Cinema For All: ASFF 2019

ASFF once again dedicates a large portion of its programme to a new
generation of film lovers; with the festival’s wider mission to make cinema accessible to all.

Returning for 2019, parents or carers with young families can enjoy the Cinema Bambino programme. Suitable for ages 4-12, the themestranscend generational divides. Audiences can immerse themselves in a shared cinematic experience with loved ones in a relaxed environment that caters for small children, with facilities available for pushchairs (look for the pushchair symbol throughout ASFF’s programme).

Subtitled screenings are also programmed throughout the festival at designated venues across all genres and are clearly marked throughout the festival programme. For those with hearing difficulties a specially curated programme will be held throughout ASFF, with hearing loops and headphones are available at Screen York and Everyman Cinema.

Joining the guest programme line-up this year, Hey Duggee – a breakout home-grown hit on CBeebies – showcases bright and engaging stories that help children to develop key development skills while stoking their sense of adventure.  Loved by both children and parents around the world, Hey Duggee inspires children to be energetic, explore and problem solve to earn the much-desired badges.

On Thursday 7 November, ASFF dedicates a morning to 11-14-year-old students keen to engage with cinema in a critical capacity. The Youth Engagement Programme takes place in various venues across the city and has been designed to present the best in independent short filmmaking from the festival’s Official Selection to a new and enthusiastic audience. In its wider goal to help develop critical and creative voices in young audiences, ASFF gives these individuals the opportunity to nominate their favourite shorts for the York Youth Award, which will be presented at the prestigious closing night awards ceremony. 

ASFF runs 6-10 November. For more information, click here.Connect with the Aesthetica Short Film Festival on social media: Twitter @asffest |  Facebook @aestheticashortfilmfest| Instagram @asffestival

1. Still from Manen. Part of ASFF’s 2019 Animation Screenings.