Inspiring Audiences

Inspiring Audiences

Great film encourages us to think differently. It invites us to see the world in a new way. The BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival has partnered with BFI Film Audience Network to present the Aesthetica Award-Winning Film Tour; an initiative aimed at bringing cinema to the community and encouraging positive engagement with independent film.

The selection includes some of the world’s best independent short films, featuring Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-nominated works such as Barnaby Blackburn’s Wale and Black Sheep by Ed Perkins. These compelling films explore contemporary social issues, including modern-day racism in the UK, shifting notions of identity and themes of disconnection. The inspiring personal stories resonate on the big screen – brought to life through animation, drama, documentary and dance.

These films have a universal significance, with the power to take audiences to new and familiar places. The programme includes Double Portrait by Ian Bruce and Backstory by Joschka Laukeninks, both exploring themes of love, loss and family. David Moody’s Camlo looks at the social and cultural divides that exist in modern society, whilst Faye Carr Wilson’s Venus is an intimate, personal story about disability, empowerment and individuality. Monica Thomas’ The Wayward Wind features surprising choreography and bright visuals. Viewed together, these works present a critical, thought-provoking and often uplifting vision of the future.

The tour has screened at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, and is travelling to Manchester’s HOME (21 August); Storyhouse in Chester (18 July); Deer Shed Festival (26-28 July), The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal (25 August) and many more locations across the UK. It is available to community groups, film clubs, cinemas and independent exhibitors. Find out more and book here.

Still: Barnaby Blackburn, Wale.