Aesthetica Short Film Festival

United Kingdom


Aesthetica is the destination for independent cinema. Enter a world of incredible films, immersive VR and thrilling games. Meet talented creatives from across the globe and hear from industry experts through our insightful masterclasses, workshops and networking sessions.
We focus on the topics that are the most meaningful, pressing and present in our world and welcome a diversity of subject matter and styles. We accept shorts across multiple genres: Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video and Thriller. 
Aesthetica is a BAFTA and BIFA Qualifying Festival and is one of the UK’s largest and most revered events in the screen industries. We are proud to be based in York, a UNESCO City of Media Arts making waves in the booming creative sector. Our programme encompasses film, virtual reality (VR) and games, shining a light on the best in moving image and digital culture.

Event date

06.11.2024 ⟶ 10.11.2024

Aesthetica looks for filmmakers who are driving film forward through inspirational and innovative works. We present a number of special awards which offer project support, services as well as a combined total of £5000 in cash prizes.
Our winners are chosen by an esteemed jury of industry professionals. Our awards are:

Special Awards:
– Best of Festival
– Best Cinematography
– Best Director
– Best Editing
– Best Screenplay

Category Awards:
– Best Advertising Film
– Best Animation
– Best Artists' Film
– Best Comedy
– Best Dance Film
– Best Documentary Short
– Best Documentary Feature
– Best Drama
– Best Experimental Film
– Best Family Friendly Film
– Best Game
– Best Music Video
– Best Narrative Feature
– Best Thriller
– Best VR, Immersive & 360 Project

Event Adress

21 New Street
United Kingdom

Entry fee: £20

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