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Screen School VR Lab .

The possibilities of 360 film are endless. Immersive experiences bring audiences closer to the action than ever before, positioning them in both real and imagined environments. Enjoy six projects on our virtual platform with an at-home headset until 30 November.

VR Lab 2023

We are proud to present our 360° Cinema and Immersive Experiences Lab, realised in partnership with UAL’s London College of Communication. The Lab takes place in City Screen Basement during the in-person festival and continues on our virtual platform until 30 November. See six brilliant projects with an at-home headset and catch panel discussions that tap into today’s pressing issues.

What We’re Looking For

We are looking for bold stories told differently. The film industry is undergoing dramatic change culturally and technologically. We want to create an impactful and engaging programme of content that brings you on new adventures. We are supporters of creativity in all its forms and are exhibiting XR and 360 projects that immerse users in dynamic new worlds. This Lab runs alongside our new Games Lab.

Submit for 2024

The BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival is a hotbed of new talent and ideas. It is a place of collaboration, idea generation and bold storytelling. We see the screen industry evolving and want XR storytelling and culture to be part of that conversation. You will have the chance to gain advice and feedback, meet industry professionals and exhibit at one of the UK’s leading film festivals.

Submission Information .

  • 1 December 2023| Open for Entries
  • 31 May 2024| Regular Submission Deadline
  • 6 June 2024| Late Submission Deadline
  • September 2024| Official Selection Announced
  • 6-10 November 2024| Festival taking place in York, UK
  • 10 November 2024| Festival winners announced at the Awards Ceremony
  • Regular Submissions Deadline | 31st May 2024
    Games £25
  • Late Submissions Deadline | 6 July 2023
    Games £35
  • Games can have long durations but please note playtime will be 1hour slots at the festival.
  • There is no premiere requirement. We will accept submissions of gams that have previously been exhibited elsewhere, including at other festivals or online.
  • There is no required completion date for screening, but games completed in the past 4 years are preferred.
  • Your entry form must include your name, address, telephone number and email so that we can contact you.
  • Your game must not be in breach of any copyright, including music or sound used in your game.
  • The link to your game included in your submission form must not expire.
  • Aesthetica is unable to grant waiver requests.
  • Submissions are final and subject to a no refund policy.
  • All submissions are played and given the full attention of our team of programmers. The date of submission has no reflection on our selection decisions.
  • View our FAQ page for more information.
  • ASFF is one of the UK’s leading and most expansive film events, recognised by the BFI as a festival of national significance and being both BAFTA and BIFA-qualifying for short film. The festival celebrates the work of outstanding filmmakers through its coveted awards. All films which are selected for the Official Selection will screen in competition and will be eligible for our Best in Category awards which are decided by a jury of industry experts and practitioners. In addition to the Best in Category awards, we present a number of special awards which offer project support, services as well as a combined total of £5000 in cash prizes.
  • The Award in this area of competition is for Best Game.
  • Please submit a playable link from either github or itch.io.
  • It must be an executable file.
  • We can also accept Steam or GOG.com (please include game key if required).
  • VR games accepted.