31 May 2020


Opportunity Description

Submissions are now open for the 2020 edition of the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

We are looking for filmmakers who are driving the film forward through inspirational and innovative works. Whether you are an established or emerging practitioner, we want to hear from you.

We accept submissions to 11 genres short film as well as narrative and documentary features, 360 film and VR and immersive experiences. The Official Selection of films will be showcased at 18 venues across York, UK from 4-8 November 2020 with prizes being awarded for Best Film in each category, Best of Fest, People’s Choice, the York Youth Award, Hijack Visionary Filmmaker Award and the BFI Network & Film Hub North Polaris Award. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work to an international audience of filmmakers, industry delegates and film fans.

Submissions are open to the following categories

  • Advertising Film (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Animation (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Artists’ Film (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Comedy (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Dance (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Documentary (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Drama (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Experimental (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Fashion Film (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Music Video (Under 30 Minutes)
  • Thriller (Under 30 Minutes)
  • VR & Immersive Experiences (Under 30 Minutes – Must be suitable for Oculus Rift or HTC systems)
  • 360 Video (Under 30 Minutes – Must be Suitable for Oculus Go Headsets)
  • Narrative Feature Film (60 – 120 Minutes)
  • Documentary Feature Film (60 – 120 Minutes)

Entries open December 1 2019
The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2020
The Official Selection will be announced in September 2020
ASFF 2020 takes place in the City of York, UK from 4 – 8 November 2020
Winners will be announced at the ASFF Awards Ceremony on 8 November 2020


  • Festival screenings at ASFF 2020.
  • Awards for Festival Winner (£1,000), People’s Choice, York Youth Award, Hijack Visionary Filmmaker Award, BFI Network & Film Hub North Polaris Award and Best Film in each category.
  • Festival screenings in various guest programmes at other film festivals and events.
  • Editorial in Aesthetica Magazine and on Aesthetica’s online channels

Entry Costs

  • Short Films £25 | Feature Films £45 | 360 Film, VR & Immersive Projects £30

How to Apply

Please carefully read the submission guidelines before submitting your film.

  • Short films should have a maximum running time of 30 minutes.
  • Feature films are considered to have a runtime of 60 minutes or over.
  • There is no premiere requirement for ASFF. Films that have screened at other festivals are accepted.
  • There is no required completion date for screening at ASFF, but films completed in the past 3 years are preferred.
  • Only submissions through our online entry platform or Filmfreeway will be considered.
  • Your entry form must include your name, address, telephone number and email so that we can contact you.
  • Your film must not be in breach of any copyright, including music or sound used in your film.
  • The link to your video included in your submission form must not expire.
  • All films must be English language, dubbed into English or subtitled in English.
  • ASFF is unable to grant waiver requests.
  • ASFF does not cover screening fees.
  • View our FAQ page for more information.