Industry Engagement

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017 runs for an unprecedented five days from 8 to 12 November in York, UK. Not only has the programme expanded, screening more films in 18 venues throughout the city, but the opportunities to engage with industry figures, filmmakers and audiences have also increased with the introduction of several new events.

Morning Coffee Hour is now a daily networking session taking place at the centrally-located City Screen Basement. The new event offers an intimate Q&A session with the Official Selection filmmakers as they discuss topics such as Funding Your Film, Working with Actors, and Realising your Dream. The Panel is an ideal way to kick off screenings and masterclasses by networking over a cup of coffee.

Last year saw ASFF celebrate its sixth anniversary, and with it came a dynamic and distinctive array of short film. ASFF 2017 provides audiences with an opportunity to experience afresh or rediscover highlights from 2016 with screenings of winning films, from Best Drama winner Dejan Mrkic’s Silence to Best Comedy 90 Grad Nord by Detsky Graffam.

A new event for filmmakers to connect with their peers is Aesthetica Motown Party presented by City Screen Basement. This is an opportunity to kick back in the City Screen basement bar and enjoy a tribute to the nostalgic era of Motown music. This is a great event to attend, network with fellow attendees, filmmakers and delegates and have a chat about all things film related. Or grab a drink and just enjoy an electric and fun atmosphere with some of the best hits from the 1960s to the 1990s.

The programme of Showcase Screenings returns with a new set of host organisations, championing excellence in film and showcasing their talented practitioners. The independently curated guest screenings are from organisations such as London College of Fashion, Plymouth College of Art, the University of Lincoln, Random Acts, London Film School, Falmouth University and Northern Film School. This is a great opportunity to see fresh talent and connect with organisations to find out how they support and develop practitioners.

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ASFF 2017 is open for entries until 31 May:

1. ASFF 2016. Photo: Jim Poyner