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Industry. Innovation. Change.

Substance Film Festival Award Winning Films is a programme of films that looks at some of the Winners from the Aesthetica Short Film Festival from Best Drama and Best Documentary to Best Comedy and Best Music Video. Some of these films have gone on to win Oscars and BAFTAs. A delightful programme of shorts all with connections to the North of England.

Each Substance Film Festival programme will include a hosted Q&A and panel discussion around the theme of the films. At the Award-Winning Film night, this includes Robert Hackett, the Director of Night Mail.

Included in the programme:


Dir Fabio Palmieri | Italy | 2015 | 9 mins | Documentary

Each year 40, 000 people try to enter Europe. They flee from war, persecution and poverty. Since the ways by land have been interrupted, they board overloaded vessels and face a dangerous and often deadly voyage across the Mediterranean.


Dir Tommaso Pitta | UK | 2015 | 18 mins | Comedy

Ted, 9 year old, is the clumsiest boy in the world. Desperately searching for his vocation, he cannot find anything he is good at. The breakthrough arrives the day his father comes home with an old monstrous piano. Ted has the revelation: he will become the next Mozart. Based on the short story ‘Every Good Boy’ by David Nicholls.


Dir Benjamin Cleary | UK/Ireland | 2015 | 13 mins | Drama

A man with a debilitating speech problem must face his worst fear.


Dir Robert Hackett | UK | 2013 | 3 mins | Music Video

Shot at night, this promo is characterised by images from the original Night Mail GPO Film unit film featuring WH Auden’s poem, projected onto a disused train station.

Each Substance Film Festival programme will include a hosted Q&A and panel discussion around the theme of the film programme with the filmmakers and special guests.

Substance Film Festival  is curated by Aesthetica Short Film Festival and presented in partnership with Hull Independent Cinema and Substance.


Substance is a new festival celebrating the culture, creativity and future of the North.

Creative visionaries, mavericks and the next generation of artistic iconoclasts descend on Hull to ask questions about the future of arts and culture and the role they play in places like Hull.

Does arts-led regeneration exist? What exactly are the creative industries? Has the digital revolution democratised arts and are we all curators now? And most importantly, what happened in the past 11 months and what does it mean for the future?

Venues across Hull city centre play host to discussions, film screenings, debates, unique installations and the next generation of artworks and performances.

Substance is presented by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and takes place in early December 2017.

See all the films as part of Shorts of Substance Film Festival at a discounted rate of £10. Present your ticket for your pass at the first screening you attend to collect your tickets. To purchase the pass click here.




Princes Quay Shopping Centre
0345 308 4620

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Venue Access

  • Accessible Toilets
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  • Hearing Loop
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Opening times

Monday 10am-3am
Tuesday 10am-3am
Wednesday 10am-3am
Thursday 10am-3am
Friday 10am-3am
Saturday 10am-3am
Sunday 10am-3am

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