One Month to Go: Submit to ASFF

The 11th edition of the Aesthetica Film Festival will run from 2-30 November 2021 in York, UK. We will deliver a new hybrid experience, with in-person events from 2-7 November and the On Demand digital platform running all month to complement the festival’s live experience. The Industry programme will include masterclasses, panels, networking, pitching and an opportunity for you to get involved. 

We love independent film. It is at the heart of everything that we do. Our programming and curation are innovative and expansive. We believe that great film is transformative, and creativity should be shared. We are looking for filmmakers who are driving film forward through inspirational and innovative works. Whether you are an established or emerging practitioner, we want to see your work.

Selected films will screen in competition and be eligible for our coveted awards, including Best in Category, Best of Festival, Audience Choice and the Hijack Visionary Filmmaker Award. The festival is BAFTA and BIFA-Qualifying for short films and £5000 of cash prizes are up for grabs. Aesthetica is one of the UK’s leading film events, recognised by the BFI as a Festival of National Significance. 

Aesthetica is an important outlet for moving image and digital culture. We believe in making opportunity for filmmakers and talent development is at the core of our industry programming. Industry activity includes masterclasses, spotlights, panels, networking and pitching sessions with distributors such as Film4, BBC Films and Lionsgate. You can connect with leading production services, screen agencies, film festivals and film schools. 

Previous guests include Dame Judi Dench, Andrea Arnold, Sarah Gavron, Dick Pope, Sam Feder, Jeanie Finlay, Paul Franklin, Glenn Freemantle, Chinonye Chukwu, Maxine Peake, Philppa Lowthorpe, Rankin, Jeremy Deller, Simon Chinn as well as representatives from the likes of Aardman, BBC Films, Film4, BBC Writers Room, Framestore, Industrial Light & Magic, British Vogue and many more. 

What delegates and attendees say about ASFF:

 “A festival like this re-motivates and rejuvenates the filmmaking community … that’s why it’s so valuable.” – Mark Cousins, Filmmaker, Curator 

“It was my first time attending ASFF, and what a buzzing hive of talent it was! I’ve made some wonderful discoveries of the next generation of storytellers and am privileged to have been able to participate in talks, pitches and judging some of the official competitions!” –  Dionne Farrell, Development Executive, BBC Films 

“I can’t speak highly enough of the festival. The organisation and communication was top notch. And All the venues were great. Met a lot of great filmmakers and industry contacts. Next year’s festival is already in my diary.” – Samona Olanipekun, Filmmaker and Winner of Best Experimental at ASFF 2019 

“I had a great time, love the festival, it’s so exciting seeing so many new filmmakers walking the streets and at events, really inspiring.” – Charlie Philips, Head of Documentaries, Guardian Docs


Deadline for Entries: 31 May 2021. Click here to submit your film.