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Film London at the London Short Film Festival

Date posted: 08.01.2014

Film London-produced shorts continue to take the film world by storm, with six of the latest productions screening at the London Short Film Festival; and the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival showing new work by two film-makers supported in previous years.

The London Short Film Festival runs at venues across the city 10-19 January. It's an opportunity to see the best in short film and hear from many of those at the forefront of this creative medium. Film London is proud to have supported six of the shorts in this year's stellar programme:

1.00pm Saturday 11 January, BFI: Battlecock joins the funnies at Don't Make Me Laugh

This comedy short from BAFTA nominated director Ben Mallaby kicks off the programme with a gruesomely funny tale of a battle match between the Dukinson brothers and Krullmuller sisters. Battlecock is joined by other hilarious offerings, including Antony, written by comedian Tim Key. 

3.00pm Saturday 11 January, Hackney Attic: Some Things Mean Something screens as part of 'Short Longes'

Dee Meaden's film about a man with learning difficulties who finds meaning in a sentimental greetings card screens as part of this afternoon of longer form drama shorts, alongside new work from comic Josie Long and crowd-funded Hereafter, starring Antony Head. Read an interview with Meaden ahead of the screening

3.30pm Saturday 11 January, ICA: Anita joins the Femmes Fantastique line-up

The beautifully directed Anita quietly explores the relationship between a young pregnant carer and one of her patients. Geoff Bellhouse's film screens as part of a line up showing the best in shorts that have strong women at their heart, including The Phone Call starring Sally Hawkins as a call centre worker.

6.30pm Tuesday 14 January, Cine Lumiere: Woodhouse shows at London Lives

Winner of Film London's 2013 Best of Borough (BoBs) Awards, Woodhouse was described as a "visual and aural treat" by the jury. Full of imagination, Writer/Director Fred Rowson's film chronicles the investigation into an unknown creature in a South London nature reserve. It shows alongside other shorts exploring life in the capital, including the animation Act of Terror.

9.00pm Tuesday 14 January, Riverside Studios: Mr Torquay's Holiday is part of God's Lonely Men Pt 2: Going Solo

In Aaron Trinder's first short, an agoraphobic, computer game-obsessed man is the last to know the end of the world is nigh - an event that turns his solitary life upside down. The film joins a diverse range of stories about isolation, including Pantheon in which an astronaut is stranded in space.

6.45pm Thursday 16 January, Hackney Picturehouse: Close joins the emotional Father strand

This delicately observed drama from Geoffrey Taylor follows Charlie on his 13th birthday, when he makes terrible discovery that draws him closer to his dad than ever before. It joins a programme of other shorts exploring the relationship between child and father, including The Beast starring Joseph Mawle.

9.00pm Thursday 16 January, Hackney Picturehouse: Puja Nights adds punch to the Mother Strand

Starring Kulvinder Singh and Nina Wadia, Puja Nights by Tanjil Rashid and Daniel Janes explores the relationship between teenager Priya and her devout mother. Both worship a different idol: for Priya it is dashing Indian action hero Cosmo Basmati; for her mother ancient Hindu idols. The film screens as part of a strong programme including the The Heart Fails Without Warning, written by Hilary Mantel and starring Maxine Peake.

Clermont-Ferrand welcomes Film London alumni

Not only are the latest Film London-produced shorts well represented at the London Short Film Festival, two film-makers previously supported by our shorts schemes have had their new films selected for the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

Michael Pearce, whose BAFTA nominated Rite was funded by Film London through the 2010 PULSE scheme, is in the International Selection with Keeping up with the Joneses – included in today's BAFTA nominations. The film follows Celia, a woman kidnapped by two criminals looking for her politician husband.

The Festival's LABO competition screens Notes on Blindness: Rainfall, the latest film from James Spinney and Peter Middleton, who made Wavelength in 2011 with support from Film London's London Borough Film Fund Challenge, now London Calling

Film London's short schemes continue to thrive, receiving 600 applications to the latest funds, London Calling and London Calling Plus. The successful projects will be announced later this year.

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