The eighth edition of the BAFTA-Recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) will take place in York from 7 to 11 November. It will combine 85 industry-led events with over 300 screenings, across 18 venues across the city. ASFF's unqiue programme offers a series of masterclasses that cover diverse subject matter relating to the changing landscape of film, as well as networking sessions, special events and showcase screenings. Prizes will be presented for the Best Film in each category and a Festival Winner, alongside nominations from The Northern Film School Award for Best Screenplay and People’s Choice.
New for 2018, the festival will also explore unprecedented forms of storytelling, opening submissions up to Virtual Reality (VR) projects. ASFF will also open submissions to narrative and documentary feature film submissions, over 60 minutes. The decision was inspired by festival's alumni who have since gone on to achieve further success, most notably Francis Lee, the West Yorkshire filmmaker and director of God’s Own Country, his 2017 debut feature film.