Good news for film-goers of all ages: the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is back! It returns from 6th to 10th November 2019 with a programme of over 300 films and 100 events. It’s not just for grown-ups, with something for everyone. ASFF’s venues extend across the city and include York Theatre Royal, Bootham School and the National Centre for Early Music.
ASFF’s dedicated Family Friendly screenings (suitable for children aged 4-12) feature award-winning short and feature films that touch upon a breadth of emotions. Animations, comedies and age-appropriate dramas, (each with six films and lasting between 45 and 60 minutes) prove that film can be accessed from the earliest of ages. Follow memorable characters as they embark on unexpected adventures. We went last year with our children and saw some wonderful short films that made us laugh and cry. We still talk about some of them now, which is the best recommendation we can give.
For those with younger children, take them to see Hey Duggee – the breakout hit from CBeebies. These bright and engaging stories (lasting for one hour) encourage key development skills whilst stoking a sense of curiosity. Hey Duggee inspires little viewers to be energetic, explore and problem-solve to earn the much-desired badges.
As part of the Guest Programmes, varied screenings cover a wide range of topics and styles to broaden the mind. This includes reflective and inspiring short films from Guardian Documentaries, Short of the Week and BBC Arabic Festival. The screenings also include a feature-length screening of Sundance favourite Apollo 11 – with never-before-seen footage from the lunar expedition.
ASFF is committed to providing a safe and all-Inclusive environment for each and every attendee. Subtitled screenings are also available at designated venues. For those with hearing difficulties, a specially curated programme is held, with hearing loops and headphones available at City Screen York and Everyman Cinema. The majority of venues are fully wheelchair accessible – please check the website for more details.
See the film festival programme for screening times. Tickets are available at www.asff.co.uk/tickets and can be collected at our Festival Hub in York Theatre Royal.