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Industry. Innovation. Change.

Featuring 16 short films taking inspiration from the northern landscape explored through four strands over four evenings: Award Winning Films, Place is a State of Mind, Human Stories and Complex Relationships. Each evening includes a Q&A panel with the film-makers.

The northern landscape is one that has been shaped by a constant sense of motion. From Manchester to Teesside, and from rural to urban, all locations included in this wide-ranging bracket have been a locus for social and political upheaval; its roots run deep. However, a combined population of 14.9 million, a collective, singular sense of identity is no longer reflective of the area’s complexities. Its locality is spreading, and its influence is perpetually evolving – entering new realms, crossing borders and inspiring the next generation.

Film is a mechanism through which to connect, engage and celebrate with all things northern. From narratives based in inner-city neighbourhoods, to stories that draw parallels with other countries, these unique screenings offer personal perspectives in a universal world. Be inspired by the breadth of emotions, be humbled by each film’s cultural resonance and leave with the notion that land is more than a geographical location; it’s a hive of activity, a platform of creativity and a state of mind. The question arises: what does it mean to be Northern in a globalised world?

Award-Winning Films

Fri 1 Dec, 7.30pm (£4)
Vue Cinema Hull

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.


Place is a State of Mind

Sat 2 Dec, 7.30pm (£4)
Vue Cinema Hull

Place is a State of Mind is a collection of shorts that challenge 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 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.



Human Stories

Mon 4 Dec, 7.30pm (£4)
Vue Cinema Hull

Human Stories is a selection of films rooted in the shared human experience. From the oldest married couple in the world to a portrait of a life, these narratives look at communal rights-of-passage that transcend place and remind us of our humanity and how individual stories help us to relate to one another in a complex world.

At the Human Stories night the Q&A session includes Hannah Pike, the Director of Hit & Run.



Complex Relationships

Tue 5 Dec, 7.30pm (£4)
Vue Cinema Hull

Complex Relationships features stories about fathers and sons, the last colliery in Yorkshire and a young girl struggling with her upbringing. These films look at the breadth and dynamic nature of family relationships. They also offer a glimpse into the intricacy of the domestic whilst underpinning identity in the modern age from a northerner in London to a family in crisis.

At the Complex Relationships night, the Q&A session includes each of the directors of the four films on show – Chris Shepherd, Harry Sherriff, Ruth Grimberg and Ashley Dean.


Film Festival Pass

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.





Princes Quay Shopping Centre
0345 308 4620

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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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