Whether you have a film in the festival or not, you're in for a treat. I would recommend going either way, as it can be a great experience for students, emerging filmmakers (including actors) and even people just interested in film. So here's pretty much everything you should know.
First things first. What pass to get?
Get an unlimited pass, plus a ticket to the awards ceremony, and at least 1 networking ticket (these really do sell out quickly). Pssst. Keep reading and you'll find a discount code for the pass.
That's me, Justyna Mytnik and Ingvild Deila, (and 70% of Dann Parry's face) at ASFF16.
How to get there?
The train is the quickest and cheapest option for most. You wont need a car in York as everything's pretty much within walking distance.
Where to stay?
Buses stop running at about 11pm, and even earlier on Sunday, so you'll want to get an Airbnb within walking distance of the town centre. Treat 'Visit York' as your festival centre.
How to get around?
Walking is best but you could always try your luck at grabbing one of the few Ubers in the area (I think there was only one last year).
What screenings to go to?
I don't know who programs ASFF, but they really don't respect the categories. You'll find a mix of everything in every category (including experimental). 'Drama' is an all round favourite. 'Artists' film' isn't for everyone.
What else is there to do?
It's a good idea to break-up your day by taking a walk around the town and spending some time at such sites as, Cliffords Tower, York Minster, St Mary's Abbey, and The Shambles.
What venues to go to?
I'd highly recommend getting to each venue at least once, so spend some time planning your screenings. It's a good idea to get there early in general, especially for 'Thirteen Thirty One' which is the smallest venue by far.
What's the best thing about the festival?
If you've never been to York before you're in for a treat. It's so nice to walk around a historically rich city between screenings, rather than just going from screen to screen, and sitting in the same little café.
There are no Q&As after screenings. If you want to meet the filmmakers, you've got to go find them yourself. So in a way, it's a good thing because it gets people networking.
Go to the morning panel discussions.
Use this code ASFF50 to get 50% off your passes and tickets. Exp. 20th Sept.
Screenings always start on time and end early.
Take 50 business cards and go home with none.
Aesthetica Film Festival 2017 takes place 8 - 12 November in the city of York