Engage with the full breadth of screen culture at Aesthetica. Here is your opportunity to explore new worlds and interactive storytelling. We are the first UK Film Festival to curate and includes games in our public programme, working in partnership with investigate.games to bring you this expansive programme.
Games Lab 2023
Video games are an immersive experience. We see the journeys into narrative design as a crucial way to understand the way that storytelling is evolving. At the Aesthetica Games Lab, we will exhibit 40 projects across PC, console and headset, offering you an immersive and interactive experience. We are celebrating game culture, design and production through this Lab, which is enhanced by a variety of Q&As, panels and masterclasses.
We are looking for bold stories told differently. The video game industry is undergoing dramatic change culturally and technologically. We want to create an impactful and engaging programme of content that brings audiences on new adventures. We see gaming much like film, but that as a player you are involved in bringing that story to life. We are supporters of creativity in all its forms and are looking for games that excite and immerse users in new worlds.
Submit for 2024
The BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival is a hotbed of new talent and ideas. It is a place of collaboration, idea generation and bold storytelling. We are the first film festival in the UK to develop a Games Lab alongside our film screenings. We see the screen industry evolving and want gaming culture to be part of that conversation. You will have the chance to gain feedback, meet industry and exhibit at one of the UK’s leading film festivals.
ASFF is one of the UK’s leading and most expansive film events, recognised by the BFI as a festival of national significance and being both BAFTA and BIFA-qualifying for short film. The festival celebrates the work of outstanding filmmakers through its coveted awards. All films which are selected for the Official Selection will screen in competition and will be eligible for our Best in Category awards which are decided by a jury of industry experts and practitioners. In addition to the Best in Category awards, we present a number of special awards which offer project support, services as well as a combined total of £5000 in cash prizes.
The Award in this area of competition is for Best Game.