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Award-Winning Cinema: 10 Thought-Provoking Films

Aesthetica screens powerful films from talented filmmakers. Many of these rising stars have gone on to receive major accolades, like BAFTAs and Oscars, for their great storytelling. Here’s a selection of award-winners over the years.


Dir. Duncan Cowles

How much of your life do you have to remember to remain yourself? Isabella follows the eponymous 92-year old on a journey into her past, exploring the different connections between memory and identity.

BAFTA Scotland 2016: Best Short Film

The Long Goodbye (2020)

Dir. Riz Ahmed

Set in Britain, we meet an immigrant family preparing their home for a wedding celebration. Their happy preparations are disrupted by the chaos that ensues after a right-wing march spirals out of control.

Oscars 2022: Best Live Action Short Film

An Irish Goodbye

Dir. Tom Berkeley & Ross J. White

An Irish Goodbye centres on estranged brothers Turlough and Lorcan, brought together by their mother’s untimely death. What will they do with her unfulfilled bucket list? Find out in this moving and funny dark comedy.

BAFTA 2022: Best British Short Film

The Bigger Picture

Dir. Daisy Jacob

The Bigger Picture follows two sons caring for their aging mother. This is a beautiful story told through carefully hand-painted 2D animation, complemented with key 3D elements and real-life sets.

BAFTA 2015: Best British Short Animation

How to Be a Person

Dir. Sindha Agha

How To Be A Person is a funny and emotional journey along the winding roller coaster of teenage life, following the many misadventures that come along with young people exploring burgeoning sexualities for the first time.

BAFTA 2023: Best Short Form

Grandad was a Romantic (2019)

Dir. Maryam Mohajer

“My grandad was a romantic. He once saw a picture of my granny and realised that she was the love of his life. One day he decided to go meet her.” Mohajer’s charming and heart-warming animation is a tale about love.

BAFTA 2020: Best British Short Animation

The Black Cop

Dir. Cherish Oteka

Cherish Oteka’s documentary The Black Cop is about a former Metropolitan police officer: Gamal “G” Turawa. We meet him as he shares his personal experience of being both a victim and perpetrator of racism.

BAFTA 2022: Best British Short Film

Festival of Slaps (2023)

Dir. Abdou Cissé

Filled with twists and turns, this is an action packed tale from the palms of one Nigerian mother. At one fateful dinner celebration, a woman serves her son a set of slaps so powerful that it will crucially change his life forever.

BIFA 2023: Best British Short Film

The Silent Child (2017)

Dir. Chris Overton

The Silent Child is a film inspired by real-life events. A deaf four-year old girl lives with her middle-class family in a world of silence. That is until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

Oscars 2018: Best Live Action Short Film


Dir. Benjamin Cleary

We meet a reclusive typographer with a debilitating speech problem. One day, he must face his worst fear as he is thrown into a series of uncomfortable and challenging encounters with complete strangers.

Oscars 2016: Best Live Action Short Film

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