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We believe in the power of film. It is transformative and resonating. Film can change the world in a matter of seconds. Here is your chance to join us at 5 screenings this August from York’s very own BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival. We have teamed up with City Screen York this August to present a Season of Independent Film, which looks at how the big screen helps us to make sense of the past, present and future. We have five screenings throughout August: Comedy Club, Kids' Indie Animation Club, The Doc Lover, Animation Now and Foresight: An Urgent Anthology. Join us for films from the film festival and experience the joys of independent film. Our Comedy Club will bring laugh-out-loud moments, while you can bring your kids to see animations that they've never seen before, alongside this we have a screening for the documentary fan, as well as animation for adults and a screening that looks at Black British science-fiction. Here is your chance to step away from the ordinary and immerse yourself in moments of pure joy through independent film.

What's On .

Comedy Club | 4 August 19:00

Comedy at Aesthetica Film Festival is one of our best-loved genres. Comedy offers something for everyone, following unwitting characters through their day-to-day lives, as they descend into surreal moments of chaos, lunacy, and, often, release. This programme has relatable themes, life lessons and unexpected adventures. Satirical, tongue-in-cheek and playful, these shorts play on social etiquette.

The Doc Lover | 11 August 18:00

A selection of 6 documentaries that explore themes of community. The films meditate on the world around us, and take you behind the scenes into the lives of others. Here you will find stories that make you experience the breadth of human emotion and connection. We are reminded that as humans here on planet Earth, we have more in common than what we think.

Animation Stations | 18 August 18:30

Who said animation was just for children? Here are six animated shorts for adults. Connections are a part of the human experience. We need people to help us on our journey of change. But our internal monologues play a huge part in our understanding of those around us. Sometimes it is the decisions that you make in life, and other times it is your circumstances that define who you are and what you may become.

Kids' Animation Club | 25 August 14:00

Film is for everyone. Although designed for youngsters, these projects touch upon a breadth of emotion and offer layers of meaning for adults and carers alike, featuring 6 animated films that will create lasting memories with your loved ones and a screening that you can immerse the whole family in. The films cover themes of love and friendship, imaginary tales of a flying bus, and there is even a spaceship.

An Urgent Anthology | 1 September 18:30

This programme is brought to you by Film4, Fruit Tree Media and We Are Parable. It's a compilation of short films set in the UK that imagine the future for Black and Brown characters. Where do they go from here? What kind of lives will they lead? Who will they meet along the way? It's an urgent anthology that explores alternate realities through the lens of five Black British directors. This time capsule collection contributes to a perspective and point of view continuously missing from our screens: a future where people of colour exist. Written, directed and produced by culturally diverse filmmakers who call the UK home.