ASFF and Picturehouse Present Selected Short Films in Cinemas Nationwide

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) presents an outstanding collection of eight family friendly shorts from the 2013 festival specially curated for Picturehouse Kids’ Club, screening across 15 Picturehouse cinemas throughout the UK, plus at a number of other locations. These animated films from around the world are funny, touching and suitable for the whole family.

Now going into its fourth year, ASFF is a dynamic and established player on the film festival circuit. As a celebration of independent films from the UK and internationally, it is an outlet for championing and supporting short filmmaking. The annual festival, which will take place this year 6 – 9 November across the City of York, offers a unique, cinematic adventure that allows audiences to journey through York’s most historic and iconic places while experiencing memorable short film.

In 2013, ASFF established its Family Friendly Screening Programme and through popular demand, now launches a specially curated collection for Picturehouse Kids’ Club. The selection of shorts will be available across the UK at participating cinemas on the morning of Saturday 16 August, with selected showings on the morning of Sunday 17 August.

Cherie Federico, Director of ASFF says: “It’s a great honour to encourage new, innovative and engaging talent through ASFF, as part of this we programme films for all audiences and this year, we’ve had the great pleasure of partnering with Picturehouse Cinemas nationwide to programme its Kids’ Club shows this coming weekend. We have a great selection of Family Friendly films planned for this November. Working with Picturehouse has been fantastic.”

Films in the Kids’ Club screening include Estefan, directed by Jeff Call (Brigham Young University). This special animation follows the world’s greatest hairdresser who must face his biggest challenge yet to please a very demanding client. Pamela Wyn Shannon’s delightful Pipkin (Tiny Elephants LTD) also features in the screening; a stop-motion animation about exploring the relationship between folk memory, landscape and belonging.

Cinema goers will also have the opportunity to watch the enjoyable The Honey Plot, directed by Al Cox and Benjy Parnell-King, graduates from The Arts University at Bournemouth; and Basil Vogt’s Kapitän Hu (Captain Hu) (Trickbüro), a cleverly crafted animation created through lines scratched on film, with music composed by Hipp Mathis.

Also showing is The Little Red Paper Ship by Aleksandra Zareba (Dragonfly Films) – a poetic story about finding courage when facing the big, wide world, and Stick, directed by Ole Christoffer Haga, which follows an abandoned dog who encounters a friendly stranger on his day off from work.

Further films include The Odd Sound Out by Pernille Sihm & Ida Maria Schouw Andreasen (The Animation Workshop) – a tale about a band of invisible creatures, which decides to expel a musician whose odd sound is disrupting the mood of the ensemble and, finally, Out of the Ordinary by Tommy Kinnerup (The Animation Workshop), which follows the tale of a man bored by his office routine who then finds that unexpected events force him to open his eyes to something greater.

Running just over one hour long and representing filmmaking talent from all corners of the world, ASFF’s special screening for Picturehouse Kids’ Club presents a rare chance for families to watch short films in a cinema near them. If this whets your appetite, head to ASFF in York this November for an outstanding collection of 2014’s short film favourites.

Dates and times vary according to the venue. To find a Kids’ Club near you with further information, dates and times please visit

For more information on ASFF visit

1. Aleksandra Zareba (Dragonfly Films), The Little Red Paper Ship.

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