Come to Heaven of Hearts, Short Film from ASFF

A poetic film by Linn Karen Forland, Come to Heaven of Hearts is a short film depicting the inner world of an old woman – a resident of a nursing home. Full of surprising associations, surreal images and saturated colors, the film sets before us a rapturous scene of an old woman at the end of her life. There are angelic little girls, flowery meadows, pink balloons, troubadour violinists, and shameless baths in popcorn. Old age and childhood meet in the magic circle forming a symbolic unity. However, these idyllic pictures are repeatedly juxtaposed with the reality of life at home for the aged: with empty corridors, perfunctory nursing care and lonely life in seclusion.This production featured in Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012 as part of the Artists’ Films series. There is still chance to submit a short film for ASFF 2013, which runs 7 – 10 November across the city of York. The final deadline for submissions is 31 May.

ASFF allows for both budding and established filmmakers to connect with new, worldwide audiences and interact with some of the biggest personalities in the film industry today. High profile attendees in 2012 included representatives from Warp, BAFTA, Channel 4 and Raindance. Over 200 films will be screened at this unique event, in 15 iconic locations across the historic city of York, uniting a stunning setting with cultural experience.

In addition to great exposure at the festival, the Winner will receive £750 among other prizes and screenings at a number of other UK festivals; the People’s Choice Winner will receive £250. A shortlist of finalists will be included on the ASFF Sampler DVD, which will be distributed with the December 2013 issue of Aesthetica Magazine, the international arts and culture publication. Finalists will also be included in an editorial feature in the magazine, which has a worldwide audience of 140,000.

ASFF are looking for films 25 minutes and under of all genres to screen at the festival in November 2013. Entry is £15 and the deadline for submissions is 31 May 2013. For more information, please visit

1. Come to Heaven of Hearts, Linn Karen Foerland, courtesy of YouTube.