The London Short Film Festival
Date posted: 04.01.2012
London Short Film Festival (LSFF) is an annual event that presents the best in UK short film-making talent. This year marks the 9th edition of the festival, which takes place from 6-15 January 2012.
Bestowed with the title of "The Best Short Film Festival in the World" by the Guardian newspaper, LSFF is recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film. This year's programme features approximately 300 shorts selected from an open submission process. Over 800 UK-made short films were submitted, demonstrating the robust health of the British short film-making scene.
LSFF began life in 2003 as the Halloween Short Film Festival, led by industry veteran Philip Ilson. The festival was a continuation of The Halloween Short Film Club which Ilson had been programming since 1994. Following a name change in 2008, the festival has grown steadily year-on-year to take in more films, live music, industry and training events, in diverse, high-quality venues across London.
This year London-based film-makers are ably represented throughout the programme, with many of the shorts in the lineup funded by Film London and several Film London alumni will also be showing new work at the festival. The city itself will be on display in a dedicated strand, New Shorts #17 London Lives, which includes the Film London funded short Moments by Ida Akesson.
Among the highlights of the festival this year is Douglas Hart's Long Distance Information, screening in the New Shorts #18 Father and Sons strand. Based around an awkward telephone call between an estranged father and son, it stars Scottish actor and film-maker Peter Mullan. Made through Film London's London Borough Film Fund Challenge (LBFFC), the film won the Audience Award at the 2011 Best of Borough Film Awards and continues its success with screenings at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival later this month.
LSFF celebrates all things female with two strands of films made by, or focusing on, women. New Shorts #4 Here Come the Young Girls offers an insight into the female coming-of-age process, and includes Louise Marie Cooke's First Bite and Jessica Lux's Join the Dots - both of which were supported by the LBFFC - whilst New Shorts #5 Femmes Fantastique, a strand dedicated to women with attitude, will showcase new work from Film London supported film-makers Sonia Castang and Leanne Welham.
Other Film London shorts receive a platform in New Shorts #10 Not the Skin I Live In, LSFF's annual showcase of Black and Asian film-makers: Jimmy Will Play, by director Mawaan Rizwan, and What You Lookin' At?!, by Faryal Velmi. Elsewhere, the festival will screen comedy shorts by Film London alumni Giles Ripley and Ben Blaine, documentary shorts by Simon Aeppli and Kyoko Miyazake and experimental cinema from artist film-maker Andrew Kötting who has previously been supported through Film London's Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN).
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 the Film London's LBFFC and the BFI Film Fund Shorts 2012 scheme, as well as any other relevant initiatives.
Film London will also be represented at the Skillset Afternoon Tea Networking Session, which provides an opportunity to meet and get advice from some of the UK's most connected industry professionals.
Tickets, contact information and full programme listings are available via the LSFF website.