The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is a major UK and BAFTA Qualifying short film festival. Taking place in 18 venues across the city of York, the festival is an exciting cinematic event. It invites audiences to explore York and experience outstanding film from across the world. The Official Selection of films spans 11 genres: Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video and Thriller. There are over 400 films in the Official Selection.


We look for committed, hard-working, enthusiastic and friendly volunteers who have a passion for film and are interested in working behind the scenes at ASFF. Whether your interest is in watching films, events management or being a part of something exciting in York, there are lots of reasons to join ASFF as a volunteer.

Venue Assistants

Applications for venue assistant roles are now closed. Please check back in 2019 for opportunities.

Quality Control Volunteer

ASFF ensures a strict quality control policy on all films that screen as part of the festival. We welcome volunteers with experience and understanding of film production to apply as quality control assistants.

Working closely with our technical administrator, this role consists of checking all films for visual and audio glitches.

Quality control checks take place from late September until Mid October. Hours are flexible, but volunteers who can commit to a full days watching are preferred.

To register your interest in joining ASFF as a quality control assistant, please fill contact Andy Guy:

Equal Opportunities

Aesthetica Short Film Festival are working with the BFI on their Diversity Standards and in particular we welcome volunteer applications from underrepresented groups. 

Key Dates

  • 5 October 2019: Deadline for applications
  • Mid-October 2019: You will be notified about the outcome of your application
  • Final week in October 2019: Essential volunteer meetings
  • 6 November – 10 November 2019: Festival preparations and duration of festival