Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Posted on 11 February 2013

Submit Your Film

Aesthetica is looking for filmmakers who are driving the genre of short film forward through inspirational and innovative works. Whether you are fresh out of film school or have been making films for years, they want to hear from you.

They are accepting films in all genres: drama, documentary, music video, comedy, thriller, experimental and artists’ film.

ASFF 2013 allows for both budding and established filmmakers to connect with new, worldwide audiences and interact with some of the biggest personalities in the film industry today. Over 200 films will be screened at this unique event, in 15 iconic locations across the historic city of York from 7-10 November 2013. It’s a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their work in an impressive setting to an international audience. High profile ASFF attendees in 2012 included representatives from Warp, BAFTA, Channel 4 and Raindance. ASFF 2012 also included a special screening and artist talk from established artists Ed Atkins and Patrick Ward on their film Defining Holes. Ed Atkins, winner of the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Award 2012, has exhibited at MOMA and Chisenhale London, and Slade School of Fine Art graduate Patrick Ward, who has exhibited worldwide, offered insights into video art and explored the boundaries between contemporary practice and traditional filmmaking.

Supporting & Championing Short Film

Enter this year for your chance to be screened at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013. The finalists will be screened across the City of York as part of ASFF in November. There will be additional prizes for the winner and runner-up, and a shortlist of finalists will be included on the ASFF Sampler DVD, which will be distributed with the December 2013 issue of Aesthetica Magazine.

This award offers the winner and runners-up a fantastic prize package, which will bring your films to a wider audience.

  • The deadline for entries is 31 May 2013.
  • All films selected for screening at ASFF will be notified by 31 July 2013.
  • Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony at ASFF on 10 November 2013.
  • ASFF Sampler DVD of a shortlist of finalists will be released with the December issue of Aesthetica Magazine.


  • Screenings at ASFF.
  • £500 prize money for Festival Winner Award.
  • £250 prize money for Peoples’ Choice Award.
  • Opportunity to be included on the ASFF 2013 Sampler that will go to Aesthetica readers
    (60,000 viewers) in December 2013.
  • Editorial in Aesthetica Magazine and on the Aesthetica Blog for a selectiion of finalists.

Submission Guidelines

  • Running times up to 25mins.
  • English language, dubbed in to English or with English subtitles.
  • Please include: Director’s name, country of production, running time.
  • Plus full contact details including postal address, telephone number and email address.
  • Your film must not be in breach of any copyright, including music or sound contained in your entry.

Entry is £15 and for more information on how to enter please click here.