31 May 2021


Opportunity Description

The 11th edition of the Aesthetica Film Festival will run from 2-30 November 2021 in York, UK. We will deliver a new hybrid experience, with in-person events from 2-7 November and the On Demand digital platform running from 2-30 November to complement the festival’s live experience. The Industry programme will include masterclasses, panels, networking, pitching and an opportunity for you to get involved. Entries are open for the 2021 edition. You can submit to 12 genres as well as VR projects, 360 films and narrative and documentary features. Selected films will screen in competition and be eligible for our coveted awards, including Best in Category, Best of Festival, Audience Choice and the Hijack Visionary Filmmaker Award. The festival is BAFTA-Qualifying for short films and £5000 of cash prizes are up for grabs.

Our Curation
We are looking for bold stories that are told differently and inspire conversations. Film has the power to ignite, transform and change the world. Curation at Aesthetica is centred around powerful storytelling, compelling narratives and ideas. We programme the festival into six overarching strands, and these strands reflect the current state-of-play. These programmes are then sub-curated thematically by genre. We focus on the topics that are the most meaningful, pressing and present in our world. Film is a mechanism to understand the past and present, and it also offers a view of potential futures. Our curatorial team is comprised of 12 programmers who have a range of expertise and specialisations, having worked for some of the largest film festivals in the world. Through the curation, audiences explore new cultures, ideas and engage with the future greats of filmmaking.

Technical Requirements For Screening
Aesthetica is a digital festival and prides itself on the technical quality of the films shown. All films screened at the live physical festival are edited onto genre reels where films play back to back without the need to break. We believe in not only showcasing the best short films from around the world, but also in creating a seamless and engaging audience experience.

The 2021 festival will be a hybrid event, exhibiting films live in cinemas and venues across York, as well as via our online platform, creating an on demand festival experience from home. As such, you may be requested to supply two versions of your film.

Aesthetica is a digital festival and we only accept Quicktime files. We do not accept playable DVDs, DCPs, tapes, or film reels.
For live screenings films should be submitted as high quality Quicktime in the following format:

Quicktime wrapper – Apple ProRes 422 codec (h.264 will be accepted in bandwidth is an issue.)
Audio Codec – Integer 16bit 48KHz Stereo
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Progressive
For online screenings films must be uploaded directly to our server as h.264 files.

If you are submitting a feature film, you may be asked to provide a quicktime matching the above settings or a DCP depending on the screening venue.

How to Apply