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Industry. Innovation. Change.

Place is a State of Mind is a collection of shorts that challenges the notion of place. From a Dutch businessman on the verge of a breakdown and an elderly couple recalling their youth to understanding how sound accentuates a place and then back to the sea. This collection of films reminds viewers that place can be physical or abstract and is defined by a series of memories. Ultimately place is what you make of it.

At the Place Is A State Of Mind night, the Q&A session includes Ismar Badzic, the Director of A Long Walk To Grimethorpe.

Included in the programme:


Dir Boris Kuijpers & Ruth Mellaerts | Belgium | 2015 | 17 mins | Drama

Hans is a 50-year old businessman. He has a challenging job, a wonderful collection of ties and a pristine apartment. One day, when a crack appears on the perfect walls of his home, Hans slowly starts losing control of his seemingly perfect life.


Dir Stephen Johnson | UK | 2011 | 18 mins | Drama

When Rowan and Isabel return to the coastline where they spent a blissful summer, almost fifty years before, it is with a very different purpose. Isabel is dying; she wants it to be here, now. As darkness falls, their past collides with the present and Rowan is called upon to make a sacrifice that will preserve their unity forever. Passionate, searing and poetic ‘The Mapmaker’ examines a life and love that, just like all of ours, is all too fleeting.


Dir Ismar Badzic | UK | 2016 | 25 mins | Documentary

Composer Joe Snape takes a sonic journey from Sheffield to Grimethorpe. Armed with a tuba and sound recorder, he searches for sounds and inspiration for a new piece of music; exploring the nature and history of brass along the way.


Dir Tony Plant | UK | 2017 | 3 mins | Artist’s Film

Site Specific Drawing. 1 tide, 12,000+ steps, 3 years waiting. Walking on the last beach in the UK before setting foot on the first beach in America. A drawing in landscape, of landscape.

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 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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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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