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Welcome to Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2022
Aesthetica is the destination for independent cinema. We are delighted to be hosting the 12th edition of the festival both in-person in York and online. We’re offering a range of tickets, with a mixture of live and hybrid formats, so you can choose how and when you experience the best new film. Here’s what to expect for this year’s jam-packed edition.
Masterclasses & Panel Discussions

Industry Sessions

This year's selection of masterclasses is world-class. For 2022, we welcome BAFTA, Oscar and BIFA-winning directors, actors and producers, who each represent prestigious organisations such as Ubisoft, BFI, Framestore, BBC, Channel 4, ICA, Guardian Documentaries, BBC Writersroom, Aardman, Film 4, Industrial Light & Magic, and more.

Our speakers include Director Tom Kingsley (This is Going to Hurt), Executive Producer Lizzie Francke (This is England, The Souvenir), Production Designer Cristina Casali (The Personal History Of David Copperfield, Misbehaviour), Actor Philip Barantini (Band of Brothers, Chernobyl), Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man) and Carly Brown (The Crown, Belfast).

Networking Opportunties

Connections

Build relationships, seek out collaborations, make lasting memories. Our Networking Sessions, Pitching events and Workshops are a key part of the festival programme and where connections are made.

The 2022 Networking events are represented by key organisations who will advise on how to navigate the film festival circuit and pitch to distributors. The workshops centre around expanded realities and immersive tech. Here, we offer both in-person and virtual attendees the opportunity to meet and interact with representatives from some of the world’s leading organisations, from BBC and Film4 to StudioCanal and Guardian Docs.

Official Selection. Guest Programmes. New Wave.

Screening Programme

Discover the best new and independent cinema from across the globe. This year, we're showcasing diverse selection of shorts and features: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Thriller, Music Video, Dance. There's also the opportunity to immerse yourself in VR & 360.

Our Guest Programmes welcome screenings from organisations like Scottish Documentary Institute, BFI Doc Society, Directors' Notes, Iris Prize, Oska Bright and We Are Parable. New Wave showcases trailblazing new names in film.

Workshops, Script Labs & York Days

New for 2022

New to 2022, we are running a series of practical workshops – for adults and children – centred around expanded realities. They are essential for those looking to try out new technologies. Additionally, our all-new Script Labs are an opportunity for writers to take their work to the next level.

This year, we're delighted to launch York Days. For 12 years, Aesthetica has welcomed local, national and international audiences to York – connecting communities from across the world to share in the enjoyment of independent film. Now, York Residents can join in the conversation.

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Join us at the 2022 festival