ASFF 2020: Submissions Closed | Late Deadline 7 June

Submissions are now closed for the 2020 edition of the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

We look for filmmakers who are driving film forward through inspirational and innovative works. Whether you are an established or emerging practitioner, we want to hear from you.

We accept submissions to 11 genres short film as well as narrative and documentary features, 360 film and VR and immersive experiences. The Official Selection of films will be showcased at 18 venues across York, UK from 4-8 November 2020 with prizes being awarded for Best Film in each category, Best of Fest, People’s Choice, the York Youth Award, Hijack Visionary Filmmaker Award and the BFI Network & Film Hub North Polaris Award. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work to an international audience of filmmakers, industry delegates and film fans.

Please Note: Concerning Covid-19, ASFF is still planning for the 2020 edition to take place from 4-8 November. The 10th Anniversary Edition of ASFF is still being programmed and we continue to welcome submissions. Films are being viewed and industry speakers are still attending. For any questions please email

Please carefully read the submission guidelines below before submitting your film.

We will open for submissions for the 2021 edition in December.

Entry costs

Short Films £25 | Feature Films £40 | 360 Film, VR & Immersive Projects £35

Enter via Film Freeway

Categories for Submissions

Submissions are open to the following categories

  • Advertising Film (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Animation (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Artists' Film (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Comedy (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Dance (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Documentary (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Drama (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Experimental (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Fashion Film (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Music Video (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Thriller (Under 30 Minutes)
  • VR & Immersive Experiences (Under 30 Minutes - Must be suitable for Oculus Rift or HTC systems)
  • 360 Video (Under 30 Minutes - Must be Suitable for Oculus Go Headsets)
  • Narrative Feature Film (60 - 120 Minutes)
  • Documentary Feature Film (60 - 120 Minutes)

Submission Timeline

Submissions are open to the following categories

  • Entries open December 1 2019
  • The deadline for submissions is 7 June 2020
  • The Official Selection will be announced in September 2020
  • ASFF 2020 takes place in the City of York, UK from 4 - 8 November 2020
  • Winners will be announced at the ASFF Awards Ceremony on 8 November 2020


  • Festival screenings at ASFF 2020
  • Awards for Festival Winner (£1,000), People's Choice, York Youth Award, Hijack Visionary Filmmaker Award, BFI Network & Film Hub North Polaris Award and Best Film in each category
  • Festival screenings in various guest programmes at other film festivals and events
  • Editorial in Aesthetica Magazine and on Aesthetica's online channels

Submission Guidelines

  • Short films should have a maximum running time of 30 minutes.
  • Feature films are considered to have a runtime of 60 minutes or over.
  • There is no premiere requirement for ASFF. Films that have screened at other festivals are accepted.
  • There is no required completion date for screening at ASFF, but films completed in the past 3 years are preferred.
  • Only submissions through our online entry platform or Filmfreeway will be considered.
  • Your entry form must include your name, address, telephone number and email so that we can contact you.
  • Your film must not be in breach of any copyright, including music or sound used in your film.
  • The link to your video included in your submission form must not expire.
  • All films must be English language, dubbed into English or subtitled in English.
  • ASFF is unable to grant waiver requests.
  • ASFF does not cover screening fees.
  • View our FAQ page for more information.

Technical Specifications

Please carefully read the technical specifications for submissions