The Festival Explained

Three ways to engage.

In 2021, the Aesthetica Film Festival takes place both in-person, in the centre of York, and virtually through our unique online platform. Cinema screenings and a selection of live events will take place 2-7 November, across multiple venues.

  • On our digital platform, we are offering a selection of live-streamed events from the heart of York, a further range of virtual masterclasses, and On Demand film programmes available at your fingertips until 30 November.
  • There are three ways to attend the festival: in-person, virtually, or through a mixture of both. Whether you’re joining us online, or in-person, we look forward to seeing you and connecting through the best new cinema.

2-30 November, York and Online

Make the most of ASFF 2021.

New to 2021, we’re offering audiences the opportunity to attend the festival in the historic city of York, as well as through the online sphere. This is the ultimate film festival experience, as it combines the freedom to watch films on the big screen and take part in our invaluable networking events, whilst being able to log-in and catch-up in your own time.

  • Tickets are available as one-day, two-day or full-month passes.
  • With these tickets, you can attend the festival in York and see films in the cinema.
  • Passes give access to in-person events, provided that you book in advance.
  • All digital content, including the full film programme, will be available to you online until 30 November.

2-7 November, York

Back to the cinema.

Come and join us in York and celebrate venues re-opening. Visit our venues and experience film how it was intended.

  • Your ticket is only valid for the duration of the in-person event, 2-7 November.
  • Tickets only include live events in our venues, without any online access to digital-only events.
  • We offer a range of ticket options, from those visiting the festival for a single day,
    to those looking to engage in everything we have to offer.

2-30 November

Log on from the comfort of home.

We’re excited to be offering a virtual edition of the festival for the second year running. With a digital pass you’re able to view all our film programmes and virtual events through live industry channels, without compromising on experience.

  • Tickets are available for a 24-hour login, or for one-week or one-month access.
  • We’ve specially curated our films and online events to be released each day.
  • The platform works across all devices, from smartphones to TVs and tables.
  • To gain access to this year’s festival, simply sign up to our online platform, purchase your pass,
    login and gain access to an expansive programme of films on demand.

Further Information

For all enquiries, please email