The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is delighted to announce it is now a BAFTA recognised
festival, an achievement that is unprecedented for a festival in its fourth year. This latest accolade
stands testament to the creativity and bold programming of ASFF, which has now firmly established
itself as a dynamic player on the film festival circuit.
BAFTA accreditation is also an outstanding triumph for York as the location of a qualifying festival.
Exploring and engaging with the city is a fundamental aspect of ASFF, as the festival moves through
medieval halls, gastro-bars, art galleries and cinemas to present a city-wide film adventure.
Audiences are led down York’s famous snickleways to discover hidden gems around the city and
experience memorable short film from around the world.
ASFF’s BAFTA qualifying status accentuates York as a key destination to discover fresh talent as
Kate McMullen, Head of Visit York says: “ASFF is a fantastic event that raises the bar for York’s
international art and culture profile. We are delighted to welcome visitors from across the UK and
overseas. The festival is one of the top three in the UK bringing important economic benefits for the
whole city and has the potential to grow and grow. We very much look forward to ASFF 2014.”
Filmmakers selected for ASFF 2014’s Official Selection benefit significantly from the new publicity it
generates. Cherie Federico, ASFF Director, states: “Filmmakers competing at BAFTA qualifying
festivals such as ASFF are exposing their films to a BAFTA committee, who otherwise wouldn’t be in
a position to consider their work. We are honoured to receive this recognition, which supports our aim
to champion outstanding short films and to nurture today’s talented film professionals.”
As ASFF moves into its fourth year, programming is underway to bring audiences a rich selection of
films from across the world, in genres including advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy,
documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller as well as a family friendly
strand. Screening venues are located throughout York, enabling audiences to create their own unique
This year’s masterclass series presents insights into crucial parts of filmmaking such as funding,
editing and production with representatives from BAFTA, Association of Camera Operators, BlinkInk,
Indiegogo, Double Negative, Ridley Scott Associates, Channel 4 and Beggars Group among others.
Speakers also include Director and Screenwriter Biyi Bandele (Half of a Yellow Sun); Film Critic Anna
Smith (BBC, Empire, Time Out, Sight&Sound, Guardian), and Fashion Filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson
(Chloe, Selfridges and Lady Gaga). The masterclasses are open to aspiring filmmakers and those
who simply love film.
There will be several opportunities for industry networking and a chance to meet programmers from
across the UK and the world at our Meet the Film Festivals event. Receive top tips on how to get your
film noticed by representatives from major festivals including Raindance, Berwick Film and Media Arts
Festival, Bradford Film Festival, British Urban Festival, Cabriolet Film Festival, Edinburgh International
Film Festival, Encounters, London Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Short Shorts & Asia Film