Welcome to York's very own film festival, which takes place every November.
There are over 400 films to choose from, and for the past 12 years Aesthetica has welcomed international audiences to York – connecting communities from across the world to share in the enjoyment of independent film. You can see laugh-out-loud comedies, award-winning dramas, thrillers, animation, family friendly and documentaries. The film festival is a window to the world, where audiences can engage with global stories.
Beyond film screenings, there is a stellar programme of industry masterclasses that cut to the heart of what it means to make film. Previous editions of the festival have welcomed speakers from Aardman, BBC, Film4 and Studiocanal, as well as BAFTA- and Oscar-winners like Dame Judi Dench, Asif Kapadia, Sally Potter and Maxine Peake.