This year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival launches on 2 November. The 11th edition of the event, the UK’s most recognised and celebrated short film festival, will comprise a vibrant mixture of screenings and events that will take place in person, in the heart of York, across 12 venues, as well as online.
This year’s films have been curated into six themed strands: How it was, How it is, How it will be?; Humanity on the Edge; When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade; Pleased to Meet You; Mirror, Mirror; and Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free. Inside each strand are 10 programmes of films that span across over 12 short film genres, feature-length narratives and documentaries, as well as virtual reality experiences. These strands embrace the world in which we live, offer a view of the present moment, and look to the future, showing everything Comedy and Drama, to Thriller and Family Friendly.
The 2021 industry programme is extensive: with masterclasses in everything from virtual effects, animation and cinematography, to editing, screenwriting and virtual reality. Industry giants Sally Potter, Maxine Peake, Gerard Johnson and Peter Strickland will be speaking, as well as representatives from Channel 4, Guardian Documentaries and BBC Film. Meanwhile, key institutions offer Guest Programmes from around the world, including films curated by the Imperial War Museum, Scottish Documentary Institute and Film 4, amongst others.
ASFF 2021 runs 2-7 November in York and 2-30 November online. There are three ticket options: In person, virtual or hybrid. Tickets start from £25.