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Substance Film Festival: Place is a State of Mind

02/12/2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

£4 – £10

Substance Film Festival presents: Place is a State of Mind
Sat 2 Dec | 7:30pm | Vue Cinema Hull | 12+ | 90 mins | £4

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Industry. Innovation. Change.

Substance Film Festival presents 16 short films taking inspiration from the northern landscape explored through four strands over four evenings: Award Winning Films, Place is a State of Mind, Human Stories and Complex Relationships.

Film is a mechanism through which to connect, engage and celebrate with all things northern. From narratives based in inner-city neighbourhoods, to stories that draw parallels with other countries, these unique screenings offer personal perspectives in a universal world. Be inspired by the breadth of emotions, be humbled by each film’s cultural resonance and leave with the notion that land is more than a geographical location; it’s a hive of activity, a platform of creativity and a state of mind. The question arises: what does it mean to be Northern in a globalised world?

Place is a State of Mind is a collection of shorts that challenge the notion of place. From a Dutch businessman on the verge of a breakdown and an elderly couple recalling their youth to understanding how sound accentuates a place and then back to the sea. This collection of films reminds viewers that place can physical or abstract and is defined by a series of memories. Ultimately place is what you make of it.

Included in the programme:

Dir Boris Kuijpers & Ruth Mellaerts | Belgium | 2015 | 17 mins | Drama

Hans is a 50-year old businessman. He has a challenging job, a wonderful collection of ties and a pristine apartment. One day, when a crack appears on the perfect walls of his home, Hans slowly starts losing control of his seemingly perfect life.

Dir Stephen Johnson | UK | 2011 | 18 mins | Drama

When Rowan and Isabel return to the coastline where they spent a blissful summer, almost fifty years before, it is with a very different purpose. Isabel is dying; she wants it to be here, now. As darkness falls, their past collides with the present and Rowan is called upon to make a sacrifice that will preserve their unity forever. Passionate, searing and poetic ‘The Mapmaker’ examines a life and love that, just like all of ours, is all too fleeting.

Dir Ismar Badzic | UK | 2016 | 25 mins | Documentary

Composer Joe Snape takes a sonic journey from Sheffield to Grimethorpe. Armed with a tuba and sound recorder, he searches for sounds and inspiration for a new piece of music; exploring the nature and history of brass along the way.

Dir Tony Plant | UK | 2017 | 3 mins | Artist’s Film

Site Specific Drawing. 1 tide, 12,000+ steps, 3 years waiting. Walking on the last beach in the UK before setting foot on the first beach in America. A drawing in landscape, of landscape.

Each Substance Film Festival programme will include a hosted Q&A and panel discussion around the theme of the film programme with the filmmakers and special guests. Place is a State of Mind guests include A LONG WALK TO GRIMETHORPE director Ismar Badzic.

Substance Film Festival is curated by BAFTA-recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival with support from Hull Independent Cinema.


Substance is a new festival celebrating the culture, creativity and future of the North.Creative visionaries, mavericks and the next generation of artistic iconoclasts descend on Hull to ask questions about the future of arts and culture and the role they play in places like Hull.Does arts-led regeneration exist? What exactly are the creative industries? Has the digital revolution democratised arts and are we all curators now? And most importantly, what happened in the past 11 months and what does it mean for the future?Venues across Hull city centre play host to discussions, film screenings, debates, unique installations and the next generation of artworks and performances. Substance is presented by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and takes place in early December 2017.

Programme details

Vue Cinema is open all day, so why not come along early to grab a drink and a snack? Doors to the screening room usually open around ten minutes before the performance starts.

7:30pm: Programme starts

9:00pm: Programme ends

Tickets terms and conditions

If any tickets remain unsold they can be purchased on the door on the night of the screening, but we strongly advise buying in advance. Advance tickets must be purchased; we cannot reserve tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. We reserve the right to refuse admission, without refund, to anyone arriving after the advertised start time.

If you purchase a membership or student ticket your membership card/student ID MUST be presented along with your ticket on the door when you come to a film. If you do not have your membership card/student ID we reserve the right to charge an additional £1 for your ticket.

** Please note: Tickets are not available via the Vue Box Office and is not included in Vue’s £4.99 ticket deal. Tickets available via Hull Box Office or on the door. 


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
£4 – £10
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City of Culture 2017
Hull Independent Cinema


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Hull, HU1 2PQ United Kingdom
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