Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Short Film festival (ASFF) is a 4 day international film festival that will be held from the 8th till the 11th November 2012. Up to 200 films will be shown throughout the festival across 15 various historic venues including City Screen, York Theatre Royal and York St John University.

The aim of the festival is to celebrate the creativity of upcoming and emerging filmmakers from different parts of the world and will cover a number of genres. Many different varieties of films including comedy, thriller, animation, documentary, and music videos are being shown so it is guaranteed that there will be something for everyone.

As well as screening all of these films the festival also gives the audience the opportunity to take part in master classes, discussions and workshops with talented, respected and BAFTA award winning speakers from within the media industry. Master classes will include talks by:

-        Head of Production at Warp Films, Barry Ryan (This Is England) who will be providing tips for the best way to get ahead in the film industry and offer insights into the future of films.

-        The BAFTA nominated Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech and The Boat That Rocked) who will be chatting about his creative process.

-        The BAFTA award winning screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh (Nowhere Boy) will be giving advice and insight on how to make screenplays stand out.

-        Myles Mcleod of the BAFTA winning animators The Brothers Mcleod (BBC and Disney) will give an insight into how to create an animated world.

These are just are a few examples of the highly respected talent that will be speaking at the festival. The full list and more specific details including the full programme can be found on the Aesthetica website here –

Wristbands and tickets for the festival can be purchased at York’s official tourist information centre or also online at

St Nicholas Fayre 2012

The enormously popular four day Christmas market that brings visitors from all around will once again be returning to York from the 29th of November until the 2nd of December.
A variety of markets will be set up in the high streets creating a wintery charm that only York’s extraordinary houses and famous cobbled streets could do. Each stall will be specialising in a range of gifts, local farm produce and crafts meaning that there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. 
Barley Hall, the beautiful medieval townhouse will hold a special market where traders will be recreating a medieval market by dressing up in costumes, serving mulled wine and giving shoppers the opportunity to participate in live crafting. St William’s College will also house an arts and crafts market for special handmade gifts that cannot be found in shops and so would make the perfect unique Christmas presents.
Seasonal market food will be served all throughout the day offering everyone local produce like boar and venison. Roasted chestnuts will also be on offer contributing to the Christmas charm and creating an aroma that will keep the Christmas festive spirit high. If that’s not enough carol singers and buskers will also be roaming the city spreading Christmas spirit and joy to all the shoppers doing their festive shopping. 
All in all visiting the festival on one of these four days is a must do, if not to pick up the one of a kind gifts or visit artists from across the region then to generally just enjoy the Christmas atmosphere that this market will surely bring.