8-12 November 2017: 18 venues. 300 films. 5 days.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2017

This November the university will be once again hosting events as part of the BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). Now in its 7th year, the film festival is just one of many events that make up York’s thriving art scene, which we are proud to support.

The event will bring together filmmakers, audiences, and industry professionals in celebration of independent film and will give film-lovers of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to gain a memorable and unique insight into the world of film.

The festival, which takes place across York, will offer film screenings, master classes, talks and workshops to festival goers. Last year our media production students got a chance to film the festival highlights and attend some of the master classes. Students were offered discounted entry to the festival to enjoy up to 400 short films and workshop sessions. This year the university will also be putting on a showcase as part of the festival, giving audiences an opportunity to view some of the works being produced by past and present students.

The festival is a fantastic part of York’s event calendar and gives visitors, students and the local community a great opportunity access a prestigious film festival and benefit from the creative inspiration the event brings.

Book Tickets

To keep up to date with all things ASFF and book tickets visit the Aesthetica website or keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

ASFF 2017 Official Trailer

Finding your creative voice

This year York St John University will be holding a showcase as part of the Aesthetcia Short Film Festival, which promises to be an excellent event for aspiring creatives as well as a celebration of the talent coming out of the School of Performance and Media Production.

York St John University has a longstanding film production reputation going back 50 years and we are delighted to be inviting some of our successful graduate film-makers back for a screening of short films made during their time at the University.

One of the hardest challenges facing filmmakers is how to find their unique style. York St John’s graduate filmmakers will be in attendance to talk through overcoming this issue, utilising a range of genres, techniques and processes. This session reflects upon the difficulties and rewards of creative freedom. Followed by a tea and coffee reception.

This event is part of the 2017 Aesthetica Short Film Festival. For more information on the festival visit the ASFF website here.

The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium

Aesthetica Future Now Symposium

The Future Now Symposium takes place over two days at York St John University, in the heart of the city of York. It gives an opportunity to meet those shaping the art world today. The Symposium includes lectures, panel discussions and portfolio reviews. The theme this year looks at “how the arrival of the digital age has created an unprecedented feeling of alienation. Communication has changed and we now rely on technology to interact, presenting ourselves in ways that are evolving beyond control. The sense that the public is merging with the domestic has also spread into a larger, blurred depiction of reality. Surveillance is becoming a prevalent and inescapable issue internationally. Contemporary art is the mechanism that enables us to respond to this renewed understanding of living.”



York St John University and Aesthetica

York St John University is one of the key partners of Aesthetica, a British art and culture magazine. The magazine was founded in 2002 by York St John University alumna Cherie Federico. Cherie graduated with a masters in English in 2003.

The relationship with Aesthetica yields two key events:

  • The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium – Future Now (25 and 26 May)
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival – BAFTA recognised (8 – 12 November)

The University is proud to sponsor these events and have academics from a range of courses share their expertise at the Symposium and the Festival.