Frequently Asked Questions

How can I submit my film?

Aesthetica Short Film festival only accepts submissions via FilmFreeway

Can I request a fee waiver?

The registration fee for your submission covers the administrative and programming costs of the festival. Unfortunately, we cannot offer fee waivers.

Can I send my film in a higher quality format?

For the purpose of the judging process, we only require access to a viewable online version of your film. If your film is selected to be screened at ASFF, we will then ask you to supply a higher quality version for screening.

Are there any age restrictions on submitting to the festival?

There are no age restrictions on submitting to the festival so everyone is welcome to enter. Work can therefore be entered on behalf of someone who is under 18 and it is your judgement call as to whether you think the work is suitable.

Does my film have to have been produced this year?

We accept submissions of films produced in any year, but we will give preferred consideration to films produced within the last two years.

Is entry to the festival open to international entrants?

The festival is open to international submissions. We welcome submissions from all over the world and look forward to seeing a huge variety of entries.

My film is not in English, do I have to provide English subtitles?

All non English films should be subtitled. Subtitles must be burnt in to the quicktime version of the film. The only exception is with song lyrics, which do not have to be translated.

Can I submit work which has been previously screened elsewhere?

Yes, ASFF does not have a premiere requirement and we accept works that have screened at other festivals both nationally and internationally. Please include information on previous screenings with your submission.

After the judging process is complete, can I get any feedback?

Due to the number of entries received, the judges unfortunately cannot offer any feedback on unsuccessful entries.

Can I alter my entry once it has been submitted?

You can alter your submission up up until the final deadline on 7 June 2021. Following this, no further changes or updates can be made. Please be advised that our programmers begin watching films as early as March.

I haven't received confirmation of my submission. What can I do?

Through Filmfreeway you will receive an automatic confirmation upon your entry as well as a unique tracking number (eg ASFF0001). If you haven't received a confirmation email within three days of submitting, we recommend that you contact us at asff@aestheticamagazine.com. Please let us know the film's title, Director and the date you originally submitted.

What are the copyright regulations for the festival?

You retain the copyright for all your work. Any additional screenings organised by ASFF will be approved by the filmmakers in advance.

Do I need music/sound rights for my submission?

Yes. You are fully responsible for the clearance of all music or sound contained in your entry. You may be required to produce documentation at anytime.
Find out more at:
BBC Academy - A Guide to Music Copyright
The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers

My entry contains film/movie clips from other sources. Do I need to acquire copyright, even for non-commercial use?

Yes, you are still responsible for the clearance to use all external material. You may be required to produce documentation at any time.

My film contains adult topics, can I still submit?

Yes, but please be aware that the films will be shown in public screenings. The organisers of the screenings have the right to deny material that they deem unsuitable for their viewers. Please indicate the age rating of your film on your entry form as well as any trigger warnings.

I submitted my film to ASFF before and was unsuccessful. Can I submit it again this year?

We do accept submissions of films that have been submitted to ASFF before as long as there have been substantial changes. If your film has previously been rejected by us, consider what you can do to improve your application this time.

My short film slightly exceeds 30 minutes. Will you still consider it?

We specify 30 minutes as the maximum cut-off for a short film, but we will still accept submissions of films of up to 35 minutes in length. Short films over 30 minutes may have less chance of inclusion in our programme as we generally programme reels compiled of six films running between 60 and 90 minutes.

We are accepting feature films for the 2021 festival. Feature film submissions should have a run time of between 60 and 120 minutes.

I have a feature film. Can I submit?

The 2021 festival will be our fourth year of accepting feature film submissions. We are encouraging entries of both narrative and documentary genres running between 60 and 120 minutes.

Can you accept DCP for exhibition?

Only a number of our venues are equipped with DCP systems. We only accept high quality quicktimes from filmmakers, which can be converted to DCP by the festival team if required. If you are submitting a feature film, you may be asked to provide a DCP depending on the venue the film will screen at. However, as a standard, high quality quicktimes are our exhibition format throughout the festival.

I can't access the online entry form / I need an accessible version of the form

We prefer to receive submissions via the online form, but if you can't access it, please contact us at asff@aestheticamagazine.com and we will assist with the process.

Can I enter more than one film?

You may enter as many films as you like. You must purchase a separate entry fee for each film you submit, and you must also complete the submission process separately for each film via FilmFreeway.

Does ASFF cover screening or licensing fees?

No. ASFF does not cover any screening or licensing fees.

Can I Attend the Festival for Free as an Official Selection Filmmaker?

If you are selected to be part of the Official Selection, we will send across your Filmmaker Accreditation kit. This includes information on how to claim your complimentary festival passes. These can be assigned to a member of your crew e.g. the director, producer, actor etc. Full details of Filmmaker packages will be sent in advance of the festival.