Peekaboo, Short Film from ASFF

Starring Lesley Sharp and Shaun Dooley, Debbie Howard’s achingly tender drama Peekaboo follows a couple whose world is torn apart after three pregnancies tragically end in stillbirth. The film focuses on the pair’s subsequent struggle to come to terms with their devastating loss, and the cruel test of their relationship. Screened at various venues across the city of York during last year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), Peekaboo has also featured in a number of other events internationally since its production in May 2012, including LA Women’s Film Festival and Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. The call for entries for ASFF 2013, which runs in York 7 – 10 November, will be open until 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. Peekaboo, courtesy of Vimeo.