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The London Short Film Festival 2013

Date posted: 20.12.2012

London Short Film Festival (LSFF), now in its 10th year, is an annual event presenting the best of UK short film-making talent. This year's event takes place 4-13 January 2013 in 24 venues across London.

Hailed by the Guardian Guide as "the Best Short Film Festival in the World", LSFF is recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film. Last year's festival was very popular, with over 5,000 tickets sold and 75% of events filled to capacity.

In 2003 Philip Ilson and Kate Taylor organised the first Halloween Short Film Festival at the ICA. This was formed as a continuation of The Halloween Short Film Club which Philip had been programming since 1994. In 2008 the festival became the LSFF and has been growing to include more films, live music, industry and training events and diverse, high-quality venues.

London-based film-makers have a strong showing in this year's LSFF, with many Film London funded shorts and several Film London alumni showing new work. Funded by the Film London Dickens 2012 Short Production Scheme, Andy Taylor Smith's 80,000 Christmas Lights in the New Shorts #15: Landscape and Light strand contrasts the beauty of London's twinkling holiday lights with a tough, true story.

This year's festival features many highlights, including an evening with Douglas Hart, prolific film-maker and founding member of Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain, in Douglas Hart: Long Distance. The event showcases Hart's latest short film, Long Distance Information, a dark comedy exploring the relationship between a father (Peter Mullan) and his son (Alan Tripney), which was made through Film London's London Borough Film Fund Challenge (LBFFC). A selection of Hart's best and iconic music videos will also screen, alongside his 1991 documentary short Brazil '70 The Sexiest Kick-Off and a Q&A.

The LBFCC supported many shorts chosen for the LSFF, presenting an all-ages action comedy with Philippe Leone's A Fistful of Sandwich in New Shorts #21: Don't Make Me Laugh,  day release tensions with Doyle Hooper's R in New Shorts #2: Fucked Up Love and a 1948 Olympic gymnast in Kate Sullivan's Walk Tall in New Shorts #11: Night of the Living Docs Parts 1 & 2: First Person & Second Life.

Film London's PULSE produced Follow by David Alexander explores growing up and coming-of-age in difficult times in the New Shorts #19: Youth of Today strand.

Elsewhere, the festival will screen shorts by Film London alumni Mathy & Fran, Toby Meakins, Alex Taylor, Ben Rivers, Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Joseph Pierce, Jonathan Entwistle and a retrospective programme of work by Film London's Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN)-supported duo AL and AL.

The festival's screening programme is complemented by a series of industry events, workshops and networking sessions alongside high-profile partners such as BAFTA and Sheffield Doc/Fest. Film London presents a panel on the current status of short film funding in the UK, and will discuss public, private and crowd sourced funding of short films.

Tickets, contact information and full programme listings are available via the LSFF website.

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