and I especially loved that each event was in such an interesting venue. York is quite full of surprising places!"

Cheryl Glover, Co-director of Tulipomania: Blinks First

"Thank you so much for including The Sand Storm, it was quite an honour to have my film appear with so many other fine works."

Jason Wishnow, Director of The Sand Storm

"Congratulations on an amazing festival! ASFF was brilliant. I had such a good time, met some wonderful people and saw so much truly extraordinary work. I feel like I learned an extraordinary amount."

Alex Warren, Co-Director of Eleanor

"The programmes and parties were great! I’ve rarely seen such a well-attended, popular festival. It was also a real honour to win the York Youth Award. We’ll be back in force next year, hopefully with a couple more films!"

Sam Johnson, Director of Billy the Kid

"We still can't believe we won Best Drama. Blown away! I'll be spreading the word wide and far about what a well-run, fun, entertaining festival ASFF is!"

Ben Cleary, Director of Stutterer