We see the return of the London Short Film Festival (LSFF) this month, now in its 11th year, with a record 32 programmes of short films in categories that include music video, experimental, thriller and the ever-popular documentary. LSFF spills out across London from 10 to 19 January, creating a community of filmmakers and film lovers; this year, LSFF is venturing south into the Victorian environs of Horniman Museum and east into the bars of Dalston and Hackney.
Dedicated cinema venues such as ICA, Curzon Soho, Hackney Picturehouse and Riverside Studios will also screen its shorts and creative spaces will be enlivened with discussion and debate as a new series of panel lectures ‘Discussion @ LSFF’ takes place. Inspiring creativity is at the heart of this programme, and LSFF is an unmissable event for the next generation of filmmakers and film exhibitors.
This year’s new features include Celluloid Traces, which brings together filmmakers working with film stock in a series of experimental and documentary films. International offerings are another highlight, with the North American screening showing stories from across the pond. The Gothic and the Grotesque, a programme collaboration with BFI Gothic season, presents thrilling shorts that promise to scare and excite while promoting the horror genre in film.
Alongside screenings, LSFF presents an extensive series of free film industry events, workshops and panel discussions from leading film organisations, including Film London, Sheffield Doc/Fest, The British Council, BFI Future Film and LoCo London Comedy Film Festival. Opportunities to interact with film experts are presented by the series of festival networking sessions with organisations such as Mosaic Films, Cinema Jam, and at the popular LSFF Afternoon Tea.
For more information visit www.shortfilms.org.uk