Aesthetica Film Festival 2022 submissions

  • Open Call
  • worldwide
  • 31/05/2022
  • Open Call
  • worldwide
  • 31/05/2022

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Submit Your Film

The 12th edition of the Aesthetica Film Festival will run from 1-30 November 2022 in York, UK. We will deliver a hybrid experience, with in-person events from 1-6 November and the On Demand digital platform running from 1-30 November to complement the festival’s live experience. The Industry programme will include masterclasses, panels, networking, pitching and opportunities for you to get involved. 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 £5,000 of cash prizes are up for grabs.

Entries for the 2022 edition are now open.

Submissions are open to the following categories

  • 1 December 2021 | Entries Open
  • 31 May 2022 | Regular Submission Deadline
  • 5 June 2022 | Late Submission Deadline
  • September 2022 | Official Selection announced
  • 1 – 6 November 2022 | Live Festival taking place in York, UK
  • 1 – 30 November 2022 | Digital Festival
  • 6 November 2022 | Festival winners announced at the Awards Ceremony

Submissions are open to the following categories:


  • Advertising Film
  • Animation
  • Artists’ Film
  • Comedy
  • Dance
  • Documentary
  • Drama
  • Experimental
  • Fashion Film
  • Music Video
  • Thriller
  • All short films should be 30 minutes or under.

VR & Immersive

  • 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)

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 16 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.

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is BAFTA-Qualifying and takes place in York, UK. It is one of the UK’s largest and most revered film events. We love independent film. It is at the heart of everything that we do. Our programming and curation are innovative and expansive. We believe that great film is transformative, and creativity should be shared. The Official Selection includes 300 shorts, features, VR and immersive works across 15 competitive categories, as well as non-competitive showcase screenings, presented by the UK’s leading film schools.

Alongside these programmes, we work with global partners to curate guest programmes with impact. Recent organisations include BFI Doc Society, We Are Parable, Directors’ Notes, Scottish Documentary Institute and Imperial War Museum, amongst others. Aesthetica is an important outlet for moving image and digital culture, creating a platform that champions film and creatives from across the world. Equality, diversity and creativity underpin the entire programme.

We believe in making opportunity for filmmakers and talent development is at the core of our industry programming. Industry activity includes masterclasses, spotlights, panels, networking and pitching sessions with distributors such as Film4, BBC Films and Studiocanal. We also have an Industry Marketplace to facilitate further collaborations. You can connect with leading production services, screen agencies, film festivals and film schools.

Previous guests include Dame Judi Dench, Asif Kapadia, Sally Potter, Francis Lee, Andrea Arnold, Sarah Gavron, Dick Pope, Sam Feder, Jeanie Finlay, Paul Franklin, Glenn Freemantle, Chinonye Chukwu, Maxine Peake, Philippa Lowthorpe, Rankin, Jeremy Deller, Simon Chinn as well as representatives from the likes of Aardman, BBC Films, Film4, BBC Writers Room, Framestore, Industrial Light & Magic, British Vogue and many more.

Full details can be found HERE

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