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The return of Aesthetica Film Festival

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Film buffs get to sample 300 films as the Aesthetica Short Film Festival returns this week for its 11th year.

After last year’s virtual event had to take place, this year’s event will be delivered as a new hybrid festival. This is an ultimate experience for old and new viewers as it combines the choice to watch films on the big screen and getting involved in events, or logging in to the virtual events as and when. The event will take place from the 2nd-30th November with the live, in-person, events from the 2-7th November. The Festival Hub will be in the city of York, centering in Coney Street from 9:30-18:00.

Hundreds of films, insightful panel discussions and many of the 100 speakers from across the globe will be available to watch until 30th November on the Aesthetica Film website.

York St John University has a long-lasting relationship with Aesthetica, which provides students with a unique opportunity to be involved in the festival as a participant of the event and also as students who are studying Journalism, Film and TV or media are given the opportunity to experience how filmmakers create their work, allowing students to gain first hand knowledge.

The return of the festival has pleased students who are getting involved this year. George Kitchen, a York St John Film and TV student said: “I didn’t know too much about the festival last year at all with Covid and everything interfering, but I am excited to this year get to understand it and attend in person and apply my knowledge to University work in the future”.

Cherie Federico, the director of Aesthetica, has presented throughout the programme that diversity will be a large aspect of this years festival, including LGBTQ+, black lives matter, gender and identity policies, as a summary of everything that has happened since Aesthetica virtual Film Festival in 2020. Last year’s ‘We are George Floyd’, created by Julian Marshall, provides viewers with a visual response to Black Lives Matter and which will be further adapted in Aesthetica Film Festival 2021.

The Festival has been close to many people’s hearts for a long time now. One lecturer from York St John, said: “It’s great to see the festival return to the city. Last year’s virtual festival meant it was easier to see films and catch the best bits of the festival, but the buzz of a film festival isn’t replicated online. There were no parties and the networking behind the scenes simply wasn’t possible. I’ll bet the city is happy the festival is back too. Bars, restaurants and hotels will all benefit from people coming from around the world.”

Tickets for the event are now available and must be purchased to attend the festival in person or virtually, different ticket types are specified at the Aesthetica Film Festival website. The prices vary between unlimited access or single day passes throughout the month.