Only One Question for…Aesthetica Short Film Festival’s American-born director Cherie Federico

As you celebrate the tenth anniversary of ASFF in York, what fills you with pride, Cherie?

“BRINGING a celebration of creativity, film, digital media and culture to the wonderful city of York, where I’ve been for nearly 20 years now.

“We’ve done something that no-one else in the country has done, fusing a cutting-edge festival with a city’s history, creating a bone-fide festival that last year drew over 26,000 people to York, which shows that we’ve got it right.

“The programme is right; the city of York is right, as we create an experience for both visitors to the city and people who live here, while also supporting York’s status as a UNESCO City of Media Arts.

“It’s been a heck of a journey and it took a lot of vision when nothing like this had been done in the city before, then growing it further and further each year. So, here’s to the next ten years.”

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2020 runs online from November 3 to 30. Go to to download the full programme.

Call-out for York artists to take part in UNESCO media arts global exhibition

Digital arts high point in York: Jason Bruges Studio’s light installation at York Minster for Illuminating York in October 2016

YORK artists are invited to take part in a global exhibition online on the theme of Human Responsibility.

York is one of ten UNESCO Creative Cities of Media Arts working together to create five artworks, made collaboratively by ten artists working in pairs across the world.

Artists in Austin (Texas, United States), Braga (Portugal), Calí (Colombia), Changsha (China), Guadalajara (México), Karlsruhe (Germany), Kosice (Slovakia), Sapporo (Japan) and York (UK) will present their work online from November 24 to 29.

The works will feature in York Mediale 2020 and Kosice’s Art & Tech Days Festival too.

The selected York artist will receive an award of £1,000; the runner-up, £300. A further £1,200 will be available to support the costs of production and presentation of all five works in York.

Chris Brown: Clerk to York’s Guild of Media Arts

Applicants are invited from any creative field, including core media arts technologies, although they need to undertake online collaboration and to create work that can be distributed and consumed via digital media.

They must have a demonstrable connection to York, such as living or working in the city or membership of the Guild of Media Arts.

A panel representing Mediale, the Guild and York Creatives will select the artist to represent York.

Chris Bailey, clerk to York’s Guild of Media Arts says: “It’s great to be able to put York in the spotlight as one of the pioneer cities in media arts. We are delighted to be part of this global opportunity for artists from diverse cultures to work together to make innovative art about these huge questions that face us all.”

More details are available from Chris by emailing