In recent years audiences have come to expect more from cinema with innovative screenings popping up across the UK, from Secret Cinema to films watched from hot tubs. For those looking to adventure this autumn, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York, now in its third year, is one of the most exciting site specific cinematic experiences in the UK.
With screenings taking place in a host of hidden locations across the city, you can expect to find something surprising around every corner. Slip down one of York’s many snickleways to discover a stunning medieval hall and in amongst the banqueting tables watch documentaries from all corners of the world. Or why not take a walk around the city walls to catch films screening in a tower above the city? 15 historic venues lead visitors on a journey around the city’s most iconic places whilst introducing them to memorable independent short film.
There is something for everyone at ASFF from comedy, drama, animation, music video, art, experimental and even a family friendly programme for parents who can’t get away for the weekend. For those wishing to involve themselves further masterclasses from BAFTA, Film4, Channel 4, and one of screenwriting’s most talked about talents Alice Lowe (Ben Wheatley’s recent hit Sightseers) dispense industry tips.
York is transformed for the weekend into a hive of activity with filmmakers visiting from as far afield as Japan and Brazil. It’s a brilliant time to enjoy the city in its autumnal glory with a whole weekend of short films, networking, parties and events from just £30 for a 3-day wristband.
ASFF Director, Cherie Federico comments: “Our screening venues cover all corners of the historic city of York, allowing festival-goers the opportunity to experience some of the best independent film while discovering the distinct and rich setting. We are really excited to bring you this year’s festival, with a truly exceptional line up of films and lively panel discussions to explore the nature of short film.”