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Wednesday 18 May 2011

Announcing the Aesthetica Short Film Festival - Submit Your Film

Aesthetica Short Film Festival: Drumroll please! Announcing the launch of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival!

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is a celebration of independent film from across the world. The Film Festival was created as an outlet to support and champion short filmmaking and has developed from the Aesthetica Magazine Short Film Competition.

Aesthetica has been supporting film for a long time: we have a dedicated film section in the magazine and have covered topics from Secret Cinema to the global appeal of British film as well as focussing on a range of interesting films including Clio Barnard’s award winning The Arbor and Yojiro Takita’s Oscar winning Departures.

We took our involvement in film one step further last year when we set up the Aesthetica Short Film Competition to offer short filmmakers the opportunity to access audiences in the UK. Along with the help of our longstanding partners, Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, Shooting People, Glasgow Film Festival and Raindance we aim to create a platform for short film internationally.

Last year we had an overwhelmingly good response to the Short Film Competition, with nearly 1000 entries from over 35 countries. Many of the films were fantastic and the judging process was incredibly gruelling but with only 13 spaces on our DVD, we could only make a limited selection. We were delighted with the final films that we chose but disappointed that more couldn’t have been included so this year we decided to create the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, in order to give a larger number of our entrants the recognition that they deserve.

Additionally, Branchage International Film Festival in Jersey have also added their name to the list of screening locations that we can offer the winner so it’s a really superb opportunity for filmmakers to run the gamut of the UK film festival scene from Scotland down to the Channel Islands!

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival will take place in the historic city of York from 3rd to 6th November. The screenings will cover a wide variety of genres and filmic styles, including narrative films, documentary, animation, music video and artists' film amongst others. Taking place across 14 diverse locations in the city, the Festival offers visitors a unique experience, with venues including the Olivier Award winning York Theatre Royal and the National Railway Museum, home to the famous Flying Scotsman. ASFF will bring contemporary short film to one of the UK’s best loved cities and combine the best in new filmmaking with a unique urban experience, from boutique cinemas to medieval halls. In addition to four days of screenings, there will also be a series of master classes and workshops with leading industry figures.

The films screening at this event will be selected from entries to the Aesthetica Short Film Competition 2011.

There are still two weeks left to submit your film into the Festival! Click here for full details on how to enter.

Deadline for entry: 31st May.

Explore York. Experience Film.


Anonymous said...

This is so exciting for York, I can't wait to see the films in some historic locations!!

Anonymous said...

This is an excellent idea, congrats. I was just reading that the Newport Beach Film Festival didn't have a single entry it's first year, but they now screen over 360 films from 40 different countries. Best of luck to all of you!

Aesthetica said...

Thank you! The Aesthetica Short Film Competition received over 1000 entries last year from 37 different countries so we're very excited about this year's entries and the festival screenings. Why not visit www.asff.co.uk to find out more?

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