Points of View

Open yourself up to new horizons, landscapes and cultures with this year’s ASFF guest programmes. We highlight 10 standout collections to watch on our online platform.

A Month of Film

Here’s our essential guide to the ASFF 2021 virtual platform. Find out how to curate your own digital festival experience plus discover our must-see masterclasses and film programmes.

ASFF 2021:
Winners Announced

We are delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Aesthetica Film Festival Awards, celebrating outstanding independent filmmaking.

ASFF 2021: Day Six

This year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival draws to a close today. Here’s our pick of must-see films and events across the day ahead of our live awards ceremony.

ASFF 2021: Day Five

As the Aesthetica Short Film Festival enters its fifth day in York and online, we select our top picks to look out for. Get ready to discover new cinema and gain insights from industry leaders.

ASFF 2021: Day Four

Get ready for a stimulating selection of panels, premieres and guest programmes as we head into our fourth day. Here are 10 must-attend events and screenings.

ASFF 2021: Day Three

Join us in-person or online for some more incredible film programmes, lively discussions and industry sessions. Here are the highlights for our third day.

ASFF 2021: Day Two

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival enters its second day, with another amazing programme of films, masterclasses, panels, networking sessions and special events. Here are our top picks.

ASFF 2021: Day One

The 2021 Aesthetica Short Film Festival opens today! Here is our guide to some of the amazing highlights of day one, including our film programmes, masterclasses and more.

Rising Stars and Industry Giants

Join us for a series of unmissable masterclasses with some of the industry’s most celebrated directors, actors and producers. Here is a guide to ASFF 2021’s key headline speakers.

Building an Inclusive Industry

We Are Parable, Digital Orchard, MAMA Youth Project, Little Cog and more join us at ASFF 2021 to discuss how representation should, and can be, embedded into filmmaking practices.

Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free

The ASFF 2021 Official Selection is organised through six strands. Here we preview the sixth thematic programme, with films exploring issues of segregation and racism in today’s society.

A Rising Director

Prano Bailey-Bond joins us at ASFF 2021 for a masterclass about her career and recent success. In this exclusive interview, she reflects on her path through the industry.

Creative Vision

What is the secret to trending content? Explore the crossover between fashion, branding and films with experts from NOWNESS, The Fabricant, Compulsory and more at ASFF 2021.

Mirror, Mirror

This year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival offers six carefully curated film programmes – from animation to drama, family friendly to dance. Here is a guide to the fifth strand.

ASFF 2021: One Week To Go

ASFF 2021 gets underway in one week. Get prepared and plan your viewing as we recommend our must-see film programmes, masterclasses and events from this year’s festival.

Film for All

Film is for everyone. Here is a guide to this year’s Family Friendly film programmes at ASFF 2021, showcasing a delightful selection of cinema for younger viewers, adults and carers alike.

The Perfect Shot

Dive into the world of filmmaking at ASFF 2021. We will be delivering a range of masterclasses on cinematography and editing – with insights from the likes of Nicola Daley and Paul Davies.

Pleased to Meet You

The ASFF 2021 Official Selection is organised through six strands, curated by theme and including multiple genres. Here we preview the fourth thematic strand.

ASFF 2021: Programme Announcement

This very special hybrid version of the festival incorporates both live and virtual events, as well as screenings from 2-30 November. Discover new cinema, masterclasses and more.

Character Building

What does it take to be an award-winning actor? We take a closer look at this year’s ASFF masterclasses and highlight 10 sessions to attend for all things acting and casting.